Grade 3/4 Kit Includes:
The Curious Historian Level 1 is the first part in a 3-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the Middle Ages. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future. Kit includes: Student consumable book, teachers guide, and extra resources.
The Curious Historian Level 1A: The Early & Middle Bronze Ages (TCH1A) introduces students to:
Unit I: Ancient Mesopotamia
- The ancient Sumerian city-states
- The Akkadian, Ur III, and Old Babylonian Empires
- Sargon the Great and Hammurabi
- Mesopotamian culture: ziggurats, cuneiform, and religion
Unit II: Ancient Egypt
- The Egyptian Archaic Period
- The gifts of the Nile River
- The Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdoms
- Egyptian culture: pyramids, hieroglyphics, and religion
The Curious Historian Level 1B (TCH1B) will introduce students to:
Unit I: The Late Bronze Age
- The Egyptian Middle and New Kingdom periods
- The Hittites, Hurrians, and Kassites
- The Assyrians and Elamites
- The Minoans and Mycenaeans
Unit II: The Iron Age
- The Sea Peoples, Israelites, and Philistines
- Egypt under the Nubians and Libyans
- The Phoenicians and Arameans
- The great Iron Age empires: Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia
Unit III: The Far East
- India during the Harappan Civilization and Vedic Period
- China during the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties
- Far Eastern culture: architecture, writing, religion, and more
Both 1A and 1B include weekly chapter lessons that present a chronological narrative of history. Accompanying sidebars feature historical and archaeological tidbits, discussion questions, and Greek/Latin root words for key vocabulary. A wealth of exercises, hands-on projects and activities, maps, and appendices help to present the study of history in an engaging, creative manner.
Well-Ordered Language Level 1
The Well-Ordered Language curriculum presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order. The curriculum presents grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language by presenting instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry.
Students will not merely be able to identify the parts of a sentence, but also will understand how words behave in a sentence. As students see the components of language (the parts of speech) unfold before them throughout the Well-Ordered Language series, they will be able to apply their knowledge, gathering and arranging words to express their thoughts clearly and accurately.
The curriculum is designed for teachers and students to actively engage with each other and with the grammatical concepts in each lesson, using language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—along with physical movement, songs, and chants. Through Well-Ordered Language’s unique, creative, and orderly method of analyzing the grammatical functions of the parts of speech, students will find the mastery of grammar achievable, meaningful, and delightful. Kit includes: Student Edition, Teacher's Edition, Extra Practice and Assessments (PDF), and Streaming Songs and Chants
Writing and Rhetoric
The Writing and Rhetoric series is a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric, in which our students will serve as apprentices to the great writers and great stories of history.
The Writing & Rhetoric series method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. Each exercise is intended to impart a skill (or tool) that can be employed in all kinds of writing and speaking. The exercises are arranged from simple to more complex. What’s more, the exercises are cumulative, meaning that later exercises incorporate the skills acquired in preceding exercises. This series is a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. Kit includes: Books 1 & 2 Student Edition, Books 1 & 2 Teacher's Edition, Books 1 & 2 Streaming Audio Files
Book 1: Fable, the first book in the Writing & Rhetoric series, teaches students the practice of close reading and comprehension, summarizing a story aloud and in writing, and amplification of a story through description and dialogue. Students learn how to identify different kinds of stories; determine the beginning, middle, and end of stories; recognize point of view; and see analogous situations, among other essential tools. The Writing & Rhetoric series recovers a proven method of teaching writing, using fables to teach beginning writers the craft of writing well.
Book 2: Narrative I, This book uses parable, myth, and other tales to continue the recovery of the proven method of teaching writing, using various forms of narrative to teach beginning writers the craft of writing well.
These two books are the first two in a series of 12 books that will train students over 6 years, starting in grades 3 or 4 and up.
Latin for Children A
Designed, revised, and continually sharpened since 2001, the award-winning Latin for Children curriculum continues to be a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students as young as fourth graders to Latin. It incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. When used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage. The Latin for Children series is taught directly to the child and is a perfect choice for teachers and parents, including those who will be learning along with their students. Kit includes: Primer A, Primer A Answer Key, Primer A streaming Video and Audio, Primer A Activity Book, and Primer A History Reader.
- Unit I: Ancient Mesopotamia