Monday, July 11, 2016

Coming in July

Knights of Art: Stories of the Italian Painters

Biographies of eighteen Renaissance artists written for children of all ages (and their parents).

There is a certain delight that only a great picture book can provide.
The combination of a story well-told with illustrations 
that captivate readers of all ages brings a unique joy.

 No one is too old - or too young - for a good picture book.
They become treasured keepsakes, read time and time again.
They are enjoyable whether they are read aloud, by oneself, 
or just paged through to admire the pictures.

Knights of Art will become one of your child's treasured friends.

This new edition of Knights of Art by Catholic children's author Amy Steedman
 has been adapted to update some of the language for today's young readers 
without sacrificing the charm of the stories. 

In addition, over 50 full-color reproductions 
have been added to enhance readers' appreciation of each artist's artwork.

From the author's introduction: we grow older and wiser our eyes grow wiser too, 
and we learn to know what is good and what is poor. 
Only, just as our tongues must be trained to speak, our hands to work, 
and our ears to love good music, so our eyes must be taught to see what is beautiful,
 or we may perhaps pass it carelessly by, and lose a great joy which might be ours. 

So now if you learn something about these great artists and their wonderful pictures, it will help your eyes to grow wise. And some day should you visit sunny Italy, where these men lived and worked, you will feel that they are quite old friends. Their pictures will not only be a delight to your eyes, but will teach your heart something deeper and more wonderful than any words can explain.

Hardcover, 135 pages.
Published by RC History LLC

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Volume 3 Daily Lesson Plans

In Stock!

 Volume 3 Daily Lesson Plans

Daily Lesson Plans for Connecting with History - Volume 3
  • Formatted for easy coordinating of all age levels at one time 
  • Daily topics correspond with the reading & activities for each level
  • 4-day weekly schedule allows for flexible scheduling
  • Teaching notes
  • BONUS: Teacher's Guide for the Prologue of The Canterbury Tales

Daily Lesson plans supplement the Connecting with History syllabus by providing a daily schedule:
  • Discussion
  • Reading
  • Writing activities
  • Student notebook portfolios
  • Family read-alouds
  • Independent reading
  • Independent and group projects. 

 Format:  3-hole punched, binder-ready

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Connecting with History 
Interactive Notebooks 
Volume One

 Interactive Notebook, Volume 1, Units 1-5

Looking for a concise way to tie together the 
Concentrate, Notebook, Explore, and Tell 
steps of Connecting with History? 

The Connecting with History Interactive Notebook series is geared specifically to the Beginner and Grammar levels (Grades 2-6) and offers an excellent visual and hands-on tool to bring together many components of the curriculum in one continuous method.  Make their notebooks come alive! 

What is an Interactive Notebook?

It's a downloadable resource that provides engaging and interactive educational activities that reinforce the information they are studying in each unit of Connecting with History.  

Foldables and graphic organizers are used in combination with historical information to stimulate creative thinking and create a personal notebook that helps process and organize information.

Interactive Notebooks lead your child through a process:  

Read - Research - Reflect - Write -
 Test - Review - Remember!

Your children reflect, write about and draw their understandings 
of what your family is studying together.

All of their work is kept in a personalized notebook they are proud to share with family and friends.

You will see your children thrive as they explore history through hands-on activities!

Give your younger learners structured writing and visualization opportunities so you can work with your older students on more in-depth writing pieces.

Interactive Notebooks provide fun and organized resources to help your students remember everything they're learning in the curriculum. 

What's included?
  • Over 100 pages of resources for your family! 
  • Directions for implementation
  • Answer Keys Provided - No need to search for information
  • Editable templates allow you to tailor the material to your own needs.

Subjects include:
  • Creation
  • Garden of Eden
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Archaeology
  • Noah's Ark
  • Tower of Babel
  • Fertile Crescent
  • Sumerian Civilization
  • Akkadian Empire
  • Abram
  • God's Call to Abram
  • God's Blessings to Abraham
  • Obedience and Love
  • Jacob and Esau
  • God's Blessing of Jacob
  • Return to Canaan
  • 12 Tribes of Israel
  • Joseph's Story
  • Joseph and His Brothers in Egypt
  • Forgiveness and Reunion
  • Hammurabi
  • Writing in Mesopotamia
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • What do we know about the people of Mesopotamia?
  • What do you know about Egypt?
  • Fertile Crescent
  • King Menes
  • Egyptian Beliefs
  • Gods and Goddesses
  • Pyramids
  • Writing in Egypt
  • Egyptians and Israelites
  • Early Life of Moses
  • Moses
  • Call of Moses
  • 10 Plagues
  • First Passover
  • Exodus
  • 10 Commandments
  • Other Traditions
  • Life in The Desert
  • Desert Wanderings
  • Balaam and Balak
  • Torah
  • Phoenicians
  • Hittites
  • Joshua
  • Rahab and Jericho
  • Judges (Deborah, Gideon, Samson)
  • Ruth
Volume One, Units 1-5 available now!
Units 6-10 will be available before Thanksgiving

The Curriculum Mom, the creator of this product, has been in the field for education for 7 years.  She has been working on creating curriculum for teachers and homeschooling families alike for the last 3 years. As a stay-at-home mom, she plans to make curriculum creation a full-time job as is excited to be working with Connecting with History to bring Interactive Notebooks to homeschooling families across the country.  She is also currently teaching Connecting with History for a co-op in the Northern Virginia area.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New! Tabbed Dividers

In response to your requests, we now offer customized dividers for each volume of Connecting with History!
    • Easily find your place in your syllabus, lesson plans, or student notebooks with our customized tabbed divider sets. 
    • Each tab includes the unit number and time period of that particular unit for easy navigation and reference when teaching.
    • Sturdy dividers include reinforced mylar tabs and punched edges
    • Great for student notebooks!  Help your children stay organized with these chronological dividers for their history notebooks. 
    • Each set of dividers comes color-coded to the corresponding volume.
      (Volume 1 = Orange, Volume 2 = Green, Volume 3 = Gold)
Find them here

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Connecting with History

Companion Reader

Volume 1

The first in a series of Companion Readers is now ready for pre-order here!

For many years, I have been collecting short stories and articles written for children with the idea of publishing anthologies to accompany each volume of the Connecting with History program. I am thrilled to finally be able to offer this first book in a series of Companion Readers .
This Companion Reader is a bridge between a textbook and living books. It contains simple articles about cultures, places and events from history in more depth than is found in most textbooks, stories to illustrate themes contained in theConnecting with History units, and short historical stories written in a friendly, conversational style about real people and events.
Each chapter of this book corresponds to a unit in Connecting with History, Volume One. To make them more easily incorporated into your history studies, most of the stories are organized to correspond with the Volume One Daily Lesson Plans. Some topics include multiple selections to appeal to a variety of age levels. Don’t feel that you have to assign every story in the book. You may want to assign particular readings to your child; on the other hand, you might not want to assign the stories at all, but let children read and enjoy the stories during their leisure time.

More information plus the full Table of Contents here

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rhyme Your Way Through History!

Who doesn’t remember nursery rhymes? Rhythm and rhyme are related to music, and music is related to memory. One of the best ways to learn facts is to make them fun and poetic. Drill doesn’t have to be dull!


The package includes 102 timeline cards, each with a four-line rhyme about a famous person or event in ancient history on the front of the card.

On the back of each card is the name of the person or event, as well as the corresponding unit in Connecting with History, Volume One.

But you don’t need to be studying ancient history, or even be using Connecting with History, to enjoy and learn from these rhymes.

Many proper names from ancient history are difficult to pronounce so we have also included a pronunciation key on the back of any cards that you might need help with. To memorize the rhymes correctly you’ll need to know how to pronounce the words and once you’ve mastered the pronunciations the names will roll off of your children’s tongues as they delight in their unusual sounds – they’ll amaze your friends and relatives!

Here are just a few of the people and events included:

  • Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament including Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Elijah, Hezekiah, Ezekiel and many more.
  • Scientists and mathematicians of ancient times such as Pythagoras, Archimedes, Hipparchus, Eratosthenes and more.
  • Philosophers and writers, for example, Euripides, Socrates, Aeschylus, Aristotle, Homer and Aesop and more.
  • Generals, kings, and statesmen such as Solon, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Xerxes and more.
  • Famous events and empires including the Punic Wars, Gallic Wars, the Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Athen's "Age of Pericles" and more, of course!
Rhyme Examples:

Moses saw a burning bush,
he didn't understand
until he heard a loud voice say,
"I am the great I AM!"

Homer, a Greek poet,
wrote in ancient times.
The Odyssey and Iliad are
his best-known epic rhymes.

These are just a sampling of what's contained in the ANCIENT HISTORY RHYME-LINE CARDS
Exclusively from RC History!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

True History

We believe that history is essential to understanding the Catholic Faith, 
and the Catholic Faith is essential to understanding true history.

The great Catholic historian, Christopher Dawson, distinguished between two levels of historical meaning: one being what we generally think of as history - the surface events of geo-political history; the other, salvation history - the plan of Divine Providence - God's actions in human history.

"...there are two principles at work in history. True history - sacred history - is not the same as apparent history or secular history. The spiritual meaning and value of history are hidden under the veil of outward political and economic change." *

Most of us have been educated to think of history and religion as two separate, unrelated subjects. The events of the world, war and politics, governments and nations, are generally taught with little, if any, reference to a meaning or purpose to life or human events. As Catholics we know that there truly is a Divine Planner who has a divine plan for human life. We know that the story of history has a definite beginning, middle and ultimate destiny and that our lives have a purpose and meaning which we can only begin to understand in this life.

Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, became Man and entered human history "in the fullness of time." The Incarnation is the central point of our faith;  it is the center point of all history. Christ came to us in History, He comes to us in the Mystery of the Sacraments, and He will come again in Majesty at the end of time. For this reason "as Catholics, we are preeminently the people for whom history matters."**

It is for this reason that we began RC History, to provide a place for Catholic home educators to find reliable, truthful resources which bring the study of history to life and to deepen the understanding of our Christian heritage. We believe that history is essential to understanding the Catholic Faith and that the Catholic Faith is essential to understanding true history.

"The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event which can be consigned to the past. The whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him: our own time and the future of the world are illumined by His presence. He is 'the Living One,' 'who is, who was and who is to come.'"
-Pope John Paul II

* Christopher Dawson, The Formation of Christendom
**Professor Rollin Lasseter  "Light to the Nations: Reclaiming the Catholic Historical Imagination"