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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Coming in 2015!

The new editions of our Syllabi and Daily Lesson Plans include some exciting new additions.

  • Divider tabs for all four volumes will soon be available to provide easier navigation of your Syllabus and Lesson Plans

  • Volume 3 Daily Lesson plans are on their way!

  • More Activities and Writing Prompts are being added to all volumes 

  • Expanded Teacher's Guide coming up!

  • Volume Two Co-op Lesson Plans will be available this spring

  • To accommodate these upgrades all syllabi and lesson plans will now come 3-hole punched, binder-ready to easily add new materials and updates as they become available. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Newly Updated 

Volume Two Timeline Cards

 Volume 2 Timeline Cards

Roman Empire - Early Church - Early Medieval

108 cards depicting people and events from 63 B.C. through A.D. 1066

Includes World, Bible and Church events.

Cards include:
  • a person or event
  • illustration
  • dates
  • location
  • coordinated with the Connecting with History units
  • Information about the person or event is included on each card.
  • References to books from the Connecting with History program are included on cards for easy research
The cards can be used on a timeline, in a history notebook, or for memory games and drills.

  Ideas for games are included!

Printed on heavy-duty white cardstock

Downloadable version is also available as a PDF making it easy to print sets for each student - or print one set for your wall timeline and another for memory drills and games

See a complete list of cards 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"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW TEXTBOOK! The World's Story - A Simple History for Boys and Girls

This readable history for children is a reprint of text from 1907. Some of the images have been updated, and many new color pictures have been added to this beautiful full-color hardcover edition. It's intended for middle intermediate grades (5th-8th grade depending on your child's reading level). Click here to read a sample chapter (so you check out the reading level) and the table of contents. It provides a very balanced view of the Renaissance and Reformation and ends just before World War I.  This makes an excellent substitute for the Old World and America, containing much more detailed information and a more interesting writing style which lends itself well to reading aloud.
The publisher, Hillside Education Press, wanted to do a faithful reprinting of the text, so they did not update the information to current knowledge. One point in particular of which you should be aware is that the author conveys the misconception that people at the turn of the 20th century held about Christopher Columbus: Everyone else thought the world was flat, and he alone figured out it was round. In fact, all learned people of his time knew the earth was round, even back to the Ancients, who had accurately calculated its size. Columbus misinterpreted some the ancient calculations, and so the trip took longer than he expected. This lends itself well to a discussion about changing discoveries in historical research.

Despite these small and somewhat quaint deviations, the book is an interesting well-told story of the history of man that we believe your upper grammar and logic level students will enjoy.
This text may be used with Volumes 1, 2 and 3.  It's a bit skimpy on coverage before ancient Greece and Rome, the information becomes more detailed.  We are working on publishing a text for the Grammar level that contains more early history information for all of Volume 1 which will provide a good compliment to The World's Story as well as Founders of Freedom.  
Contact us for free corresponding reading assignment charts for registered owners of Volumes 1, 2 or 3.