Thursday, October 13, 2016

Does the Connecting with History program include tests and quizzes?

This is a common question that we receive from new and prospective families. 

The goal of Connecting with History is to engage the student through all of the senses, learning styles, and personal interests. We believe that this encourages a more full comprehension, rather than studying for a test, which generally engages short-term memory.

History is a content subject. Although there are specific facts to learn, such as people, places, events, and dates, the set of concrete facts considered important to know varies depending on the teacher, textbook, test writer, or state and national curriculum developers. In other words, there is no universal set of required concrete facts such as are found in skill subjects like math or spelling. 

That doesn't mean that there are no learning goals.We emphasize learning chronology, cause and effect, the surface events of historical events as well as the deeper meaning of salvation history and how it affects our lives today - and how we affect future history. Rather than formal tests.  What we use instead are a combination of group discussion (whether you have one child or ten, we encourage parents and children to engage in discussion), reading, writing, projects, memory work, and notebook portfolios, all culminating in formal presentations at the end of each unit. These activities take the place of tests. 

As you work with your child you will know what they understand and what they don't. If you need to grade their work, this can be done by assessing their writing assignments, portfolios, and presentations. You can also quiz them on vocabulary, their knowledge of events, and dates from each unit. There are also quizzes in most of the Core Texts, which could be used for formal testing if you so wish. But, the main goal is to encourage their comprehension, which is what we consider true education.

Our Teacher's Guide goes into more detail about how to tangibly implement our educational philosophy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Products!

Volume 2 Rhyme-Line Cards

 Volume 2 Rhyme-Line Cards

Rhyme your way through history with 60 rhymes that teach important historical facts.
Each 4"x3" card includes a 4-line rhyme and illustration to aid in memorization.
Pronunciation guide included.

Volume 2 Interactive Notebook: Units 1-3

The Interactive Notebook download 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! 

Volume 3 Literature Discussion Guides

Another great literature guide from our friends at Hillside Education Press!

Grammar Level Discussion Guides
Each discussion guides includes a story synopsis for the parent/teacher, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
  • Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Door in the Wall by Marguerite d'Angeli
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
  • Ship’s Boy with Magellan by Milton Lomask
  • Nacar, the White Deer by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Logic Level Study Guides
Logic level study guides include a story synopsis, discussion questions for more in-depth analysis, and writing prompts.
  • Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett
  • Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Samurai’s Tale by Eric Haugaard
  • I Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Barton de Trevino
  • Cross Among the Tomahawks by Milton Lomask
  • Master Puppeteer by Katherine Patterson

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Volume 4: American History Update

As most people know, Volume 4 has been a long, painful journey. It has its own history and its own schedule as if it has a life of its own. Despite continued scheduling of writing and publishing, one obstacle after another has prevented its completion. Some of the reasons are easy to pinpoint: family life has been one of the most obvious. Since writing Part 1 of this volume, our family has experienced death and new life, four marriages and serious illness. Family must always come first, but I still feel the heavy obligation to fulfill my promise to the hundreds of families who have been so faithful and supportive to RC History over the past 16 years. You are my family, too!

Long before I began Volume 4, even before Volumes 2 and 3, I wrote a small supplement to American history studies for Catholic families. It was called Beyond the Pilgrims. I dedicated it to Our Lady of Guadalupe to whom I have always had a special devotion. Volume 4 is also dedicated to her and if you own Part 1 you will have seen the dedication page with a picture I took many years ago at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, WI. 

Last month, agonizing over how to complete this volume and fulfill my commitments to you, I made a three day pilgrimage back to the Shrine to pray for this project, for the needs of my family, and for each of you. I can't claim any miracles, I can only say that I came back determined to continue battling the obstacles and forces that seem to have waged a war on this project.

Aside from personal and family events, there have been other elements that have slowed the work. One has been a lack of good resources. Yes, there is a huge amount of books on American history available. But not as many good Catholic resources. Lands of Hope and Promise was not yet published when I began. From Sea to Shining Sea is a relatively new book. There are even fewer good cores for the Beginner and Grammar levels. Connecting with History has always depended on a strong core and base of books to provide a solid overview of each time period before immersing in the excellent literature and historical fiction. To just read a textbook is dry; to only read literature is disjointed. The various genres work together to provide a full experience.

One of our projects here at RC History is to publish a series of Companion Readers that supplement or replace core texts and even some base books. The Volume One Companion Reader was published over a year ago and has been very well-received. I had planned to publish each companion chronologically, but am discovering that right now the greatest need is for a companion to American history. That is what we will be working on. 

Meanwhile:  Part 2 is about to become available. Once again, it is behind schedule, however two of the three units are completely ready.  As a gift of thanks for your patience, we are offering the first unit of Part 2 free to anyone who already owns Part 1. If you would like this free unit, email us and we'll email the unit to you as a PDF.

When we release Part 2, it will include some core readings for the Beginner and Grammar levels within the lessons. We hope that this will suffice until we can complete the Companion Reader. 

Finally, we ask for your continued prayers for this project. Ask Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas to intercede for us all, particularly in these tumultuous times in the history of this country and of the world. May her powerful intercessions crush the head of Satan and put an end once and for all to his culture of death that seeks to destroy this great land and its people.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Product

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 60 timeline cards with fun, educational rhymes such as:
At the Temple of Janus 
Augustus closed the door, 
for nearly 200 years 
Rome did not see war.
One side of each Rhyme Line Card includes a fun 4-line rhyme to memorize
The other side of each card includes:
  • Name of the person or event
  • Corresponding unit in which it is used in Connecting with History, Volume Two
  • An illustration to aid the memory
  • Pronunciation guides on the cards
  • Simple lines for easy cutting, 6 cards per page
  • Each card is 4 inches wide for easy reading

Monday, July 11, 2016

Updated Products

Our new editions of Timeline Cards have been enlarged
 to make room for more information and larger, enhanced images.
Connecting with History Timeline Cards are uniquely suited 
for memory games, drills, and research-starters.

                                    FRONT OF CARD                         BACK OF CARD

Coming Soon!

 Knights of Art

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