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. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Founders of Freedom will be

back in print this spring

and at a new LOWER PRICE

Old price:  $30.95  NEW PRICE:  $24.95

Reserve your copy by clicking here

Founders of Freedom, the first volume in the Land of Our Lady series, begins with the Creation and ends with events leading up to the discovery of the New World. Written in a conversational style, it makes a pleasant read-aloud to young elementary students as a first introduction to Western Civilization.
Topics include the beginning of civilization, Greek and Roman cultures, the beginning and spread of Christianity, medieval government and society, and events leading up to the discovery of the New World.
(recommended for grade 2-3)
Founders of Freedom is an optional Core text for the upper Beginner Level of Volumes 1, 2 and 3

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

There has been much concern expressed, understandably, about the Neumann Press textbooks having gone out of print.  The books that have gone out of print are:
Founders of Freedom
Old World's Gifts to the New
Heroes of God's Church

I'd like to allay your fears with the following information:

1. Connecting with History has never been dependent on any one book.  We offer literally hundreds of book suggestions in order to provide a depth and variety of information that is not centered on only one perspective, writing style or genre.

2. In 2007, when Volume 2 was published, we added the Neumann Press books as texts for that volume and with an eye to the future publication of Volume 3.  We did not add those same core texts to Volume 1 until 2011.  For ten years Volume 1 was successfully used by hundreds of families without the Neumann Press texts.

3. Founders of Freedom will be back in print in late spring/early summer 2014. We are now taking pre-orders.

4. Grammar level students in Volumes 1, 2 and 3 can easily use these substitutions:

In place of Old World's Gifts to the New, use  The World's Story, A Simple History for Boys and Girls

In place of Heroes of God's Church use 57 Stories of Saints

5. For several years, RC History has had a project on the backburner of publishing our own companion readers for each volume.  That project is now in full swing and will be published in the coming months.  These will make wonderful additions to the Connecting with History volumes, whether or not you're using the other texts.

Customers contact me regularly to say that Connecting with History has deepened their family's faith, their knowledge and love of the Church; their understanding of history; and their own place within God's plan of salvation for the world and each individual.

Don't let your family miss out on this opportunity!

Sonya Romens, author of Connecting with History

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The subject of this unit is "The Spanish in the New World Meet the Native Americans" and our theme is "Human Dignity"
In Volume Three, we touched upon these early discoverers and explorers of the New World as well as a few missionaries and early saints and martyrs in the Americas, all of whom were Catholic. We did not, however, formally study the indigenous peoples with whom they came in contact. This was because our focus was still mainly on European history.  We wanted to keep that continuity until we had time in Volume Four to study the history of America more closely. With this unit and part of the next we will review some of the Spanish explorers, conquistadors and missionaries with a new emphasis: their interactions with the native cultures already present in the New World.  These are stories of human strengths and failings, saints and sinners, both European and Indian.
Subjects included:
Explorers:           Native Cultures:
CortezAztec & Maya
Vincente Zalvador                Pueblo

This unit includes:
The unit book list, the introduction to Volume Four, both the Unit 1 syllabus AND daily lesson plans, as well as an appendix, which includes Teacher Planning Charts, Culture Charts and Essay Writing Tips.
The cost of this unit is $10 because it contains extra material which will not be included in other units. In addition, with the purchase of this unit you will also receive the full outline of Volume Four: American History as well as the Core reading assignments for the year (these will be sent separately).
Subsequent units will be priced at $5.00
As always, your purchase of this beta version entitles you to free future updates to the Explore Charts.  
* Please note:  the Core text for the Rhetoric level has not been published.  It is due to be available this month (July, 2013) in electronic formats.  When it is ready we will automatically send updated Explore and Lesson Plan pages for the Rhetoric level.  
Digital format:  PDF