This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
The entire program spans a four-year sequence based on the four volumes of TAN Books’ History series, The Story of Civilization.
The Four-Year Sequence
The entire program spans a four-year sequence based on the four volumes of TAN Books’ History series, The Story of Civilization. The four years of study include:
Ancient History (Volume 1, Year One)
Medieval History (Volume 2, Year Two)
The Making of the Modern World (Volume 3, Year Three)
US History (Volume 4, Year Four)
The yearlong program is taught in three parts: Part One in the Fall Semester (13 weeks); Part Two in the Spring Semester (13 weeks); and a short Part Three in May, 2021 (4 weeks). Sign your children up for all three parts, to create a complete year of learning.
The “Flipped Classroom”
The Grade School Unit Study Program uses a “flipped classroom” approach in a four-day-week course of study: families watch teacher-created videos and work together on interactive lessons (guided materials and instruction). In addition to home learning, the once-a-week LIVE online class “becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning” (The Flipped Classroom, https://www.educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/).
Families are provided with daily lessons, checklists, videos, and other resources and learning materials. Each week starts with a LIVE, twenty-five-minute online class meeting for parents and students together with the instructor.
During each weekly class meeting, students discuss the past week’s readings, play games to reinforce the week’s learning, and have the opportunity to share project work and poetry recitation on camera.
The same texts are used for all three parts of the series.
● New or used copies of the texts will work for use in this course. See BookFinder.com for the best prices.
● Choosing Prices: The price range after each title reflects the lowest price (Kindle edition or used edition) to the highest price range (new and/or hardback edition).
● Total Price: The low-cost options for these books can total approximately $79 and the highest cost options (all new/hardback) would cost approximately $200.
● Text and Year Overlap: Some of the Medieval books will also be used in Year Three (Making of the Modern World).
Core Texts: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3: The Making of the Modern World by Philip Campbell
Getting Your Texts/Books
Helpful Additions: The Making of the Modern World These tools will help your homeschool journey in this unit study, but they will not be assigned.
Around the World coloring book (Dover History Coloring Book) by Winky Adam (ISBN-10: 0486439836 ISBN-13: 978-0486439839). (All Year) ($5)
Any World Map to hang in your home. Students will have fun tracking the journey of Phineas Fog as we read Around the World in 80 Days.
What role does the parent play?
In this unit study program, the parent’s role is to:
1. Schedule and implement the course material for your student into the daily school life in the home.
2. Schedule and engage in read–aloud time.
3. Grade some of the materials and work (approximately 30–60 minutes per week, depending on family choice of enrichment activities).
4. Attend one live class session with your student(s) each week.
What’s included in the course?
Enrolled families will receive…
1. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments and a timeline template
2. A suggested daily schedule for the four–day school week
3. Short instructional videos to enrich the study of history, science, creative
writing, art, and literature
4. A list of optional supplementary books for solo reading for multiple grade levels
5. The weekly submission and grading of 1–2 assignments
6. A LIVE class meeting each week with the instructor to discuss material studied and to offer students an opportunity to share work or recitations on camera (off–recording)
What assignments are graded by the teacher?
Enrolled students will have one to two assignments per week that are submitted for a grade. The assignment type alternates between project work (various subjects), auto–graded quizzes, and Language Arts assignments