This is just a summary of what I hope to cover each quarter, subject to change based on the abilities of specific students in the class and the pacing of the subject lessons as they are happening.
Specific hours may be subject to change! Mondays and Wednesdays. Off during holidays that fall on a Monday.
7th grade – 12:00pm-1:15pm
8th grade – 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Every student will be assigned recommended reading and research to complete at home and share in class. But do not panic! Upon confirmation of your child’s enrollment, you will receive an email not only confirming your child’s seat in the class that quarter but also be given a list of books your child can read for the quarter (pick one!), a list of projects to complete (one weekly) and due date. All of which can be done with supplies at home (minimal expense to parents), internet access or a good encyclopedia, and a possible trip to the library.
The purpose of these classes is specifically to teach these young teens (that will be in high school before you know it!) how to do proper research and validate their sources. Google and Wikipedia are not acceptable options. There are free online encyclopedias available that I will share, and there’s always print resources you can borrow as well. You will receive ahead of time all of these suggestions so in one trip to the public library you select the materials you need for the whole quarter and not need to worry about it again! The homework is a crucial component of these unit studies as the child will learn to put into practice what they are learning in class! But do not panic, it will be very simple and manageable. It will also be interest led!
Reading recommendations will be historical fiction from that civilization to spark the imagination of what they are learning. When it comes to projects, the student will be given a choice of researching a scientist or explorer, inventions, or Bible/Church history (any combination of whatever has captivated the student’s attention in class) and may include things like build a simple machine, design your own viking ship, or draw a constellation named after a Roman god/goddess. Nothing they can’t do in 30 minutes for the week, and entirely independently.
Supplies for class are always a three ring binder, paper and a pencil or two. Students will be building their own textbook during class as well as completing some learning experiments that they can journal on. I recommend tabs for the binder if your child will participate for more than one quarter; they can use the same binder year round!
I look forward to Exploring Research Through Ancient History with you!
Registration will be posted *here* when it is available.
The World Before Common Era (or Before Christ)
August 27th, 2018 – October 19th, 2018 – 1st Quarter $240 per student
- How do we know what happened? What are reputable sources to turn to when starting research?
- Learn what ancient medicine, geometry, classification and astronomy looked like.
- Explore the earliest forms of technology and how they helped each civilization advance.
- Cover three of the main empires of ancient times: Babylonians, Greeks, and Persians
From the Beginning of Time (AD or CE) Until The World Was Thought To Be Known (1488)
October 22nd, 2018 through December 12th, 2018 $225 Per Student
We will be off the whole week of Thanksgiving (11/19/18-11/23/18)
- The Rise and Fall of Rome
- The Crusades
- Ancient Europe
- Marco Polo
- Leonardo DaVinci
- Bartolomeu Dias
- The Spanish Inquisition
The Discovery and Forced Submission of the Americas
January 7th, 2019 through March 8th, 2019 – $250 Per Student
- Explorers of the 1400-1500s
- Renaissance in Art and Music
- Subjugation of native tribes from Mexico to Peru
- Invention of the compound microscope and improvement of the telescope
- Discoveries in Anatomy, Physics and Biology
- American contributions to science at the end of the Revolutionary War
A World of Scientific Progress between America’s Civil War and The Great Depression
March 25th, 2019 through May 3rd, 2019 – $200 Per Student
- Advancements in Technology Faster Than Can Be Kept Up With
- Theory of Evolution and Heredity
- Changes in Medicine: Pasteurization, X-rays, Serum Therapy, and Antiseptic Surgery
- Time for Much Needed Social Change
- Discoveries of the North and South Pole