Connecting with History uses what we call Core Textbooks to give a quick overview of a time period before digging more deeply into the layers of history through "living books."
When selecting a core textbook, consider whether your children can share textbooks and whether your child will be able to use a textbooks for more than one school year.
Founders of Freedom Beginner & Grammar levels - Volumes 1, 2, & 3
3rd through 5th grades. A textbook written in a conversation style that can be read-aloud to Beginner level students or read independently by students in grades 4 and 5. Assignments are listed under both Beginner and Grammar levels of the Syllabus and Daily Lesson Plans. Black and white pictures and illustrations.
How Our Nation Began Beginner level - Volumes 3 & 4
2nd-4th grades. The text presents the context for the founding of the United States including the years of the Crusades and exploration. Told in story-telling fashion, students are drawn into the events leading up to the American Revolution and the key events of the War for Independence. Color illustrations.
The World’s Story, A Simple History for Boys and Girls Upper Grammar & Logic levels - Volumes 1, 2, & 3
5th through 9th grades. Short articles written in a conversational style. Assignments are listed under the Logic level but can be used by upper Grammar level students in place of Founders of Freedom. Full color pictures.
The World's Story does not provide full coverage of ancient history. If you don't already own The World's Story and will be studying ancient history you may want to just use the Companion Reader (see below) or use them together.
Connecting with History Companion Reader Grammar & Logic levels - Volume 1
This is an anthology of articles and stories written specifically to coordinate with Connecting with History, Volume 1. Each of its ten chapters includes informative articles and historical stories written for young people on the subjects and themes presented in the corresponding unit of Connecting with History.
Light to the Nations, Part 1 Logic level - Volumes 2 & 3
9th through 12th grades. A modern textbook containing longer articles interspersed with sidebars and beautiful, full color pictures and illustrations. Assigned under the Logic level. Can be used by Rhetoric level in place of History of the Church. Full color photos, illustrations, and maps.
History of the Church Rhetoric level - Volumes 2 & 3
10th through 12th grades. Written as part of the Didache religious education program, this focuses on the role of the Catholic Church in world history. Full color photos and illustrations.
From Sea to Shining Sea Upper Grammar and Logic levels - Volume 4
5th through 10th grades. Aimed at middle-school graders, tells the story of North America, the Indian nations, European colonization, the founding and history of the United States up to the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Told as a series of stories, with thumbnail biographies, lives of the saints, maps, illustrations, and other supplemental material. Color photos, drawings and maps.
This may be extended into the lower Rhetoric level in place of Lands of Hope and Promise, which is a much more challenging text. Even though From Sea to Shining Sea is written for middle school, our purpose for Core Texts is to give the kind of broad overview which this text provides.
Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America Rhetoric level - Volume 4
11th and 12th grades. This volume presents the history of North America from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the late 20th century. It tells the story of the French, the Spanish, Dutch, Russian, and English settlements, and of the native peoples and cultures with which they interacted and came in conflict. Color photos, illustrations and maps.