We recommend starting history when your oldest child is in first or second grade. If you have older children completing the course, younger children may enjoy listening to the lessons as well.
Our family-style, four-year course comes with a high-school-level Student Explorer extension, which is sufficient to cover high school history requirements. If you have both high-school-age children and younger children and you love doing history together, the family style course works well. If you have only high-school-level children, or if they are finding the family-style course too elementary, we suggest using the Greenleaf High School History program (which will be released in future years).
The Student Explorers are accessible on the same web page that you access the audio dramatizations:
www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com/history1/ www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com/history2/ www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com/history3/ www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com/history4/
The password is in the “About This Course” section at the beginning of your history course book.
The following additional items are needed:
1. Student Explorers: The physical course set includes PDF downloads of the Student Explorers. We do not offer physical, printed Student Explorers. They are black-and-white and easy to print at home. You will need to print one Student Explorer for each child, according to their grade level. (There are Student Explorers for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.) Once printed, three-hole punch and place in a binder.
2. Extra Supplies: The beginning of each lesson indicates whether or not extra supplies are needed. Minimal supplies are needed for the course, but it may be helpful to check the needs of 1-2 lessons in advance so that you have time to gather supplies.
3. Four Read-Aloud Books: You will need to select and obtain four read-aloud books—one for each unit—from our list of suggested read-aloud books for the course. We offer book packs with our top recommended book for each unit, or you can use our list of recommendations to choose your own. (Please note that the read-aloud books are optional and do not need to be purchased to complete the courses.)
Nothing. Only one course set is needed for the whole family. You will need to prepare one Student Explorer for each child (according to their grade level). Access to PDF downloads of all Student Explorer levels is included with the history course set.
All of our history courses (Years 1–4) cover ancient history through modern history, but each course stops in different places and time periods for more in-depth exploration. Some lessons reference things taught in a prior year, so it is suggested that you start with Year 1. Many customers have told us that even though they have previously covered some of the same periods in history, their children really enjoy doing them again with this approach. Our studies and testing have shown that it is effective for children to see the whole sweep of history and how it fits together with each year. In addition, children enjoy this approach as they can become disengaged when a year-long course focuses on the same time period, especially when learning ancient history. This approach also allows us to explore portions of U.S. history every year and place a stronger overall emphasis on U.S. history, the Founding Fathers, and principles of liberty.
The website address and password for the audio dramatization page is in the “About This Course” section at the beginning of your history course book. Once you open the page, you can stream the audio or download it. To download, right-click and choose “Save As.”
Yes! All of our games can be played with just you and your child. Playing games is a great way to help children memorize history facts. These games are the favorite part of the history curriculum for many children.
The Year 2 course covers ancient Greece, but it does not include any Greek mythology (other than briefly teaching what it was and how Greek gods compare to the true God). Parents who would like their children to study Greek mythology may do so by supplementing with another course on Greek mythology or by using read-aloud books on Greek mythology. The Year 2 course book gives suggestions for free, online Greek mythology stories you may incorporate into the lessons.
We believe changing some of the course components each year avoids predictability and adds variation. The timeline is introduced in Year 2 and links concepts taught in both Years 1 and 2. The Year 1 course makes no reference to the timeline, and it is not necessary for the Year 1 course, but you may purchase and use the timeline with the Year 1 course if desired.
Changing some of the course components each year avoids predictability and adds variation. The Year 1, Year 3, and Year 4 courses include a Big Book of History Stories, but Year 2 does not. Instead, it introduces the history timeline and includes a Maps and Images book.
We have many families from all around the world using our history curriculum. However, it is important to note that each course will include units that focus on US history. Families outside the US may want to supplement with the history of their native country. Those outside the US may choose to do all of the US history units, skip some of the lessons or units on US history, or quickly go through them.
The Year 1 course makes no reference to the timeline, and it is not necessary for the Year 1 course, but you may purchase and use the timeline with the Year 1 course if desired.