Inspired to overcome
Core H inspires students to overcome obstacles. Meet historical figures who faced real challenges, persevered and won in the end. Core H highlights ordinary heroes whose courage and dedication paid off.
This Core is perfect for 13- and 14-year-olds and advanced 12-year-olds.
A back-stage pass to history
Core H completes the study you began in Core G and hands you a back stage pass to the last 500 years of world history. Meet the people whose ideas and actions forged the course of history, from reformers to rocket scientists. Gain a working knowledge of what happened from the 17th century to about 1990.
How did the Renaissance influence the American and French Revolutions? How did the Industrial Revolution drastically change society? How did the Western and Eastern hemispheres become so interconnected? How did Colonial powers conquer so much of the world and carve out new nations? How did those nations eventually throw off Colonial rule? What tensions led to the explosion of two world wars? What did normal life look like around the world during these changes?
An overview of Core H
Your History books, Read-Alouds, Readers and Language Arts all intertwine for a cohesive, reinforced learning experience.
Two authors from Core H provide the foundation for your Core H adventure: The final two volumes of The Story of the World take you on a gripping story-based trek through history. The critically acclaimed Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, organized into 10 historical eras, is your one-stop research source and perfect companion to your study of World History.
A third text, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, expands your knowledge and provides a richer experience, with vivid photographs, images, diagrams and intriguing supplemental information.
Readers and Read-Alouds augment your history studies, showing what life was really like for people from Russia to Peru, Puritan America to Imperial Japan.
My dream for Core H
I created this Core to give your students a solid understanding of the flow of history. That's a given with any Sonlight Core.
Another given with Sonlight? Cores that help your children become the type of people you want them to be. In Core H, this includes discussing some uncomfortable realities of life that we've largely avoided in earlier Cores (realities like the Holocaust, poverty and war). Why do we do this? For a few reasons.
Your children will learn sooner or later that the world is not fair. Not everyone lives or has lived in as much comfort as we do. Our own lives are sometimes very hard. If your children are warned ahead of time and given strong heroes to emulate, they are armed and ready to persevere. If they think the world is perfect, they won't know what to do with their faith when adverse circumstances hit. With Core H, you gently prepare them and talk about these realities.
Core H helps you teach that even though life can be hard, we should never despair. When Core H touches on darker aspects of human history, it does so in a way that highlights people who triumph over difficulties. Dive into these books looking for honest character, perseverance and the hope of overcoming in the end.
When Sonlight kids face challenges in their own lives--whether resolving conflict with siblings, working extra hard to understand math, or grieving the death of a grandparent--may they say "I can do this. I can stick with my family, persevere and overcome difficulties. I know I can because I've seen it again and again in books. I've seen ordinary people like me do great things. I won't give up!"
In case you're concerned here, I should also say that Core H also includes really fun books too--thrilling adventures, laugh-out-loud scenes and heartwarming stories. We mix it up to give you a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
With Core H, you receive:
We made some IG innovations to help you teach with greater confidence and effectiveness. You'll find everything you need -- schedule, notes, discussion questions, teaching tips, laminated color maps and more -- consolidated in one place for each week. Just open and teach!
With all your lesson plans and organization done for you, you can spend your time enjoying your children and learning with them. Let the discussion questions and great books lead to meaningful conversations about family, politics, history, faith and character. Open your guide each day to see what to read and discuss.
History & Geography
Figures for your ever-expanding timeline of history coordinate with History books, Readers and Read-Alouds to map the flow of history.
Equip your young teens to live out their faith. They'll learn how to study the Bible, what other religions believe and how Christianity differs. They'll prepare for the faith challenges the high school years often bring.
The broad selection of Bible readings for Core H come from the wisdom literature and minor prophets of the Old Testament, all four Gospels, and many New Testament epistles. Weekly Scripture memorization helps God's Word sink deep into students' hearts.
Enjoy this final set of Read-Alouds with your children. Add depth to history and:
- Save countless lives from smallpox with a doctor who creates the world's first vaccine.
- Help a young girl save her friend from the Nazis.
- Survive a Siberian labor camp with Esther, her mother and her grandmother.
- Encounter Koly, an Indian girl who is married at 13, widowed and left as an outcast. She overcomes in this compelling picture of a different world.
Give your children heroes who inspire them to become people of courage, strength and honor. Meet:
- Koly, an Indian girl who is married at 13, widowed, and left as an outcast. She overcomes in this compelling picture of a different world.
- Norwegian children who courageously save $9 million worth of gold bricks (today worth over $350 million).
- Katya, who finds hope in the midst of the devastating Russian Revolution.
We beefed up the Language Arts program to give you a better balance of creative writing, grammar and writing mechanics. We also provided more specific parent instructions for you (in the IG). With writing exercises fully integrated into Core H History and Literature, your students will write creatively, compose essays, research and analyze literature. They'll find instruction and inspiration for great writing!
Excellence and character
Motivate your children to new heights of character, learning and academic excellence. And watch them grow in their love of learning.