Resuming the study that began in Sonlight B, Sonlight C picks up the story of World History from the Dark Ages to the beginning of WWI. This takes you through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, Asian dynasties, and the Industrial Revolution to modern global history.
My purpose is not simply to trace the roots of Western Civilization, but to acquire an overview of how civilizations have developed all over the world – Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and Africa.
As your children see the flow of World History – the rise and fall of civilizations – they get a big-picture look at what has gone before. That, in turn, helps them understand the world today.
Although Sonlight C touches on some hard topics, overall the focus is on positive stories of people overcoming obstacles. (Since the 20th Century was particularly harsh, we wait until later years to study it in depth.)
Overview of the History
As in Sonlight B, the centerpiece of the history program is V.M. Hillyer's story-based Child's History of the World. This book continues to interweave with the illustration-heavy Usborne Book of World History. And, as in B, the Time Traveler book offers a deeper look at two cultures: the Vikings and Medieval Europe.
This program includes several gorgeously illustrated biographies of fascinating people. Peter the Great describes the energetic ruler of Russia, the visionary behind St. Petersburg, and a cultural reformer. Another introduces Michelangelo, a master of three widely different art forms: architecture, painting, and sculpture.
With this program, you also gain a special love for modern peoples around the world through the book Window on the World. From Afghans to Zulus, meet 92 largely unevangelized countries and people groups. Learn about the globe and help your children develop a godly heart for the world.
Another highlight isGeography Songs, a rollicking album of countries and capitals. If you sometimes forget where Gambia is, or whether Luxembourg is a country or a city, this album will help you know the countries of the world.
Overview of the Literature
As your children continue to mature, the Read-Alouds likewise require greater maturity. Most of them do not have illustrations.
Several more of the Read-Alouds this year take place concurrently with the history: The Minstrel in the Tower, Tales of Robin Hood, The Adventures of Lancelot the Great, and The Door in the Wall all take place in the Middle Ages. A bit later, The Apprentice tells the story of a young man in a painter's workshop during the Renaissance.
Though the rest do not tie in to history, they are books to make your life better. Red Sails to Capri was one of my husband's all-time favorites, with its brilliant triumph of a search for beauty, adventure, and philosophy. The Cricket in Times Square follows the adventures of a cricket, a cat, and a mouse in New York's Grand Central Station. The White Stallion of Lipizza follows a boy as he studies dressage (a type of horse riding) at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The School Story is about book publishing (yay!), and The Twenty-One Balloons tells the story of a retired teacher who almost dies in the volcanic explosion on Krakatoa. Marvelous, entertaining, and endearing books, all.
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As one mom said, Sonlight's C "is a great collection of books tied together with an Instructor's Guide. Worth every penny." We trust you'll agree.
Estimated daily time for Intro to World History, Year 2 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student: 2-3 hrs | Parent: 1.5-2 hrs
Want a one-year option? See Sonlight B+C.