Intro to World History, Year 1 of 2

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Title: Intro to World History, Year 1 of 2
Age Range: 7-9
Grade Range: 2-4
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Travel the globe on a thrilling ancient adventure

Sonlight B, the first half of a two-year overview of world history, begins with Creation and continues through the Fall of Rome. The story picks up and continues to the present day in Sonlight C. Overall, these courses tell of how we got from Adam and Eve to this fascinating world with billions of people living in vastly different cultures.

In this 36-week program, you'll start your year with an introduction to different peoples around the world. From there, you'll look at archaeology, and how we know about the past. Then begin your chronological journey through history, using the story-based Child's History of the World as the centerpiece of your studies.

Additionally, you'll also enjoy several illustrated history books, more than a dozen Read-Alouds to share with your children, and your choice of Readers packages, so your children gain fluency in reading. You'll meet heroes who followed God's call, enjoy more than 200 glorious poems, laugh at the classic literature, and learn more than you would have thought possible.

With Sonlight B, you'll discover the breathtaking, fascinating story of God's whole world, and have a marvelous time while doing so.

  • Explore the story of the world from Creation through the fall of Rome with these world history books.
  • Homeschool with confidence: you get the teaching tips, lesson plans and materials you need each day.
  • Learn how people lived in ancient Egypt, Greece, Europe, Africa, India & China.
  • Gain worthy heroes who followed God's call and shared His love with others.
  • Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), a one-year guarantee and other perks.

Estimated daily time for Intro to World History, Year 1 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student 2-3 hrs | Parent: 1.5 -2 hrs

Prefer a condensed, one-year introduction to World History? See Sonlight B+C.

Overview of the History

To ease into the academic year (and the first year with chronological history all year), the schedule begins with a fascinating look at different houses and homes around the world.

Next up is a book that introduces what archaeologists do. As you read about ancient history, you may wonder, how does anyone today know how the ancients lived? This book helps answer that question: Archaeologists find clues like homes, tools, toys and pots. When paired with historical documents, these clues explain what life was like in ancient times.

Then you come to the centerpiece of the History program: V.M. Hillyer's story-based Child's History of the World. Hillyer writes the most readable history I've seen, in the tone of a wise, kind grandfather. He doesn't talk down to children – he meets them right at their level.

Hillyer's book, as delightful as it is, is not illustrated. To make history more understandable and memorable, the schedule assigns illustrated pages in The Usborne Book of World History. Either book on its own would be good, but the combination is outstanding.

Additionally, when Hillyer covers Egypt and Rome you get to examine these cultures in greater depth in the entertaining, highly illustrated Time Traveler book.

Overview of the Literature

This is the first year that literature interweaves with the history.

The Read-Alouds increase in difficulty a little every year. This year, most books include an illustration at least once per chapter, but the stories are more challenging than those in Sonlight A.

There are a few that loosely connect with the History reading: an age-appropriate look at Greek myths, and a mystery story set in ancient Rome.

But mostly this collection is an outstanding introduction to children's books.

As any collection should, this includes Charlotte's Web and the Beverly Cleary classic Henry Huggins. From the older favorite Homer Price, to the newer favorite Gooney Bird Greene (both by award-winning authors); from the funny wild-animal stories in Owls in the Family to the poignant farm-animal stories in Mountain Born; these are stories that will make your children laugh out loud, that might bring you to tears, and that you and your children will remember for a lifetime.

This program also includes a gorgeous book of animal poems. If you opt to do Sonlight Science B, there's a nice tie-in with the World of Animals book: so much beautiful animal photography in both! Even if you don't do Science B, this is a "don't miss it!" book.

Grade 4 Readers

Chapter books for the precocious reader (or, perhaps, the older student doing Sonlight C with younger siblings).

A book with mysteries (Encyclopedia Brown); a book of tall tales (McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm); a book about building a business (The Toothpaste Millionaire). An original fairy tale (The King's Equal). A book about unusual pets (A Llama in the Family), and wild horses (Misty of Chincoteague). Another package of excellent readers to enjoy.

One of the enormous benefits of this package, especially, is that most of these books are either part of a series, or by an author who wrote many other books. So if your children find an author they particularly enjoy, look for more! For example, the author of Frindle, Andrew Clements, has written many delightful books. Or Arleta Richardson, who wrote More Stories from Grandma's Attic, has ten books in the complete set. Beverly Cleary wrote six books about Henry Huggins and eight about Henry's neighbors Beezus and Ramona. There are more than two dozen Encyclopedia Brown books, four in the "B" Is for Betsy series, three about Ralph S. Mouse. And so on.

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Instructor's Guides

Grade 4 Readers Schedule/Study Guide - 5 Day (4RG)

Includes the daily schedule and Study Guide.

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Sonlight B Instructor's Guide (BCG)

Teaching made easy, stress-free and fun!

This comprehensive Instructor's Guide will help you focus on the joy of teaching your children, not spending hours every day planning and organizing.

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Bible

Leading Little Ones to God (BB01)

A classic devotional book for children focuses on biblical doctrines such as who God is, what He does, Christ's work, the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the church.

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Sing the Word: A New Commandment (BB02)

The entire set of Scripture verses in your 2nd Grade or Sonlight B Bible Memory program set to a diverse variety of music played by an incredibly wide range of musical instruments.

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History & Geography

The Usborne Time Traveler (BH01)

Required Resource for History / Bible / Literature C. (Included in B and B+C. If you purchase History / Bible / Literature C and have not used B or B+C, you will need to purchase this book separately.)

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Tut's Mummy Lost & Found (BH02)

The incredible story of discovering an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb — in the same condition it had been left 2000 years before.

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George Muller (BH06)

With scarcely enough money for his own family, George Muller sponsored a "Breakfast Club" for orphans that eventually filled five large houses and cared for 1, children. Muller's faith and generosity have set a standard for Christians of all generations. A gripping true story.

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Archaeologists Dig For Clues (BH08)

Join an archaeological dig and learn about the tools and techniques archaeologists use!

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The Great Wall of China (BH10)

Twenty-two hundred years ago in China, King Chen's greatest responsibility was to protect his people from their fierce enemies. To do so he built a Great Wall 3,750 miles long. An awe-inspiring look at why and how the Great Wall of China was built.

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Timeline Figures B (BH11)

Over 40 Timeline Figures for Sonlight B on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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Around the World with Kate and Mack (BH13)

Take an exciting journey Kate and her pet parrot, Mack, as they travel around the world to learn more about different languages and cultures. They are making lots of new friends along the way. As you will travel with them, you will:

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Catching Their Talk in a Box (BH14)

The amazing, "out-of-the-box" story of Joy Ridderhof. An illness kept her from missionary service, but that merely opened a greater opportunity!

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Wonderful Houses Around the World (BH15)

A picture is worth a thousand words. This book has photos of hand-built houses in ten places: Mongolia, China, Indonesia, India, Romania, Tunisia, Spain, Togo, Senegal, and Bolivia. Each structure is beautifully photographed, and then colorfully drawn in pen, with descriptive captions explaining the everyday life of children and families in these homes. Truly wonderful.

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The Usborne Book of World History (CH02)

Required Resource for History / Bible / Literature C. (Included in B and B+C. If you purchase History / Bible / Literature C and have not used B or B+C, you will need to purchase this book separately.)

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A Child's History of the World (CH15)

Required Resource for History / Bible / Literature C. (Included in B, and W. If you purchase History / Bible / Literature C and have not used B, or W, you will need to purchase this book separately.)

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Read Alouds

Charlotte's Web (BA01)

Author E.B. White's heartwarming classic about the friendship between a little girl, a selfless spider and "the world's greatest pig."

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Henry Huggins (BA02)

First in a classic series about a kind-hearted boy and his lovable friends in late '50s middle America.

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Gooney Bird Greene (BA03)

Gooney Bird dazzles (and inspires) her classmates with "absolutely true" stories, while they learn what makes a story good or bad.

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The Year of Miss Agnes (BA05)

A teacher from England connects with the hearts and minds of students in a one-room Athabascan school in Alaska in 1948.

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Homer Price (BA06)

Award-winning author illustrator recounts the hilarious adventures of a small town boy in middle America during the early '50s.

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Greek Myths for Young Children (BA07)

Colorful introduction to the more significant gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece: Pandora, Heracles (Hercules), Midas, Icarus, and many others.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins (BA08)

A classic, absolutely impossible tall tale. It will win your child's heart — and maybe yours, too!

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Mountain Born (BA10)

A young farm boy and his sheep grow up together. Touching, beautifully crafted, thought-provoking.

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Understood Betsy (BA11)

The insightful story of how an over-protected girl becomes a self-confident young woman.

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Detectives in Togas (BA14)

Seven ancient Roman boys become entangled in a fast-paced and humorous, though apparently deadly-serious mystery.

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Little Pear (BA15)

The only boy in a Chinese family, Little Pear has greater latitude for mischief than others.

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Owls in the Family (BA16)

Welcome to the hilarious adventures of Wol and Weeps, two of the most lovable pets you'll ever meet. The great horned owls shake up a whole Saskatchewan neighborhood, outsmart Mutt the dog, and turn a house topsy-turvy.

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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry (BA19)

A gorgeous collection of incredible poems with jaw-dropping National Geographic photography throughout. Just the photo of the eagle in flight with Tennyson's "The Eagle" is worth the price of the book. The whole thing: absolutely stunning.

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Happy Times in Noisy Village (BA20)

Six children live on three neighboring farms in Sweden where they enjoy many escapades. Enchanting.

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The Year Of the Baby (BA21)

Anna learned how to be a good friend last year. This year, she wants to learn how to be a good sister to a baby girl her family adopted from China. When the doctor warns that the baby isn't thriving, Anna and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project to help save the little one. Will Anna's devotion to her new sister be enough to save her?

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Babe the Gallant Pig (BA22)

When Babe is taken in by Farmer Hogget's sheepdog, Fly, it's only natural he would want to follow in his foster mum's paw-steps. Even with considerable handicaps as a sheepdog (namely, he's a pig) he manages to overcome all with his earnestly polite and soft-spoken ways, proving once again that might doesn't always make right. After saving the sheep from rustlers and wild dogs, Babe convinces Hogget that his idea of becoming a sheep-pig might not be so silly after all. No one could have predicted what follows.

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Kildee House (BA23)

A warm story about an asocial recluse who finally wins friends when he builds and moves into a cottage in the forest.

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Readers / Literature

Ginger Pye (4R01)

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes is a delightful book about an exceptionally intelligent dog and his devoted human owners.

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Henry and Ribsy (4R40)

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary details the beloved adventures of an all-American average boy and his dog. This book series started in 1950.

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Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (4R41)

Set in early 20th Century Minnesota, and written in the early '40s, this is a story about three girls who discover that "different culture" doesn't mean stupid or evil. At the same time, they also come to appreciate their unique American heritage all the more.

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The Children of Noisy Village (4R43)

Journey through a year of traditions and fun with this timeless story of six children on country farms in Sweden.

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Encyclopedia Brown (4R44)

A thoroughly likable boy detective uses his encyclopedic knowledge and unerring deductive abilities to solve ten mysteries.

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Misty of Chincoteague (4R45)

Fictional account of a true story about an "uncatchable" mare named Phantom and her colt, Misty. Engaging.

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The King's Equal (4R46)

An arrogant young king sets out to find a queen as beautiful, intelligent and wealthy as he is. Will he mature along the way? Simply told and gripping.

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More Stories from Grandma's Attic (4R47)

16 inspiring stories of a childhood in midwest North America 80 years ago.

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Emily's Runaway Imagination (4R49)

A charming story about a lovable girl in small-town Oregon in the mid-1920s whose creative ideas place her in humorous and sometimes mildly embarrassing situations.

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Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West (4R51)

True story of "Wild Horse Annie" who fought to protect the wild mustangs of the western United States from ruthless slaughter and extinction.

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The Whipping Boy (4R53)

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman focuses upon a prince who has to learn the hard way what makes for true character.

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Socks (4R54)

Socks, a beloved, pampered cat is the center of his human family's universe—until he is displaced by a new baby. Can he ever regain his position? Rollicking fun.

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Lumber Camp Library (4R55)

When Ruby's beloved father dies in a logging accident, she must leave school—and her dream of teaching—to care for her 10 siblings.

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A Llama in the Family (4R56)

Adam has had his heart set on getting a mountain bike. When his mother buys a llama to start a Vermont Trekking company instead, Adam discovers that his dreams may be too small. Heartwarming, humorous, and positive.

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The Toothpaste Millionaire (4R57)

A resourceful and scrupulously honest 12-year old makes a million dollars by selling toothpaste at no more than 15 cents a tube.

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$7.99
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McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm (4R58)

Three tall tales by a Newbery award-winning author. Will tickle your child's funny bone.

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Frindle (4R59)

Fifth grader Nick Allen decides to test his language arts teacher's commitment to dictionaries by creating a new word—frindle. The ensuing battle of wills provides a delightful backdrop for a young person's introduction to the fascinating world of words.

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B is for Betsy (4R61)

A six-year-old goes to school and experiences the kinds of things a city girl in 1910s America would enjoy. Delightful period piece.

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Ralph S. Mouse (4R63)

Fed up with life at the Mountain View Inn, Ralph persuades his friend Ryan to take him to school.

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Marco Polo (4R65)

Illustrations and readable text provide a fascinating introduction to one of the world's great explorers, a man who befriended one of history's great leaders: Kublai Khan.

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (4R67)

Like Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this fast-paced novel features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes a group of children into a public library filled with book-related clues puzzles to find the hidden escape route if they want to leave the library and win Mr. Lemoncello's most fabulous prize.

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Required Items

History & Geography

Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

Includes two big full-color maps in one plus a four-color set of fine-tip water-based markers!

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Resources

3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® History, Language Arts, and Science Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

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History & Geography

Timeline Figures B (BH11)

Over 40 Timeline Figures for Sonlight B on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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Language Arts

Phonics Level D (3L18)

Optional workbook for Language Arts for Grade 4 Readers. Consumable.

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Wordly Wise C (3L01)

Consumable, Optional. Fun vocabulary-building exercises strengthen students' thinking and writing skills. Students learn multiple definitions of words and use them in sentences and puzzles.

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