This Explorers to 1815 Homeschool Teacher's Manual is part of the Explorers to 1815 history series from Veritas Press, which is comprised of this teacher's manual (OR the enhanced homeschool teacher's manual on CD, School Manual, or School Enhanced CD options), plus the Explorers to 1815 Card set, and Explorers to 1815 Memory CD, all of which are sold-separately; a list of recommended literature for this course is below.
This teacher's manual includes student projects and worksheets that align with the cards and memory CD (not included). Projects include background information and accounts to read along with fun projects like salt-relief maps, making gold masks, making hand-dipped candles, map-work, and more. Worksheets provide reinforcement for remembering dates, names, and places. Tests provide an opportunity for assessment, and feature short-answer questions. Answers to all assignments are included in the back (line-listed format), including the writing exercises for cards. The appendix features a variety of reproducible blackline masters, history-based sentences in which students identify the different parts of speech, report forms, games, and more.
This comprehensive manual is designed for a 36-week school year, with one week at the end of each quarter designated for review and testing; parents are encouraged to adapt to their own students, as this manual contains more information and projects than could be completed by one student in a year.
Projects are marked in the answer key to indicate if they're suited for younger or older (4th grade and up) students. If using for 2nd grade and below, some work, especially in the beginning, may need to be done orally. While this program can be used with multiple ages, the recommended schedule is:
- Grade K: Bede's History of ME
- Grade 1: Bede's History of US
- Grade 2: Old Testament & Ancient Egypt
- Grade 3: New Testament, Greece & Rome
- Grade 4: Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation
- Grade 5: Explorers to 1815
- Grade 6: 1815-Present
It is also recommended that students read engaging historical-fiction that complements the events that they're learning; chapter questions are included in this manual for the following recommended books (not-included):
- Duel in the Wilderness
- Johnny Tremain
- Voyage to Freedom
- Witch of Blackbird Pond
- Yankee Doodle Boy
607 pages, softcover. Recommended for Grade 5. Reproducible for homeschool use. For a full list of recommended books to use with this course, along with additional reading suggestions, please see the attached Book List PDF above.
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