A 36-Week Schedule for a Year-Long World History of Transportation Study
The History of the World as It Unfolds Under Sails, Wings, & Space Machines
A Science Study of Oceans, Weather & Space
Target Age Group: Grades 4th to 8th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
The “Adventures in the Sea and Sky” Guide
The “Adventures in the Sea and Sky” Guide schedules a variety of well-illustrated history, science, and culture books in this easy to read guide. The schedule is based on a 4-day week, which leaves one day free for extracurricular studies, field trips, co-op, doctor appointments, trips to the grocery store, or whatever else in your “real life.”
You’ll love the clear weekly schedules and helps in this guide. The guide also includes activity ideas, advice on teaching and grading student work using Charlotte Mason ideals, website links, as well as a rating system and supply lists for activities and experiments. The guide offers many different activities with instructions that are “Open & Go!” and also schedules others from the resource set that make it easy to keep students busy with little to no prep.
The History Study in This Program
This guide pulls together the resources to follow the unfolding of world history through the lens of transportation. Your student will be on hand to see how major turning points in history have been decided by the technology available aboard ships, on airplanes, or space ships. They’ll begin by discovering the earliest sailors to take to international waters: the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Then they’ll see how the marauders of the Middle Ages, the Vikings, made their ill-gotten fortunes thanks to their superior ships, and how their raids helped to push forward ship development in the latter half of medieval times.
But they’ll likely marvel at the innovations of the Renaissance, and how ships developed to explore the globe, build empires, fight huge sea battles, and birth a generation of pirates. Then it’s on to the modern age to find out how England’s sea tradition and America’s industrial development shifted the balance of power at sea in the last century.
By mid-year, students will be heading into the skies with early aviation pioneers and the Wright Brothers to discover how the forces of flight and axes of motion were harnessed to allow men to take to the air in powered planes. They’ll feel the exhilaration of Kitty Hawk, witness the destruction of the world wars, then break records in newfangled speed machines.
And then they’ll head into space, going aboard early launches and exploratory missions, and following the progression until Americans landed on the Moon. They’ll travel on Apollo missions, launch aboard the Space Shuttle, and spend time walking (or floating) on the International Space Station.
The Science Study in This Program
As they sail, fly, and launch onto seas, into skies, and out into space, they’ll also explore science topics. They’ll begin with a study of the oceans, its tides, waves, currents, and zones, as well as ocean biomes, sea life, and the things that affect the oceans. As they move along, they’ll begin a weather study and learn to make forecasts of their own. Finally, they’ll explore the galaxy, find out more about constellations, and learn first-hand how to observe the night sky. It’s a full year of amazing scientific discovery!
Up Close in This Guide
- A 36-week, 4-day schedule is laid out clearly in a grid-style on just one page
- Introductory material helps you mentor and “learn together” with your student
- Supply lists and other helps make planning quick and painless
- Narration ideas in the front of the guide help you prompt your student through the year
- Weekly schedule page reduces your paperwork and is easy to follow, with clear notes
- Resources offer a focus on activities that are “Open & Go!”
- Rating systems for activities help you find the ones you want!
- Independent study schedules eliminate writing out homework lists
- 100 Timeline Cards and games provide fun drill to retain key events
- Website and DVD suggestions take your family under the sea, in the air and out into space
- Above all, WP offers a practical, “Can-Do-and-Want-To-Do!” approach
Schooling a Range of Ages
If you have a large range of students you’d like to keep together in this study, you may want to consider using our “Younger Learner’s Guide” to add students from Grades K to 2nd, or our “Older Learner’s Guide” to add challenge and content for students in Grades 7 to 9.