Welcome to The Good and the Beautiful History Year 4
Before You Begin History Year 4
We are excited for your family to begin History Year 4.
All of our history courses are designed to be open-and-go! You do not need to read or prepare anything on a daily basis.
It is, however, extremely helpful to spend a few minutes getting an overview of the course. Here are a few highlights to help you get off to a successful start.
Required Items Needed for This Course
The History Year 4 Course Set includes the four individual items listed below.
Are you missing an item? Compare your packing slip to your order. You may have ordered the “course book” rather than the “course set.”
If something is missing, contact our Customer Support Team at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.
Digital Items Needed for This Course
You also have access to two digital items: Student Explorers and Audio Dramatizations. Both items can be found here. The access code is located in the About This Course pages in the front of the course book.
How This Course Works
About This Course
Broken into four units for a total of 60 lessons, each about 60 minutes long, this family-style course includes 20 minutes for a family read-aloud book of your choice. We encourage you to discuss and explore the topics that spark interest in your family which may make your lesson times vary.
If you complete two lessons per week, it will take one school year to complete a course. We recommend completing three lessons a week if you are teaching children in grades 6 and above.
All history courses (years 1–4) cover ancient times to modern history; each course stops in different places and periods to explore in depth. Thus, children see the whole sweep of history and how it fits together during each course. Each of the four history courses places an emphasis on US history, the Founding Fathers, and principles of freedom.
Download the Four-Year Outline here.
A few lessons require additional items. We suggest that you look ahead a few lessons to gather the items.
Bold text indicates instructions to you. Regular text is what you read to children. [Text within brackets are the answers to questions you ask the children.]
Maps & Images
This full-color book is a compilation of maps and images. The Year 4 Course Book will indicate when to refer to the maps and images.
Used in History Years 2, 3, and 4, the History Timeline comes with the History Year 2 Course Set. If you did not do History Year 2 yet, you will need to purchase the timeline here.
These seven full-color, laminated, 8.5 x 11 sheets can be hung up permanently where children can reach them, or the sheets can be laid out on the table when referenced in the Year 4 Course Book.
The timeline visually ties history together. It does not include all historical events or figures. Many major events are printed right on the timeline. Other historical events and figures are added with stickers.
This course set includes stickers for Year 4. The Year 4 Course Book will tell you when and where to place the stickers on the timeline.
The lesson indicate when to use the Student Explorers. Not all lessons use them, and in some lessons the older children use the Student Explorers while younger children do not.
Print a Student Explorer for each child (based on their grade level), and place each Student Explorer in a 3-ring binder. For how to access the Student Explorers, read the About This Course pages in the front of the course book.
Four Student Explorer PDFs are included with the course set:
- Lower Elementary: Grades 1–3
- Upper Elementary: Grades 4–6
- Intermediate: Grades 7–9
- High School: Grades 10–12.
Each Student Explorer includes assignments specifically designed for the targeted grade levels. They increase in complexity for the higher grades.
The password for the audio dramatizations page is in the About This Course section at the beginning of your history course book. Once you open the audio online, you can stream the audio or download it. To download, right-click and choose “Save As.”
Dramatized audio recordings are included in about half the lessons. These engaging audio recordings bring history to life and add variety and power to the course.
These dramatizations include much of the main historical content, and we suggest that families do not skip these audio recordings. Alternatively, you can download the script if you would rather read it.
History Houses Game
The History House Game helps children learn and review key information about important historical figures, eras, events, and places. Review is a vital part of learning. This game also helps to add variety plus family or class interaction.
The course book indicates when to play this game at different points throughout the course. Instructions are included with the game. The game may be played by 2–6 players.
Teaching Older Children
Students in grades 7–12 create a history notebook from loose leaf paper that students put in a binder. The course book and student explorers guide students through creating this notebook.
The Grades 10–12 Student Explorers contain in-depth reading assignments and activities that students complete independently to prepare them for college-level learning.
Teaching Younger Children
Occasionally, in a big box under the lesson heading, is a message that suggests you skip the lesson if you are teaching only children in younger grades. All lesson material is appropriate for all ages, but these particular lessons may be too complex for younger children.
If you have both older and younger children, it is suggested you do all the lessons and let younger children participate to the degree you choose.
As part of the course, we encourage you to select and read four books to your children, one for each of the four units in the course. For a list of suggestions, click on this link Read-Aloud Suggestions.
Reading engaging books with high literary, moral, and educational value is a powerful way to teach and instill a love of history. Twenty minutes is allotted in most lessons for the teacher read-aloud, but to finish a book by the end of the unit, most read-aloud books requires that you read outside of lesson time as well. For your convenience, we offer a Read-Aloud Book Pack for each year of history. Click below for more information.
New History Updates
See all the latest information about the updates for History Years 1–4. If you have our current editions, you will still be able to access all the digital extras on the website as described in the About This Course pages in the front of the course book.
Click here to see the latest updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our History FAQs page where you will find answers to frequently asked questions, helpful videos, and other resources.
How to Download Files
For help with downloading or printing digital files, click below.
Email Customer Support
Do you have more questions? Email our friendly customer support team, and we will be happy to help you further!
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