Hewitt’s Lightning Lit guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills. Unlike some literature programs that take a scatter-shot approach (where none of the literature seems connected) or that try to include too much into one book, Lightning Literature guides focus on a few classics in depth, in a systematic manner.
TruthQuest History puts God back at the center of the past. Centered on “living books,” this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods. Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that’s best for their students as they select “spines,” biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for The First Settlement, Sir Walter Raleigh, King Philip’s War, French & Indian War, War of Independence, American Art, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Rush, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 1-5; may be adapted for younger or older siblings. 171 pages, softcover, spiral-bound.
Full resource list is included at the back of the book.
Discovering the Ancient World is designed for High School, but is adaptable to grades six through eight. It is an integrated, research based, non-textbook curriculum including 18 units that cover the origins of 18 civilizations. Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically and in-depth. The multicultural approach to literature and composition utilizes the actual writings from the civilizations. Science focuses on discoveries made during the time period with an emphasis on the concepts of these discoveries and their impact on today’s technology. ——Covering from Beginning of recorded history – 500 B.C. Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically in context. Experience each civilization through their- ART and how it is made, MUSIC and instruments of each civilization, ARCHITECTURE: the Ark, Çatal Hüyük, Ziggurats, Pyramids, the city of Mahenjo-Daro, Solomon’s Temple, and so much more, DRAMA & SPORTS, LITERATURE (all excerpts included), COMPOSITIONS including all nine units of IEW TWSS, SCIENCE: archaeology, silk making, printing, paper making, petroleum, cotton, irrigation, embalming, surveying, hydraulics, RELIGION: the beliefs and practices of the Ancient people, ECONOMICS of trade and taxes.—– Winner of Practical Homeschooling’s Reader’s Award for Art Appreciation! —– TRISMS embodies all the teaching styles and learning styles while providing structure and flexibility in perfect balance. TRISMS guides the student into self-discipline and learning applications that will stay with them for life.
Bible Study Guide for All Ages is an in-depth bible study in 416 lessons. The Student Pages guide you through each lesson and come in four levels covering ages 3 through 6th grade. The Beginner level (for ages 3 – Kindergarten) and Primary level (for 1st – 2nd grade) require a parent’s guidance throughout the lesson. The Intermediate level (3rd – 4th grade) and Advanced level (5th-6th grade) may either be guided by the parent or completed by the student on their own. You can have all of your children study through the same Bible text at the same time. Recommendations on how to do it may be found here.
Optional materials that are referenced in the Student Pages teach chronology, the contents of the Bible Books, maps and more.
This user-friendly, unabashedly Christian, one-year science curriculum for elementary students includes teaching lessons, gorgeous coloring pages, hands-on time, memorization lists, review sheets, creative writing assignments, and an awesome supplemental book list! Written for 3rd through 6th graders, it can easily be scaled down for younger students, making this an excellent choice for teaching all your elementary-aged kids together. The schedule of 35 weekly lessons calls for teaching twice weekly, allowing a family time for projects, exploration of resource books, field trips, etc. The conversational style gives students the basic information they need, making this an ideal first course in life science; especially useful for those following a classical approach!
This one-year American history, geography, and literature course will bring students through the dynamic past of the United States. America the Beautiful Part 1 includes 75 lessons that begin with life before European colonization and continue through the first years of the Civil War. America the Beautiful Part 2 includes 75 lessons that begin with America’s expansion into the West during the early 1800s and continue into modern times. Five daily lessons typically focus on an element such as a major event of the time period, an amazing creation God’s placed in America, an American landmark, a biographical study, and notes on how daily life was lived at the time.
Simply written instructions are tailored for independent learners; at the beginning of each unit, an overview, list of lessons, and list of additional books needed are provided. Lessons may be read aloud, or alone. Four to six activities are provided at the end of each lesson, which parents may choose assignments from; each takes approximately 45-90 minutes, and students are not expected to complete all of them. Activities often cover thinking biblically, vocabulary, creative writing, or activities in Maps of America the Beautiful Timeline of America the Beautiful, We the People Student Workbook, or the (sold-separately) Lesson Review books. One special family activity is assigned per week, including arts and crafts, recipes, and multi-age projects. Grades 5-8.
This kit includes:
- America the Beautiful Book 1, 439 pages, hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- America the Beautiful Book 2; Continuing from Book 1, it contains pages 439-1007. hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- We the People, 220 pages, hardcover.
- Maps of America the Beautiful; non-reproducible.
- Timeline of America the Beautiful
- America the Beautiful Answer Key, Stapled binding, paperback.