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General Studies
This introductory manual explores the authors' teaching philosophies and techniques. Also gives practical help for teaching high schoolers and entertaining toddlers. This foundational unit covers the four pillars necessary for using History Links unit studies: history, archaeology, geography, and theology. Demonstrate geological layering with a Jello dessert. Explore the concept of timelines with a family photo-history. Apply the Church's guidance for studying the Sacred Scriptures. 78 pgs.
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Creation
Balanced presentation of Catholic Church teaching on Creation. Includes numerous references to Church documents on the subject. Little ones follow the six days of Creation with a shadow box while older students analyze various archaeological dating techniques. Trace Church teaching on creation and evolution from the second century on. Wear homemade "skins" and forage for food like a stone-age man for a day. 77 pgs.
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Please note: The Creation unit is not for the fainthearted. Although it includes a lot of Scripture and Catholic doctrine, it is more science than history. The unit is divided into three main parts: Creation, The Origins Conflict, and Early Man.

While the Creation unit is very important, if you only have younger students you may want to forgo it for now. Some families, especially those with only younger children, seem to get bogged down in this unit and then don't continue on with the units that are more historically based. It does contain some fun activities for Creation and Early Man, but you will definitely want to skip the theology parts with younger students and touch on them only lightly with older elementary students.

Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia was the land of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Study the culture of Ur to realize all that Abraham left behind to follow God's call to go to the land of Canaan. The Mesopotamians invented what might be considered the most important piece of technology of all times--make this invention out of a potato. Make a ziggurat cake. Compare the Code of Hammurabi to the Mosaic Commandments. Present a shadow play based on the Epic of Gilgamesh. 59 pgs.
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Ancient Egypt
The Egyptian culture was one of beauty and complexity. These people had advanced mathematical and engineering skills, as well as complex concepts of religion and the next life. They gave us the first calendar, the first time-keeping devices, and the first paper. They even invented taxes! Mummify a carrot to learn the scientific principles behind this process. Play with and analyze Egyptian fractions. Contrast the worship of the ancient Egyptian gods to our devotion to the Saints. Follow the Israelites' path into Egypt and out again 500 years later. 63 pgs.
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Ancient Israel
Our Catholic worship is rooted in the traditions of the ancient Hebrew people. Delve into your Jewish roots by exploring the people and cultures of the Ancient Middle East. Enrich your knowledge of the historical, prophetic and poetic books of the Old Testament. Compose poetry in the style of the ancient psalmists. Celebrate the Jewish feasts as Jesus. Explore the four senses of Sacred Scripture as seen in the story of Naaman. 74 pgs.
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Ancient Greece
Classical Greece was a prime contributor to civilization as we know it. Compare the governmental styles, the arts, the architecture, even the philosophy of the ancient Greeks with our culture today. Don a chiton and work your math problems on an abacus or wax tablet. Act out the three principal forms of government the Greeks utilized. Read or perform some of the Greek tragedies and comedies.
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Ancient Rome: Volume One -- The Roman Republic
The Roman Republic volume focuses on the lifestyle, literature, military, and government of ancient Rome. Compare your government to that of the Roman Republic.
     Construct Roman shields and imitate the tortoise formation of the Roman soldiers. Dress in a toga and recite one of Cicero's speeches or act out a scene from Shakespearešs Julius Caesar. Practice your spelling words with pretzel letters and sandwich boards. Cook an ancient Roman feast using actual recipes from antiquity.
     
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Ancient Rome: Volume Two -- The Pax Romana
The Pax Romana showcases the life of Christ and the Apostolic Age. You will understand the political climate into which Christ was born and have the opportunity to meditate on famous works of art depicting scenes from Christ's life. Learn about Roman and Jewish law to understand more fully the trial of Jesus. Follow the development of the liturgy, the Sacraments, and the hierarchy of the Church in these early years.
     Play the Apostle Game to remember the twelve Apostles. Make a Eucharist cake for the feast of Corpus Christi. Throw a birthday party for the Church. Truly celebrate the liturgical year.
     
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Ancient Rome: Volume Three -- The Roman Empire
The Roman Empire unit accentuates the progression of the Empire and its eventual demise, while tracing the development of the early Church. Continue to follow the development of the liturgy and the sacraments, as well as the clarification of doctrine. Encounter the principal Saints, councils, heresies of the early Church.
     Act out the scene that most influenced Constantine's conversion. Host an Early Church Mystery Saints dinner. Demonstrate the invasion of Roman lands and the eventual destruction of Rome using marbles and a balloon, dominoes, or an edible map.
     
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Medieval: Volume One -- Early Medieval
The centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire are often called the "Dark Ages" but this fails to acknowledge that culture was preserved largely through the work of Catholic monks and Muslim scholars of that day.
     Make Ora et Labora bracelets while studying the Rule of St. Benedict. Make a jeweled Byzantine Gospel cover and a booklet of Arabic art. Write an icon of "Mother and Child". Host a Treasure Hunt with clues written in Viking Runes.
     
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