Elements in the Lessons
All lessons have scripted discussion questions and detailed instructions. The digital program us broken up into 30 weeks. Each week will list the material needed for that week. All resources are included. You will need to prepare the materials for the activities, which are listed separately every week for your convenience. In every lesson there are several elements:
The Task Card on the first page of every weekly lesson lists an overview of the topic and the materials needed.
Materials: The teaching materials needed are listed in the first column.
Time: This time indication is based upon twice a block of 45 minutes.
Inquiry: throughout this curriculum, the parent is modeling asking questions. Students learn how to ask questions and extract information from images and maps. This is a pre- research skill.
Discussion: Discussion questions help students recap the major events in a story and practices comprehension.
Activities: Every week the child will complete an activity that relates to the topic of the week. This will help students internalize the information covered. Activities are varied and alternated, in order to keep students engaged.
Tracing a Map: The program asks the child to trace the Location Maps (provided). The action of physically tracing a map assures the information is integrated into memory. The mapping activity allows students to get familiar with geography and teaches them to pay attention to certain geographical landmarks, such as rivers and seas, mountain ranges and oceans.
World Wall Map & Wall Icons: Every week, the child will cut out and stick small icons on the World Wall Map to remember the events that have been discussed. It also gives a sense of where most of the events are happening on a global scale.
Sea of History: The Sea of History poster is used with lessons that are directly about Muslims such as lessons about Muslim empires that emerged in that period. At the end of the year, the child will have a timeline that depicts all the important Muslim events in the Early Modern era, one after the other. This helps children visualize information.
Extra Resources: At the end of every lesson, there are extra resources listed. We recommend that if your child expresses a particular interest in a topic, you allow extra time for the extra resources. Extra resources are optional and not part of this curriculum.