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History Quest 4: The Ancient East (Full Curriculum for Grades 4-6)

In this 9-week course that uses story-telling and hands-on activities, you'll travel back in time to find what life was like in ancient China, India, and Arabia, and how the Silk Road came to be. No pre-requisites.
Kim Musolff
167 total reviews for this teacher
New class
45 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Apr 10, 2023

Apr 10, 2023 - Jun 8, 2023 (9 weeks)
Mo, Tu, Th
7pm - 7:45pm
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Class Experience

Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:
-explain the significance of the civilizations in ancient China, India, Arabia, and Africa on world history
-discuss important events and people from these civilizations
-explain how the Silk Road brought several civilizations together
I am a Colorado-certified teacher with over 20 years experience teaching children in grades K-8.  I have taught social studies in many different settings, including public schools, private schools, and homeschool environments.  As I teach I make every effort to respect everyone's opinions and teach students to look at history from multiple perspectives.  
Students are required to read on average, one chapter each week from History Quest.  They may read the chapter independently, listen as an adult reads it aloud, or listen to the audio book, available here for $29:

Additionally, students may need to complete some parts of the research project outside of class.  They will be given several class periods to work on this, but still may need extra time to put the project together.  
Students will be required to keep a notebook for this class. This can be any 3-ring binder where they can add and remove pages as needed. Students will also need to purchase the History Quest chapter book and the History Quest Study Guide (see below). The study guide includes pages needed for notebooking throughout the entire year. Due to copyright laws, I am unable to provide copies to students. However, when you purchase the Study Guide, you can use it for all other classes in this series. IF STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE A COPY OF THESE FROM PART 1, THEY DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANOTHER COPY. History Quest Study Guide, available in print or as a digital copy for about $30. Used for the entire year: History Quest Chapter Book, available in print ($22), digitally ($16) or as an audio book ($30). Used for the entire year: Audio Book: Print Book or ebook: Additionally, students will need supplies for hands-on projects. A detailed list of supplies will be provided upon enrollment. Most of the supplies needed are common things you will find around your home. These include things like, paper, colored pencils, tape, flour, mixing bowls, etc.
I continuously assess students informally thoughout the class and adjust my teaching based on the needs of the students.  A written test or teacher evaluation can be provided at the parent's request.  
2 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
History has many circumstances where we can question the perspective of the events.  For example, one group of people “conquers” another group, or a group of people form a religion around a certain set of beliefs. I make every effort to include multiple perspectives or ask questions that encourage students to think about different viewpoints.  I explain to students often that there are multiple ways to construct history, because there are so many people involved in any one part of it.  That’s what makes it so interesting!  Students are always free to ask questions and state opinions in a respectable way.  If controversial topics arise, my practice is to point out that not everyone believes the same thing, and it’s our job to try to see things from everyone’s point of view if we are to create a fair picture of what happened in the past.  

Additionally, history is not always pretty.  Death, mistreatment, and other uncomfortable concepts may disturb sensitive students.  I will make every effort to give parents a heads-up to any sensitive topics like this, and welcome any parent to reach out with questions or concerns they may have about their student.  

Craft projects may include the use of scissors and hot glue.  Please provide supervision during these classes.  
Resources Used
History Quest curriculum

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History, by John S. Major
DK Eyewitnesss: Ancient China

Books used in this class
"History Quest: Early Times" Chapter Book
-This book was written with the intention of offering an unbiased story-telling approach to history.  The author explains that "for me, it was very important that History Quest refuse to promote a predetermined agenda.  Most people understand that scientific work is best done when scientists approach data without preconceptions so that the data can determine conclusions.  The same can be said about historical work.  The abuse of history to advance a political ideological, or religious agenda disturbs me greatly.  But despite my devotion to an accurate and unbiased presentation, I, like all history writers, have my own inevitable subjective perspective.  I do try hard to mitigate that, and I worked in tandem with a wonderful publisher and editor, whose perspectives challenged and complemented my own.”

"Illustrated Ramayana for Children" by Wonder House Books
This is an epic tale from ancient India, and also a great story from the Hindu religion, telling a story of good vs. evil.  

"The Story of Salt" by Mark Kurlansky

"Chinese Children's Favorite Stories" by Mingmei Yip
Fables, myths, and fairy tales from China

"Tales from the Arabian Nights" by Donna Napoli


Kim Musolff
Lives in the United States
MindSpark Learning Founder & Teacher
167 total reviews
134 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm a Colorado-certified elementary teacher and a veteran homeschool parent of 4 children.  For over 20 years, I've taught hundreds of children in grades PreK-8 in a variety of settings.  In 2016 I founded and ran a microschool for 3 years,... 
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