How It Works
From Creation to the 21st century, Exploring World History presents ancient, medieval, and modern history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. It offers a thorough survey of Western civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The hardcover books feature hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations.
The Exploring World History Curriculum Package includes three books:
- Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages (first semester)
- Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present (second semester)
- In Their Words: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, and Stories from World History (assigned readings)
Exploring World History is designed to be easy-to-use for parent and student. Each of the 30 weekly units has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, Bible memory work, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments and hands-on projects. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes the history text and the reading assignments for that day (and those in progress). A focused student can direct his own study, and the parent can offer as much interaction as needed.
Completing the full course provides your child with one year of high school credit in three subjects: World History, English, and Bible. Depending on how fast your child reads and how much time he spends on the unit projects, he may need an average of 2-3 hours for each daily lesson. The history credit involves reading the lessons and the original documents (and answering the questions in the optional Student Review if desired). The English credit involves completing several writing assignments, including one research paper; and reading the assigned literature, poems, and short stories in In Their Words. The Bible credit involves reading large portions of the Bible and completing the Bible study lesson for each unit. The unit projects offer a wide variety of activities that tie into history, English, and Bible.
Author Ray Notgrass Explains the Curriculum
In addition to the assigned readings from In Their Words, the curriculum also assigns the following twelve books. Specific page numbers are not assigned, so you do not have to use these particular editions. We offer them as a set or individually.
- Units 3-5: The Cat of Bubastes (G. A. Henty)
- Unit 8: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
- Unit 10: Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
- Units 13-14: The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis)
- Units 16-18: Here I Stand (Roland Bainton)
- Units 19-20: A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
- Units 21-22: North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
- Units 23-24: The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)
- Unit 25: Animal Farm (George Orwell)
- Units 26-27: Bridge to the Sun (Gwen Terasaki)
- Units 28-29: Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
- Unit 30: The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis)
An assignment checklist and other supplemental downloads are available.
What Parents Are Saying
Grounded in the Scriptures
Quality But Affordable
"Our daughter Hannah is in 9th grade and is loving World History! We have struggled to find a History curriculum that is not only quality but affordable, Christ-centered and thorough. The way that Bible, Literature and History are tied together and discussed is wonderful. The schedule has been invaluable, as Hannah is able to mark off what she has done and keep herself on track." (Idaho)
Excited About What She Was Learning
"My daughter grew spiritually this year. I attribute a lot of her growth to [Exploring World History]. Ray Notgrass taught this history in such a way that she learned to look at history from God's perspective, which helps her to interpret current events in light of God's word. She came to me every day so excited about what she was learning about God and His ways." (Oklahoma)
Captured Their Interest
About the Author
Ray Notgrass is a follower of Jesus and a veteran homeschooling father. He met his wife, Charlene, at Middle Tennessee State University in the political science department. After graduating they were married in 1974. Ray went on to earn master’s degrees in history and New Testament. Ray and Charlene are lifelong history lovers and began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. They enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.