Living History Threads
Christian Learning Resource
Anabaptist History, Living History Threads
Living History Threads is a comprehensive history and geography curriculum for grades one through four. The four levels are designed to serve both single-grade and multi-grade classrooms. The studies of history and geography are built around a set of recognized events, people, and places spanning time and space. These are the threads of history. These threads, the facts or grammar of history, are then woven together, interpreted, and analyzed creating the fabric of historical understanding. Living History Threads prepares lower elementary students for further historical weavings by introducing and instilling within students significant stories from the past.
Living books and stories are the principal form of content used.
Read-alouds are the primary means used to offer the content.
Formative stories are emphasized alongside informative stories.
Multiple strands of content—world history, American history, church history, Anabaptist history, local history, and geography—are developed in each level.
Key content guides student learning by providing a finite body of essential knowledge for mastery.
Maps and timelines provide a constant spatial and chronological context for the historical content.
Ten reasons to consider Living History Threads:
1. Presents history in living color through dozens of interesting books and stories.
2. Encourages elementary students to view history as an enjoyable and consequential subject.
3. Integrates Anabaptist and church history from first grade, rather than waiting until junior high.
4. Introduces students to Mennonite servants such as Felix Manz, Menno Simons, Dirk Willems, Christopher Dock, and Annie Funk.
5. Teaches a rich history vocabulary – hieroglyphics, conquistador, cuneiform, feudalism – in preparation for the upper grades.
6. Improves listening skills and comprehension.
7. Enables students to recognize key people and places by using flash cards and pictures.
8. Develops geographical awareness through the study of significant historical locations.
9. Anchors the stories and characters of history in space and time by emphasizing maps and timelines.
10. Promotes the development of students’ primary identity as members of God’s global kingdom.
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