Illuminations

Illuminations is in transition. In order to better serve our customers, Bright Ideas Press has decided to sunset the scheduling software and instead focus on better ways to deliver the rich content of Illuminations' schedules and lesson plans.​ Illuminations scheduling software will remain available for purchase up through 9/1/18, however the software will not receive any further updates and we may be limited in providing technical support.
On the plus side, we plan to distribute the best of our signature lesson plans, schedules, and literature study guides outside of the ILM software. Our hope is that a new À la carte ​ model will be more accessible and even easier for families​ to use. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.​

Illuminations is a practical, comprehensive, customizable homeschool curriculum guide with a Christian worldview.

Tired of planning it all yourself? Do you long to teach your kids together at the same time? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the planning you need to do? Do you ever wish you could find all your plans in one place?

Illuminations is your answer!

Illuminations Year One: Creation to the Resurrection Illuminations Year Two: The Early Church to the Middle Ages Illuminations Year Three: The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Growth of Nations Illuminations Year Four: Exploration to Expansion Illuminations Year Five: The Civil War to the Cold War Illuminations Year Six: Wars of Independence to Modern Times

Illuminations is a practical, comprehensive, customizable curriculum guide, covering Bible, language arts (grammar, writing, copy work, spelling, and vocabulary), literature, science, geography, history, and life skills built to wrap around The Mystery of History series or All American History series. (Math is not scheduled in Illuminations.)  

Illuminations

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Illuminations Year 1 Creation to the Resurrection MOH 1
Illuminations Year 2 The Early Church and the Middle Ages MOH 2
Illuminations Year 3 The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations MOH 3
Illuminations Year 4 Exploration to Expansion AAH 1
Illuminations Year 5 The Civil War to the Cold War AAH 2
Illuminations Year 6 Wars of Independence to Modern Times MOH 4

Each year of Illuminations contains lesson plans, guides, and reading schedules for grades 3–12. If you have younger children, they can join in with the older students thanks to the additional teaching ideas for grades K–2.   In Illuminations we've chosen curriculum that you can pick up and use without a lot of advance preparation. Purchase the novels, textbooks, and resources on our book lists, and all of the planning for the entire year is done for you! Use our Illuminations Build-A-Bundle Tool to make purchasing even easier.

Key Features of Illuminations

1. Tweakable Weekly Scheduler

As you can see in the video below, the weekly scheduler is completely customizable. Whether you want to tweak the lessons provided, use a different curriculum from what we suggest, change or move the assignments, add in your own math program, or even include a chore chart or meal plan, the unique schedule grid of Illuminations keeps all of your plans in one place.  


 

The weekly schedule provides a concise overview of assignments for each subject; the lesson plans provide details.   While high school students are scheduled for five days per week, the lesson plans for grades 3–8 have four-day schedules to provide a day for field trips, supplemental studies, or just catching up.  

2. Literature Study Guides

Our literature guides help you savor the very best historical fiction and classics for each time period. They include discussion questions and activities for all learning styles. You can find a list of required items at the beginning of each guide so you can prepare everything you need ahead of time. Illuminations also provides a collection of hand-crafted graphic organizers and a handy literature evaluation form to grade students' work.  

3. K–12

Illuminations can be used for all your children in grades K–12! Illuminations is broken down into three segments:

  • Early Learners (K–2)
  • Grades 3–8
  • High School

Each segment shares the same history plan, which binds them all together, but has a unique literature plan and curriculum choices that are appropriate for that age range. This feature of Illuminations makes multi-level teaching simple for you and memorable for the students as they study shared topics while still having age-appropriate assignments and hands-on activities.  

4. Reusable

Illuminations is a downloadable curriculum that you can use with as many of your children as you would like -- at the same time or over many years. Software updates are included in your purchase for as long as you own Illuminations. For each student, you simply purchase the resources from the book list that you want to use.   For co-op usage, please contact us for information.

  • Illuminations Year 1: Creation to the Resurrection

    Illuminations Year 1

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    Immerse your family in the history of the Bible, starting with Creation, then moving through Noah's flood, the Ice Age, and the Hebrews, and culminating in the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Creation – A.D.33). Along the way, you will engage with the cultures and stories of the ancient civilizations that made their mark on the world: Sumerians, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and more. History becomes the favorite time of your homeschool day with detailed study guides that lead you through great literature scheduled throughout the year, such as The Golden Goblet (ancient Egypt), God King (ancient Israel), and The Bronze Bow (ancient Rome).

    Your Illuminations Year 1 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

    $125.00
  • Illuminations Year 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages by Bright Ideas Press

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    Illuminations Year 2 transports your entire family back to the days of the early church and the Middle Ages (A.D. 29 – 1456). Through exciting historical fiction and The Mystery of History Volume II, you will meet dozens of people, famous and infamous, who made an impact on world history: Paul, Nero, Augustine, Charlemagne, Chaucer, Marco Polo, Joan of Arc, and so many more.

    Your family can learn about the early church and the Middle Ages together through the timeline activities and hands-on projects such as building a yurt and operating your own general store that is feeling the effects of inflation. History will never be called boring with study guides for great literature such as Crispin: The Cross of Lead (England), The Jeweled Astrolabe (Spain), Son of Charlemagne (France), The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Iceland), and more.

    Your Illuminations Year 2 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

    $125.00
  • Illuminations Year 3: The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Growth of Nations • Bright Ideas Press

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    With Illuminations Year 3 as your guide, the entire family can experience the exciting times of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and beyond (1455-1707) through a Christian lens. Through carefully chosen historical novels and The Mystery of History vol. III, you will meet the leaders who made a difference: Ivan the Great, Christopher Columbus, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Queen Elizabeth, Squanto, Blaise Pascal, Sir Isaac Newton, and so many more.

    Your Illuminations Year 3 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning

    $125.00
  • Illuminations Year 4 Exploration to Expansion

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    Immerse your family in the history of America from the age of Exploration to Expansion through the Christian lens of All American History volume I. In your year-long journey, all of your children in grades 3–-12 will experience history come to life as they read exciting historical fiction and do family activities, map work, and quarterly projects. History will be the best part of your homeschool routine because of the great literature selections and study guides for titles such as Amos Fortune, Free Man; Follow the Drinking Gourd; Across Five Aprils; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Twenty and Ten; and many more.

    Your Illuminations Year 4 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

    $125.00
  • Illuminations Year 5 The Civil War to the Cold War

    Illuminations Year 5

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    Immerse your family in the history of America from the Civil War of the 1860s through the Cold War of the 1990s through the Christian lens of All American History volume II. In your year-long journey, all of your children in grades 3–12 will experience history come to life as they read exciting historical fiction and do family activities, map work, and quarterly projects. History will be the best part of your homeschool routine because of the great literature selections and study guides for titles such as Amos Fortune, Free Man; Follow the Drinking Gourd; Across Five Aprils; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Twenty and Ten; and many more.

    Your Illuminations Year 5 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

    $125.00
  • Illuminations Year 6: Wars of Independence to Modern Times

    Illuminations Year 6

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    Illuminations Year 6 leads you through the main events of history from 1708 to the present age. Through exciting historical fiction and The Mystery of History Volume IV, you will meet dozens of people, famous and infamous, who made an impact on world history: Jonathan Edwards, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Stalin, Nelson Mandela, and many more.

    Your Illuminations Year 6 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

    $125.00
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    Illuminations Bundle Builder Tool

    Illuminations Build-A-Bundle Tool

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    Buy all you need for Illuminations with this handy bundle tool. Choose which year you want to study, then add on the history spine, timeline resources, science textbook, geography resources, and so on until you have created a customized homeschool bundle for your particular situation.

    From: $125.00
  • Foundations to Writing Program

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    Amazing things can happen when kids who don’t like to write, are afraid to write, or don’t know how to write are given a program that works! Foundation to Writing is a no-stress approach. For the first 18 weeks or more, the student doesn’t even write! To teach writing, you can’t start with actual writing. Because writing is a developmental skill, there is an entire foundation that needs to be laid before we can ask students to write sentences and paragraphs, let alone a research report!

    Foundations to Writing is a program designed specifically for use in Illuminations, and is based on LearningSuccess Writing Program by Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A. and Mariaemma Willis, M.S.

    $65.00