Illuminations Year 2

$125.00

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.

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Illuminations Year 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages

Illuminations Year 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages - Transport your entire family back to the days of the early church and the Middle Ages (A.D. 29 - 1456)

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.

All of your children in grades 3–-12 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.

Illuminations Year 2 also has special teaching ideas and subjects created just for grades K–-2 so your entire family can enjoy the Middle Ages theme together.

Using The Mystery of History Volume II as a history spine, your Illuminations Year 2 plan connects your literature, copywork, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying. Illuminations Year 2 also includes a full year’s plan for your choice of five science fields, Bible reading, geography, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, and life skills studies for high school students. (See the book lists tab for a full curriculum list.) Every purchase of Illuminations includes the powerful scheduler software that allows you to create customized weekly guides based on the Illuminations plan plus any modifications you desire.

Illuminations is a comprehensive*, chronological, customizable guide to a Christian education designed to complement The Mystery of History or All American History series. Each year covers everything you need for grades 3-12 for these subjects:

  • history
  • Bible
  • literature
  • grammar
  • writing
  • vocabulary
  • geography
  • copywork (grades 3–8 only)
  • spelling (grades 3–8 only)
  • science (grades 3–8 only)
  • life skills (high school only)

*Note: Illuminations does not include math.

If you have younger children, they can join in with the older students thanks to the additional teaching ideas for grades K–2 that are included in Illuminations.

For a detailed list of the scheduled resources and printable checklists, see the book lists tab.


For each year of Illuminations, we’ve chosen curriculum 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! 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, other studies, or just catching up.

Our scheduler software is unique and powerful. The best way for you to understand it is to see it in action, so please watch the tutorial video below.


As you can see, the weekly scheduler is completely customizable, so you can insert your own assignments and notes, rearrange the order, change colors, save your schedules, and more. Whether you want to tweak the lessons given, use a different curriculum than what we suggest, 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.

Simply load the scheduler program onto your computer, and you’re ready to go!

If you have questions about Illuminations, please call us at 877.492.8081 or email contact@brightideaspress.com.

This sample is a .zip file — if you’re on a mobile device or tablet, click here to learn how to open it.

Illuminations Year 2 Grades 3-8 Curriculum List

History
The Mystery of History, volume II
(The Early Church & The Middle Ages)Bible
Bible version of your choiceLanguage Arts: Literature
In-depth, Christ-centered study guides including questions
and answers, hands-on activities, mapping, and more!
(You buy the books; the study guides are included.)Language Arts: Copywork

Selections
from the literature list, the Bible, and 
The
Mystery of History II

Language Arts: Spelling
Natural Speller (all-inclusive lesson plans provided)

Language Arts: Writing
Choose from:
Foundations to Writing
WriteShop Primary
or Junior
WriteShop I
WriteShop II
The Write Stuff Adventure

Language Arts: Vocabulary
Choose from:
English from the Roots Up, vol. I or II

Language Arts: Grammar
Choose from:
Winston Grammar, basic level
Winston Word Works
Winston Grammar, advanced level
Easy Grammar 3, 4, 5, or 6
Easy Grammar Plus

 

Science
Choose from:
Christian Kids Explore Creation Science
Christian Kids Explore Biology
Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space
Christian Kids Explore Chemistry
Christian Kids Explore Physics
Optional for all CKE volumes: The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2006 or 2011 edition)Geography
Hands-On
Geography
 (early learners)
The
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
 
(grades 3–8)
North
Star Geography
(high school)

Supplemental Resources (optional)
Movies available from Netflix (DVD rental option only)
Selected audios by Jim Weiss
Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts

  • Ancient History Series
  • Holy Land Series

Schedule for Craft Pack II by Jean Heinrichs

Early Learners schedules for

  • Literature
  • Bible
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Geography

Illuminations Also Includes

  • Dozens of graphic organizers
  • Completely prescheduled lesson plans
  • Evaluation/grading tools and rubrics

Illuminations Year 2 Grades 3-8 Literature List

Family Study Guides

  • Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard
  • Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)
  • The Bible: Selected passages from the book of Acts ‡
  • Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey +
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ‡
  • Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney
  • Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi +
  • Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J. Harris +
  • If All the Swords in England by Barbara Willard
  • The Jeweled Astrolabe Jennifer Johnson Garrity (Brimwood
    Press) +
  • The Pirates of Pompeii by Caroline Lawrence
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard +
  • The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French +
  • Twice Freed by Patricia St. John +Summer Study Guides
  • A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
  • The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

+ Selection is used for both levels
3-8 and high school.
‡ Selection is included as an e-book or is free online. No purchase
is necessary.

 

Read Alone Guides

  • Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)
  • The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
  • Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard
    Platt and Chris Riddell
  • China: A Do-It-Yourself Read-Alone Guide ‡
  • Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  • Kights and Castles by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne
  • Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edward Palin D’Aulaire
  • The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski
  • Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church by Mindy
    Withrow
  • Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
  • Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Churchby Mindy
    Withrow
  • Pompeii . . . Buried Alive! by Edith Kunhardt Davis
  • Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
  • Robin Hood (DK Classics) by Neil Philip
  • Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta by James Rumford

Early Learners Literature

  • A Family of Poems by Carline Kennedy**
  • Adventures in Ancient China by Linda Bailey
  • Pompeii…Buried Alive! By Edith Kunhardt**
  • The Apostle’s Creed by Jim Gimbel
  • Valentine by Robert Sabuda
  • The Sword in the Tree by Claude Robert Bulla
  • The Story of Saint Patrick by James A. Janda
  • Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales**
  • The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck**
  • China’s Bravest Girl: The Legend of Hua MuLan by Chin**
  • Story of the Vikings Coloring Book by A. G. Smith
  • Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson**
  • Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire**
  • Knights and Castles (Magic Tree House Research Guide) by Mary Pope Osborne**
  • Robin Hood (DK Classics) by Neil Philip**
  • The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski**
  • Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt**
  • Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354 by James Rumford**
  • Days of the Knights (DC Readers) by Christopher Maynard
  • Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley**

**Title is also used as a Read Alone Guide selection

Illuminations Year 2 grades 3 to 8 book list

Illuminations Year 2 High School Curriculum List

History
The Mystery of History, Volume II
(The Early Church & The Middle Ages)

Bible
Bible version of your choice

Language Arts: Writing
Choose from:
WriteShop I
WriteShop II
The Write Stuff Adventure

Language Arts:

Vocabulary
Choose from:
English from the Roots Up, Volume I or II

Language Arts: Grammar
Choose from:
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series for grades 8–-12
Winston Grammar, basic level
Winston Word Works
Winston Grammar, advanced level

Supplemental Resources (optional)
Movies available from Netflix (DVD rental option only)
Selected audios by Jim Weiss
Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts

  • Ancient History Series
  • Holy Land Series

Schedule for Craft Pack II by Jean Heinrichs

 

Geography
North
Star Geography

Atlas of your choice

Life 101 Schedules
Life skills reading assignments and hands-on studies. Create-your-own credit
from 4 years of prescheduled books covering topics such as:

  • Religion & Personal Growth
  • Media & Culture
  • Finances
  • Graduation Preparation

Life 101 Books 

  • Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance and Repair by Michael E. Gray
  • Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
  • Covenant: Knowing God’s Covenant by Precepts Ministries
  • Cracking the SAT
  • Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money: A Financial Study for Teens
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
  • Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
  • Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa
  • Homeschool, High School, and Beyond by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon
  • How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
  • How Your House Works by Charlie Wing
  • Manners Made Easy for Teens by Junes Hine Moore
  • Money and Possessions: The Quest for Contentment by Kay Arthur
  • 1,000 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home by Harry H. Harrison Jr.
  • The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
  • What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
  • Who Needs a Superhero? by H. Michael Brewer

Illuminations Year 2 High School Literature List

High School Study Guides

  • Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)
  • Augustine’s Confessions translated by Garry Wills
  • Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
  • Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc by Polly Schoyer
    Brooks
  • The Bible
  • Selected passages from the book of Acts ‡
  • The book of I Thessalonians ‡
  • Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey +
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ‡
  • In Freedom’s Cause by G. A. Henty
  • The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare, online version ‡
  • Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard
  • Russia (DK Eyewitness Books)

+ Selection is used for both levels
3-8 and high school.
‡ This title is included as an e-book or is free online. No purchase
is necessary.

 

Family Study Guides

  • Crispin: the Cross of Lead by Avi
  • Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J. Harris
  • The Jeweled Astrolabe by Jennifer Johnson Garrity (Brimwood
    Press)
  • Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Miller
  • The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
  • Twice Freed by Patricia St. John

Summer Study Guides:

  • A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
  • The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illuminations Year 2 high school book list

   

What exactly is Illuminations?
Illuminations is a year-long homeschool curriculum guide based on The Mystery of History and All American History series. Options for teaching all ages from grades K–12 make Illuminations a budget friendly curriculum choice for families of all sizes.

Illuminations lays out a plan for the whole family to enjoy the same quality living books, a common history theme, and fun, hands-on projects. The Illuminations scheduler, which is preloaded with all of the lesson plans for the year, make it easy to choose what you will study, rearrange as necessary, and sort out what each student has to complete.

Detailed literature guides are a cornerstone of Illuminations. Going far beyond a mere book list and reading schedule, llluminations’ literature guides make teaching the carefully selected novels and non-fiction books an easy task.

What comes with my purchase of Illuminations?

Illuminations is a digital product. Your download includes:

  • the Illuminations module for your year, which contains all of the lesson plans and literature guides for grades 3–12 with additional resources for incorporating grades K–2
  • the Illuminations scheduler program, in which you can create, customize, and print your weekly schedules
  • access to free unlimited updates of the module and program

With a few exceptions, Illuminations does not include the books prescribed in the lesson plans. This means that you have the option to purchase new or used, borrow from the library, or substitute materials you already have on hand.

Is there an Illuminations bundle that I can purchase with all of the books for a certain year?
No, there is not because Illuminations is so customizable. There is more than one option for some subjects, and some families might choose to read some literature books while skipping others. Many of the literature books can also be found at your local library. If you need to purchase a book scheduled in Illuminations, we publish a lot of the curriculum here at Bright Ideas Press. For other items, look to your favorite book retailer who should carry most, if not all, of the books we do not have.

How Much Does it Cost to Use Illuminations?
The cost of Illuminations is an affordable $125 for a full year of all grade levels 3–12 (plus early learners resources). Where you purchase the additional resources from the book lists affects the total cost. Buying used books or borrowing from the library makes Illuminations less expensive than buying all of the scheduled materials new or at full price.

What age ranges are appropriate for Illuminations?
Illuminations is broken down into three segments: early learners (K–2), grades 3–8, and high school. Each segment shares the same history plan, which binds them all together, but has a unique literature plan with titles that are appropriate for that age range. Some subjects span more than one age segment, while others were chosen for a specific age group. See the book list tab for a complete list of curriculum that is preplanned for each age range.

Do I need to start at Year 1?
One beautiful thing about Illuminations is its flexibility! You can start with any year you prefer. Because history is the spine of the curriculum, you can choose Illuminations based on whatever era from history you would like to study. The curriculum does get progressively more difficult though, so we do recommend starting at the beginning if you have the option.

Illuminations

Title

Spine

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

 

Can I use Illuminations for more than one child?
Yes! Each year is designed to adapt to multiple grade levels so that all the children in your family can use it at once, even if they are in different grades.

Is a math curriculum scheduled within Illuminations?
No. Math must be purchased separately. Illuminations is very flexible so that you may add or remove whatever subjects you prefer for your family.

Does Illuminations for high school cover all of the required subjects for high school graduation?
No. The high school segment of Illuminations is designed to cover history, Bible, literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary, geography, and life skills. Subjects such as science, economics, math, etc., will need to be found separately.

Can I purchase Illuminations for just one subject? Can I purchase just the subject scheduler program?
No. Illuminations comes in one package and cannot be divided. However, you can purchase individual literature study guides in the Bright Ideas Press store.

Can I use my purchase of Illuminations on more than one computer?
Yes, you certainly can. Our store allows only three downloads per purchase. If you need more than that, please contact us for assistance toll-free at 877.492.8081 or contact@brightideaspress.com.

May I reuse Illuminations?
Illuminations is a downloadable curriculum that you can use with as many of your children as you would like for as long as you like. Software updates are included in your purchase for as long as you own Illuminations.

Can I sell Illuminations when I am finished?
No. When you purchase Illuminations, you are purchasing a license to use the product for your family. This license may not be resold or transferred.

How does Illuminations handle grading?
Depending on your goals, your philosophy of home education, and your students, you may or may not prefer to assign grades. If you wish to (or are required to), you will find that several Illuminations elements have built-in quizzes, tests, or rubrics for grading.

May I use Illuminations in a homeschool co-op setting?
For co-op usage, please contact us for information. Call us toll free at 877.492.8081 or e-mail us at contact@brightideaspress.com.

Want to know even more?
Follow our Illuminations Pinterest board.  Read testimonials from homeschool moms.

Is your question missing?
If you still have questions, always feel free to contact us toll-free at 877.492.8081 or at contact@brightideaspress.com.


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