Illuminations Year 5

$125.00

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.

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Illuminations Year 5: The Civil War to the Cold War

Illuminations Year 5: Immerse your family in the history of America from the Civil War of the 1860s through the Cold War of the 1990s

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.

Illuminations Year 5 also includes special teaching adaptations and subjects created just for K–2, including the complete All American History Jr. program for volume II! This way, your entire family can enjoy American history together.

Using All American History volume II as a history spine, your Illuminations Year 5 plan connects your literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying. Illuminations Year 5 also includes a full year’s plan for your choice of five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective. (See the Book List 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 5 Grades 3-8 Curriculum List

History
All American History, volume IIBible
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 All American History, volume IILanguage 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

Language Arts: Vocabulary
Choose from:
English from the Roots Up, vol. I or IILanguage 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
WonderMaps or a detailed United States atlas (optional)

Supplemental Resources
Extensive movie schedule for AAH II
Selected audios by Jim Weiss
American History Stories by Jim Hodges
Adventures in Odyssey: For God and CountryEarly Learners schedules for

  • Literature
  • Bible
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Geography

Illuminations Also Includes

  • Dozens of graphic organizers
  • Completely prescheduled lesson plans
  • Evaluation/grading tools and rubrics
  • Notebooking tips and covers/spines

Illuminations Year 5 Grades 3-8 Literature List

Family Study Guides

  • Almost Forever by Maria Testa
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt +
  • Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! by Jean Fritz
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • Children of the Fire by Harriette Gillem Robinet
  • Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
  • Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac +
  • Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson +
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
  • Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse +
  • Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody +
  • The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker
  • Ronald Reagan (DK Biography) by Michael Burgan

Summer Study Guides
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston and James D. Houston +
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli +
Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty +

+ Also used in Year 5 for high school
‡Included in Illuminations. No purchase necessary
* Title used multiple times throughout the year

  Read-Alone Guides

  • Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington: 1837–1865 by Cheryl Harness
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  • Chocolate by Hershey: A Story about Milton S. Hershey by Betty Burford
  • Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley by Kate Boehm Jerome
  • Civil War ABC Book (A Do-It-Yourself Guide) ‡
  • First Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Caryn Jenner
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
  • Helen Keller (Scholastic Biography) by Margaret Davidson
  • Heroes in Black History by Dave and Neta Jackson*
  • If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine
  • Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
  • Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell
  • Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky
  • Mudball by Matt Tavares
  • Pearl Harbor (Ready To Read Level 3) by Stephen Krensky
  • Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson
  • The Story of the Samson by Kathleen Benner Duble
  • Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • The Wall by Eve Bunting
Illuminations Year 5 grades 3-8 book list

Illuminations Year 5 High School Curriculum List

History
Choose from:
All American History, volume II
All American History, volumes I & II
Bible
Bible version of your choiceLanguage Arts: Writing
Choose from:
WriteShop 1
WriteShop 2
The Truth about the New Rules of Business Writing by Natalie Canavor and Claire MeirowitzLanguage Arts: Vocabulary
Choose from:
English from the Roots Up, vol. I or IILanguage Arts: Grammar
Choose from:
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series for grades 8-12
Winston Grammar, basic level
Winston Word Works
Winston Grammar, advanced levelGeography
Lessons based on North
Star Geography
(textbook required for high school)
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 these:

  • Bible
  • College Preparation
  • Finances
  • Life Skills
  • Media & Culture

Government
A Noble Experiment from Zeezok Publishing

Supplemental Resources (optional)
Extensive movie schedule for AAH II and AAH I & II
Selected audios by Jim Weiss
American History Stories by Jim Hodges
Adventures in Odyssey: For God and Country

  Language Arts: Literature
All American History, volume II schedule:
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt +
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ‡
The Bible: The book of James ‡
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac +
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston and
James D. Houston (summer) +
From Basic to Baghdad by J. B. Hogan
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson +
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse +
Little Britches by Ralph Moody +
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (summer) +
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ‡
Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty (summer) +All American History, volumes I & II schedule:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ‡
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Crucible by Arthur Miller ‡
From Basic to Baghdad by J. B. Hogan
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville ‡
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass ‡
Poetry by Blake and Wordsworth ‡
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Selected works by Edgar Allan Poe ‡
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards ‡
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ‡
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe‡ Included as e-books or available free online
+ Also used in Year 5 literature for grades 3–8Illuminations Also Includes

  • Dozens of graphic organizers
  • Completely prescheduled lesson plans
  • Evaluation/grading tools and rubrics
  • Notebooking tips and covers/spines
Illuminations Year 5 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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