Illuminations Year 6

$125.00

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.

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Illuminations Year 6: Wars of Independence to Modern Times

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.

All of your children in grades 3-12 can learn about the wars of independence and modern times together through the hands-on projects and timeline activities that are outlined in Illuminations Year 6. History will never be called boring with study guides for great literature selections such as Rickshaw Girl, Of Courage Undaunted, The Horse and His Boy, Through Gates of Splendor, and many more.

Illuminations Year 6 also includes special teaching adaptations and subjects created just for K-2 so your entire family can enjoy modern history together.

Using The Mystery of History Volume IV as a history spine, your Illuminations Year 6 plan connects your literature, copywork, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying. Illuminations Year 6 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 e-mail 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 6 Grades 3-8 Curriculum List

History
The Mystery of
History
 Volume IV
(Wars of Independence to Modern Times)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
IVLanguage 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
Write Your Roots

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
Lessons based on North Star Geography (textbook required for
high school)

Supplemental Resources
Movies available from Netflix (DVD rental option only)
Audios by Diana Waring and Jim Weiss
The Mystery of History IV Supply List
The Mystery of History IV Timeline Figures ScheduleEarly 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 6 Grades 3-8 Literature List

Family Study Guides

  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
  • The Boys’ War by Jim Murphy
  • The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho
  • Dickens: His Work and His World by Michael Rosen
  • Do-It-Yourself Guide: Fiction ‡
  • Do-It-Yourself Guide: Nonfiction ‡
  • The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev
  • The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition edited by R. W.
    Franklin ∞
  • Shipwrecked! by Rhoda Blumberg
  • Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai +
  • Star of Light by Patricia St. John
  • To My Husband and Other Poems by Anne Bradstreet ∞
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Summer Study Guides
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan +

+ Also used in Year 6 for high school
‡Included in Illuminations. No purchase necessary
* Title used multiple times throughout the year
∞ The poems used in the study guides from these books can likely be
found online free. Check the introduction in the study guide for more
information.

  Read-Alone Guides

  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
  • Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman
  • D-Day Landings: The Story of the Allied Invasion by Richard
    Platt
  • The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island by Laurence
    Yep with Dr. Kathleen S. Yep
  • The French Revolution (Witness to History) by Sean Connolly
  • *Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church
    by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
  • *Rescue and Redeem: Chronicles of the Modern Church by
    Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins
  • Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
  • Why Not, Lafayette? by Jean Fritz
Illuminations year 6 grades 3-8 book list

Illuminations Year 6 High School Curriculum List

History
The Mystery of
History
 Volume IV
(Wars of Independence to Modern Times)Bible
Bible version of your choiceLanguage Arts: Writing
Choose from:
WriteShop 1
WriteShop 2
Write Your RootsLanguage 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)

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

Supplemental Resources (optional)
Movies available from Netflix (DVD rental option)
Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts, American
History Series (sets 1 and 2)
Selected audios from Diana Waring
Selected episodes from Adventures in Odyssey

Illuminations Also Includes

  • Dozens of graphic organizers
  • Completely prescheduled lesson plans
  • Evaluation/grading tools and rubrics
  • Notebooking tips and covers/spines
  Language Arts: LiteratureHigh School Study Guides

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank,
    translated by B. M. Mooyaart
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Greenmantle by John Buchan
  • The Hiding Place (35th Anniversary Edition) by Corrie
    ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition edited
    by R. W. Franklin ∞ 
  • Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
  • Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai +
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • To My Husband and Other Poems by Anne Bradstreet ∞
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The World’s Greatest Short Stories by James Daley Summer

Summer Study Guide

  • The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan +

∞ The poems used in the study guides from these books can likely
be found online free. Check the introduction in the study guide for
more information.
+ Also used in Year 6 literature for grades 3-8

Illuminations Year 6 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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Bright Ideas Press

Operating System

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