An integrated curriculum in History, Science, Technology, Art, Music, and Ideas
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
- Architecture: The Roman Arch
- Technology: Mixing concrete
- The Roman Republic
- The Roman Empire
- The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
- The Byzantine Empire
- Art: Pompeian Mosaics
- Science Labs: Simple Machines — levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes...
- Art appreciation: Roman Portrait busts
- Literature: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (older students)
- Introduction to Latin (older students) and Latin word roots
- How did Latin turn into the Romance languages?
- Family life in Ancient Rome
- Geography: The Roman Empire in Europe, Asia, and Africa
The Dark Ages
- The Barbarian Invasions
- Life in Norman England
- Art: The Bayeux Tapestries
- Literature: Robin Hood
- Civilizations of Japan, China, India
The Middle Ages
- Life in a medieval castle
- The Feudal system
- Life of a: lord, lady, vassal, serf, doctor, monk, knight, merchant...
- Art: Medieval art — Subjects and Techniques; Celtic designs
- Field Trip: The Cathedral of St. John in Manhattan
- Art workshops on Stone Carving and on Stained Glass
- Music: Gregorian Chant
- Architecture: Romanesque and Gothic arches; flying buttresses; domes — Cathedrals!
- Art: Perspective Drawing
- Artists: Leonardo da Vinci; Michelangelo; Raphael; Durer
- Science: Galileo: The beginning of modern scientific method
- Experiments with pendulums
- The Ptolemaic vs. the Copernican Systems in Astronomy
- Experiments with lenses and telescopes
- Machiavelli's The Prince
- Music: Madrigals
- Shakespeare: Macbeth and Midsummer Nights' Dream for children
- Everyday Life of: Princes, warriors, artists, scientists, merchants...
The Age of Exploration
From Europe to China, Around Africa, and Around the World
- Marco Polo
- Prince Henry the Navigator and Portuguese Explorers: Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Diaz
- Spanish explorers: de vaca, de Coronado, Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto, Pizarro
- Navigation: By compass and quadrant; the "longitude" problem
- Life on a Full-Rigged Sailing Ship
Geography: Physical and Political Maps; Cultures
- Countries of Europe
- Countries of South America
- Isaac Newton
- Newton's Laws of Motion: Experiments on Forces
- John Locke; Montesquieu: Inpiration for America's founding fathers (older children)
- Life in Colonial America
- The American Revolution and Constitution
- Music Appreciation: Classical Composers: Handel, Haydn, Mozart
The Industrial Revolution
- Power from nature: How does a waterwheel work?
- The invention of the steam engine
- Working in an 18th century mill
- Project: Carding, Spinning, and Weaving natural fibers
- Colonial crafts
- A factory assembly line
- Music Appreciation: Romantic composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann...
- James Watt — the steam engine
- Eli Whitney — the cotton "gin"
- The Wright Brothers — the airplane
- Thomas Edison — light bulb, power grids, phonograph, moving picture...
- Alexander Graham Bell — telephone
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