Each of the Classical Conversations history card sets include 42 cards (numbered consecutively from 1-168 throughout the series) offering timeline "pegs" on which kids can "hang" more information as they research and learn. Made from sturdy glossy cardstock, every card features a famousfull-colorwork of art and title denoting the events covered on one side, and in-depth explanation on the other side. These sets will be reused every four years, so kids are encouraged to memorize titles first, then to familiarize themselves with the explanations on the back.
In the righthand corner of the front of each card, a color and symbol denote the era in which the events or historical figures on that card transpired and/or lived. There are several of these designations, which subdivide the four main eras: Ancient World, Medieval World, New World, and Modern World. On the back left sidebar of each card is a timeline with a mark showing where the information on that card falls. Kids can make timelines on the wall, play games with these cards, use them to facilitate further study, or be used in any way families can come up with to supplement or guide history learning. Christian events and people are emphasized.
The period covered inClassical Conversations New World - History Cardsbegins with the Age of Exploration at the beginning of the 15th century, and concludes with Darwin's publication ofThe Origin of Speciesin 1859. Though North and South America are definitely the focus, the spectrum covered by these cards covers the entire Early Modern period. Topics include the slave trade in Africa, Gutenberg's printing press, Japan's isolationist policy, the liberation of South America under Simon Bolivar, and the California Gold Rush. Art primarily consists of woodcuts and paintings from the era.
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