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CLP History

Not so much a complete curriculum as a collection of texts, Christian Liberty's history program focuses on the United States until the later grades and maintains an emphasis on God's hand in history throughout. All of the texts are illustrated (some in black and white, some in color) and feature easy-to-read text. While the books (particularly for the younger grades) leave some noticeable gaps, the authors weren't trying to provide comprehensive coverage and encourage parents to supplement with outside resources.

How Do These Work?

Student texts are accompanied by either an answer key or a teacher's manual. Answer keys provide answers to in-text and test questions; teacher manuals include the same, as well as lesson plans and background information. While the teacher manuals aren't absolutely necessary, they are inexpensive and include a lot of useful material. Tests include multiple choice, true/false, and "matching"questions.

Out of ten texts, seven cover American history. World history is introduced for the first time in sixth grade, and is limited to the European Middle Ages. If you follow CLP's plan, between the Streams of Civilization texts and the Bob Jones U.S. history text for grades 11-12, your student will have two years of world history in high school. (BJU's World Studies text is used for seventh grade.) Forthe Bob Jones texts they use, CLP has designed their own tests and answer keys.

The flow of the CLP history program is as follows:

  • KindergartenLittle Pilgrims in God's World: An introduction to the study of history, helping kids understand context in history. They read about the beginning of history (creation) and learn about place in their families, church, society and world. Supplemental materials include a teacher's manual and activity book.
  • 1st gradeHistory for Little Pilgrims: The first half covers the history of God's people from Creation through the Reformation, at which point it switches focus to U.S. history from the Pilgrims to World War II. One chapter covers important National Parks and the final chapter deals with the end of history from a Reformed position. Full color illustrations by Vic Lockman and full color photographs make this text appealing to young kids. Supplementary materials include a teacher's manual and student coloring book.
  • 2nd gradeOur Nation Under God: This consumable U.S. history text compares events and people as well as the U.S. governmental system to the Word of God. God's sovereignty is stressed as our country's history from early exploration to modern times is presented in thoroughly readable style. Supplementary materials include a teacher's manual and test packet.
  • 3rd gradeAmerican Pioneers and Patriots: Not a traditional history book, this one covers key moments of U.S. history from the perspective of fictional but representative children involved in important events. While there aren't a lot of dates and names here, kids will get a good feel for each time period by following daily activities of children like them. Supplementary materials include a teacher's manual and test packet.
  • 4th gradeA Child's Story of America: A more traditional history text, the story begins with Columbus and covers U.S. history through Reagan's presidency. Helpful inset boxes include extra, in-depth information about key figures and events. The text is conversational and shouldn't prove difficult for most fourth graders. Supplementary materials include an answer key and test packet.
  • 5th gradeExploring American History: U.S. history is covered from Leif Ericsson to modern times through a series of brief biographies of important people. More than just sketches of people, however, each individual is considered in light of their relation to the nation and the effects their lives and efforts had on people and events. Supplementary materials include an answer key and test packet.
  • 6th gradeStory of the Middle Ages: European history from the Roman Empire to the Age of Exploration is presented as the unfolding plan of God in the world. Special attention is paid to key Christian figures, especially the early evangelists and the Reformers. Supplementary materials include an answer key and test packet.
  • 7th gradeBJU World Studies or A Beka History of the World: Supplementary materials include answer keys and test packets.
  • 8th gradeFoundations for Freedom and The Land of Fair Play: The first text, Foundations for Freedom (which has replaced Story of the Constitution) is a detailed examination of the most important government document of the United States from its initial drafting through the many amendments that have been made to it. Also a government text, this one will stretch most middle school students. Supplementary material includes a teacher's manual and test packet. The Land of Fair Play is a U.S. civics course from a Christian perspective. A thorough examination of our governmental system and the citizen's role and responsibility is a good note to end official CLP coverage of U.S. history. Supplementary materials include an answer key and test packet.
  • 9th gradeStreams of Civilization Volume 1: This is a fast-moving history of the world from Creation to the discovery of the New World. Supplementary materials include a teacher's manual, test packet and map/timeline packet; a Testing Targets book to gauge student progress is also available from Basic Skills. CLP also introduces economics in 9th, using the texts How We Live and Free Enterprise Economics in America by Tom Rose.
  • 10th gradeStreams of Civilization Volume 2: Picks up where Streams 1 leaves off and covers the Age of Exploration to the end of the twentieth century. Not as fast paced as volume one, there is nevertheless plenty of information here. Supplementary materials include a teacher's manual and test packet; a Testing Targets book to gauge student progress is also available from Basic Skills. For government, they suggest God & Government Volume 1; for economics, the book In the Shadow of Plenty by George Grant.
  • 11th gradeBJU United States History: Supplementary materials include an answer key and test packet. They suggest God & Government Volume 2 this year, as well as reading Honest Money by Gary North.
  • 12th gradeChurch History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley (no supplemental materials available). They also layer in A Beka's Economics: Work & Prosperity (answer key and tests available). God & Government Volume 3 is an optional extra.

Our Honest Opinion:

Because of the disparity between the amount of U.S. and world history covered, if you're going to use the entire program we'd strongly encourage you to supplement with outside materials, particularly those oriented toward world history. Individually, most of the texts are excellent, and if you're looking for a firm Christian approach, this program certainly has it. History for Little Pilgrims, Foundations for Freedom and The Land of Fair Play, and the Streams of Civilization books are particularly good for both history coverage and Christian content. The main problem with CLP history as an overall course of study is it seems haphazard, mostly leaning towards American history except for the random Middle Ages at 6th grade, before borrowing world history material from A Beka or Bob Jones in grade 7; if you use the (we believe superior) BJU World Studies text, you'll never really study ancient history until high school.

Since the course is not coherent, it would be very easy to use the texts you favor to supplement or in place of another curriculum. These are some of the most readable history texts you'll find. Other than the Streams of Civilization books, each text is written in a conversational, accessible style that will have even reluctant history students reading avidly to find out what happens next.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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American Pioneers and Patriots
by Caroline Emerson
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 3rd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
American Pioneers and Patriots - Answer Key
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 3rd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
American Pioneers and Patriots - Tests
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 3rd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Child's Story of America
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 4th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Child's Story of America - Answer Key
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 4th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Child's Story of America - Tests
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 4th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
CLP Foundation for Freedom - Student Text
from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Exploring American History
by D. H. Montgomery
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 5th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Exploring American History - Teacher's Manual
by D. H. Montgomery
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 5th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Exploring American History - Tests
by D. H. Montgomery
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 5th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Foundation for Freedom - Teacher Manual
from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Foundation for Freedom - Test & Quiz Packet
from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
History for Little Pilgrims
from Christian Liberty Press
for 1st grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
History for Little Pilgrims - Coloring Book
from Christian Liberty Press
for 1st grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
History for Little Pilgrims - Teacher Manual
by Edward Shewan
from Christian Liberty Press
for 1st grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Land of Fair Play
by Geoffrey Parsons
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-9th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Land of Fair Play - Answer Key
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Land of Fair Play - Tests
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th grade
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Little Pilgrims in God's World
from Christian Liberty Press
for Kindergarten
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Little Pilgrims in God's World - Activity Book
from Christian Liberty Press
for Kindergarten
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Little Pilgrims in God's World - Teacher Manual
from Christian Liberty Press
for Kindergarten
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Our Nation Under God
by Michael McHugh
from Christian Liberty Press
for 2nd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Our Nation Under God - Teacher Manual
from Christian Liberty Press
for 2nd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Our Nation Under God - Tests
from Christian Liberty Press
for 2nd grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Story of the Constitution
by Sol Bloom & Lars Johnson
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-Adult
in Government & Civics Curriculum (Location: B12-05A)
Story of the Middle Ages
by Michael McHugh & John Southworth
from Christian Liberty Press
Middle Ages History Reference for 5th-6th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Story of the Middle Ages - Answer Key
from Christian Liberty Press
for 5th-6th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Story of the Middle Ages - Tests
from Christian Liberty Press
for 5th-6th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume One
by Albert Hyma & Mary Stanton
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume One - Set (old)
from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in Old Edition History (Location: BLG-07E)
Streams of Civilization Volume One - Teacher Manual
by Albert Hyma & Mary Stanton
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume One - Tests
by Albert Hyma & Mary Stanton
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 8th-10th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume Two
by Robert Clouse, Richard Pierard & Garry Moes
7th printing from Christian Liberty Press
for 11th-12th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume Two - Answer Key
from Christian Liberty Press
for 11th-12th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
Streams of Civilization Volume Two - Tests
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 11th-12th grade
in CLP History (Location: B03-01C)
World Studies - CLP Teacher Manual
3rd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th grade
in BJU Heritage Studies (Old Versions) (Location: BLG-07A)
World Studies - CLP Test Packet
from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th grade
in BJU Heritage Studies (Old Versions) (Location: BLG-07A)