Each of the Classical Conversations history card sets include 42 cards (numbered consecutively from 1-173 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 famous full-color work 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 right-hand 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 Classical Conversations Modern World - History Cards begin in the late-19th century, but most of these cards deal directly with the 20th century, and the last eleven cards cover the United States presidents from Washington to Obama. Topics include the American Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, the fall of Eastern European Communism, Billy Graham and his evangelistic Crusades, globalization and the Space Race, and much more. Artwork consists mostly of photographs, with a few paintings here and there, as well as some examples of propaganda posters.
Modern World contains cards 127-161 plus the President cards 162-173.
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