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If you are looking for an inexpensive and flexible “living books” approach to studying Canadian history or for a uniquely Canadian unit study program, you have found it! The Readings in Canadian History program contains enough varied activity suggestions to keep your student busy for a long time. Some assignments could even be weighted heavily as science objectives (e.g. tides in Nova Scotia). If you use RICH as the core of a unit study program, you will need to add math, phonics, and Bible.

There are many opportunities in RICH for language arts activities (reading, learning vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, narrating, writing, researching, making up/answering questions, interviewing), art activities (drawing, copying, tracing maps & pictures), and project activities (role-playing, making models, designing unique projects), etc. Since this is a study guide and not a workbook, you tailor the assignments as needed for your student, making them as simple or as complex as you feel they need to be. And you grade (or not) according to how well you believe your child handled the assignment. With RICH, all of your children will study the same subject and do the same activities (if you wish) at the same time! (That by itself is an awesome time-saver!)

I intended this to be a two volume product. The first volume is complete but the second is not. After I had written seven lessons, life forced me to stop–so I will not be completing the second volume. I have therefore combined both into one combo package. You get 7 “free” lessons, as it were. Here is the book list for Year 1 (Founding the Nation of Canada) and here is the book list for Year 2 (Developing the Nation of Canada), which you can use as a guide to develop the remaining lessons.

When I began developing this product I intended for each volume to be completed within one school year, but it can take more (or less) time than that–depending on how thorough you wish to be. Since it is a “living books” approach to studying Canadian history, it would not be at all unreasonable to allow Readings in Canadian History to double as your literature program and sections of your language arts program for 2 or 3 years!

Let me show you what I mean. Here is a sample lesson about Pierre Esprit Radisson. This is the  back of the page.

NOTE: You will need to borrow or purchase the books covered by this study guide if you wish to read them. (I say “if” because you could use this as an organized source of research topics and activity suggestions.) The listed books are available through the Canadian public library system and at used book stores.