Social Studies

  • Grade 1

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 1 develops the concept of communities. First graders learn about families, courtesy, communication, community living, and a bit of North American history.

    Social Studies 1 is an optional supplemental course. The course consists of five LightUnit workbooks and a teacher’s guide.

    101: You Can Communicate

    102: My Family and Feelings

    103: North America and Its People

    104: My School and Community

    105: The World and You

    The LightUnits do not build on each other and may be used in any order. As a five-LightUnit course, Social Studies 1 takes only one semester to complete if you have class every day. If the course is used early in the school year, more teacher involvement is required. View the course scope and sequence.

  • Grade 2

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 2 advances the concepts—families, neighborhoods, communities, and their relationship to the larger world—that were introduced in Social Studies 1. Students will enjoy stories about four children who live in different parts of North America.

    Social Studies 2 is an optional supplemental course. The course consists of five LightUnit workbooks and a teacher’s guide.

    201: Families and Neighbors

    202: Communities

    203: Communities at Work

    204: Travel

    205: Children From Different Communities

    The LightUnits do not build on each other and may be used in any order. As a five-LightUnit course, Social Studies 2 takes only one semester to complete. Having class two or three times a week spreads the course over the school year.
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  • Grade 3

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 3 is based on the textbook Living Together on God’s Earth. After learning that their communities are only a small part of the broader world, students explore four communities of Bible times, one European community, one American community, and the country of Israel.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. The three workbooks provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. There are two LightUnits in each workbook for a total of six units. LightUnit 306 is optional for those preferring a five-LightUnit course. This study method includes three LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and a Teacher’s Guide. Answer Keys are not required if you purchase the Teacher's Guide. View the course scope and sequence.

    Textbook Study Method
    The Textbook study uses the questions provided in the textbook and is better suited for classrooms where teachers provide instruction and review. This study method consists of a textbook, Chapter Tests, and a Teacher’s Guide.

  • Grade 4

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 4 is based on the textbook Into All the World. Students tour the world, learning about the geography, people, and natural resources of the continents.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. Five workbooks provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. There are two LightUnits in each workbook for a total of ten units. The LightUnit study method includes five LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and two Answer Keys. View the course scope and sequence.

    Textbook Study Method

    The Textbook study uses the questions provided in the textbook and is better suited for classrooms where teachers provide instruction and review. This study method consists of a textbook, Chapter Tests, and a Teacher’s Guide.

  • Grade 5

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 5 is based on the textbook North America Is the Lord’s. Students explore the history and geography of the United States and Canada. The textbook honors God’s sovereignty in history, countering the humanistic view that nations control their own destinies. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. Unlike most Christian Light courses, this course consists of nine LightUnit workbooks instead of ten or five. In addition to the nine LightUnit workbooks, this study method includes a textbook and two Answer Keys. There is no Teacher’s Guide. View the course scope and sequence.

    Textbook Study Method

    The Textbook study uses the questions provided in the textbook. This method is better suited for classrooms where teachers provide instruction and review. This course consists of a textbook, Chapter Tests, and an Answer Key.

  • Grade 6

    Sunrise Edition

    Give your students a deeper understanding of their Latin American neighbors. Social Studies 6 is based on the textbook Neighbors in Latin America. Units 1-4 cover the early history, geography, and climate of Latin America. Units 5-10 divide Latin America into regions and give specific information about the major countries in each region.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook. View the course scope and sequence.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. The LightUnit study method includes ten LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and two Answer Keys.

    Worksheet Study Method

    The Worksheet study is designed for classrooms and requires more teacher involvement. Because worksheet exercises do not include reviews, the teacher must prepare students for tests through regular oral review. The Worksheets provide a total of 138 lessons, including tests and reviews. In addition to the textbook, this study method includes two Worksheet booklets, one Test & Review Pack, and two Answer Keys. The full-color, deluxe Teacher’s Guide is helpful but not required.

  • Grade 7

    Sunrise Edition

    In Social Studies 7, students tour Western civilization from Creation to 21st century A.D. The course is based on the textbook Across the Ages.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook. View the course scope and sequence.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. The LightUnit study method includes ten LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and two Answer Keys.

    Worksheet Study Method

    The Worksheet study is designed for classrooms and requires more teacher involvement. Because worksheet exercises do not include reviews, the teacher must prepare students for tests through regular oral review. The Worksheets provide a total of 170 lessons, including tests and reviews. In addition to the textbook, this study method includes two Worksheet booklets, one Tests & Reviews Pack, and two Answer Keys.

  • Grade 8

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 8 is based on the textbook Changing Frontiers, a history of the United States that attempts to be honest and fair. Students follow American history through the formation, growth, and struggles of the nation. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook. View the course scope and sequence.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. The LightUnit study method includes ten LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and two Answer Keys.

    Worksheet Study Method

    The Worksheet study is designed for classrooms and requires more teacher involvement. Because worksheet exercises do not include reviews, the teacher must prepare students for tests through regular oral review. The Worksheets provides a total of 163 lessons, including tests and reviews. In addition to the textbook, this study method includes two Worksheet booklets, one Tests & Reviews Pack, and two Answer Keys.

  • Grade 9

    Civics and World Geography

    1 Credit

    Social Studies 9 is a study of civics and world geography. LightUnits 901-905 cover civics, and LightUnits 906-910 cover world geography. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    Because this is not a Sunrise Edition course, the material is presented in larger sections rather than daily lessons. Each section ends with a self test, which is similar to a quiz.

    The course includes ten LightUnit workbooks and five Answer Keys. Each LightUnit workbook can be completed in about three weeks.

    901 The Heritage of the United States

    902 U.S. Government

    903 State and Local Government

    904 Planning a Lifework

    905 Citizenship

    906 The Earth and Man

    907 Regions of the World

    908 Man and His Environment

    909 The Tools of the Geographer

    910 Man in a Changing World

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  • Grade 10

    World History

    1 Credit

    Social Studies 10 covers world history from Creation through 1990. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    Because this is not a Sunrise Edition course, the material is presented in larger sections rather than daily lessons. Each section ends with a self test, which is similar to a quiz.

    The course includes ten LightUnit workbooks and five Answer Keys. Each LightUnit workbook can be completed in about three weeks.

    1001 Ancient Civilization

    1002 Ancient Civilizations

    1003 The Medieval World

    1004 Renaissance and Reformation

    1005 Growth of World Empires

    1006 The Age of Struggle

    1007 The Industrial Revolution

    1008 Two World Wars

    1009 Our Contemporary World

    1010 Ancient Times to the Present

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  • Grade 11

    United States History

    1 Credit

    Social Studies 11 covers United States history up through the 1990s. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    Because this is not a Sunrise Edition course, the material is presented in larger sections rather than daily lessons. Each section ends with a self test, which is similar to a quiz.

    The course includes ten LightUnit workbooks and five Answer Keys. Each LightUnit workbook can be completed in about three weeks.

    1101 Foundations of American Democracy

    1102 Development of Constitutional Government

    1103 National Expansion

    1104 A Nation Divided

    1105 A Nation Divided and United

    1106 United States Involvement at Home and Abroad

    1107 The Depression Years

    1108 War and Nonresistant Christians

    1109 Contemporary America I

    1110 Contemporary America II

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  • Grade 12

    Democracy and Christian Challenges

    1 Credit

    Social Studies 12 is a study of democracy and Christian challenges. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    Because this is not a Sunrise Edition course, the material is presented in larger sections rather than daily lessons. Each section ends with a self test, which is similar to a quiz.

    The course includes ten LightUnit workbooks and five Answer Keys. Each LightUnit workbook can be completed in about three weeks.

    1201 Personal and Social Challenges

    1202 American Political Challenges

    1203 Economic Challenges

    1204 International Relations

    1205 Man and His Role in the Environment

    1206 The Christian and Authority

    1207 A History of the Jewish Peoples

    1208 The Role of the Family in Today’s Society

    1209 The Societal, Economic, and Political Challenges of Man

    1210 Review

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