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Course name
Grade School Multi-Subject Unit Study: The History of the United States, Part One
Live course taught by Mandi Gette for Fall 2024 Grade School Unit Study: 3rd-6th Grade


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Integrate several subjects with this project-based unit study to bring the joy of learning right to your living room. If you like being involved in your child’s learning, with hands-on activities, read-alouds, literature, and memorable projects learned together, this is the course for you!


Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice (on the same day). Choose the time that works best for you and your homeschool.

This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to enroll in Part Two next semester. 

See https://homeschoolconnections.com/grade-school/ for more details and FAQ’s about our grade school unit studies.

Multiple Students Per Family: Siblings can watch the sessions and complete the automated quizzes FREE. However, only enrolled students may submit and receive teacher grading on select assignments. To receive teacher grading for additional students, enroll each additional student independently.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Tuesdays, September 17 to December 10, 2024 (no class Nov 26)

Start Times

11:30 AM Eastern (7:30 Central; 6:30 Mountain; 5:30 Pacific)


1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)

Duration Per LIVE Class: 25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of optional student sharing on camera (off recording)

Fee: For all 12 classes: $269 if you register on or before July 15. $289 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Mandi Gette, MA, MAS

Course Description: This is a multi-subject unit study designed to promote a joy for learning as a family. There is an engaging LIVE class weekly. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments and a timeline template is provided as well as a suggested daily schedule for the four-day school week. The units follow a four-year history sequence using Phillip Campbell’s Story of Civilization series. You can join us anywhere in the sequence (the courses do not have to be taken in order).


List of Subjects Scheduled for the Four School Days (Per Week)

* History (45-60 minutes per day)

* Literature (45-60 minutes per day)

* Greek & Latin Roots (10-15 minutes per day)

* Poetry Memorization (10-15 minutes per day)

* Creative Writing (60-90 minutes per week)

* Science (60-90 minutes per week)

* Solo Reading (time varies per family choice; suggested 30-60 minutes per day)

* Project Work (time varies per family choice; suggested 60-90 minutes per week)


Course Materials: The same texts are used for both parts of the series. See BookFinder.com for the best prices. Purchase or borrow the following books for the school year (required):

The Story of Civilization (TSoC), Volume 4:  The History of the United States, by Phillip Campbell (ISBN-10 : ‎1505111471; ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1505111477) (All Year). Note: Supplementary TSoC Student and Teacher texts and Audio/Video products are optional. We recommend adding supplementary texts (as well as audio and video materials) as tools for further engagement.

Choose one saint book for younger students. Older students should read both.

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden, by Evelyn Brown, (ISBN-10: ‎0898703808, ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0898703801) (Fall). St Isaac and the Indians, by Milton Lomask, (ISBN-10: ‎9780898703559, ISBN-13: :978-0898703559) (Fall).

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery, (ISBN-10: 1883937426, ISBN-13: 978-1883937423) (Fall).

Exploring Creation with Astronomy 2nd Edition, Textbook, by Jeanne Fulbright (ISBN 10: 1940110580; ISBN 13: 978-1940110585) (All Year)

Stories of the Saints, by Carey Wallace (ISBN-10: ‎ 0761193278, ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0761193272)

English from the Roots Up, Volumes 1 and 2, by Joegil Lundquist (ISBN-10 ‏;1885942303 ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1885942302; ISBN-10: ‎ 1885942125; and ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1885942128) Any new or used volumes work. Some families prefer to only buy the flashcards. That works fine! In this 4th year, we will be reviewing all 200 roots from Years 1-3. If your student has not studied these roots previously, the review can be a learning exercise. (All Year) ($15-$30)

Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty, ISBN-10: ‎ 0688066879, ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0688066871 (Spring)

Brave Buffalo Fighter by John D. Fitzgerald.  ISBN-10: ‎ 0688066879, ISBN-13:‎ 978-0688066871 (Spring) AND/OR By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman. ISBN-10: ‎ 0316286125, ISBN-13:‎ 978-0316286121. (Note: Brave Buffalo Fighter is out of print. Many used copies are available, and a Kindle version is readily available. I recommend that students read both books if resources allow.

Homework: Each week, students take auto-graded quizzes on the readings to check for understanding. These quizzes are set up for unlimited use, and multiple students from one family can take the quizzes (multiple times, if needed). Students also may submit one assignment each week for teacher feedback. Some assignments will be graded by the parent. The assignment type varies between project work, writing assignments, and art.

Course name
Grade School Multi-Subject Unit Study: The History of the United States, Part One
Mandi Gette
Jackie de Laveaga
Fall 2024
Grade School ➤ Unit Study: 3rd-6th Grade
Grade level
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Seats available
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Seats remaining
39 seats remaining
Start time
September 17th, 2024 at 8:30 AM ET
End time
December 10th, 2024 at 2:00 PM ET
Access start time
September 3rd, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Access end time
June 30th, 2025 at 12:00 PM ET
Enrollment availability start time
March 18th, 2024 at 5:30 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ends
July 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
September 10th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
September 6th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
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 Mrs. Gette holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology, Catechetics, and German and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry (Franciscan University of Steubenville), as well as a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Theology, with an emphasis in Christian ethics (KU Leuven). Her Master’s thesis is on the topic of Christian marriage. Mrs. Gette’s career includes online education to students across the globe, in both English as a Second Language and Catholic classrooms, teaching students from pre-school to adulthood. Her experience in ministry varies from sacramental preparation for all ages to missionary work to Montessori-based catechesis.

Mrs. Gette enjoys various approaches to homeschooling, including book work, physical learning, co-op communities, and the use of multimedia. She enjoys asking questions to cause students to ponder deep truths and showing the glory of God in all disciplines. Mrs. Gette’s hobbies include painting, sewing, studying philosophy, and watching Christmas movies. Mrs. Gette is thrilled to be a part of the Homeschool Connections community!

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