World History Out of Your Window © (2022-23)

Spring Semester

14 weeks: January 9 – April 21

“The infinite life of the arts is sparked by faith; an unchangeable essence, regardless of wars, interruptions, or neglect. The arts outlive governments, dogmas, and the cultures which produce them. Because they are the essence of reality they cannot be totally destroyed. They are the true historians — all that is left when the dust and the ruins are cleared away.”

Nathan B. Winters, Architecture is Elementary
  • Are you interested in out of the box thinking for your homeschool student?
  • Does your student respond to creative, multi-dimensional projects?
  • Have you touched upon world history already, but are looking for review?
  • Are you planning to travel within the US or abroad?

Join author and artist Christine Echeverri for this unique literature approach class that will marry history, art, and engineering.

Instructor: Christine Echeverri

Ages: Grades 6-7

Sections: Wednesdays at 10 AM, Thursdays at 1 PM (90 minutes, meeting once per week)

Semester Tuition: $365 ($50 discount for private pay)

The “World History Out Of Your Window” class was a class where I learned about buildings in the ancient and middle times. My favorite building that I learned about was the Notre Dame cathedral. We also had to write a journal (that was fun) on buildings. At the end of the semester, we had a final project and created a presentation/report on a building of our choice. Then, we created a model of that building. This class was fun, friendly, fascinating, and intriguing class. ☺️

Katelyn, 5th grade

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  • Wednesday: 3 openings
  • Thursday: 1 opening

Payment: Square store or Venmo

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • If paying privately, the class price with the discount is $315. Click on payment link below or Venmo:
  • Families intending to pay with charter school funds must leave a $25 deposit to hold their spot. Deposit refundable subject to our refund policy.
  • Payment or deposit (charter families), must be completed within 24 hours of registering.

Course Description

Prehistory through the Renaissance

“‘Ruskin said: ‘Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last.”

On the whole I think this is true. If I had to say which one was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or the actual buildings put up in his time, I should believe the buildings.'”

Kenneth Clark

Join us for a year-long study of world history, using a living books approach. We will use History Quest to allow us to travel back in time, seeing life in a variety of time periods. We will begin in prehistory, when people embellished the structures of their day — large rocks and caves — with complex polychromatic paintings that are visible today. Along the way, we will explore major world monuments such as the pyramids at Giza, Notre Dame cathedral, Pantheon, Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and other major world monuments. We will ask questions such as “If I lived in this time period, what type of building would I make?” Then — we will explore what buildings were created. We will explore art, technology, and engineering concepts firsthand through the use of materials like sketch books, Legos, clay, foil, and blocks to find out how various cultures have built structures that are larger than life.

In class — we will cover reading comprehension, review, looking more closely at one or two monuments each week, hands-on building activities, and games. Using Google Classroom — reading, research building/architecture projects, hands-on building projects, and other resources will be posted.

Questions? Registration issues or questions for Christine?

Class FAQs

Do you take California charter school funds?

  • Yes, we do!
  • See Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of Charters
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page
  • $25 deposit required to hold spot. The deposit will be refunded when PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.

What is the workload for this class?

Being a middle school class, the outside-of-class workload will be about two hours per week. Most weeks, students will read about 40 pages in History Quest, plus reading from the literature books each semester. (History Quest is available as an audiobook as well.) To learn about architecture, students will also occasionally read from the Architecture book by Glancey. Students will also keep a weekly journal reflecting on the particular period from the weekly History Quest reading. In addition there will be various architecture building challenges and scavenger hunts to look for what we discuss in class — right where we live. If your student has already read History Quest, this course will serve as an excellent review; they may see history in a new light after exploring these amazing world monuments!

What are the required books and materials?

As with all of Ms. Christine’s classes — the main requirement for this class is to read these books! The work and discussions during class will rely on the reading.

What tech platforms are required and used?

  • Online platform such as Zoom/Google Meets
  • Google Login or Gmail for each enrolled student (required) and parent Google account (recommended)
    • Google Classroom (GC)
      • GC will not work properly without a Google Login
      • If siblings enroll, each student will need a unique Google Login
    • Google Docs
    • Google Slides
  • Computer mouse (helpful with games, etc.)

What are the semester dates?

  • Fall semester: September 5 – December 16
  • Spring semester: January 9 – April 21 [Off week: Spring Break (April 3-7)]

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.

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