World History Out of Your Window ©


“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 4-6

Meeting: Thursdays at 10 AM (75 minutes)

Spring Semester (12 weeks): February 3 – April 28

Off week: Spring Break, April 7

Semester Tuition: $290 ($50 discount for private pay)

If privately paying, the class price with the discount is $240. Click on payment link below or Venmo:

New families who plan to pay with Purchase Orders, who have not taken Carrier Shell Classes before, must leave a $25 deposit to hold their spot. Deposit refundable subject to our refund policy.

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Course Description

Covers Prehistory through 20th Century

“‘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 twelve-week study of highlights in 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, Eiffel Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, 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 and engineering concepts firsthand through the use of materials like sketch books and blocks to find out how various cultures have built structures that are larger than life, and are still standing today.

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, a semester building/architecture research project, a hands-on building project, and other resources will be posted. The main thing about the class is the reading.

Questions? Registration issues or questions for Christine?

Charter Funds

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  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page
  • $25 deposit required to hold spot. Deposit will be refunded when PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.

Class FAQs

What are the required books and materials?

  • History Quest: Ancient Times and Middle Times (available as printed books, digital books, or audiobooks)
  • 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roeder
  • Architecture: A Visual History by Jonathan Glancey (Recommended, not required)
  • Other supplies:
    • Wooden building blocks with various shapes: cylinders, squares, triangles, rectangles (link to an sample set on Amazon)
    • Legos
    • Sketch book
    • Drawing pencils
    • Colored pencils
    • Other materials for in-class/out-of-class explorations (list sent prior to class)
    • End of semester building project: various materials, depending on project chosen

The main requirement for this class is to read these books! The work and discussions during class will rely on the reading.

What is the workload for this class?

Most weeks, students will read about 40 pages, covering various chapters from History Quest. (These two books are available as audiobooks as well.) To learn about architecture, students will also occasionally read from the 13 Buildings book. Later in the semester, students will pick one architectural monument to research and write two paragraphs (1 page) about their building. They will present their findings to the class in one of our last meetings, sharing a few things they have learned. Students will also keep a weekly journal about how they would feel if they lived in the particular period from the weekly History Quest reading. If your students have already read History Quest, this course will serve as an excellent review — and they may see history in a new light after exploring these amazing world monuments.

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 is the semester schedule?

We meet every week, except April 7, Spring Break.

If I have 2 students in this age range, do I need to pay and enroll both?

This class is a high-energy, participatory class. Every student that attends class will need to be enrolled. Students earn points for incentives; we review and look over student work to assign points, which involves the formalities of a student account in Google Classroom.

Do you record classes?

In the interest of having a truly socially cohesive environment where all students are in attendance, we do not record classes. However, we are happy to update students who miss class due to traveling, etc., about what was covered. Additionally, coursework will always be posted in Google Classroom.

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

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