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From Geography Matters: One of the most common questions we get regarding The Trail Guide to Learning Series is about  the future of the curriculum. The first three years have thoroughly covered American history, but what comes next? Co-author Debbie Strayer has graciously taken the time to answer that question here. Enjoy!

Setting the Foundation

The Trail Guide to Learning Series began with a three level tour of American History. Not only do these three levels cover all the main events of American history from our beginnings as a nation through modern times, but they also lay a foundation for understanding nation building. The model of explorers, settlers and builders and the scientists and inventors demonstrates the importance of purpose and connecting history, geography, science, and literature to fully understand the course of a society.  

Looking Forward

With that foundation laid, we will go back to the beginning of time. Starting with Ancient Civilizations, we will apply the same kind of connections and critical thinking to the early peoples of Israel, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and Mesopotamia. We will travel from there to the Middle Ages, concluding our look at World History with the study of the Renaissance, Reformation and the era of colonization. In all of these studies, connections are key as we examine the geography, literature, history and science of each time and place. By evaluating events in the context of these connections, a richly-woven picture emerges that not only describes the past, but teaches lessons for the future.

High School

Upon reaching high school, we will take a novel approach as we cover content that meets course requirements in a way that maintains our commitment to the integration of studies in language, literature, history, science, geography, humanities, and many areas of enrichment. Developing thinking and communication skills is our goal, with the history, culture, science, government, and economics of the nations of the world as the stage for applying these skills. We will go continent by continent, looking at the nations that make up the continent, their relationship to the whole, and then their relationship to the world. Since our world has grown smaller, students need to learn about the past and the present with the ability to evaluate and act with integrity, wisdom, and confidence in the future.
We invite you to join us on our journey through time. Like many explorers, settlers and scientists, our journey is far from over, but the connections and discoveries along the way make it all worthwhile!


  • Posted On August 12, 2015 by Kim

    I was also wondering when the ancient history guide might be available? I’d love to do this next year and am just trying to get a feel for if it’s possible! I’m very excited about this curriculum. It looks like what I’ve been trying to do on my own in trying to tailor things to my kids’ needs/abilies. Thank you so much!

  • Posted On August 12, 2015 by Amy

    We are one unit into Paths of Exploration and we are in love! My oldest will be reaching high school as we finish the current series. I was wondering what the time line might be for the release of the Ancient History/Middle Ages/Renaissance series and, ultimately, the high school material. Am I going to need to be on the lookout for other material for him to use for high school in 2 1/2 years? I genuinely hope I don’t because this material is exactly what we had been searching for!

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