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Donna Connolly

BA Philosophy

Donna Connolly taught for several years with LAUSD teaching ESL and with Burbank Unified School District as a substitute school teacher. As a substitute, she had the opportunity to teach many subjects and grade levels.  After the birth of her first son, Donna left the workforce to become a full time mom. As a stay-at-home mom, she spent little time at home. For three years, Donna sat on the Scholarship Board at Mission College and worked briefly as the Executive Director and fundraiser.  She has volunteered in the field of education and with community organizations, writing posts for education blogs and Letters to the Editor.   Donna decided to pull her oldest child out of public school and homeschool. It's been an exciting and wonderful new adventure. As a homeschooler, Donna has taken her love of learning, teaching experience and passion for history and developed a course for HuckleBerry!   She is a UCLA graduate with a degree in Philosophy, and believes the number one goal of any instructor is to instill a love of learning in the students he or she is honored to teach.

Story of the World 3 - Early Modern Times

Ages 7-10

Homework:  There may be some light homework sent home.


History is a fabulous story, so in this series of classes we will be listening to Story of the World audio that bring characters and events to life, coloring maps and engaging in projects everyday that will help us to learn the history of the world we live in.  You can read the stories at home as well if you want more reiteration, or just have your child hear the stories in class!


Story of the World at HuckleBerry is a fascinating year-long adventure into the lives of captivating people and historic events that shaped our nation and the world as a whole. Each class will begin with a lesson, map work and coloring pages. Each week the class will participate in an activity designed to bring the period we are studying to life.



Beginning in the 17th Century, we will learn about the Protestant Rebellions, venture across the seas from Spain during the Age of Exploration, learn about the spread of slavery from Africa to the Americas, and conclude the FALL SESSION with the discovery of the New World, the settlement at Jamestown and the first colonies.



The WINTER SESSION will begin in the Far East where we will learn about the culture and faith of the Chinese people and the Japanese warlords. We will journey across the continent to India and on to Europe to learn about the Prussian Empire, and kings and queens that shaped the modern-day countries of England, France, Russia and Germany. From there we will cross the Atlantic Ocean to learn about the American colonies as they prepare to fight Great Britain for their independence. We will conclude the second session by listening to stories about the beginning of the United States, the drafting of the Constitution and the first American President.



The SPRING SESSION will take us back to the East where we will learn about the great dynasties of China, the royal families of Russia and the long wars between England and France. We will learn about Napoleon Bonaparte, the enlightenment period in England and the many rebellions around the world. We will conclude the spring session by returning to the Americas and the newly formed United States. We will learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition, Western Expansion and the rush to the territory of California to strike it rich during the Gold Rush. 



I hope you will join us on the fun and exciting adventure in learning.


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