ONLINE UNIT OF STUDY
This unit includes consolidated online resources and recommended learning activities. Units are divided into three learning levels and are designed to be used by parents and students as a guide in their homeschooling program. Printable materials and time-tracking tools are included with your purchase.
Upon completing this unit, students will demonstrate understanding of the following:
- Science shows us that the first modern humans evolved from hominin predecessors (early humans) on the continent of Africa between 200 and 300 thousand years ago.
- Humans migrated to the European and Asian continents first and then to Australia and the Americas starting between 70 and 100 thousand years ago.
- During these migration periods, different subspecies of humans, including Neanderthals, evolved and died out until modern humans became the dominant group inhabiting different regions all over the world.
- Prehistory describes the part of human history before writing was invented around 3400 BCE and begins with the first hominins during the Paleolithic or Stone Age.
- During the Paleolithic, the human species developed many of the basic skills needed to make and use tools from stone, which marked a critical turning point in our species’ ability to survive and shape their environment.
Through our Homeschool Solutions online learning program, we aim to offer an educational resource that can truly benefit the homeschooling community. The curriculum content is made up of reliable online resources, compiled by expert educators. These resources support the learning goals for each unit of study. Unit goals are created by considering the essential content students need to thrive as well-educated, culturally-literate adults in today’s society.
In addition to the essential, foundational knowledge presented in this unit about Early Humans, we strive to support the development of key character traits and critical thinking skills that lead to lifelong success. All learning activities in this unit about Early Humans are designed with these goals in mind. Our activities encourage and support traits such as self-awareness, empathy, and creativity. They also heavily emphasize the development of key critical thinking skills including goal setting, problem solving, forming and communicating opinions, and considering the perspectives of others.