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Summit History Kindergarten (Independent Study)

Summit History Kindergarten (Independent Study)

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Quick Overview

This Kindergarten History course teaches basics of world geography with the seven continents. Students will explore exotic locations, become familiar with the landmarks, people, and stories of many countries across the world, and learn about American History through biographies of famous figures, such as Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson.

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Course Overview

This Kindergarten History course teaches basics of world geography with the seven continents. Students will:

  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the frozen expanses of Antarctica, and the grasslands and rain forests of Africa
  • Learn what it is like to climb the Andes and ride with the gauchos
  • Become familiar with the landmarks, people, and stories of many countries in Europe and Asia, as well as North America, including Canada and Mexico
  • Learn about American History through biographies of famous figures, from Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims to Thomas Jefferson and Sacagawea, from Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony to Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, from Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers to Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Course Outline

Our World

  • Develop basic geographic awareness of the continents, major oceans, and directions
  • Learn to use a simple globe and map

Australia: The Land Down Under

  • Locate and explore Australia, and become familiar with its land, people, and wildlife

Europe: Many Countries, Many Stories

  • Locate and explore Europe, and become familiar with its countries, people, traditions, monuments, and stories

Asia: The Asian Adventure

  • Locate and explore Asia and become familiar with its land, wildlife, people, cities, monuments, and stories

An African Safari

  • Locate and explore Africa, and become familiar with its varied geography and climate
  • Discover the various ways people and animals have adapted, and learn stories from different cultures

South American Scenes

  • Locate and explore South America, become familiar with human and animal life in the rain forest and the pampas, and visit Rio de Janeiro

Antarctica: The Frozen Continent

  • Locate and explore Antarctica, and become familiar with the land and wildlife on the world's coldest continent

North America: From Maple Leaf to Cactus Branch

  • Locate and explore North America, and become familiar with its land, people, national symbols, and cultural heritage

America the Beautiful

  • Develop geographic awareness of the major features of the United States from the song America the Beautiful

The First Americans

  • Explore the different cultures and ways of life of Native Americans from the Eastern Woodlands, Plains, and Southwest

A New World

  • Become familiar with major historical figures and events surrounding European exploration and settlement of North America, including Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims

Becoming Our Own Nation

  • Learn the significance of the American flag
  • Identify major historical figures, events, and songs associated with the Revolutionary War and the early years of the United States

A Nation Grows Up

  • Identify major figures, real and legendary, in the westward expansion of the United States

Liberty and Justice for All

  • Understand the significance of the Civil War
  • Become familiar with reform movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for African Americans, women, and deaf people

America on the Move

  • Become familiar with pioneer life, the building of railroads, and immigration
  • Learn about the significance of the Statue of Liberty

Doers and Dreamers

  • Identify major inventors and social innovators, and understand their impact on American society

Let Freedom Ring

  • Recognize major figures, issues, and achievements in the twentieth-century civil rights movement

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials

Many K12 courses utilize physical materials in addition to the online content.  These materials may include the following.

Standard Kits

STANDARD kits contain K12 course materials that are required for completion of the course.  These kits include K12 authored materials and/or difficult to procure materials that a student needs to complete a course. Printed reference guides are not included in Standard kits.


CONSUMABLE kits contain only those materials from the standard kit that are intended for one time use. Families who purchase a Standard kit for Child A could later purchase a Consumable kit for Child B to complete the same course.


Offered for added convenience, ADDITIONAL kits contain easily obtained materials needed for the course which a family may already have in their home. 

Coach and/or Student Reference Guides are available for purchase with some courses.  Electronic versions of these reference guides are also available within digital courses.

Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses can be started any day for independent study courses without a teacher. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.


Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall and Spring. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 5 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted This course is available in two forms: taught by a teacher or designed for independent use. This teacher-supported course is taught through K12 International Academy. It is also available as independent study, where a parent will guide the course.
  1. Great World Overview
    review by Kimberly on 8/16/2016

    I love the Kindergarten curriculum with K12, especiallly, how they start their History, travelling around the world. They visit each continent, learn about their customs and traditions. When paired with Art and Music they get a well rounded picture of the world and the various people within it.

To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Using  Mobile Devices with the Online School

Unfortunately, many portable devices do not support the software products required to run the Online School. These devices may include (but not limited to): Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, eReaders, and Andriod phones.

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.


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