Ruby Unit Study Schedule is available for use anytime, for enrolled students or for independent use. It will be the focus of our enrolled program in 2026-2027. Enrolled students who wish to study this schedule in a different school year may do so, but club offerings will not align with this schedule’s content.
Ruby Schedule Units
US history, world history and geography, science, fine arts and biography Unit Studies are used for grades K-6. Government and Citizenship units are used for grades 4-6.
US History: The Colonial Era (20 topics)
Learn the exciting stories of Jamestown and the Pilgrims. Speculate on the fate of the Roanoke Colony. Enjoy exploring the history of each of the 13 colonies. Hear about the colonists’ lifestyle, food, work, homes, education, religion, traditions and more. Find out about the fascinating history of Russian colonization in America. Discover the history of the Spanish colonizers in Florida and California.
Ancient Civilizations (20 topics)
Beginning with in introduction to archeology, children will explore some of the largest and most influential ancient civilizations. This unit study will cover Mesopotamia, Egypt, Nubia, Ancient Judaism, Christianity and Islam, West African Empires, Ancient India and Feudal Japan. Learn about Ancient Greece, from the birth of democracy and Sparta, to Alexander the Great. Discover the rise and fall of Rome, and Pax Romana. Journey back in time to the Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han Dynasties of Ancient China, and learn about Confucianism, Daoism and the construction of the Great Wall. Explore Ancient America as you learn about the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.
Astronomy (20 topics)
Take an exciting journey to the stars, as you learn about the invention of the telescope through modern space exploration. Learn about each planet in our solar system, and the basics of gravity and planetary motion. Discover the fascinating characteristics of our moon and sun. Gain an appreciation for the variety and size of distant galaxies and nebulae. Learn some basic orienteering. Find out about the life cycle of stars, the variety of constellations, the mystery of black holes, and the nature of comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.
Biographies: Great Scientists (10 topics)
Discover the inspiring and exciting lives of some of the world’s greatest scientists. This unit study introduces children to Marie Curie, Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, Mary Anning, Michael Faraday, Alice Ball and Rachel Carson.
Biographies: Great Inventors (10 topics)
Be introduced to some of the world greatest inventors and learn their fascinating stories of triumph and failure. This unit study introduces children to Orville and Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Eli Whitney, Elon Musk, James Watt and Johannes Gutenberg.
Music Appreciation (10 topics)
Children will discover the wonderful history of music, starting with the middle ages and the Renaissance, and then learning about the music and great composers of the Baroque Age, the Classical Period, the Romantic Era and the Twentieth Century. Enjoy learning about the instruments of the orchestra, and the modern genres of folk, pop, rock and jazz music. Children will be excited to learn some famous children’s songs. The unit study wraps up with a fascinating exploration of the world of composing, recording and performing.
US Government and Citizenship (10 topics)
Upper elementary aged children will gain an appreciation for the US Government by learning about the US Constitution and Amendments, the three branches of government and the duties and powers of each, and how the state governments are organized – including the state courts. This Unit Study explains how towns, cities and counties form our local communities and how “we the people” can participate in government through the election process, political parties and lobbying our representatives.