Kristen Heider

Digital Marketing Associate, Lesson Designer

Kristen Heider is a housewife and mother to a stepson and two elementary-aged children. Kristen holds a BA in History and an MS in Teaching. She is a NJ State certified social studies teacher. Kristen has worked as a volunteer at a National Park site, in the education department of a metropolitan zoo, and as a high school history teacher. Her favorite areas of history are Ancient Egypt, Tudor England, the American Civil War, and World War I. Kristen has maintained a blog where she relates her family’s learning experiences at since 2015. Kristen lives in New Jersey. note: External links may be automatically included within third party websites; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by nor by the lesson designer of any products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization, or individual. Parents may wish to preview all links because third-party websites include ads that may change over time.

Courses by Kristen:

American History: Pre-Civil War to Reconstruction: In this course, students will dig into the period of American history from the War of 1812 through Reconstruction, looking at the nation’s expansion west, the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War, the causes and effects of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the continued push west and its impact on Native Americans. Numerous written assignments, projects, and critical-thinking exercises are included.

Ancient World History: Through this study, elementary students meet the people of ancient Israel, Sumer, Egypt, China, Rome, Greece, Babylon, and more.

Before the Renaissance: Middle School World History: From the rough and warlike lives of numerous people groups in Europe to the time of feudalism, the Crusades, and beyond, this middle school homeschool history course looks at life in the Middle Ages before the dawn of the Renaissance.

Understanding Ancient History leads high school students on a journey through ancient history, from the early civilizations of Sumer and Egypt through the time of Christ. Each unit begins with how geography influenced the development of the culture and then moves into exploring various facets of history and daily life. The civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Greece, Rome, and Africa are included, as well as a brief introduction to the Olmec and Chavin peoples. Numerous optional activities are also included for students who wish to dig deeper.

Understanding Modern History: This advanced modern history course challenges upper high school students to dig deep into the events that shaped our world from 1756 through the present day. As they see how events affected and impacted events in various parts of the world, they will begin to see the larger picture of world history and their place in it.

World History: Exploration and Colonization: Through thirty-six weeks of creative lessons about the Age of Exploration through the early 1700s, students will meet various ancient civilizations; learn about the expeditions of famous explorers; observe life in the early American colonies; and travel to Japan, India, and beyond.