Melissa Bontadelli

Lesson Designer

Melissa Bondatelli lives in Alaska with her husband and two sons, along with an assortment of dogs, chickens, and fish. They have been a homeschooling family from the start. The small town they lived in when their oldest was set to enter kindergarten did not have a robust school in place. Once they saw the amazing discipleship opportunities there are with homeschooling, they never looked at anything else! Homeschooling wasn’t what she had imagined ever doing, but the Lord had a different plan. She is so grateful for His wisdom and the path He led them down.

More about Melissa:

  • University of Minnesota
  • National Geographic Educator
  • Interests include History, Italian, Cooking, and Chickens
  • Has full-year curricula published on (see below)
  • Published 10 book studies on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Courses by Melissa:

250 Years of Exploration, Settlement, and Reformation: World History: This world history high school course helps students learn about the history of the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa during the 1500s–1700s.

Expansion, Independence, and War: This course covers both American and world history. Students will learn about major conflicts in American history, spanning from the French and Indian War to the September 11 terror attacks, as well as the founding documents on the United States and major inventors, reformers, and missionaries. Major global conflicts and concerns from the establishment of Russia in AD 862 to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East are also covered, including the French Revolution, the Communist revolutions in Russia and China, apartheid in South Africa, British colonization around the world, and child labor and human trafficking. Each week explores a topic from history through a variety of reading, research, writing, and geography activities.

Great Leaders in History: This course encompasses 400 years of history with one focus: the great leaders who propelled it forward—both men and women. This isn’t just a course on the people of history, however. Students will learn about the world at the time these leaders lived. For instance, when discussing Leif Eriksson, students will learn that there were both good and bad effects of exploration on the world. While learning about Willem Janszoon, students identify places on a map; so, they are also studying geography. An entire week is given to the Native Americans from the East Coast to the West Coast. A number of missionaries between the mid-1400s to the late 1800s are also discussed. Activities throughout include vocabulary, word searches, coloring, crosswords, and more. Additional video and book resources are included at the end of each week. Quizzes and answer keys are available as well.

In-Depth Modern History for High School: In this history course, students will learn about some of the major events in history such as World War I and the fight for women’s right to vote. There are also lesser known events such as the Aboriginal Rights Movement and the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement. Included in each week’s lessons are reading, vocabulary, mapping, a quiz, and resources to go deeper into the topic.

Kingdoms of the World: Fifteenth to Eighteenth Century: World History: Our Kingdoms of the World History homeschool course explores life in the Americas and around the world from the Age of Exploration (beginning in 1492) through the early 1700s.

Medieval to the Renaissance: Elementary History: This elementary history course covers approximately AD 476–492, from the fall of Rome to the beginnings of exploration. Special focus is given to medieval Europe, China, Spain, and the Vikings as well as leaders of the Renaissance and Reformation.

Medieval to the Renaissance: High School History: This high school history course covers approximately AD 476–1492, from the fall of Rome to the beginnings of exploration. Special focus is given to medieval Europe, China, Spain, and the Vikings as well as leaders of the Renaissance and Reformation.

Modern History for Elementary shares both American and world history and touches on select topics and events from 1754–present. Through readings, puzzles, and activities, students explore the founding of the United States through World War II and global events such as British colonization, Russian history, and the history of Israel.