History-Related Resources

Long interested in history education on the elementary school level, Mary Beth Klee has written numerous original history teaching songs as a means of reinforcing classroom instruction.  Whether learning about ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia or ancient China, young children are bound to learn better when singing about the ancient civilization, and mentally reinforcing key points. 

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Listen to Crossroads Academy second graders singing the "Ancient China" song from the Notes From the Past CD.

The Complete Core Virtues Program and Resource Guide:

Core Virtues

by Mary Beth Klee

A literature-based program in character education
for the K-6 grade levels.

Core Virtues

The Core Virtues program is a practical, non-sectarian approach to character education on the Kindergarten to sixth grade levels.

This literature-based program has as its goal the cultivation of character through the promotion of basic moral, civic, and intellectual virtues.  It emphasizes such “core virtues” as:  respect, responsibility, diligence, honesty, generosity, perseverance, courage, faithfulness, compassion, openness to inquiry, and humility in the face of facts. The program employs quality children’s literature to help children fall in love with the good, and to cultivate a vocabulary of virtue.

The virtues highlighted each month are common ground, consensus virtues and not controversial social or political agendas.  The objective is to ignite the imagination of the young, inspiring them to do and be their best. 

The book presents the complete program, which includes: an overview of the program’s philosophical and historical underpinnings, a strategy for implementation, a month-by-month sequence for teaching consensus virtues on a three year cycle; grade specific goals for kindergarten to sixth grade; reproducible definitions of the virtues keyed to various grade levels; and, most importantly, an extensive resource guide (bibliography) to quality children’s literature organized by virtue.

Mary Beth Klee ©2008

$ 25.00

Core Virtues Posters



Use these posters to keep a constant reminder in your classroom of the month's virtue. These 11"x17" full color posters come in a set of 11. Each set has posters for one of the three Core Virtues cycles. Sorry, we cannot ship posters internationally.

Posters - Year 1 $40.00

Posters - Year 2 $40.00

Posters - Year 3 $40.00


Notes From the Past

noteClio and the Crossroads Chorus

A “Clio” website link from this page is being developed and will feature history-related materials developed by Dr. Klee, but in the meantime, teachers and students may enjoy this CD of original songs, initially developed to reinforce key points in the Core Knowledge history sequence.  Words, tunes, and vocals mostly by Mary Beth Klee. Instrumentals and some vocal accompaniment are by Jacksonville-based performing artist, Dennis Klee.  The brother and sister team of “Clio” will have your children shivering “Back in the Ice Age,” as well as “Babblin on in Babylon,” doing the “Ancient Greek Rock.”  Eleven sung versions teach, and 11 instrumental tracks allow your child or children to be the stars for a karaoke version.

The CD liner includes lyrics, and the disc features the following songs: Democracy, Babblin’ on in Babylon,  Egyptians, Egyptians!, Nubia, Ancient China, 508 BC – Ancient Greek Rock, Rome, Back in the Ice Age, South American Geography, Maya, Aztec, Inca, South American Liberators

$ 15.00