"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable." - Thomas Jefferson
What is our country thinking?! How bad are the school systems going to get?! If we don't teach our children about their nation's and the world's past, who will?
"A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia." - David McCullough
Anyway, I will get off my soapbox and just say that I am so glad that I am able to be home and give my children as even-handed, non-biased and broad education as I am able.
This year we will continue with Story of the World (SOTW) Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 as our spine with about 55 additional picture books and numerous hands-on projects. (We only have about eight chapters left in Vol. 2). We plan on "traveling" through history from about 1500 to 1850. Yes, I am a bit daunted by the task of covering that many years of world and American history. Thankfully, I am not required to make it all the way through to 1850, as I can set my own rules for the curriculum. If we need to slow down, we will. I would rather they learn from the past and make the connections necessary to understand the present. I am really excited about this next year. We finally get to America, and we get to cover this year some of my favorite people in history.
We hope to take some field trips to some great historical sights. I won't tell them yet, since they are still in the early stages of thought and planning.
I organize the books I already own with a post-it that shows which chapter in SOTW it will go with. In my SOTW activity book, I have post-its of which books are in the library that I may wish to check out. I try to add in as many biographies as possible. We will continue with our timeline that is coming along nicely. I am using little figures that I make from templates found at the website Making Friends.
Here are the first three I have made for this year (Martin Luther, Shakespeare, and Queen Elizabeth). I just have about 20 more to go!
Well, there you have a really long peek ahead into what we will be doing for history.