Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Study of History--Let Me Count the Ways

There are several ways that you can approach the study of history. None of them are wrong or right. You can only decide how to approach this study by examining at the goals you have for your family and the interest/readiness of the child(ren).

Public school/major curriculum approach
K-2nd local information
3rd state history
4th American
5th ancient
6th American
7th American
8th World
9th-10th choice of American, geography, World, Economics and government

a four year history cycle that is repeated three times each time at a deeper level.
year 1--ancient
year 2--499-1600
year 3--1600-1800
year 4--1800-present day
These dates are approximate. Different curriculums divide them up differently.
Some curriculums do not start history in 1st grade but start the actual cycle in 2nd, 3rd or even 4th grade and sometimes cover a year of geography beforehand.

each year you study classical, biblical and modern history. The early years concentrate on stories, the middle years on people and the later years on reading material written at the time.

a three year history cycle that is repeated 4 times: ancient, middle and modern.

Unit study
basically, you pick the period and study that for a period of time. You can do this out of order and pick any sort of time, culture, event, place, etc.

Unschool it
take your kids to the library and let them read and learn about history as they follow rabbit trails as they read about things that they enjoy.

Good luck on any path you decide to follow. Do what is right for your family.

1 comment:

Momof4 said...

I saw some homeschooling curriculum that basically did American history for k-5th, then hit ancient history for 6th. NOT the worldview we're going for!! I'm liking the "Neo-classical" Mystery of History (thanks for the breakdown--nice to know what else is out there!).


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