I wanted to write about what I plan on using for resources once I get our homeschool up and running. Feel free to use what I’m using. Please cite my blog as a source if you choose to blog or somehow share this online. Finally, all links to Amazon are affiliate links. Thank you. 🙂
For all the kids, I’m utilizing selections from Home Learning Year By Year by Rebecca Rupp. This book is awesome. It has everything laid out grade level by grade level, and each grade is broken down by subject and then each subject has a general idea of what SHOULD be taught at that grade. And then you get suggested resources for each subject! Glorious! I don’t use it religiously but like to keep it on hand to make sure we are hitting things that need to be hit in order to make conversations with medical professionals more smooth. And it gives me some much needed peace of mind.
In my state we just have to have hit a specific number of education hours, so I have spent a lot of our corona quarantine analyzing (deeply) what works and what doesn’t work and am changing up resources to better suit each individual child.
Blossom and Root Kindergarten has history included, focusing first on the history of the child in that we get to take a trip down memory lane and revisit all sorts of fun things like what movies and songs were popular, who was the President, and whatnot when the child was born. From there it expands to learning about the child’s family, and then local, state, national, and world heroes, and even has a nice section on the future. Love it.
We’ll add in some well-written biographies about interesting people, and watch shows like Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum on PBS.
My second grader isn’t totally into history, she’s much more into arts and crafts. She also prefers to bounce around like Tigger as opposed to sitting and listening to a story. History for her should be hands on as opposed to strict Charlotte Mason.
We are covering the War of 1812 right now with her, so we are using books like Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, Mr. Madison’s War, plus several books we own about the American flag. Curiousity Stream has a four-part series about the War of 1812 that she may be interested in, so we will add that in as well. Her narrations will still be oral, but also drawn and will employ liberal use of Playmobil and Lego as needed.
Are the books considered “living” books? Probably not. But, I know they will hook and engage her, and will be enough to get her interested in the War and may lead to more stories down the line. Also do I care they’re not living? Nope.
If we did nothing BUT history for my fourth-grader, he’d be in hog heaven. Despite his love of history, I’ve had some problems finding books that hook him. He particularly loves military history and of course there aren’t many military history books that are appropriate for a fourth-grader.
We’re giving Joy Hakim’s “A History of US” a spin. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on it, but I found some cheap copies of the volumes I need on Thriftbooks so if they don’t work for us, I’m not out much. We’ll spend some time on the French and Indian War and read Calico Captive and The Matchlock Gun.
For World History, we’ll focus on the Scientific Revolution with The Human Odyssey volume 2, and biographies of the great minds of that time – Newton, Copernicus, Galileo, and wherever else we end up. We’ll add in shows like
- Curious Minds: Science in Society: How Did Newton Change World History (Curiousity Stream)
- Once Upon a Time – Discoverers (Amazon Prime Video) (has Galileo, Newton, and more)
- The Who Was Show (Netflix) (has Franklin, Einstein, Newton, and Galileo)
Narration is still oral, and will also include props and Minecraft as well.
My sixth grader is rather ambivalent towards history. She likes to read, she likes to watch shows. She’s also sensitive so I do have to be careful for what we talk about. We will start talking about immigration to the United States, always fun as my mom is an immigrant. I’m hoping we can get some excellent oral history from her, but with the coronavirus we can’t get together and my parents don’t have internet. Phone calls may have to work but they aren’t always the clearest.
For world history, we’ll be hitting up the Dark Ages. I couldn’t find books that I thought would work for my sixth-grader, so I decided to give History Odyssey a try. We’ll use The Middle Ages at Level 2 and see how that works for us.
She will be doing both written and oral narrations. She is a strong oral narrator and typically doesn’t rely on props, but we may bring them in to help organize her thoughts for written narration. She also loves Minecraft narrations so we’ll throw some of those in there as well.
Once all the kids have finished these books in however long it takes (paced for sure), we’ll move on to the next chronological thing for them to study in history. Get more books, wash rinse and repeat. I’ll share the topics and book selections once we get there.