Last year we sorta unschooled history and geography. No curriculum. We started off our year off with a trip to New York City, cruised to Canada, trip to the Liberty Bell and back home. From there the kids just though of stuff they wanted to learn and learned it. We used living books and Google to learn from and videos, live Drive Through History, to broaden our horizon. It worked.
With both older boys I’ve used a Charlotte Mason approach to teach History. I’ve used Beautiful Feet for many years and also have used the resources from History Heritage.
Small lessons. Living books. Notebooking.
This year I tried to used Early American History with the two younger ones and Robby was wanting to Study Ancient Greek History. I really felt like it was not going well.
Let me pause for a moment.
Here is what I wanted my day to look like.
But really my day may look like this:
6:30-my alarm goes off.
Either my husband or I have already been up with babies hours before.
I attempt to get dress and 1 cup of coffee. And brace for kids.
6-8am emerge children. They can be happy or cheerful or I should back up. I can simply ask for one to get dress or feed the cat-and we can spiral into a 30 screaming fit just because that task was just too much for that moment.
Just one thing not right -like vitamins not at the right moment-can throw them into a screaming and running through the house.
Even what they wear can be an issue. Pants, socks and shoes are always an issues.
Other mornings-dress, chores, fed with out one melt down or concern. You don’t know.
I start school with two little ones. I’ve moved them to the kitchen tables things work better with the babies. Two working. Isaiah tapping his foot. AnnieQ screaming “stop it.” Me- not sure what is wrong. Isaiah doesn’t know. I settle them down. Foot taps-screaming-Isaiah makes the connection-more foot tapping-more screaming. Momma calming them down again and more coffee.
This is now one subject. Me -moving them along. Math -science-lang arts. Something will be bothering Isaiah. His clothes are not right. Too much noise. My breath is too much for him. AnnieQ can end up on the floor like a rag doll screaming about I don’t know what.
I turn grab another cup of coffee and then try it all again. Robby is pretty much self guided (thank goodness!!!) but will come and ask questions when needed. So some subject my kids do better at than others. Some they don’t. The way I had history set up this year just didn’t work. It was too much for them and too much for me. So I moved to Alpha Omega for all three. I could use Beautiful Feet with Robby-I have all the books and such. But I went with easy for me.
Two weeks in and I have to say it is working well. We can still use the shorter lessons for Isaiah, AnnieQ is thriving off the worksheets, and Robby says it is too easy for him so he is happy. AnnieQ and Isaiah are starting out with learning about themselves and families. Plus the 1st grade teacher book came with a lot of extra stuff for the kids to do-Isaiah likes the cutting instead of worksheets. AnnieQ is not so great a cutting. It was a good starting place for us.
BUT “history” for me doesn’t stop there. I guess regardless if they were homeschooled or went to a school away from me I would think this was important to learning about our local history and our family history along with American and World History.
Like the other day Isaiah and I was driving back from the Doctors office and drove by this house. He made me stop so he could take this picture.
This is one of the older homes in Huntsville. I was talking to him about how the downtown area us to be the main area of Huntsville. He wanted to know how lived there, who built the house, where did the family work. I found out a bit through Facebook friends.
Family history is very important to me. I want my kids to know where our family comes from. We have history of family who fought in the Civil War & WW2. My great grand father designed the rose gardens for Mr Heresy. I have a Great Aunt-Anna Keichline– who was a secret agent in the WW2 along with being the first women architect in Pennsylvania. My great grand father was a sheriff, mayor and own early Ford dealerships. It is important that my kids know this history too. Learned through visiting and stories and seeing pictures.
Pictures are very important for my kids. It is a visual thing. Also being adopted they have a need to look more.
Check out these other homeschooling families and how they teach Language Arts.
Hopscotch with us January 13-17 as we share a round of posts detailing how exactly we teach within our specific niches.
Day 1: how I teach language arts
Day 2: how I teach math
Day 3: how I teach science
Day 4: how I teach history
Day 5: how I teach fine arts
- How I Teach Hands-on Learning from Ticia
- How I Teach… Or, Really, How We Learn: Radical Unschooling an Eighth-Grade-Ish Daughter from Joan
- Planning for Purity: More than the “Birds and the Bees” by LaToya
- ADHD Learning by Selena
- Revealing How I Teach Homeschool by Renee
- How I Homeschool High School by Heidi
- How I Teach Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method by Michelle
- Building Preschool Unit Studies by Lara
- How I Teach Multiple Ages with Special Needs by Sharla
- How We Earn College Credits in High School at Home by Shannen
- Classical Kindergarten by Amy
- Homeschooling Preschool – 2nd Grade by Beth
- How I Teach Middle School by Eva
- Teaching Text Structure to Readers by Becky
- How I Teach a Large Family in a Relaxed, Classical Way by Jennifer
- Homeschooling With Dyslexia: How We Teach Series by Marianne
- Methods for Teaching Middle School & High School Homeschool by Heather
- Relaxed Homeschooling in Early Elementary by Sallie