Friday, October 26, 2012

"History of the World" Study: Part 2 ~ Recommended Ages & Such

Welcome to "Part 2" of our "History of the World" Timeline Notebook Study (Part 1 is shared here)...

Conducting a "History of the World" Timeline Notebook ~ Recommended Ages:

Fourth to fifth grade (even sixth grade) is an excellent time to begin this project. However, you can adapt it to fit the different needs and stages of your family. 

Though you commence this study primarily for your older student(s), younger children may be just as involved while not necessarily instructed to keep a notebook themselves (This way you aren't doing a thousand things at once in your homeschool which would be a burden!). They can still partake in many age appropriate activities though perhaps at a different level. For example, while an older student is preparing a report on Ancient Egypt, your younger scholars could be drawing pyramids, recreating maps of Egypt and penning Egyptian related Bible verses for copywork (we will go into further lesson details/ideas in a future post).

"If you are teaching children of several ages, it is perfectly all right to have all of them studying Columbus and the explorers at the same time. Or all can study Ancient Greece at the same time. Younger children can read easier books, help make posters or scrapbooks, or take part in skits. They can enter into discussions or sharing time where family members contribute information from their reading or, better yet, raise questions they would like to find answers for."

Another way to keep younger children occupied, is to print off their very own  timeline (if they express an interest) and allow them to enjoy this project in their own special way (You may be surprised at what they come up!). When they reach the appropriate age, they can jump in and begin their own "proper" timeline/notebook projects. Some mothers restart a world history study every four years and change/adapt the reading books, etc. as their child ages and the younger children mature into reading the previously read literature.

Note: In the younger years, prior to starting this project (and before we had an older student), we did a lot of Bible/character building, science/nature studies, geography activities, and learned about American History so that the basic relationships of things "currently" surrounding our child was already established.

When does this project end? :

Technically, never. Once started, your children will continue to record and add information to their timelines as they learn for the rest of their homeschooling journey! This project will grow as your student does, will become an educational keepsake and will possible give birth to a life-long hobby!

Does this concept of teaching world history interest you?

"Perhaps the gravest defect in school curricula is that they fail to give a comprehensive, intelligent and interesting introduction to history...

We can not live sanely unless we know that other peoples are as we are with a difference, that their history is as ours, with a difference, that they too have been represented by their poets and their artists, that they too have their literature and their national life...

It is never too late to mend but we may not delay to offer such a liberal and generous diet of History to every child in the country as shall give weight to his decisions, consideration to his actions and stability to his conduct.; that stability, the lack of which has plunged us into many a stormy sea of unrest."

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