Monday, April 2, 2012
From The Teacher's Desk: History
My favorite History resource for k-6 is a bookshelf full of good books for my children to read. We are using The Mystery of History and I also have tried The Story of the World and A Child's History of the World but my children prefer historical fiction for read alouds. I keep our books divided into two sections; one is general History and the other is Biographies. I ask my children to choose one from each category to keep in their personal reading pile.
Currently our History studies consist of me reading aloud to the children from The Mystery of History and the children reading on their own from their chosen books. Each week they are required to write a few sentences on what they are reading or copy a sentence or two from their book depending on age.
My 14 year old has been reading and enjoying A History of US by Joy Hakim. I am planning to use the History curriculum by Ray Notgrass if I don't find anything else I like better. I hope to review World History: Observations and Assessments From Creation to Today by James P. Stobaugh so that might change my plans.
I also find interesting History documentaries to keep in our Netflix Instant queue so we can watch them together every once in awhile. I like to use some form of "fun" learning if we are at home during a school break and will often let them choose a documentary in the afternoon.
How do you study History in your homeschool?
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