Monday, October 28, 2013

A History Gathering.....

History = the branch of knowledge dealing with past events; a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc.; acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future – taken from Random House Webster’s College Dictionary

I really enjoy gathering with other moms to discuss homeschooling.  This evening we gathered and discussed teaching history.  The beauty of homeschooling is that everyone can put their own spin on the best practices for teaching.

I must confess we have never used a traditional history text in our homeschool.  We read literature, sometimes supplementing with a spine book.  Last year, I read aloud The Mystery of History Volume III and this was as close as we got to a history text.  Any of our kids will tell you, history is one of their favorite subjects.

I recently read notes from a Rainbow Resource video called Sorting Out Social Studies.  Janice Price, a Rainbow Resource Consultant, did a wonderful job explaining the concept of Social Studies and how teaching it differs among various homeschoolers.  I have posted in the past about Various Methods of Homeschooling.    I feel four of those methods that really apply to history are Traditional Textbook/Workbook; Classical; Unit Study; and Charlotte Mason/Living Book/Literature Study.  I created a table sorting a variety of history resources and publishers by approach/method.

History Resources & Publishers by Approach/Method
**See also Rainbow Resource list**

Unit Study
Charlotte Mason/Living Book/Literature
A Beka Book
Accelerated Christian Ed.
Alpha Omega
Bob Jones University Press
Christian Liberty Press
Christian Light Education
Landmark’s Freedom    Baptist Curriculum
Rod & Staff
Notgrass Company

My Father’s World
Cadron Creek Christian Curric.
Geography Matters
Lessons From History
Five in a Row
History Links
Amanda Bennett
In the Hands of a Child
Tapestry of Grace
History Pockets
Time Traveler CD’s
Simply Charlotte Mason
Heart of Dakota
Living Books Curriculum
Lifetime Books & Gifts
Ambleside Online
Queen Homeschool
Lamplighter Publishing
Nothing New Press
Bethlehem Books
Yesterday’s Classics
Higher Up and Further In
Beautiful Feet
My Father’s World
Veritas Press
Classical Conversations
Story of the World
Tapestry of Grace
My Father’s World
Bright Ideas Press
Veritas Press
Greenleaf Press
Memoria Press
Nothing New Press

This is certainly not an all inclusive list, but it will give you some ideas and a place to start if you are researching curricula based on a certain methodology.  Rainbow Resource also has a list of history curriculum they carry.  Their list is broke down in a similar fashion as the one above.  

I personally teach history using a variety of methods.  We study history chronologically broke into time periods that would qualify as unit studies.  We draw from spine and living books.  Our kids narrate and complete notebooking pages.  Each student keeps a timeline.  I also try to incorporate a variety of hands on activities and take advantage of historical field trips whenever possible.  

How do you teach history?  I'd love to read your comments below......

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