We’re up to week 9 and history in this series about building our dream classical homeschool. Do you know what history program you’ll be using?
When in doubt, I recommend using Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. There are four volumes, each one contains a year’s worth of study, and it’s able to be used by children from 1st grade through 8th grade.
The Story of the World Activity Guides contain supplemental activities, lists of books to go along with each chapter, map work, discussion starters, and more.
Otherwise begin planning history into your week.
I don’t know about you, but our day is getting rather long for my middle and high school kids. My youngest two children still have plenty of time.
History can be added as a block schedule twice a week, even for the high school kids. The total hours per week or year matter, the specific times don’t.
That means you can spend Monday and Wednesday afternoons studying history while covering science on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
History can be divided up between Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There’s also the option of doing history every day or condensing it into one long Friday or Saturday every week.
Take your pick.
This is also the time to look at what history activities you’d like to add to your homeschool. If elaborate projects make your heart sing, plan at least one afternoon devoted to history projects.
On the other hand if you feel guilty for detesting messy projects and glue guns, skip projects all together! There’s a group of homeschool moms who do a wonderful job of homeschooling without elaborate projects.
You do have the option of simply planning one or two projects a quarter. It’s not an all or nothing approach. Do what’s best for you and your family.
How is your homeschool progressing?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks
- Filled Out Language Arts
- Added Science