So right now my plan for history is to finish up our reading of Story of the World Volume I. We’re off on an Ancient China rabbit trail right now, reading about the Terra Cotta Warriors and maybe after that the Great Wall. Then we need to finish up reading about the Romans. After that we will start Story of the World Volume II.
I know a lot of people buy the activity books and do maps and worksheets and all that. Last fall knowing I was pregnant and would be dealing with that and having a newborn, I decided to just skip the activity book and read the text, maybe supplement with literature, books from the library and other materials. That seems to have been a good choice. We read a lot of books, watched some videos, went to the MFA. I feel like we did some good digging and exploring. Now I’m wondering if I should skip the activity book again. Will having it make me feel like I need to use it? Or might it have hidden treasures to offer?
I’m considering whether I want to start doing a concurrent study of American history. I know Story of the World adds American history in as one of the threads it considers. But I haven’t looked at the later volumes to see exactly how they do that. I guess I really should get the books and look.
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Meanwhile, here’s a roundup of various resources that have been recommended to me for history. I’m just using this blog post to cache them so I can find them easily in the future and I figured while I was writing them up, I might as well share so that others can use them too.
Story of the World Netflix Resources, a handy list of various documentaries and films available on Netflix that correlate to The Story of the World.
This would have been very handy to have last fall and winter when I was feeling under the weather. How nice it would have been on cold winter afternoons to plop the kids down to watch a history documentary while I made dinner when it was too dark and cold to play outside. Well, I can definitely use it this winter. If Bella would have liked it then, she’ll still like it now. It’s not like we can only read books and watch things that relate to our current chapters. In fact, we often like to go back and look at resources that cover favorite topics again. When we go to the MFA we always have to go back to the Egyptian galleries. So I can easily see Bella wanting to watch a documentary on Egypt or one on Greece or whatever, even if we’re also moving on to new topics.
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History of Science:
Suzanne Temple writes about A History based Approach to Scientific Principles with modern application It’s for middle schoolers, so too old for us. But I’m really finding myself drawn to this kind of approach.
Melissa Wiley wrote about The Story of Science: Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim. – See more at: http://melissawiley.com/blog/2013/08/15/here-comes-high-tide/#sthash.OsWPWy2X.dpuf. I checked out Story of Science Book I: Aristotle Leads the Way and really liked some things about it but decided it’s one to wait for. We’re not quite ready to tackle it.