Thursday, August 30, 2012
A twisty path through history
History has recently become much more complicated around here.
I was following a chronological approach to history, with both children learning about the same time period but at a different level of depth. Carbon had already worked his way through Book One of The Story of the World, and then Hypatia joined us on Book Two jumping right into the Middle Ages. (My plan was to catch her up on ancient history when we looped back around to the beginning).
Well, first it was my fault. I became worried about how little American History they knew, and dissatisfied with what short-shrift the western hemisphere civilizations get in SOTW. So we stopped and read Before Columbus together to get a better idea of what was happening on this side of the world. I loved Before Columbus, and I just made up my own review questions and narration prompts as we went along.
Then I thought the kids would go back to SOTW as I had planned before. But they didn't want to. Carbon wanted to study the World Wars, and Hypatia wanted to go back to Ancient Egypt. He argued (successfully) that he would learn better if he was interested. She argued (successfully) that it wasn't fair to make her wait to come back to ancient times because she had been too young when we did it before.
And there goes my chronological plan. It looks like we are Interest-Led for history from now on. I'm doing a unit study on World War 1 with Carbon, and a unit study on Ancient Egypt with Hypatia. I'm still going to keep all these resources on hand, to fill in the gaps in between (both in between major historical events and in between when they don't have a specific interest), but I guess for now we'll hop through time like some sort of crazy time travelers and just study what they find interesting.
I also really want to weave the People's History in as we go, but we'll see how that works out.