I still have quite a ways to go before I have our plans for this coming school year finalized. However, I have decided on our history course, and I am very excited!!
This past year we switched to studying history through the use of living books combined with lap books and notebooking. It was a huge hit. We all loved it!! I used Beautiful Feet's Early American History as a guide, and tried to supplement with Catholic books as we went along. It worked out alright, but I was really hoping to find a Catholic program to use for this coming year.
Well, I ran across RC History, and it seems to be just about perfect for us! One of my favorite aspects of the program is that we will all be doing the same time period together each year, based on a four year rotation. Yeah!!!
We have found that history comes alive when the family learns together. Particularly if you are not well-acquainted with history yourself (which I am not!!), or you are teaching multiple ages (which I am!!), studying the same time periods together will strengthen everyone's learning and interest and make your job of teaching simpler! (Anything that will make my job a bit simpler, sounds good to me!)It should be a fun year as we make our way through the Old Testament and Ancient History!
I have just finished ordering all of our books, and the kids have really been enjoying previewing them as they arrive in the mail.
Here's the list of what we will be using...
Connecting With History: A Guide to Salvation History
Year One: Old Testament and Ancient History
"Connecting With History is our first self-published history curriculum. It takes an integrated approach to history and literature from a thoroughly Catholic perspective, covering the Old Testament and the ancient cultures of Israel, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome."
(I am also hoping to read a few books myself from the Logic and Rhetoric book lists.)
- Usborne Time Traveler
- Archaeologists Dig for Clues
- Noah's Ark by Peter Spier
- Tut's Mummy Lost and Found
- Aesop's Fables Coloring Book
- Pyramids: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt
- Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide
- Classical Kids: An Activity Guide
- The Trojan Horse or How the Greeks Won the War
- Jewish Holiday Stories
- Tales from the Old Testament
- Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths
- Greek Myths
- Strengthened by God/The Great Deluge
Bedtime Read-A-Loud for Daddy and Boys:
Each of the children will also be starting their own Book of the Centuries (updated link), as well as a couple lap books throughout the year based on Ancient History. I am also considering ordering the Timeline, for our school room wall, or possibly making our own. We'll see...
I did order the book History Pockets – Ancient Civilizations to help us with our lapbooks, as well as an Ancient Egypt Toob (we LOVE all the various toobs!) and an Ancient Egypt Treasure Box for a little extra fun (at the recommendation of my dear friend Trina, who
Oh, and I even ordered a number of stickers and stencils too...
I can't wait to start... Is it September yet?? ;)