One of the biggest struggles homeschooling families battle is which curriculum is best for their children. We become overwhelmed by the amount of curriculum available, struggle to find the right fit for each of our children, proceed to doubt each choice made for at least the first several weeks, and continue to search for new ways of teaching well after we’ve already begun our year.
To this end, we thought we’d spend the month of September launching discussions on all things curriculum.
“Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.” – Unknown
Over the course of our learning adventure we have studied history in a variety of ways. We’ve done unit studies, followed a more regimented time line, and used a whole books method. Each taught us something new and encouraged our love of learning.
At the moment, the Lord has brought us back to a curriculum which centers on studying history chronologically and we’re loving it! No matter how many times we study a particular era, there is always more to learn.
While in the past we’ve studied geography on its own, we find more and more that we prefer studying them in tandem. It helps our children better understand the context of the geography lesson when there are events which tie locations together.
We’d love to hear how you teach history and geography, and have a few questions we’d like to ask:
- Do you teach history chronologically or by unit method?
- Do you have your children memorize dates and places of major historical events?
- Is geography a separate subject or taught alongside history?
- How much memorization is involved in your geography lessons?
- Are these subjects daily lessons or periodic?
History is a personal, and family, favorite. To gain a better understanding of how people lived, why decisions were made, and to see the hand of God upon it all is truly amazing. All our lessons point to our Lord and Savior, history is no exception. May we use this time to help our children increase in wisdom and grow closer to the Lord. History is, after all, his-story!
Now, it’s your turn!! Share your thoughts on the above questions and let us hear from you. We’d love your feedback and appreciate those links you’ve been sharing!