ereks mom Posted June 22, 2009 Share Posted June 22, 2009 (edited) As I do every summer, I'm evaluating the effectiveness of the curricula we used during the past school year, and deciding what would be best for next year. This might be "old news" to many of you, but I'm noticing that some programs use more of a geographical approach to ancient history, while others use more of a chronological approach. Geographical Many (most??) history programs seem to focus on cultures and events of one particular region before moving on to another region. Cultures are studied in the order that each one arose or was at its zenith, so this approach is somewhat chronological as well, but the focus seems to be primarily on one geographical area at a time. Generally, these programs begin with Sumer & other Mesopotamian cultures, then progress to Egypt, and so on, ending the study of Ancients with the Roman Empire. Chronological Other programs seem to focus on the chronology of historical events, jumping back and forth from one culture to another so as to highlight the flow of events from Creation through the the Fall of Rome. With this approach, students get an idea of what was happening around the world at a given time, and are able to see which cultures/people were contemporaries and which cultural/technological advances occurred within the same time frame. I would think that the chronological approach would lend itself to developing a good grasp of the timeline of history and how we got where we are today, while the geographical approach would lead to a good understanding of the geographic regions of the world and the cultures that developed in each. What do YOU think? ETA: We've used TRISMS for several years, and they use a definite geographical approach. From what I've seen, WP and HO also seem to use this approach. MOH seems to be from a chronological perspective. To me, TOG seems to be somewhat of a mix of the two approaaches. I haven't evaluated other programs, so I don't know how they work. Edited June 22, 2009 by ereks mom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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