Jump to content

Menu

History Questions


AFthfulJrney
 Share

Recommended Posts

We are on our third week of our new homeschool year. We started using Wayfarers Ancients this year and I have no complaints about the curriculum and the book choices, however, my son is already disappointed and asking for more recent history, like George Washington and Abe Lincoln recent. He always has a lot of questions regarding American History and I'm wondering if I made a bad decision starting with a four year history rotation this way. I already purchased everything we need for term 1, so I really don't want to change everything up just yet. I'm wondering how best to handle his disappointment and disinterest. Should I just carry on and hope something peaks his interest soon? Maybe switch after the first term is over to American History? Or, I was thinking of adding some light reading of American History to our Morning Basket, while continuing with the wayfarers ancients during our normal history time, but wasn't sure if that would get confusing for my kids at all. If this third option is a good idea, can anyone recommend any books that would be a good fit for a 7 and 9 year old?


Thank you!


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'd just add it on. Add some reading on for him, or even a whole separate study if you like.

 

I wouldn't give up ancients, but I would certainly follow the interest of your child as well, you know?

 

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

 

Yes, I definitely want to go with his interests...especially at this young age. I want to keep learning fun! Thanks for your encouragement. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'd probably just do the American history through library books. I think it's good to cover both ancient and American, although for me it's easiest to break them up and teach them at different times so I take turns with each over the course of a year. I'm personally a big fan of the Jean Fritz books for American history, and Betsy Maestro, too, if you wanted to add something to your morning basket. (As for confusion, it's confusing for kids NOT to study American history, because you really need it to understand so many of our holidays, traditions, politics, and current events, don't you think?)

 

Personally, I use the CKLA units for teaching American history, so that begins with Native Americans, moves through Columbus and the Pilgrims, colonial towns, Independence, and so forth. Even if you didn't want to use these, they do have good trade book lists. (You'd have to scroll through this for topics in American history, but this is a handy list of suggestions: http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/documents/652/Master%20Trade%20Book%20List%20K-5.pdf.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...