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Earlier this week I shared my plan for our Bible “curriculum” for the coming school year. If you read through the comments, you’ll find that one part of my plan has already changed
Today, I’m going to share what we’ll be using to learn History and Geography this year.
Remember, my official students are 7 and (soon-to-be) 6 years old. Our main goals for these early years are more about developing a love of learning and figuring out how to work together as a family than about strict academics.
I developed the plans for these subjects, keeping my motto of simple learning in mind.
Maybe, like me, you’re in a season where your homeschooling time and energy is limited…you can still homeschool! Maybe you now have more time and resources than before. Whatever your situation may be, use what you have, do what you can, love your children, do real life together and remember that they are always learning.
Okay, back to History and Geography
For history we’ll be learning about the American Revolution by watching through the Liberty’s Kids DVD series. This award-winning, animated series with voices from well-known actors like Walter Cronkite, Billy Crystal, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, and Whoopi Goldberg, teaches about life in colonial America during the time of the Revolutionary War.
The series includes 40 episodes covering major events, people, battles, politics and more. Right now you can purchase the entire series as one DVD on Amazon for only 5.00!
We’ll be watching one episode each week as well as picking up related books from the library. One of my goals for July is to make a list of available books that go along with the main topic from each episode. I think that goal will carry into August.
Once a month, we’ll also complete some sort of simple activity to go along with the people and events we’ve learned about. This will most likely be a coloring page for the younger kids and a simple crossword or word search puzzle for the older ones…simple learning.
For our Geography “curriculum” we’ll be studying US Geography by learning the names and locations of the states. We’ll do this mainly by getting back on track with our after-breakfast map work. We’ve adapted the idea we found here to fit our family with four children involved.
We just pull out two United States Map placemats and a bag of Cheerios (or Cheerio equivalents). We have simple map placemats (similar to this) that my mom used with my younger brother and sister, but I’m saving up to buy these ones with images of what each state is known for.
Since there are two kids on each side of the table the pairs each share a placemat. I place two O’s on a state on each placemat. For example, I put two O’s on California on each placemate. That equals four O’s total or one each for four kids.
Then the kids raise their hand if they know the name of the state, or at least in theory…we’re still working on hand raising.
Once someone has correctly identified the name of the state they all point to the state, say the name and then claim their piece of cereal.
We repeat this process starting first with states we already know and adding in one or two new states at a time. We’ll do this about 3 mornings a week…again simple learning.