Introduction to World History Year 2 of 2
We use Sonlight’s 5-day program book list to make our book list for the year more ‘full’, as we’ve dropped the main Usborne history books and the Hillyer book that Sonlight recommends. For us, we’d rather focus less on a western perspective of history into our children’s foundations at this stage, and more on the story of people, nations and culture, and God’s redemptive plan for mankind. We’re simply choosing to take a different focus for now and then look more in-depth at world history in a few years time.
A good friend has recently introduced me to a fantastic program by Winter Promise called “Children Around the World” from which we will pull in a couple of great books which complement our year’s program nicely. I love the idea of widening my children’s worldview as to how children around the world live.
We pull the chronological order of history together with our Book of Time. For us, memorising dates is not the most important element in our history studies for our family. The story and the journey of people is where we find our enjoyment, and less so in the facts and dates. But we do try and keep a sense of when and where as we go.
History and Geography
- Gladys Alyward (Benge)
- Geography Songs Kit (Troxel)
- Good Queen Bess (Stanley and Vennema)
- Michelangelo (Stanley)
- Peter the Great (Stanley)
- Window on the World (Spraggett and Johnstone)
- Catching their talk in a box (Hockett)
- Eric and Red and Leif the Lucky (Schiller)
- Explorer’s News (Johnstone)
- Maps and Globes (Barton)
- Castle Diary (Platt)
- Our Family Tree (we have a large family tree that I have researched and will continue to look at different aspects of this with our children).
Additional history and geography:
- Material World – Peter Menzel (from Winter Promise, purchased from Book Depository)
- Working Children (print copy from Winter Promise – they also do an e-book version)
- Children of Many Lands – Karen Brooks (print copy from Winter Promise – they also do an e-book version)
- Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales – Gathering the World Around Your Christmas Table – free e-book from Knowledge Quest Maps.
We’ll be doing lapbooks/notebooks and unit studies on people of interest that span different times and places and that accompany the book list above (plus a bit of NZ history), including:
- Queen Esther (Hadassah) – from the Book of Esther in the Old Testament
- Eric the Red (950-1003) and Leif the Lucky (970-1020) – Iceland/Norway
- Michelangelo (1475-1564) – Italy
- Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan era (1533-1603) – England
- Peter the Great (1672-1725) – Russia
- Chief Hongi Hika (c. 1780–1828) and Samuel Marsden (1764-1838) NZ
- Gladys Alyward (1902-1970) – England/China
- Nessie Morgan (1903-1991) – NZ (family history)
- Postcards – (some templates printed from Explore His Earth CD-Rom, and some homemade). This is an activity to do in between main assignments where Rosie (7) can pretend she is writing from the country we read about.
- Travel Journal – to record places we visit in our literary travels. There’s probably something beautifully created online to serve this purpose, but I’m sure we’ll be just fine using our simple homemade creation.
- Passport – another fun way to record where we visit on our literary travels.
- World Map and NZ Map – to look up countries.
- We also have a markable world map – to mark places on map (writing and using landmark clipart etc).
- “Kids Of Courage” – 31 Bold Believers Activity Books (free downloads) – selected activities and readings from these great activity books.
Read-alouds (we’ll decide as we go what subjects we’d like to look into further)
- Aesop for children (Winter)
- Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
- And the Word Came with Power (Shelter)
- Encyclopaedia Brown Cracks the Case
- Good Masters, Sweet Ladies!
- Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe
- The Apprentice (Llorente)
- The Cricket in Times Square (Selden)
- The Door in the Wall (De Angeli)
- The Little Riders (Shemin)
- The Minstrel in the Tower (Skursinsky)
- Pippi Longstocking
- Red Sails to Capri (Weil)
- The School Story (Clements)
- Sticks Across the Chimney
- Strawberry Girl (Lenski)
- Tales of Robin Hood (Allan)
- The Twenty-One Balloons (DuBois)
- White Stallion of Lipizza (Henry)
- 10 Girls that Changed the World – Irene Howat
- 10 Boys that Changed the World – Irene Howat
- First Hundred Words in Maori (Amery and Cartwright)
- 30 Hideous and Hilarious NZ Historical Stories (Else) – has a handy timeline in the back of the book
- Le Quesnoy – the story of the town NZ saved (Harper)
- Anzac Pack (from Waioru Army Museum)
- Tarore and Her Book (Cowley) – free from the Bible Society of NZ (for NZers)
- He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora – free Maori language resource from Ministry of Education
- Jesus Storybook Bible
- Discoverer’s Bible (large print)
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing – Sally Lloyd-Jones – fabulous book with 101 thoughts from the bible to engage your child’s heart in relationship with their Creator.
- The Awesome Book of Bible Facts (Silverthorne)
- “What’s in the Bible” DVD series (discount for us both if you use this link)
- “Why do we call it Christmas?” DVD – and our own accompanying unit studies
- Our 24 Family Ways – Clay and Sally Clarkson (family devotions)
- Prayer and Personal Involvement Journal (e-book from Winter Promise)
- Homeschool in the Woods – Old Testament and New Testament Lap Book packs
English (Language Arts)
- Writing with Ease – level 2 (I’ll be downloading the student pages this time, and using with The Complete Writer).
- All About Spelling – level 2
- Handwriting Without Tears – Printing Power
Grade 2 Readers
- Amelia Bedelia
- The Big Balloon Race
- Daniel’s Duck
- The Fire Cat
- Frog and Toad All Year
- Frog and Toad are Friends
- Frog and Toad Together
- Greg’s Microscope
- Hill of Fire
- Mouse Tales
- Nate the Great
- Owl at Home
- The Sword in the Tree
- Wagon Wheels
- Apologia Science – Zoology 1: Flying Creatures from the Fifth Day
- NZ Nature Studies on native birds, the beach, native bush (using Andrew Crowe’s Life-size guides)
- Nature Journal
Electives – Music and Art
- How Artists See Feelings (Carroll)
- How Artists See the Elements (Carroll)
- Classical Kids Collection
- Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3: Book 2
This is a beautiful program combining art history with hands-on activities. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’ve found it’s well worth the investment for a year’s worth of art projects for our little artsy student. For this first book, we’ve had to purchase a few supplies including some soft pastels, watercolour paper, and self-hardening clay. Read more about it on their website.
- Look at a different composer each month and listen to their music (bio pages here and notebooking pages here) – visit Nadene’s site here.
- Look at a famous artist each month and their works (bio pages here and notebooking pages here) – visit Nadene’s site here.
- 2013 Page-a-Day Art Gallery Calendar (and here is my post on how I intend to use it)
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool, and these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!
What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.
What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.