This year we added history to our studies. My oldest child is 4 years old and he has been asking tons of "What did people do before they had....?" questions, so I thought now would be a great time to start history. We are not following a structured curriculum, we are just reading lots of living books and doing activities to go along with the topics. I would like to start sharing with you what we have been doing. The focus each week will most likely be history since that is our spine, but I will include our other subjects as well. So here is what we did for our first week of school...
- Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void, and darkness covered the face of the deep."
- Science - The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
- Geography - The names of the seven continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica).
- Definition - Ex Nihilo means "Out of Nothing"
Day 1History Readings
- Begin Timeline
- Color Days of Creation circles and add to timeline
- McGuffeys First Reader - lesson 1
- Writing Notebook - add words 'day, eat, sits, lot'
- Copywork - Genesis 1:1-2
Day 2History Readings
- Genesis 1-2:7
- The Story of the Ancient World - chapter 1
Day 3History Readings
- Genesis 1:24-25
- A Is for Adam - B
- People/Animal/Plant Chart
- We cut out pictures of people, animals, and plants from magazines and categorized them accordingly. We glued them onto a paper under those headings and added it to our history binder.
- McGuffeys First Reader - lesson 1 (mastery)
- Writing Notebook
- Copywork - portion from lesson 1 of McGuffey's Reader
Day 4History Readings
- Genesis 2:19-20 (we read the whole chapter)
- A Is for Adam - C
- Visit the Zoo
- We talked about the similarities and differences between animals and people, completed a notebooking page titled "Am I An Animal?" and put it into our history binder.
- Primary Language Lessons - lesson 2
- Writing Notebook
- Dictation from lesson 2 of Primary Language Lessons
Supplemental History Reading
Right now we are planning on only doing lesson plan type schooling four days a week, leaving the fifth day for things like field trips, homeschool group, sports classes, etc. This week went really well for the first week! It is really feeling like the homeschool journey has begun =) I didn't mention above, but my two year old participates in everything listed above except that I give her preschool type things (letters, numbers, colors, matching, puzzles, etc.) to do while my four year old is doing this writing and reading to me.