Friday, September 21, 2012

Grammar Stage Ancient History - Week 1


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...

 

Memorization

  • 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 1

History Readings
Activities
  • Begin Timeline
  • Color Days of Creation circles and add to timeline
Reading/Writing

 

Day 2

History Readings
Activity
Reading/Writing

 

Day 3

History Readings
Activity
  • 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.
 Reading/Writing

 

Day 4

History Readings
Activity
  • 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.
Reading/Writing

 

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.   

How did your week go?

Happy Learning!

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6 comments:

  1. I would "so" love it if you posted each week!

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    1. Stephanie, you are always an encouragement to me! Hopefully as the weeks go on the posts will get better, with more pictures, descriptions, and such =)

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  2. We use so much of the same resources, I am thankful to see it in use! I sometimes think I am floating with no course, but having a kindred spirit like you to keep me company on the voyage!

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    1. Awww! How neat that we use many of the same things. I wish I could see what you are doing with it too! =) To bad we don't live near each other (I assume) or we could do a co-op together!

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  3. Which Heritage History set is the book on?

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    1. I guess I should have mentioned that! Thanks for asking. It's from the Young Reader's set.

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