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4 Moms Teach History

This week, The 4 Moms are sharing our strategies for teaching history.

I began my homeschool curriculum journey using The Well-Trained Mind as my curriculum guide. That book encourages parents to teach the history of the world every 4 years.

In other words, in grade 1 the child would study ancient history and by grade 4 he would be to modern history. That schedule would be repeated until the child completed 12th grade. By the end of that time, he would have studied the history of the world 3 times.

We like The Usborne Book of World History, which is recommended in The Well Trained Mind.

What I don't like is having many different children studying many different periods of history. That gives Mama a headache.

For that reason, I like to group my children together in age clusters to go through the book, reading 2 pages each day together, and then going their separate ways to complete the summary or drawing of what they have read.

In addition to reading through the Book of World History, we systematically go through a list of biographies of great men and women of each time period.

I also peruse the Sonlight historybook list and see what I can get from there at reasonable prices on Amazon or Ebay or used book sources.

With my 2 oldest children, I confess to getting nervous about what they may have been missing out on, and I put them each in a classic world history text book.  I also have American history text books that they will be going through later.

We schedule 30 minutes/day for history, and we watch a lot of The History Channel and have used a time line as supplemental activities.

Be sure to check out how the rest of my 4 Moms team teaches history!

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  1. We have “The Usborne Book of World History” and my husband noticed some nakedness in the illustrations. Now, it’s subtle (I didn’t notice it until he pointed it out) and they are not photographs, and they are historically accurate (mostly ladies’ bare chests), but I was wondering if you did anything to address this with your kids or if you covered it up in any way?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      I generally ignore it and if they say anything, I reply with something like, “We wear clothes because we want to dress modestly, don’t we?”.

  2. Jennifer Ott says:

    We just sharpied some clothes on ours! Easy fix! (Although our children see things perhaps you wouldn’t let yours…like animals giving birth!)

  3. I try to use a similar method of rotating through history. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Rotation through history is a great idea! Do you have any recommendations for children under 5 years old? I would love to start reading stories or at least introducing some geography. We’ve gone over the continents and what animals live on each, etc. etc. but I would love to be able to incorporate more.


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