(Teach all ages at once !)
Are you planning to study World History this year ?
Do you want to be able to use the same curriculum for ALL your kids?
Don’t know where to start ?
If you are writing your own curriculum or units, the task can be a bit overwhelming.
There are just so many topics to “cover”, and if you’re like me, they’re all so
interesting (and important!), it’s hard to narrow it all down and decide what to include !
I thought it might be fun and helpful to share our Chronological World History Outline (The Ancients through the Middle Ages). My goal when I wrote this out was to see how all of the events and civilizations studied have fit into God’s sovereign plan to extend His Kingdom and purpose. We therefore started in the book of Genesis and went through the history of “The Middle Ages”. It was amazing as we studied through these major points to see how all the stories from the Bible that often seem disjointed, fit together with the history most of us learned in school !
Initially, it might seem like a lot of work to put together a year’s worth of history study at once, but the goal is to go through this same general outline 3 times by the end of high school, just with more attention to detail and in greater depth….AND you can use the same outline for ALL ages at one time! Just tailor the reading materials and objectives a bit and VOILA ! Being able to teach ALL your kids at once is definitely worth the time ! It is quite easy to also incorporate corresponding literature, science, art, geography, etc if you use this outline as a spine. It actually made planning out all the other subject areas a piece of cake ! I will be posting details of how I did that and what resources I used.
As we studied, we each kept a 3-ring binder- our ‘all in one place’ time line.
We filled it with notes, coloring pages, drawings, print outs, etc… each page with a date on the bottom (or at least stuck in the appropriate “period” of history). 😀 In planning out our year, I also included biographies of important leaders, great artists, musicians, authors, scientists, etc. as applicable, and added them into the binder as well.
Scroll all the way to the bottom for some pictures from one of my children’s binder.
Under each heading, I included my objectives for each “section”. Everyone will have different expectations for their kiddos, but I hope it is helpful at least to get the creativity flowing !
You can find Daily Lessons for the first part of this series
here –> Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament