When I was in school, history was not my strong subject. I didn’t care for it and thought it was boring. My husband however is a history buff! He soared through history and soaked it up like a sponge. His love of history has seeped into our homeschool in such a wonderful way! My kids LOVE history and beg me to do it. They would do it every day if I let them!
If you have multiple ages, have you ever thought about teaching some of the subjects at the same time with all of your children? Teaching multiple grades, levels and different ages can be quite taxing if you are using different methods, or different curricula for each subject and each child. If you aren’t careful you could be homeschooling ALL day long! Teaching multiple grades doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult though!
In this series I will talk about different ways to do this with curriculum suggestions and ideas for the subjects. This week we are talking about History!
Some families do History on a daily basis and others teach it two or three times a week. When I only had my oldest doing history we did it about four days a week. Now that he is in high school he does it daily and he works independently on his own. I have found ways to include him in some studies with my younger girls and since he loves it so much he can help teach it with me.
This is how we teach History:
My oldest is on his own for History since he is in high school and is working independently. I teach History three times a week with my girls ages 6 and 9. We are using the series A Living History of Our World by Queen Homeschool. I read outloud and they work on their notebooking journals on their own. We also use lots of living history books and biographies that go along with the subject we are studying that week. My oldest usually sits with us when we read aloud and sometimes I will have him read aloud to the girls. Sometimes we will do a craft project or fun activity like making our own butter and my oldest will jump in and participate with us.
History is an easy subject to incorporate with all ages! There is so much you can do, especially if you have a base reading text. Your little ones can sit and listen while you read aloud or use an audio cd while the older ones do notebooking or activity pages and mapwork. The whole family can participate in crafts and fun related activities.
Homeschooling History Curriculum suggestions
for teaching history with all ages:
This a favorite among many homeschoolers especially those who like the Classical Homeschool approach. It is a classical style curriculum that has a four year cycle. Ancient Times, Middle Ages, Early Modern Times and the Modern Age.
You can also purchase the book on audio cd and listen to it while you are driving or play it while your students are working on their activity pages. It can be done with all ages! There are detailed reading lists broken down by grade level, cooking projects, crafts, board games, and many fun projects in each activity book. The teacher guide and activity book is so extremely helpful in making this a complete well rounded curriculum.
A Living History of Our World:
A Living History of Our World series is a complete year-long history curriculum that reads like a living book! This is a Conservative Christian Charlotte Mason Style curriculum published by Queen Homeschool.
Combining the Charlotte Mason style elements of real, whole books, subject integration (history, geography, art, vocabulary, narration, and more) with a no-preparation, simple to use curriculum that will captivate all ages! The accompanying Student Journal gives each student his own place to keep his work, and a treasured keepsake of drawings, copywork, timelines, projects, maps, and original writings when he is finished. The journal is our favorite part of this curriculum and I love that there is zero prep time. It is an open and go curriculum perfect for the busy mom. Each book in the series has a suggested age range and most of the books can be used with elementary and middle school together.
Check out Cathy Duffy’s review of the entire series!
We are so happy with this curriculum and look forward to continuing using them all the way through highschool!
The Mystery of History series by Bright Ideas Press is everything a family needs for teaching history with a strong Biblical worldview. It is a chronological, classical, Christian curriculum where Biblical history is weaved so beautifully into secular world history. It is flexible and easy adaptable to be used with the whole family.
The wonderful thing about The Mystery of History is the fact you can use it to teach ALL of your children from K-12 grade! They have each and every lesson broken down for suggestions for: younger children, middle children, and older children.
Some of the wonderful supplements offered to compliment The Mystery of History are notebooking pages (our favorite!), coloring pages (perfect for little ones), challenge cards, and lapbook templates for each quarter. Carrie has used the first 3 volumes and has used notebooking pages with each volume!
Carrie has been using The Mystery of History in their homeschool. Check out her detailed review of all three volumes here.
Simply Charlotte Mason is a publisher of these fabulous history modules. This is a Christian Charlotte Mason Style Curriculum. There are six modules in the series so you can do a six year cycle of history. They are created specifically for use with ALL ages! Included in the guides are suggestions for books that can be read together as a family and books that you can assign for your independent readers to read on their own.
Here is a very helpful article that explains in depth How to Use the SCM History Modules.
These guides are VERY affordable and make it so easy to incorporate your youngest and oldest students at the same time!
A few links you may want to check out:
FREE History Curriculum from Guest Hollow – she has four different history curricula that is completely free! Some of them are for grades 2-6 and grades 2-8, but are easily adaptable to use with elementary and middleschool students at the same time.
All About Timelines: Resources, Ideas and FREE Printables – timelines are fun to do with the whole family!
Geography Themed Resources and Freebies – Geography can easily be included with History and taught together as a family.
FREE Mapping Resources – Maps can be done with multiple grade levels as well!
You won’t want to miss our first post in this series:
Teaching Multiple Grade Levels With the Same Curriculum: Curriculum Suggestions and Ideas for Bible
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!