“Classical educators want children to memorize a lengthy world history time line over an extended period of time that stays with them forever.” (p.165)
Are you seeing a pattern here among classical learning? It’s so important to lay a strong foundation for our little scholars to build upon. With a basic timeline memorized, our children can learn more and more about history as they grow and have a solid place to put it. History is more than information about isolated events, but also understanding how each event relates to other events, to geography, to religion, to science, etc. As believers, history is another chance to know God more by seeing how He interacts with mankind throughout time.
How does The Core recommend we learn history? In four ways:
1. Memorize world events and U.S. presidents.
2. Memorize six short stories of twelve sentences each that summarize a major era.
3. Read lots of stories relating to the memorized time line and the short history sentences.
4. Copy and rewrite favorite paragraphs from history.
Our family does most of these things through simple methods and materials designed by Classical Conversations. For #1 and #2, we learn the timeline, presidents, and history sentences during our community days and memorize them through more practice at home.
As you may know, CC introduced the timeline song this past year. I wasn’t too sure about the song, but my guys LOVED it, requested it, and sang it often! In addition to learning the song, we also review the timeline at home using the timeline (aka Classical Acts & Facts History cards) cards. You can read our schedule for that here. Having the timeline cards at home is not a necessity, but here are some benefits I’ve found for using the cards at home:
1) The cards puts the words they are saying in front of them (this is good even for mine who aren’t reading yet).
2) The cards help them distinguish between each event.
3) The cards provide more exposure to classic art.
4) The cards give us information about each event to discuss when wanted.
Oh & a quick, helpful tip for using the timeline cards on rings given to me by a friend: Hole punch the cards at the bottom, rather than the top of the card to make for easier flipping through the timeline.
For memorizing presidents, we sing the president song and use presidents placemats at meal time. It’s funny to hear what conversations my littles start when looking at all the presidents. But, really we talk about the presidents more with the placemats out and put faces with the names we’re memorizing.
For history stories, we read books from the library, biographies found at used book sales, and The Story of the World (there are four volumes). We also read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and keep it out for browsing.
And finally, for #4, we are writing historical copywork by using Prescripts from Classical Conversations. I’m excited to use this new material for the first time this year.
What about you? How do you bring history into your home?
You can find the rest of the At Home with the Classical Method here.