|Top of one of the Ancient Ruins in Yahxa, Guatemala; from our April trip.|
Monday: As a family, I will read aloud from A Picturesque Tale of Progress as a weekly starting point spine. I love the illustrations for the younger audience and the language/content for my oldest (be warned there may be some n*dity or bear bre*sts). Also, since my oldest is a voracious reader and a middle schooler, she will on her own read as a spine Dorothy Mills' The Book of the Ancient World and The Book of the Ancient Greeks.
Tuesday: For our craft Tuesday we will work our way through some History Pockets: Egypt, Greece, Greek Myths, Ancient Civilizations and my friend is letting us borrow The Story of the World Activity book. On Tuesday we will also read from Modern Rhymes about Ancient Times by Susan Altman while they work on their craft.
Wednesday: We're calling it Picture Book Wednesday. I've picked one book a week relating to our readings for our term 1 (I still need to work on term 2 & 3). I'm sure one of those terms will pretty much be covered by D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths and Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. I should mention that my oldest will have several appropriate middle school age books to choose from as well; she's not required to listen to our picture books, but she usually does. She enjoys picking from the list I give her and will likely get through at least 12 additional books on Ancients. (Through out the year I'll post on the side bar her current read.) These are our term 1 picture book choices, some really intended more for my 3rd grader:
Term 1: Ancient
Week 9-11:Thursday: This will be our language arts day; a time slot set aside for them to work on any written work. My oldest will continue with her Book of Centuries, one oral and one written narration is required per week from her for this subject. We'll have group narrations on PToP after reading on Mondays, but the younger ones will keep a copywork notebook they'll work on this day.
Friday: Friday's I've set aside for a family fun read aloud, for term 1 it will be Boy of the Pyramids (yet to choose term 2 & 3). This will also be our DVD day for those lazy after park day afternoons. Our choices:
DVD’s to Watch:
Joseph: King of Dreams
Prince of Egypt
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (IMAX)
Time Life’s: Lost Civilizations
The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls
Now here is something I'm playing with and I'm not sure yet where to fit it in. I really want to also cover a second strand of National History. I know this is something Charlotte Mason encouraged. My thoughts are to pick a few D'aulaire biographies and some picture books to schedule around certain holidays. I'm still working on this schedule. I envision having a U.S. History basket which will include our selected books and readings.
Whew ... that's history for the family! Up next, will be Geography.