So it will come as no surprise to those who know me that I’m a bit of a history geek. And when I decided to try out the classical education ready-made curriculum that I’ve been talking about lately, I was introduced to a series of potted histories of the world designed for children. I figured I might as well go the whole hog if I was going to give this a fair chance, so after rummaging around the local library systems and coming up blank I headed off to my beloved Book Depository and placed my order.
It arrived today. And I think I might just be a little bitty bit in love with a book.
As you can see from the title this is Volume 1: Ancient Times. It will be introducing history and cultures to my children that I did not get to know in any great way until I was in my late teens/early twenties.
I get to tell them about Hammurabi and that I’ve seen his stele in the flesh, so to speak. We get to chat about Sargon, the Mycenaeans (been there too, got the photographs to prove it), Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Confucius. A snippet by snippet introduction to our earliest history and some of the legacies of those times and people. A great way to put your alphabet and writing into a context while you are practicing using it.
I can see myself using a relaxed version of Classical Education, no stress, no long hours of study, or copy work, just gentle reading and scene setting with some arts and crafts thrown in for good measure.
Look out for my post about our current reading and learning adventures in Ancient Egypt, that’s coming up next week.
So, what do your kids know about the history of the world? Do you think it’s important or irrelevant to your child’s education? Leave a comment, I’d love to know what you think and what you do.