How We Homeschool: History Year 1
Following with the deep dive into all our lessons, today we're diving into HISTORY. The history rotation we follow is based on Ambleside Online’s history book list for my year 1 student.
I hope you enjoy this video that shows you all the resources we use as well as a sneak peek into our lessons:
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Now, I do find that my Yr1 pays way more attention to our history lessons when she’s strapped in the car so this year we have found it best to listen to history while driving to and from errands and she narrates, asks questions and we have our history discussions in the car.
We use LibriVox to hear the stories narrated for free by volunteers near and far. It’s interesting to listen to different people’s accents reading the chapters aloud and I think it somehow focuses our attention more.
Another great resource I found, were portraits of English Monarchs. I knew we would get into some of these toward the end of the year, so I went ahead and printed them out on cardstock, laminated them, cut and bound them with a ring for ease.
The next part of our history curriculum has to do with American biographies. The three biographies for Year 1 are for George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Buffalo Bill. These three books are from Beautiful Feet Books. I sort of wish they were all the same size, but that is only for aesthetics when they’re on the book shelf. Otherwise, I really love how engaging, informative and captivating these biography stories are. The illustrations are also really lovely! There are a few more biographies that will be part of the AO curriculum in later years available through Beautiful Feet Books so I highly recommend getting the D’Aulaire Collection for these. It includes 8 paperback biographies at a pretty great rate for each one considering the prices you might find for them individually. It’s worth checking out at least. I’ll put the link below for you guys.
School readings do sometimes happen right before our free reads at bedtime. This does happen quite a bit for these biographies since I always supplement the story with other books for some free reads right after. Today, I supplemented with the “ if you lived with The Sioux Indians” book I had from when I was a child. It gives insight into what daily life was like and it still captivates my attention now as it does with my kiddos now.
So that’s it! History Year 1 in a nutshell. Hopefully that gave you a pretty grasp on the books, some resources and other items. If any questions came up for you while watching, please let me know down below. Until next time friends!
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