homeschooling elementary years

History with Story of the World

History with Story of the World

It's no secret that I'm a fan of The Story of the World series from Peace Hill Press. We've used the series from kindergarten through fourth grade and history has been one of our favorite subjects during that time. Take a look at how I organize our history lessons with The Story of the World.



Art Study in the Elementary Years

Art Study in the Elementary Years

It doesn't have to be difficult to include art study (or composer study) in your homeschool day. With a bit of planning and a simple schedule, you can learn all about a variety of artists. I've found that the easiest way is to schedule in 6-week segments, studying one artist (and one composer) during that time.



Composer Study in the Elementary Years

Composer Study in the Elementary Years

There are many ways to add some classical music to your homeschooling day. You could combine it with your history studies, follow a chronological timeline, or study a specific musical period. While I like the idea of folding music into history I think it's better left to the middle-grade years when students can follow a more logical progression and see the flow of musical history within the role of historical events. For the elementary years, I prefer something far more simple.



4th Grade with The Well-Trained Mind

4th Grade with The Well-Trained Mind

4th grade felt like the year the pieces finally came together. I was more confident in my teaching ability. Instead of being a 'slave to the curriculum' I began to focus more on what I wanted to accomplish and used our books and resources to meet those goals. We found our groove and a schedule that worked for us. It was an all-around good year.