How do you teach homeschool history using a Chronological Approach?
A Chronological Approach to History means that whatever way you decide to teach history, you will start at the beginning and move to the present day. Chronos means Time in Greek, so when we think of Chronology, we think of time-lines, sequence, order, beginning, moving from B.C. to A.D.
The easiest way to work in a chronological approach to history is for ALL the children to study the same time period at the same time, but at different levels-focussing on the same events and characters (mostly), but studying them in varying degrees of depth. This is what we have done in our homeschooling family for many years.
Is it essential to teach chronologically?
There would be some who argue that you must study history in a chronological way for the child to have an understanding of how everything fits together. I agree that at some time in the child's education, they should see the big picture and have a clear understanding of the scope of history and the time-periods. This can be done by using a chronological approach to history. However, I think that you could choose to keep the study of history to interest-driven thematic units for primary years or for a few years at least, and then pursue a chronological study of history.
So, in short, I agree that studying history chronologically makes sense, but at the same time, you will not ruin their education if you teach history using some thematic unit studies.
Here are some ways that you may decide to study history:
If you have 12 years of education and want to include Interest based Units:
If you have 12 years of eduation and want to follow a chronological approach:
If you have 12 years of education and want to follow a chronological approach:
Having created a love of History, one may consider using the interest, building upon it, researching and writing about it! How?
Why not Keep Learning Real and Build a Website! What on? - Famous Character, Time Period, Inventions, History Projects for kids....??
Enjoy History Days - history projects, homeschool history excursions!
Check out how various History Curriculum is structured and different homeschool history curriculum available here.