The structure, the design of a thing, is largely unseen but has a lot of power to either support and help achieve your aims or it can do the opposite, frustrate your efforts, cause roadblocks.
We build our history, geography, and cultural studies around living books. When the kids don't have any dominating interests (which then inform our studies) we follow, very loosely, a classical inspired cycle of studying the Ancients, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, and Modern Times.
We don't memorize dates, facts and political boundaries. We study a sequence of historical events, the rise and fall of nations and empires, and cultures around the world and in our backyard, to help us understand the present and look towards the future.
- Give Your Child the World (and how we do homeschool history) - Introduce your child to the world through reading good stories; and an overview of our homeschool history curriculum.
- Couchsurfing with a family - If you can't travel the world right now, you can bring the world into your home.
- Celebrating Chinese New Year - Celebrating Chinese New Year, with a big feast, was part of a homeschool study the kids and I have been doing this winter.
- Studying the World through Reading and Creative Play - As interest led homeschoolers we don't have an overarching history curriculum that we follow, we let our interests lead our studies.
- Culture in your neighborhood - It's safe to say I haven't done the best job at instilling a love for classic art and music in my children, instead I've focused on community art and music appreciation.
- Hungry Planet Supper Night - Using a book and our own kitchen to learn about what the world eats.