25 March 2015

Day 51: Classical Conversation's Timeline

In the last few years, I have build a great network of friends, most of them that are homeschooling also. We are not all doing the same thing, some are doing school at home, some are unschoolers, some Montessori followers, and a few that are part of the Classical Conversations community. When I told my friend that Peanut is learning a lot by singing things to herself, like learning the 66 books of the Bible in a song. She lend me her CDs with the CC Timeline songs on it.

Now if you don't know what those are, they tell the entire human history from the beginning to the end in chronological order. They follow the Story of the World, so the order is the same what we study. They only teach the order of the main events, so it goes very fast. But once you studied all the events, it is a lot easier to keep the order in your head. And that is the main idea for us, that we learn history happened in order, the events prior influenced things happening after.

As you can see in my picture above, track One is the Age of the Ancient Empires and we are all the way at the end of the ancient times with our study of the Roman Empire. We learned more about Julius Caesar today, and while the kids were coloring, I heard them sing almost the entire first track. They memorized the lyrics by studying the material and listening to the songs over and over. Now when we talk about Rome, they know that it came after the Greeks. It's such a great tool to have and I wish they had stuff like this when I was a kid, I would have enjoyed history a lot more. I am glad I can do that know with my own children.

Here is a link to a youtube video with the motions and the words: Click here. We have not learned many of them but they do help memorizing things. This video is another good one: click here.