history is best done naked

around 2:00 the boys have a half hour of history reading.  they always ask to get in my bed.  after getting in bed they get back out and take off all of their clothes.  well, most of them.  because it’s cozier that way.

and then they lay around reading giggling about caliph umar and the novelty of burkas.  “hey, you can see out but they can’t see you!”  it’s almost as cool as being invisible.  they want one.  here is jehu buffing up on his timeline memorization, because gideon can pretty much cream him.  but if you’re going to learn history you’re going to have to learn where to file it, and that’s the sad story.

really, this is my most favorite part of doing school.  the reading list stretches into infinity.  hooray for starting young.  i am kind of following the list i found over at classical curriculum and i supplement it with a kindle chock full of the stuff from heritage history.  which means by the time they are 15 they will know all about ashurbanipal and essarhadon of the neo-assyrian empire.  and odds are, they won’t ever be caught dead occupying wall street.

they do their literature reading in the morning.  right now we are using the book tree.  after reading i ask them about what they read and they summarize.  but i hope as they get a little older they can start keeping notes and then implementing some kind of history based writing.  with speaking on top of that.  read, write, and speak.  copiously.  that’s the plan.  and some people think homeschooling isn’t fun?  you only wish you could go to school without your pants, i know.

4 Responses to “history is best done naked”

  1. 1 samantha April 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

    thank for the book recommendations. My son is in first grade in public school, but likes to read a lot when he’s at home; I’m going to order A Child’s History of the World for him!

  2. 2 Nightmare from washington April 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

    OW. My head hurts

  3. 3 mavis April 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    having readers is fun! except for when you have to say their names three times before they hear you or can’t put on their own underwear without giving themselves sizable wedgies. my latest ploy is to have them read one nonfiction for every three fiction (separate from their usual history reading). in the hopes i can grow their tastes a little bit. if gideon had his way he would have read all 160 of the boxcar children. those are like harlequin romances for children. 😉

    but seriously, if i was doing school for no one else’s expectations all we would do is read. and then write about what we read. and then speak about it. i think it’s funny that schools produce children who can’t read a book without a vampire on it, cry if they have to write a paper longer than two pages, cringe at the thought of public speaking, and can’t have a debate without using the words “like,” “you know,” and “society,” all in the same very long sentence. then, when all else fails, predictably fall back on the standby, “yeah well, we’re all entitled to our own opinions” mantra. but i do hear they’re getting better at filling in dots with a number 2…. so all’s not lost. and someday i thoroughly expect my teenagers to be able to tie their own shoes. 🙂

    p.s. i like this talk on training kids to think above training them how to “do.”


  4. 4 Nightmare from Washington April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Im fairly glad I got hooked on books at a younge age. It helps alot in the long run. Even tho non-fiction has never been my strong suit.

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