In deciding which remaining books we need to finish, and where we will begin next year, I put together a little chart of An Old Fashioned Education’s history scope & sequence. So many ‘classical’ ed families follow a 4 year history rotation. I believe teaching history chronologically is helpful, but definitely not the only WAY. I know that when I was in school I was completely lost when it came to history at all. One simple piece of HELP would have been nice: A timeline. If you just keep track of your studies on a timeline, your children WILL begin to see the flow of history as it relates to them.
I appreciate the fact that Miss Maggie at OFE chose not to delve into the Ancients with very young children. I strongly feel they need some Bible foundation before being exposed to a lot of myths and the pagan gods of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. She has it laid out in more of a five year cycle, with the first two years focusing on American historical biographies. Here is the scope of history from OFE’s curriculum:
1-2: American History stories
3: Ancient History- Creation to 500AD
4: Medieval History 500AD-1500
5: Colonial History 1500-1800
6: Industrial History 1800-1919
7: Modern History 1900-Present
8: Ancient History- Creation to 500AD
9: Medieval History 500AD-1500
10: Colonial History 1500-1800
11: Industrial History 1800-1900
12: Modern History 1900-Present
Since we are covering Year 3 in the fall, that puts us back at the Ancients. I feel like I have spent most of my homeschooling years studying Ancients, so honestly I’m not really looking forward to it. I am going to enjoy the variety of reading materials though. That will make it somewhat new, at least!
So for anyone considering using OFE, I hope this list helps you a bit!