As a relaxed, eclectic homeschooler, I like to find homeschool resources that are the best fit for my boys. As a busy soccer mom to five boys, I also greatly appreciate when those resources are affordable, effective, and easy-to-use. I'm so excited to share this delightful Charlotte Mason approach to writing, history, and more from Brookdale House.
Our Homeschool Elementary Writing & History Needs
When Smiley (8) started his third grade this year, I was unsure about what homeschool resources to use with him. He is a different type of learner than my two older boys. Smiley tends to get distracted by his younger brothers playing. He also puts up a bit of a struggle with completing his work. Dragging his feet and prolonging the inevitable is how I like to describe his homeschool approach 😉
I knew that we would continue to use our Brave Writer resources with him. History needed to be added to his homeschool studies. In our state of Pennsylvania, homeschool portfolios are required starting in grade three. I wanted a way to combine subjects while addressing all of his homeschool needs.
Fortunately, it was just around this time that I discovered Brookdale House's Writing Through History. After reading through its description, I had a feeling that this program would be an excellent choice for our Smiley.
Homeschool Elementary Writing & So Much More!
One of my goals for my boys is to help them develop a lifelong love of learning. I deliberately choose homeschool resources that are accessible, engaging, and effective. Also, I want my boys to know that learning does not occur in isolated bits but is more of a crossover between subjects.
Writing Through History appealed to me for several reasons:
- Charlotte Mason approach
- Combines several subjects: writing, history, cursive, grammar
- 4 time periods to choose from
- Available in manuscript or cursive
- Available in bundles or individual levels
- In printed book or ebook formats
This combination of homeschool elementary writing and history provides a suggested gentle plan of study. Passages from great writings are provided for your student to read, narrate, and do copywork. Additional instruction and activities for learning grammar concepts are included.
If you are new to a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling, the introduction to Writing Through History provides ample explanation and encouragement to get you started. I have familiarity with a Charlotte Mason approach and still greatly benefited from this easy to understand and apply information.
Our Experiences with Writing Through History
Smiley selected Writing Through Modern History Level 1-Manuscript Models. He just started to learn cursive this year and his print still needed a bit of work. He plans on using a cursive model next year.
This homeschool elementary writing and history program covers modern history from1850 AD-1986 AD. It includes historical narratives, tales from Hans Christian Andersen, poetry, and cultural tales. Smiley loves the variety of passages to read and study.
We appreciate that we can open-and-go with this program. Everything we need is right there! I put Smiley's work for the week on a clipboard. His homeschool writing and history work for the week is:
- Day 1: We read the passage together and he narrates.
- Day 2: Smiley completes Model Practice 1 and does a grammar study.
- Day 3: Completion of Model Practice 2 and further discussion of the grammar concept.
- Day 4: Smiley chooses a story or poem to read. He does narration and more copywork using Model Practice 1 for that story or poem.
- Day 5: He completes the Model Practice 2 for Day 4's reading and finishes any grammar work.
The introduction to Writing Through History encourages you to adapt the work to best fit the need of your student. It also suggests reducing the length of the passages for your child if there is too much. I shortened the passages a few times when we started this work to ease Smiley into the approach and reduce the chance of meltdown 😉
Overall, Smiley enjoys his Writing Through Modern History work. He doesn't put up a fight when it comes time to do his work-a huge success in our homeschool! I have observed that his narration skills, as well as his handwriting, have greatly improved.
If you are looking for an effective and affordable way to provide a Charlotte Mason approach to writing and history, I encourage you to check out Writing Through History. I have saved time, money, and my sanity by getting and using this resource for our homeschool.
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