For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Monday, January 19, 2015

Learning About our World and History - VCF Week 3

It's week 3 of the Virtual Curriculum Fair, Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Stacie @ Supper Mommie to the Rescue are hosting this week's theme: Exploring our World: Social Studies and more Science.

What this means is that this week I will be talking to you about what we are using to discover the world around us. For us this has to do with History, Geography, Foreign Language and Worldview.

For History and Geography we are sticking with Tapestry of Grace, We've been using TOG for 5 years now. My oldest is now working at the Dialectic level and my youngest at an Upper Elementary level. We are doing year 1: Ancient History. I find the Dialectic years hard to stay on track with, but I am plowing through. Scheduling is the biggest issue, but I am hoping to get a groove eventually. The boys are enjoying their reading in History and Zach enjoys working on his timeline this year.

Here are a few of my previous posts on what we like about Tapestry of Grace:
5 Days of Curriculum Evaluation: TOG
Top Ten Reasons why we Love Tapestry of Grace
Virtual Curriculum Fair 2012 - Social Studies

Geography is covered within our History studies.

As far as Foreign Language is concerned, as  French speaker the only language I really would like my kids to learn at the present is French, and this is what I am focusing on. Zach is enjoying working through Duolingo and I am working with Johann through the prototype of a new curriculum called Getting Started with French. He is doing great progress with it, so yes I like it and would recommend it.

When it comes to worldview, we just recently finished praying through the book Windows on the World and now are just going through a book called Guarding the Treasure about how God's people preserved the Word of God, and another one as well called Exploring Grace Together.

Tapestry of Grace has a worldview component woven into the curriculum and we do work through the questions as much as we can as a family discussion time.

In the very near future, I am hoping to start them on a new Catechism put out by the Gospel Coalition called New City Catechism.

I have also wanted to go through Philosophy for Kids with the boys, but have not been able to fit it into the schedule. I am still hoping to get through it eventually. In addition to those we are blessed to be able to enjoy a subscription to Right Now Media (through my husband being a student at Talbot University), which offers a few worldview videos that I could use with the boys. The ones in queue are Dug Deep Down by Joshua Harris and Ultimate Issues by R.C Sproul.

Here it is for our tour. Don't forget to check other homeschooler's posts on the topic.

Exploring World History Through the Eyes of Scientists by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Exploring Our World With Social Studies by Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

Relaxed Homeschooling: Science and Social Studies in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

Living History by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

Classically Influenced, Project Strong, Adaptable Middle School History by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Primary Sources for Delight-Directed History by Susan @ The Every Day of Education

Watching History, or Using Video Courses for Social Studies by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Exploring our World: High School Studies of Ancient History, American Government and Economics by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

History, Geography, and Worldview Lessons in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Our Curriculum Choices 2015 ~ Science, History & Geography by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun

Our Favorites for History, Geography, and Science by Becky @ Milo & Oats

Globe Trotting by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Around The World by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Bible-Based History Curriculum and Resources by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker

13 Living Book History Series for a Charlotte Mason Based Homeschool by Chelli @ The Planted Trees

Social Studies and Science in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm

The Science Life by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

History, Geography Science for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

History Social Studies and Science...VCF Week 3 by Denise @ Fullnest

Learning About our World and History by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Taking the Mystery Out of History and Other Subjects Too With Our Favorite History Curriculum by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma

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