We'll be following the four year cycle for studying history:
- Ancients (5000BC-400AD)
- Medieval to Early Renaissance (400-1600)
- Late Renaissance to Early Modern (1600-1850)
- Modern (1850-Present)
Now, the cool thing is that our literature will follow the history track. So, in this next year, we'll study the Egyptians, Ancient Israel, Ancient China, the Greeks and the Romans. And alongside this, we'll be reading stories about the pyramids and mummies, the Silk Road, stories from the Scriptures, Alexander the Great, all those larger-than-life gods and goddesses, and all those entertaining accounts of famous battles and people.
In addition to all the great reading, we have art and music! We'll study images of Egyptian sarcophaguses, Chinese brush paintings, and Greek and Roman sculptures. We'll try our hand at building mini pyramids, building a Great Wall of China, making African tribal masks, creating representations of Roman roads and cooking ethnic foods from the region we are studying at any given time. We'll listen to (cringe-inducing) Ancient Greek music, wonder at the pentatonic scale of Chinese melodies and make up our own movements to African ceremonial drummings.
For someone with a love of all things humanities such as myself, this is a extremely pleasing existence! I will introduce my children to the intriguing glories of history and hold their hands as we travel the road of art and music appreciation. What a grand way to spend one's days.
(And yeah, we're going to throw in some math and science to keep things balanced around here.)