Another amazing (although daunting!) step in the homeschool process is the vast amount of curricular options available to families. Lucky for us, Jennifer has been homeschooling for over a decade and brings her wealth of experiences and expertise in this area to GFT!
In this segment of “Meet Our Curricula!”, we’ll be taking a look at “Curiosity Chronicles” and how it is incorporated into our social studies lessons. As someone who had very little interest in history growing up mostly due to the way in which is was presented, this area was important to get right. We wanted something secular, linear, and engaging for the students, so we took a chance on a relatively new option that boasted all of the attributes which we desired.
Curiosity Chronicles, according to its website, believes that “factual, engaging history is an important part of any child’s education. History lays the foundation for raising critically aware, globally minded children. History also provides many opportunities to teach other essential skills, like writing and independent research… While there’s no such thing as history without bias, we try our best to present a global worldview and avoid the most common biases of history. Our books are written as secular. Religion is discussed as an important aspect of history, but no religion is presented as preferred or correct. We work hard to include the many important peoples and civilizations of history and don’t place greater emphasis on European contributions.”
The global-mindfulness is exactly what we aim to teach here at GFT, and, so far, the lessons do not disappoint! With the span of ages we have in the tutorial, the lessons lend themselves to scaffolding to get and keep the attention of our youngest learners while still challenging those who are at the older end of our spectrum.
We will be sharing our other curricular options as the weeks progress. Please feel free to let us know what you are using or have found helpful in your homeschooling journey. As always, if you’re interested in giving us a try, please reach out to me for a no-pressure, we’d-love-to-meet-you, drop-off day at GFT. We look forward to hearing from you!