Beginning January, we added a history portion to our coop. We’re following the book used in the Classical Curriculum, Story of the World 世界的故事 by Susan Weiss. This set of 4 books tells history from the beginning to civilization in the Mediterrean to Modern times. Book 1 has 42 chapters and goes from nomads to the end of Roman Empire.
We’ll be covering 1 chapter a week. Everyone is supposed to read the chapter at home before we meet on Wednesday. In “class”, we will start off with a relevant picture book and then do an activity from the Story of the World Activity Book. We bought the PDF version of the activity book directly from the publisher so we can re-edit it into Chinese for the maps and stuff. The activity book includes questions in English, which I’m translating slowly and painfully into Chinese every week. There is also an English audio CD version.
So far, I’m liking this curriculum. It is not the most interesting book (try Magic Treehouse instead), but it includes actual facts interspersed with stories. It’s meant as a jump off point. I like the fact that it has no zhuyin and we can practice learning new characters and are being exposed to higher vocabulary.
I always think the children are not learning and that we’re not covering enough in depth. But after 3 weeks, I can see that Thumper has learned something with the co-op and all the supplemental material I actually have been giving but didn’t realize when she was sprouting facts to a friend today.