I have kind of dropped the ball on curriculum... I am picking it back up and going to the subject of history. This is my favorite subject, albeit a subject I know very little about.
I have been greatly helped by the book lists and big brains of the people who organize Excelsior, the co-op we are doing this year. Next year we will not be participating, but I will continue with the same style of teaching.
I have mentioned before that we go through the cycle of history in 4 years, and we do this 3 times through. Last year was Creation until the fall of Rome. This year is the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. Next year, we will study early explorers and history up to 1815.
I am learning history as we go... for me, this is one of the best parts of homeschooling! For example, I am sure that 1815 is not a completely arbitrary date, but I have no idea why it is significant. This summer, as I read and compile my syllabus, I am sure I will get to that!
I use the Veritas Press cards as a starting place, but I also pull in some other sources. The Veritas Cards are really just a source guide in themselves. On the back of each card (which describes an event or topic in history... 32 per year, chronological order), there are books and page numbers of sources with information on the topic. In addition to the sources used in Veritas, I like reading the Story of the World series and some of the Beautiful Feet books.
Most of our history time is spent with me reading out loud to all four children. They branch off into independent work during reading time, when I try to coordinate the literature reading with what we are studying. I also have the girls complete some assignments, map work, etc. that the boys do not.
Friday is our special day to review what we have learned and complete projects or activities. I really like the History Pockets series, and I also like time lines. Time lines are especially helpful to show the time relationship of events... for example, Jerome was writing the Vulgate during the lifetime of St. Augustine! Or, St. Benedict was creating the monastic rule around the same time that Justinian was ruling the Byzantine Empire!
The more I study history, the more I see how much I missed in school!