I'm tired of trying to follow plans and curricula that has me tediously plodding along. This year I've finally succumbed to going with our curiosity and reading books related to the time period we are currently reading. We are currently working on the 1750's and the French and Indian War. I decided to start reading biographies of some of the key players of this period out loud to the kids and they love it. I love it when they recognize the intermingling of people's lives. I had no idea Daniel Boone participated in the French and Indian War. He was in the same area as young George Washington.
I have collected so many biographies through the years we will just revel in reading and referencing a DK history outline to see how we are progressing. I have been grilling them with dates and admitting that until I home educated my own kids some of these time periods were lost on me.
I love history and wish I did this a long time ago. Perfectionism and fear have kept me from marching forward with this sort of plan. I cannot wait to start the next book explaining how the French came to New Orleans. We spend enough time traveling there so it makes sense for the kids to learn more of it's history. Learning is at a premium this year. Yay!