Back in college, I really just wanted to become a professional student. I loved learning all sorts of new things and thought it would be a dream job to just keep going to school to learn my entire life. If it hadn’t been such an expensive “career,” I would have probably collected several degrees by now. (Of course none of those would have involved history because history was not my favorite.)
Fast forward a decade and a half, and now I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do. Homeschooling was never on my radar before that calling hit me upside the head about eight years ago, but learning with our children has been my dream job. That doesn’t mean it’s always dreamy around here. (No-way, Jose!) But… it’s such a thrill to learn for a lifetime – and with those I love most! And here’s the deal. Now history is one of my favorites. I remember the day when my mind finally absorbed the fact that Biblical history is not in a separate dimension from “regular” history. Such a basic concept, I know, but I danced around the house that day celebrating my personal revelation that history really is His story.
Learning a chronological timeline is immensely valuable. Memorizing history sentences with songs is fantastic. But.. I think the single one thing that has helped me to gain a better understanding of history has been keeping a timeline on the wall or in a notebook. I’m such a visual person that it’s almost as if my mind needs an image on paper for abstract concepts like history to click. And my absolute favorite history resources for keeping a timeline are those provided by Homeschool in the Woods. [Read more…]