Take the timeline, for instance. I’d read books with timelines in them; I’ve written books and articles with timelines in them. Timelines are really helpful. But to teach my kids to make their own timeline? That opened up a world of options. Really, I wasn’t prepared for all the ideas. There are whole companies that just specialize in timelines!
‘No big deal’, I thought. Our primary curriculum, Tapestry of Grace, doesn’t even recommend using timelines until the dialectic stage. That’s around Middle School age. So, I had plenty of time to think. (I really like the idea of the scrapbook-style timeline for the middle school age – it’s easily stored, and can be saved forever).
My kids had other plans. [Read more...]