I will not study history formally this year. I will continue reading out loud to Eleazar from "The story of the world". We are in chapter 6 "The Rise of Islam" in volume 2: The Middle Ages. We read and discuss 1 short chapter every day. As fascinating as history might be, it is not my favorite subject and since I am not passionate about it enough, I don't want to spend my time on creating timelines and trying to make Eleazar remember all the dates and names. I consider history a "reading material" and not a study material, roughly speaking. In addition to "The story of the world" we read a lot of books from the local library on all sorts of historical events and famous people.
After we are done with "The story of the world", I will start reading "Our island story" by Forrest, "The chronicles of Sir John Froissart" by Froissart and Holden, and "Our country's flag and the flags of foreign countries" by Holden. All are public domain books and can be googled easily.
In addition, for every National holiday we will read appropriate stories about the events and main historical leaders.
Our new globe arrived in the mail 3 days ago! A week ago I started to read to Eleazar "Geographical readers for elementary schools" by C. Mason. I love the way this book is written: informal yet thought provoking. Great read! And, again, it is a public domain book! As we read the stories, we find the places on our map or globe. We do the same when we read our history book.
I will not study geography formally in a classroom setting. Reading is enough for me.
Recently we read a lot about Constantinople and we are planning to visit the city (Istanbul) next year! It is going to be a blast!