Third grade has started and our schedule is packed. More importantly, my son’s classroom teacher is keeping his brain very full. That’s not just good, that’s great.
So how can we meet our 1 hour and 45 minutes a week goal of Afterschooling without me being a mean mom?
Easy. I’ve got two words for you: Carschooling and Kindle.
For the past month, Bruce(8) has been listening to Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR. (I couldn’t find the audio version of SOTW Volume 4 on Amazon anymore, but here’s the link to Peace Hill Press.)
SOTW v4 is a marked change from the previous three volumes which I have also reviewed on my blog: SOTW v1, SOTW v2, and SOTW v3. It’s deeper, darker, and not meant for young children. In the introduction, SWB gives a sober advisement to parents that this book is four fourth grade and up.
Bruce is still a year shy of that mark, but he has learned so much history, religion, and philosophy already, that I felt he could handle it. But we are being very careful to listen to SOTW v4 when Jenna(4) isn’t in the car with us, or else asleep.
There are 11 discs in the volume, and we got through the first four before school ever began.
We’ve heard about the Second Reich, the Russo-Japanese War, the internment of Afrikaans in the Boer War, and the beginnings of World War I. See what I mean about this volume being dark?
But we also learned a lot that ties in with our own Russo-German family history. That’s been interesting to hear, because it provides a more global understanding of why my ancestors came to America.
To supplement the audio discs, we also own the book version. On the weekends when Bruce wants to earn extra time on his Kindle, I have him read a few chapters. The new Angry Birds Star War edition is a great motivator!