The integrated curriculum…
Seeds of Change – I *love* this book as part of the contextual history curriculum. I remember learning history in disjoint chunks, but am thrilled to watch my daughters understanding of the unfolding of human history in a context–based way; how you first learned about the native peoples of the Americas (and how they got there), and then used “Seeds of Change” to tie American prehistory to the age of European exploration/colonization, and now the great European Explorers (which I learned as a separate “chunk” somewhere else, and probably in high school) and how post Columbus Americas evolved (setting the stage for American History - again, in context, not as a “chunk” they way I learned it). What a beautiful flow.
And I *love* the literature that you read that ties in – it makes the world come live and seem real. My daughter said to me “I think I learn really well from reading,” when we were discussing “Birch Bark House” (which she loved - it’s her current “favorite book”).
Helen, mother of an upper elementary student