History Blooms with Curiosity Chronicles Courses

by Kimberley McGee

Curiosity Chronicles is a well-loved curriculum vetted by many homeschool moms. So fun!

I enjoy Curiosity Chronicles for its engaging curriculum and opportunities for discussion and more exploration about history. The secular history curriculum explores alternative views and competing historical facts from ancient to modern history. I reached out to the creator of Curiosity Chronicles, Rachel Meyers, to talk about how she came up with this unique homeschool history course. Meyers is a homeschool mom to four kiddos and has a master’s degree in Comparative Studies and an interdisciplinary humanities degree, with an emphasis in Classics. There are many homeschool resources for those who want to drill down on individual subjects and not in an online program.

What was the inspiration behind Curiosity Chronicles?

Curiosity Chronicles started because I’m a homeschool parent myself and I was disappointed by the history options available. It began as an attempt to create a history resource just for my own children, but I soon realized I was far from the only homeschool parent looking for better history options. My husband owns a small publishing company, I’d just finished my graduate degree, and I worked as a freelance book designer, so I decided to put all those pieces together and create the resource I wished was on the market.

Why is Curiosity Chronicles good for homeschooling?

Curiosity Chronicles is designed specifically for homeschoolers and I take into consideration the many different reasons and methods families have for homeschooling as I write it. The dialogue setup means the book can be easily read as a dialogue between parent and child, between two siblings, just by the parent, or can be listened to as an audiobook in the car. We also provide a variety of expansion materials that appeal to several different learning and homeschooling styles, meaning there are lots of ways to engage with the text depending on what works best for your family.

“We’ve heard from many parents of ADHD and on-the-spectrum children that our books’ unique setup has worked wonders for helping their child engage with and actively enjoy their time learning history.”

How has it been received by homeschoolers?

It’s been received really well! Secular homeschooling resources can be hard to find, especially for history. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from people of all types of religious and non-religious backgrounds who are very excited there is finally a resource they can use. The audiobook format works really well for many children so we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from parents says their child is deeply engaged and wants to listen to chapter after chapter. We’ve also heard from many parents of ADHD and on-the-spectrum children that our books’ unique setup has worked wonders for helping their child engage with and actively enjoy their time learning history.

What has been one of the more popular units?

Our curriculum is taught sequentially, so Ancient History is our best-seller so far since it’s where most people start. As for particular activities, our interactive notebooks and our Minecraft activities have been incredibly popular.

What are some tips for parents on how to best use Curiosity Chronicles?

Silly voices for the different characters helps a lot; reading history is already filed with gripping tales and amazing events, so get in and enjoy the experience with your children.  Also, one of the best things about studying history is the way it builds on itself; your children might make connections from previous chapters or remember little details that surprise you. The more they do so, the easier it becomes for them to see the patterns of history and make connections to their own lives, so don’t be afraid to take your time as you explore the subject.

How do you use tangential learning in your units?

My academic background is in interdisciplinary humanities. I’ve tried very hard to bring that interdisciplinary focus to history, covering all of the parts of history such as art, music, culture, and language, instead of just politics and wars. This not only lets children get a more complete view of history but also allows them to connect their interest to history.

We also have a box at the end of each chapter titled “Want to Know More” that includes suggestions for further study because we wanted to encourage rabbit-hole learning. If a child was interested and wanted to learn more after a chapter, we wanted to give some suggestions of what to study so children can begin practicing independent research skills.

For more homeschool courses we recommend the well-written and detailed writing and humanities course for high schoolers by Dayla Learning.

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