A Quick Overview of CM History
Charlotte believed in exposing her students to a wide variety of history across a long timeline. Her classes generally followed this pattern:
Now since time spent in a particular form didn’t always match up with the historical spread used, a child passing into a form or out of a form would not actually complete the full reading of the history. I think this is often confusing for our modern worldview that desires to start a child at the beginning of the book and read through it consistently to the end. This is not what Miss Mason did.
And I think that can be rather freeing when we realize that learning is about exposure to great material and connections made by our children with that material.
But in planning a modern-day version of the original programmes, we needed to make some changes. This is the general plan that Wildwood follows:
The main body of the Wildwood curriculum includes a history rotation for American users, where the home country is American history, the secondary is British history, and the third will be either Canadian or Mexican.
For users in other countries, they will need to find spines for the history of their home country, one for the history of a country they are close to or most influenced by (this may mean American for many of us) and then a third country.
We offer some ideas on the Users from Other Countries page.
Jennifer Gehman is a co-creator of Wildwood Curriculum, a certified teacher, and a facilitator-in-training with the Neufeld Institute. She lives and plays with her partner and five children in Canada. Though three of her oldest have graduated from homeschool they still ask her to edit their university papers. Her youngest two are still learning in the living room.