Thursday, August 7, 2014

Even More Australian History

As we've worked on mapping out the upcoming school years one thing we're firm is having one really good year where we dig deep into Australian history. We've enjoyed lots of the books we've read, & the kids have learned a lot, but like any history I always like for them to spend a year or so digging in good & deep once they are a bit older.

We had actually planned to do a year of World History {2014}, a year of Australian History {2015}, & then a year of US History {2016}. I'm not the only one who plans this far in advanced, am I?

Things took a bit of a twist for us when we decided to spend a year digging in deep with Middle Ages, but that's the beauty of learning at home, right? We can stop & dawdle on some things, push through others, & travel at a normal pace for the rest. I'll also admit some mild relief because I wasn't entirely sure if my plans would be done by the start of the new year anyway.

It did leave me in a small quandary of what I was going to do considering the fact that we can't pick up Australian history after Middle Ages. Well, we could, but it would be weird because there's a lot of unaccounted time in there! Instead, we'll do Middle Ages, then Renaissance, followed by a portion of US history, Weird? Not really. US history begins at the time when the Declaration of Independence is written & signed. Thus there's no turning back from the Revolutionary war. Either all those who fight could die as traitors to the British Nation, or they will all become Americans.

Either way, that's the time frame in which Australian history really gets started. You see, it's during that crazy mess over in America that the British realise they can no longer drop their unwanted prisoners in the New Colony. In fact, they'd been asked to stop for quite some time, but it wasn't until the colonists revolted that some serious action had to be taken.

We could end up studying US & Australian history side by side, after all Australia was exploring inlands while the US was now embroiled in their own Civil War. Americans came to Australia during the gold rush & vice versa. They meet again in WWI & WWII. Truthfully though, I think it'll be far more interesting to study each country on it's own. Noting where they meet & why, but allowing each side to tell their story in their own turn.

So while we study other things I'll keep working on our plans & rounding up books. Some we'll read again as they fall into line with our studies, some we'll read for the first time now that our audience is a little older.


Flowerpetal said...

Hi Kendra,
I noticed the book Our Australiaian Story in your pile. Can you tell me more about it? I googled but couldn't find it. Also is there one place you have all your Australian History Books? I'd love to get hold of Robinsons diaries of his time living with the local aborigines, and maybe John Glovers diaries too. I want to look at the early days in Tasmania before moving on to any other place or further on in time. Anything you can recommend from those early years? If you do have a complete list of all the Australia history books you have used could you maybe post them in the files on the CMA Facebook page?
I know you are super busy creating this wonderful educational life for your boys, so I'm not holding my breath:)

Kendra said...

Our Australian Story only cover the first 100 years of Australian history, unfortunately, & it can be found here.

I'm actually working on plans for a 52 week {or so} study of Australian history with the kids for next year. So I will be sharing lots of things as I get those plans finished off! :)

As for Early Tassie History.. Jackie French has written a lovely book called The Castaway Convict that the Tassie library system {use to anyway} has. It's really lovely & takes place between Launceston & Hobart. That's the first book that springs to mind!

I've been gathering my books for a while now knowing my intentions, & have picked them up from the local book shop, ebay, half price books, & a few even from Book Depository.