Tuesday, August 9, 2011
If you received a public education like mine, you might not have made the connection that Mozart, George Washington, and Goya lived in the same world. As a classical educator I am trying to help my children make these connections.
I have purchased for each child a beautiful quality timeline book that I expect will become a keepsake.
These timelines are utilized in every subject. By utilizing timelines across the many subjects we study, it is possible to make connections that would often be missed.
Let's look at the year 1776. Most Americans know that year as the birth of the American nation.
Do you know what else was happening across the world during that same time period?
Math---Joseph Louis Lagrange created the quadratic forms used in algebra today in 1769
Art---Francisco Goya places in his first art competition in 1771
Music---Mozart created Haffner Serenade in 1776
Geography---James Cook " discovers" Botany Bay in 1770
Science--- James Keir hypothesis that some rocks are formed from molten lava in 1776
Language Arts---The Encyclopédie in 28 volumes is published by Diderot and d'Alembert (the first set of Encyclopedias in the form we know today with multiple authors ) in 1772
Without studying any of these people at the same time or even in the same year, timelines can help make those connections. As we add new dates to our timelines, we take the time to review the dates already added to the timeline. Taking the time to discuss the different events happening around the world in different disciplines helps to make the connections that led to a greater understanding of the human story.
And that is why timelines are an ever present part of education in my home.
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