Greetings from the Johnson Family! We are a homeschooling family of four children. We love educating our children at home. We have used various methods and curricula throughout the years, but a few years ago I was asked by a friend to read "The Well-Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. Other books have been influential in our homeschool, but none more so than this book in how we teach history. It makes wonderful sense to begin the study of history at... well... the beginning, and to progress through it chronologically. We follow the authors' advice of putting together history notebooks. Our children enjoy reading through the "books" that they have made and looking at the pictures they have drawn and the maps that they have labeled and colored.
As the primary teacher, I was never satisfied with the selection of blank maps that I could find. I used internet sources, shopped at the local teacher supply store and browsed countless catalogs. Blank, or blackline, maps are nearly always drawn by current political boundary lines. How could one find a map that encompassed the area conquered by Alexander the Great, for example? I found myself scouring historical atlases for the best map and having the children trace them for their notebooks. The problem... tracing paper is so thin, the pages were easily torn out of the notebooks by mistake. The solution... I needed to create my own historical blackline maps for our homeschool use.
And so, Knowledge Quest was born as our family business. In seeking advice from Susan Wise Bauer for this project, she asked if some of our maps could be included in her recently published book "The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child" which we are delighted to be a part of. Her book and our maps are not mutually exclusive of one another, but may be used in conjunction with one another. They may also be used along side other world history curricula. Our maps follow a chronological progression of history and are broken down into four major time periods: The Ancients (5000BC-500AD), The Middle Ages (500AD-1500AD), The Age of Exploration (1492AD-1850AD), and The Modern World (1850AD-Present).
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