In continuation of this book review, the next section is World Civilizations. To be honest, I don't remember doing much world civ at all until middle school, so I was surprised to see how much Hirsch included. Covered in this section are:
- the progression of mankind from hunters and gatherers to cities and jobs
- ancient writing and Babylon
- Persia vs. Greece
- Athens (freedom) and Sparta (warriors)
- Olympics and the alphabet
- Alexander the Great
- Africa - Kush (to be honest, I never knew who this was!)
- India - caste system, Hindu, King Asoka, Buddhism
- America - the Indian and Civil Wars
As for how it compares with Ambleside Online Year 2...
History is covered through Bible stories, Our Island Story, Trial & Triumph, the Child's History of the World and This County of Ours (see the list on Pinterest). There is a lot of history in AO! It isn't all "ancient" and "world" history every year, but its all there somewhere. (History is gone through at a slow and steady pace, using a 6 year cycle so that the child can come to a deeper understanding of these subjects again in years 7-12. And unlike textbooks in public school, its interesting, and we always have time to finish the books!)
Fine Arts are the next section covered. Hirsch recommends covering the different types of instruments and imparting a basic understanding of music (rhythm, notes, dynamics), which I agree with and have already done with my son. For art, second graders need to know the different types of lines, all about patterns and perspective, depth and light. Thankfully, he doesn't expect them to master any of this! I still can't draw that well, but I can certainly appreciate those things in a piece of art, and will continue to encourage my son to see them for himself during our ongoing Artist Study. In addition to music and art, the performances are included. The types of plays should be discussed - drama, comedy, and tragedy. AO easily covers this, with its emphasis on Shakespeare beginning in year 1.
Check back tomorrow for my review of the math and science sections of What Your Second Grader Needs to Know!