Well, update on this...he started showing an interest in Vikings, and I was debating whether to just start there or start earlier. The coversation went something like this...
ME: We need to start history soon. Would you like to start in really ancient history, or would you rather start by learning about Vikings, and then we can go back and learn about other stuff later, or we could start with learning about how our country, America, started.
HIM: So, ancient history is like...dinosaurs?
ME: Well, yeah, but we've studied a lot about that already. I was thinking about what came after dinosaurs.
HIM: Oh, like there's this extinct rinocerous that...
(I cut him off)
ME: Actually, I was thinking about learning about people.
HIM: Oh. Well, Vikings are pretty ancient, aren't they?
ME: Yeah, they are. Though there were people before them. Like (I get out paper and draw a pyramid) one of the first civilizations were Egyptians...we learned about them in church. Do you remember when we did VBS and learned about Mosus and how the Isrealites escaped from Egypt a couple years ago?"
(Our church does a Vacation Bible School where we do sort of a living history version of a different Bible story each year)
ME: Remember when we set up all the tents and stuff..
HIM: OH yeah! I remember that!
ME: Well they had just left Egypt (I try to draw a Spinx to go with the pyramid). And after Egypt came Rome. Rememeber the year before that when we did Rome in VBS?
(I pull up some pictures of Romans on the internet and then he remembers..."Oh, yeah...Rome! I remember Rome!")
And then I pull up pictures of Vikings, and tell him that they came a while after Rome.
And I pull up some pictures of Egyptians for him to look at...cause why not
And he gets all excited and asks if we can learn about mummies and stuff and can we study that and I say YES and so we decide to start with the ancient stuff.
For curriculum I'm going to use is Story of the World, which I like because of how it weaves the story of different ancient civilizations together (showing how they interact) and reads more like a story than a textbook, while still covering A LOT (it's actually a lot more thorough than anything I remember learning about back then). n their first volume (which will take us a year or two...not sure) we'll study early Nomads, Egypt, Isreal, some other countries in Mesopotamia, India, some places in lower Africa, China, Greece, Rome, a little bit of early America, and some other places. I wasn't sure how a curriculum could do that without being confusing, but from what I've read in it so far it transitions really well from one place to another, shows how things were similar and different, while bringing in stories of people from those places and times, as well as myths and traditional stories. I'm really impressed now that I have this in my hand and can use it. Since it doesn't have a lot of pictures I'm going to get USBORN type books for our library and have my child look at pictures related to the passages as I tell them. We'll see how it goes. There's lots of hands on crafts and activities they suggest too. Really think this is going to go well.