How do YOU use Joy Hakim's History of the US?
Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:34 PM
Thanks in advance for the help I know the hive will give.
We use TOG year 1 for history but got a very late start because we did civics (and studied the election in a lot of detail) for the first semester.
Here's the question...I have a 5th and 7th grader. Since there are 10 volumes of the Hakim series (although I don't have them all yet), I thought it would be fun to start reading them together with DH in the evenings (even though we're technically in ancient Egypt in our history study). I thought it would be nice to work through the books rather slowly and for enjoyment for a couple of years. DH thought that without some kind of reinforcement activity, they probably won't retain what we read (which I've seen in other subjects). We lapbook what we do for TOG, but I don't feel I can add another big project in. I didn't see tests/quizzes anywhere for them (but did see the Oxford study guides).
Tell me...how do YOU use the History of US series?
Julie in MO
Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:33 PM
Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:00 AM
Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:28 AM
I wanted DD to use the History of US last year when we did US History but we buckled under the pressure of trying to do so many in a year and went to something else. Unfortunately, we only made it to pre-Civil War in our studies last year, and forged ahead to Ancients this year. Over our semester break DD decided she was really bored with Ancients, having already studied them in PS in depth as a 6th grader, and requested to go back to US History where we left off. She chose to use the Hakim books in conjunction with the History Portfolio for Modern Times and some Dover coloring books. I figure we can comfortably do 1 book every 4-6 weeks.
When I do this again with ds in a couple of years, I might just save my money and go with the Sonlight plan.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:14 AM
I added literature into it. . .
Sorry, I actually have 2 schedules for it. . .one I put on my blog and the other I used at home (there were some copyright issues that made it so I couldn't share my full schedule).
Right. . .
Okay. So, I have the history schedule up, which includes extra reading.
My personal schedule was a combined history, Am. Gov't and Am. Lit., but most publishers did not wish to have their product schedules combined with another product. (So, I had to seperate them on my blog.)
However, the idea of reading in the evening with DH is a good one. And, I wouldn't worry too much about re-enforcement activities. A good portion of stuff they will go over again in their world history studies.
I do have quizzes that went with the books. Each one is 15 multiple choice. . .it was a waste of money. There are some other guides, that are much better, much more expensive, and even then, I wouldn't even use 1/2 of them. (They are very directed to / for a classroom teacher -- but they have good short answer / essay questions. Wish I could just get the questions!)
Posted 12 January 2009 - 07:59 AM
This year my son and his friend are both reading the last two books. They read the books, we discuss the questions orally and then I read the SL notes. We have some nice discussions this way.
I am also breaking up the reading about halfway through each book to read other non fiction. My son enjoys Albert Marrin so we are reading books by him that go with this time period. Plus some literature selections as well of course.
It has taken several years but as of this year he will have finally read all of them. I wanted to go through them only because of the SL notes though. I think that SL brings out interesting notes that other books leave out.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:19 PM
Julie in MO
Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:34 PM
But my favorite (and my boys', too) is the Teaching Company Lyn Thompson DVDs that we watch weekly. They are great as he dresses up in characater on each 1/2 hour lesson while talking about the topic - Early American History up through the 49ers. Excellent!
Hope this helps!
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