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  1. I've done some searching, but really can't find a whole lot re: History Revealed by Diana Waring (especially in the more recent months). For those of you who've used it, I'd love any general thoughts you can share, either positive or negative. I'm considering it for the RRR level. So far, I like that it seems quite flexible. We don't do all that well if a curriculum is laid out with specific plans for each day - we like to pursue interests within a specific time period. If you could also compare it with other history curriculum you've used (MOH, SOTW, Beautiful Feet, Biblioplan, etc.), that would be awesome!
  2. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-history/general-ap-us-history-skills-and-test-strategies/apush-how-to-think-like-a-historian/v/thinking-like-a-historian https://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/history/for-teachers
  3. Hello, Any opinions on these history books? Thanks.
  4. I guess I don't fully understand this and was hoping for input. The WTM has a list of literature that corresponds to the historical time period (for example, this year was ancients for us, so we have read a lot of Greek myths and books about Egypt so far). I have done some of those books as read alouds and some I assigned to my oldest for reading. How do you do this? Part of what I struggle with is that my youngest doesn't get assigned reading from the list yet due to reading level. So I don't want to make them all assigned reading because there are too many and because I want him to also benefit from it. However, trying to decide which I should read aloud versus assign can be hard for me. We are getting to the point where my oldest could almost read all of them without issue but his comprehension might be better on the lower lexiles, so I go for those. Honestly, though, I have no idea what I am doing. How do you all manage this? Suggestions??
  5. Registration for Summer, Fall, and Full-Year 2017-18 courses is now open! New courses include: • Summer Reading Club for Logic Stage Students • Counting and Probability & AoPS Pre-Calculus • Latin I, French II, & German II • Physics for the Logic Stage • Kinesiology & Nutrition I • Science of Writing Grammar Series, from Foundational to Advanced Grammar • Socratic Discussion for the Rhetoric Stage Our unmatched refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families. If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the withdrawal period (listed below), he will receive a full course tuition refund. Fall and Full-year courses - September 30th Spring courses and Full-year transfers only - February 28th Summer courses - June 30th In addition, because our primary goal is the successful education of our students, we do not charge any fees for section or course changes. The Well-Trained Mind Academy Handbook offers guidance on course planning and placement for both logic-stage (middle) and rhetoric-stage (high school) students. And of course, you can contact us for help! See our website for our full course offerings and to register: www.wtmacademy.com We can’t wait to see you in class! Contact us with questions.
  6. Hi all, Well-Trained Mind Press and Jim Weiss proudly present a new three-part audio series: Electoral Apocalypses: How America Survived Three Elections Even More Divisive Than 2016. It's for teens and adults. Here's the description: In the midst of bitterly contested elections, some claim that America has “never been more divided,” and that the sky is about to fall. In the spirit of classical education, Well-Trained Mind Press offers you a historically informed perspective. This three-part audio series sheds light on the stormy present by exploring the turbulent past. Through the surprising tales of three past elections, master storyteller Jim Weiss explores the flexibility of America’s democratic system, and the resilience of its people. These memorable episodes make ideal listening for voters (and voters-to-be), lovers of history, and all concerned citizens. Episode 1 available now at the limited-time price of $3.25! Future episodes coming soon. Episode 1: Poison Pens and Pistols at Dawn: Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, and the Election of 1800 A brand-new nation faces its greatest crisis yet: as the beloved George Washington leaves the White House, rival factions try to set the course for America’s future. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr get down and dirty, in an election that features one shocking moment after another. Will the American Revolution devour itself? Or will the young republic find a way through? For ages 12 to Adult Running Time: 41 minutes So cheer up...it's been way, way worse than this. Of course, Facebook and Twitter didn't exist back then...So yeah, on second thought: all is lost.
  7. Dear Forum Folk, Note: WTMA Fall registration has closed, so subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive announcements for spring registration! Did you know that our Well-Educated Minds program offers courses for adult learners year-round as an Independent Learning Module? This provides the opportunity for independent learning at your own pace. The Well-Trained Mind has been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. In fact, more than half a million parents have successfully used the curricula, book lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children at home. We’re excited to bring you the third year of the Well-Trained Mind Academy, with experienced instructors to further your ability to homeschool your children at middle school and high school levels of learning. We offer small class sizes, with live and delayed-recording courses to meet any schedule - including those seeking additional courses to augment a private, charter, or public school education. Full-year courses include writing (based on our successful "Writing With Skill" workbook series), math, science, music, history, literature, and now foreign languages. We also offer one-semester courses, including Study Skills, Socratic Seminar Discussion, Geography, Grammar, SAT exam preparation, physical education, and several levels of creative writing. Here's what our parents have to say: "My daughter is in the WTMA Algebra 1 class this year. She was so nervous... math was her least favorite subject. Oh, the anxiety it would produce! I have heard her exclaim that she loves math this year and her WTMA teacher is one of her favorites. (And I am wiping sweat off of my brow.)" "...in the past two weeks, our child has actually proclaimed that she is enjoying writing. Awesome!! She is much more focused, diligent and enthusiastic about tackling the assignments." "I've used other online schools. I can honestly say, WTMA has been the best experience!" Preview our courses to see how classical online learning works, then register soon. Classes began September 6th (recordings are available for any missed lectures) and are filling quickly! www.wtmacademy.com
  8. Has anyone here used Memoria Press' new High school history sets? I need opinions. Pros; Cons? I need something more laid out for me.I'm very stressed right now. I have Stobaugh's History sets, but I'm not moved. I like a lot about it, but it seems like a supplement to me, not like a full set of history learning. I like the first-person speechs, essays, etc. from Ambleside Online, but I don't know if I could still incorporate those in some how. If the reading and workbook work is too time consuming, then I won't be able to incorporate those. I'm having a similar struggle for World. MP has a World one but only from 1600+ Then there's the Penguin World History or SWB Histories (I like those, but again, having issue with amount of reading so no time to read other materials) My brain is really jumbled.. Any advice would be appreciated.
  9. Any advice here for teaching history to a child who gets bored by lengthy readings? SOTW is wonderfully written but it's just not working that well for DS right now. Also some of the events, names and peoples just go over his head. So what I've done is focus on one major civilization at a time (Egypt, Greece, etc.), learning about its map location, history, mythology, famous people, daily life, architecture, etc. I mention how certain events tie these societies together (e.g. war, conquest, trade) and plan on covering other peoples after that's done. I also plan on compiling timelines to show how everything flows as a story. But how do you do it? I can't imagine spending 60-90 min. on history each time. It's more like 20 min. of discussion. DS likes learning about daily life (especially when involving children) and myths the most. Also is it okay to slow down and spend some time on ancient history in 2nd grade (instead of moving on to the Middle Ages) for better coverage? I'm also planning on introducing human geography in 2nd grade, at the same time we'll study physical geography as part of science.
  10. Hello mamas! I'm in need of some encouragement and recommendations. I'm currently trying to teach my sixth grade, eleven year old boy to use encyclopedias spines and to take notes, outline, summarize and timeline according to the logic stage instructions in WTM fourth edition. But he's struggling. My eldest, a girl, did it without much help from me and liked it fine although she just mentioned the other day that she doesn't think she remembers much from those years of history. I don't want them to be lost years for my fella either. Has anyone done this successfully? Here's what we're trying to do: Monday: Write outline and summary from one library book he read Tuesday: Read for 90 minutes from various spines (I went through and made sure the information on the pages I assigned were all from the same time period) Write down 10-15 facts Wednesday: No history work Thursday: (90 minutes) Use an atlas to find places identified in reading Select topics to search for and read about from Library books Place events and people in our timeline book Use PBS videos and/or documentaries when appropriate Friday (90 minutes) Read froom library books (read more through the weekend if necessary) Here's the problem. I'm wondering if I shouldn't be using more than one Encyclopedia. He used three the other day: Kingfisher Illustrated Encyclopedia DK History of the World National Geographic Concise History of the World I think, maybe, that this is too much information. It seems like it's hard for him to settle on something and really LEARN it. Also, his facts are deplorable. Here's what he wrote for last week: 1. The silk road lasted until the 14th century. 2. 622 - Muhammed and his followers migrate from Mecca to Medina 3. The Byzantine Empire 4. The Mayans 5. Stone Obelisks 6. Anglo-Saxon burial methods for kings 7. The temple of the giant Jaguar 8. The Mayans were the first people to have an advanced calendar. 9. The Kon-Tiki Expedition, 1947 10. The Byzantines made many small, gold crosses. 11. Byzantine had a secret weapon called "Greek Fire." It was a mixture that burst into flames when it came in contact with water in 677. Here's what he chose to look up at the library: The Byzantine Military The Constantinople Wall (does it even have a wall?!) Help! I'm confused as to where I should even begin to solve this problem... Blessings, Angela
  11. Anybody have any suggestions for a podcast on history that is appropriate for elementary aged kids?
  12. We are on our third week of our new homeschool year. We started using Wayfarers Ancients this year and I have no complaints about the curriculum and the book choices, however, my son is already disappointed and asking for more recent history, like George Washington and Abe Lincoln recent. He always has a lot of questions regarding American History and I'm wondering if I made a bad decision starting with a four year history rotation this way. I already purchased everything we need for term 1, so I really don't want to change everything up just yet. I'm wondering how best to handle his disappointment and disinterest. Should I just carry on and hope something peaks his interest soon? Maybe switch after the first term is over to American History? Or, I was thinking of adding some light reading of American History to our Morning Basket, while continuing with the wayfarers ancients during our normal history time, but wasn't sure if that would get confusing for my kids at all. If this third option is a good idea, can anyone recommend any books that would be a good fit for a 7 and 9 year old? Thank you!
  13. Hello! I'm using A Child's History of the World as a spine for grade 1-4 history (will use Story of the World for grades 5-8). I'm planning out grade 4 history, and there are so few chapters in CHW for me to work with; I'm having a hard time fleshing it out with enough well-written biographies/histories. I am just now looking over Robert Lacey's Great Tales from English History vol 2, but don't have access to vol. 3 from my local library. I'm wondering if It is a worthwhile purchase for me, as I tend to be pretty right-leaning, and understand he's a pretty staunchly not. I don't have a problem reading my children stuff that has opposing perspectives, but I guess I'm wondering whether I would find his angle to be more distorting than it is beneficial (based on a review of his treatment of Churchill, for example). Otherwise, his short biographies are exactly the sort of thing I'd find ideal. Regardless, any other recommendations for fleshing out modern history at the grammar stage? I have Granfield's Flanders Fields and that's pretty much all I've found so far that I am thrilled about. I'm looking for books that cover more of the basic historical bases of that time than, for example, Snow Treasure (eg. am using Lila of Ingleside for read-aloud this year, but not for our history lessons.) But, I would very much like to be using truly excellent literary material. Thanks for your help! September
  14. This is my first year home-schooling my fourth grader. I need to concentrate on math because she is behind from last year in school. And also catch up on science. I want to pursue music, voice and PE in more depth. I have decided to "chunk" history into 3 projects. My daughter chose George Washington and then The Declaration of Independence. For the third we will do a project from the 20th century. But should I be introducing an overview, timeline of history or can that wait?
  15. I couldn't find a rough 36 week schedule for History of the Ancient World that utilized the entire book and that was organized by civilization, so I made one. I scheduled the book and study guide for my upcoming freshman. He is a fast reader and is allergic to writing. I have also scheduled the first 34 lectures from The Great Course, "The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World." I have some videos scheduled that are mostly in my public youtube list--HOTAW. This is a rough draft. I just finished it today and thought someone might want to take a peek at it. I've uploaded it to my dropbox account, here https://www.dropbox.com/s/9w381q0ow416j5z/History%20of%20the%20Ancient%20World.docx?dl=0 The last page (12) is typed out for a bookmark, and lists all the chapters per civilization in roughly chronological order. Our family's strange sense of humor might not be to your liking, but it's at least a start of a schedule. Hope this saves someone some time!
  16. I _thought_ I came across a reference to this on the boards, and in my imaginings it is written to the same audience as the OUP World in Ancient times series, but can't find it anywhere now ... and my Google searches are yielding nada ... if anyone either knows of it & can point me there, or is able to disprove its existence, I'd be very grateful!
  17. I'm trying to decide what will fit my daughter best for high school language arts and history. She completed Writing with Skill 1 and is halfway through Writing with Skill 2. In 9th grade she did MFW's Ancient History and Literature. Last year she di MFW's World History and Literature. She struggled both years to write the essays. I want her to finish WWS 2 and do WWS 3 over the next two years. She will do MFW's 11th grade program in the fall. It looks like she will be doing a lot of literature analysis and very little writing. Since WWS is considered middle school level, I'm wondering if I need to add a high school level writing program. I've been looking at IEW's Elegant Essays, Classical Rhetoric through Stucture and Style, U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons. I'm also looking at Beautiful Feet History through Literature for 11th and 12th grades.
  18. I have been happily adhering to the Well-trained Mind suggestions for History using a 4-year cycle of Ancient thru to Modern History. We have used all the Story of the World books and last year completed The History of the Ancient World. I purchased The History of the Medieval World to used 2016/17 (year 2 of the 4 year cycle) and I have become quite confused about how to complete the final cycle. HOTW Ancient did not cover the fall of rome which was where SOTW ended. HOTW Medieval only covers to the early 12th century. SOTW Middle Ages & Renaissance went through to the 16th Century. HOTW Renaissance only gets to 15th century in 94 chapters. How are we supposed to get through Modern History again in the 4 years? Should I even be using HOTW? Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I'm really stressed about getting through it all using these texts, but love the writing and the study guides and maps.
  19. I am starting with the lit list in the WTM, but I would like to balance/lighten it with other less heady but still relevant/worthwhile book selections, e.g. young adult historical fiction. Our history spines will be The History of Ancient World and Mystery of History. I would appreciate seeing other people's reading lists who are correlating literature with history for this time period. I am open to other curriculum suggestions as well. I am a last minute planner, so this is just my rough draft. Thanks!
  20. Hello, my name is Jonathan Swirsky. I am a worldview teacher and youth pastor in Houston. I am developing my own 4-year curriculum called Worldview & You that covers Biblical Worldview, History, Literature, and Humanities. I have completed the first year of curriculum and tested it out with my own classes. I received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the curriculum. I feel very passionately that anyone raising their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ needs to teach their children why they believe what they believe. The best way to do so is in the context of history and literature. It is not enough for your child to hold onto his or her faith. We should raise our children to be champions for Christ that will redeem every aspect of our culture, from family to cinema and everything in between. There are a few books out there that already do this, but not in a user or parent friendly manner., and not as effectively as they should. My goal is to equip parents and co-op teachers with an excellent curriculum that they can easily step into. In order to accomplish this goal, I need people to test out the curriculum. I know it works in my classroom, but I need to see that it can work in other classrooms or in homes. The first year is complete and is designed for 9th grade (although any highschooler that has not yet taken world history could start with the program). I am giving away digital copies of the curriculum for free. If you want a print version, I can ship you one at cost. In return, I want feedback and suggestions. I also plan to have an answer key/teacher guide ready by the fall semester. I will be beta testing the second year of the curriculum in the 2016-17 school year and releasing it next summer as well. The plan is to release a new year of curriculum each year until all four years are completed. The first year covers the first half of World History, all of Art History, Biblical Worldview, and Literature. The second year will cover the second half of World History, Music History, Biblical Worldview and Literature. Please do not think you are a guinea pig if you use this curriculum. You are more like last trials before a product is released to the market. This may seem bold, but I believe this curriculum is excellent and effective already. That being said, I hope to make it even more so. Please message me with any questions. If you would like to learn more information, please visit my website: worldviewandyou.com.
  21. Hello all, We've just sent "The Study & Teaching Guide for the History of the Medieval World" to the printer, and it should be available in a month. But if you can't wait that long, you can purchase it right now as a downloadable PDF! This is our largest book ever (888 pages), filled with exercises to supplement your high school student's reading of Susan Wise Bauer's "The History of the Medieval World": ID questions, essay prompts, maps and map exercises, and more. Complete answers and explanations are provided, for the teacher, as well as suggestions for helping with essays and for grading the student's work. It's at a special introductory price for now, but that will only last for a few weeks, so check it out soon!
  22. ...So we've been doing history the WTM way since first grade, but the logic stage has been bumpy, and with my daughter now in the 8th grade, I'm thinking about concluding it with something new, possibly as a launch into what we'll do for high school and what I'll switch my younger two over to next year when we'll have wrapped up SOTW for the second time. I would like to have a Christian worldview in our history curriculum (I think that's especially important as they get older), so I have been looking at Mystery of History, Biblioplan, and Diana Waring's History Revealed (Volume III - World Empires, World Missions, World Wars). We're in 1850-present, but I am flexible with going back a bit, as my oldest does take an interest in history (particularly American & British). I am leaning toward MOH, both because it's the least expensive and it seems the most simply packaged (though I wish the companion were in hard copy form). Biblioplan is intriguing, but costs a lot, and I worry it could be too complicated (I once bought TOG - electronic version - and never could get it going). I love the creativity and integrated approach of History Revealed, but I'm hesitant because of how out-of-the-box it is and because of how much history is compressed into it (what with it being a three year instead of four year cycle - I had that same issue with CC, the one year we did that). In case you're wondering why I'm researching this now, it's because we are Logos Online Academy drop-outs - after only two weeks. Omnibus III (history, literature, theology) took us for a ride, so we hopped off the bus. Hence my quest for a kinder, gentler history curriculum that is not as DIY as the logic stage of WTM, but not so detailed as TOG; Biblically-based, but not as if my 13 year-old is enrolled in seminary (Omnibus).
  23. Does anyone have some good writing prompts for history (or literature) for middle ages through Renaissance world history? I'd really like to find things for that time period that don't require extensive reading outside a few relatively short primary source materials, or even one or two short secondary source materials, so that DS's time can be spent on analysis/thinking and writing? In case you're interested, I'll post our draft plan for next year below. Thanks!
  24. Does anyone use History Revealed for high school? If so please share how you use it. TIA
  25. Can anyone point me to resources that flesh this curriculum out? Dd finds the Veritas Press cards and worksheets dry and boring. I've done this time period several times with other dc, so I already have great lists of books that I love to go along with the year. What I need are lots of hands-on activites, visual aids, and projects for my 7th grader (who is also dyslexic--very slow reader, terrible speller, no grammar skills but actually likes writing as long as some creative element is involved.) I also have SOTW vol. 3 that I'll probably be supplementing quite a bit with. Any blogs or websites that might help me make this time period interesting for her?
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