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  1. I'm in a grammar stage SOTW group, but I'm the only independent homeschooler. The rest of the families homeschool under an umbrella charter that follows a 36-week school year schedule. With our SOTW 2 book, I went through all 40+ chapters and grouped some like chapters so that we could fit everything into a 36 week schedule. Or, not necessarily similar chapters, but maybe two chapters back-to-back that were shorter chapters, or didn't have as many outside readings and/or activities. Ideally, it would be nice to just do one chapter per week, but in order to have everyone working together, there are some weeks where we must study more than one SOTW chapter. Has anyone else already done this for Early Modern Times? I'm feeling tired and stretched, and if anyone is willing to share how they separated 42 chapters into 36 weeks, I would be most grateful. :-)
  2. We've just posted the first five instructor and first five student sections from "Study and Teaching Guide for The History of the Ancient World," coming next month from Peace Hill Press. Susan Wise Bauer's "The History of the Ancient World" is widely used in advanced high-school history classes, as well as by home educating parents. This Study and Teaching Guide, designed for use by both parents and teachers, provides a full curriculum with study questions and answers, critical thinking assignments, essay topics, instructor rubrics, and test forms. Explanations for answers and teaching tips are also included. Designed by historian and teacher Julia Kaziewicz, in cooperation with Susan Wise Bauer, makes "The History of the Ancient World" more accessible to parents & teachers. We'll answer your questions on this thread, if you have any.
  3. I am wondering if anyone has created a lesson plan for Susan's "The History of the Ancient World". I have the textbook and the Study guide.
  4. Can anyone give me any good suggestions for living books to teach history for the K-3 age group?
  5. I'm trying to round out my resources for history next year, and would really appreciate suggestions, comments, ideas. This will be for a sensitive 10 yo boy who reads well and doesn't particularly like history but does like science. He's more-or-less done a WTMish grammar history cycle, with spottiest coverage for ancients and medieval history, and reads well. My goals are to: * provide rich food for thought and ideas (sort of CM-ish that way), * give a coherent sense of the ancient world and how it followed from prehistory and set the stage for the history that follows * provide a strong grounding in Western Classical civilization, culture, and history * give practice reading I've got a lot of books from History Odyssey Level 2 Ancients and some others, divided into history, literature and other. It may be too much as is! He'll also be reading the books from Beautiful Feet's History of Science. ETA: I'm updating this list as I plan and adding links. Also adding a few China resources; we are settling on Chinese as our modern language choice and that's a great hook for the culture. PRIMARILY HISTORY: K12's Human Odyssey Van Loon's Story of Mankind Augustus Caesar's world (Foster) Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way (Hakim) Caesar's Gallic War (Coolidge) Eyewitness Books Ancient Rome Learning Through History booklet, Ancient Rome Macaulay's Pyramid Anubis Speaks! (Shecter) Builders of the Old World (Hartman) Memoria Press' Famous Men of Ancient Greece Fantastic Inventions and Inventors (True Stories from Ancient China series, Zhu) Ancient China (See Through History) PRIMARILY LITERATURE: Tales of Ancient Egypt (Lancelyn Green) Black Ships Before Troy (Sutcliff) The Wanderings of Odysseus (Sutcliff) The Children's HOmer (Colum) -- OR Iliad & Odyssey for Boys and Girls (Church) The Golden Goblet (McGraw) Greek Myths (Coolidge) -- we'll have done D'Aulaire's this year Tales of Theseus Theras and His Town (Shedeker) Aeneid for Boys and Girls (Church) Gilgamesh Trilogy (Zeman) (esp. read-aloud) Why Snails Have Shells: Minority and Han Folktales from China (Han & Han) (esp. read-aloud) The Chi-Lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories (Fang) (esp. read-aloud) OTHER: Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing book Music of the Ancient Greeks (audio resource) Music of the Ancient Romans (audio resource) Ancient Egypt (audio resource) Classical Chinese Folk Music or Classical Folk Music from China (audio resource) Chinese Lullabies (audio resource) Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes (Simonds & Swartz)
  6. I'm in search of a curriculum/timeline that would integrate History, Science, Literature and Art. I'm not sure if anything like this even exists but I thought I'd ask the hive. For instance, what types of Literature and Art were being produced during WWI and what scientific discoveries influenced the period?
  7. I'm looking for curriculum suggestions for a 10-week middle school history study in a co-op. For grades 6-7-8. I'd like to make the classes exciting and hands-on, although this is probably beyond the lapbooking age. Any suggestions? Beyond medieval. Topics such as Great Inventors, etc. would be appreciated. But I am looking for something that would have a set curriculum to guide the lessons, nothing that would need to be created from scratch. Thank you for any and all suggestions!
  8. I'm looking for curriculum suggestions for a 10-week middle school history study in a co-op. For grades 6-7-8. I'd like to make the classes exciting and hands-on, although this is probably beyond the lapbooking age. Any suggestions? Beyond medieval. Topics such as Great Inventors, etc. would be appreciated. But I am looking for something that would have a set curriculum to guide the lessons, nothing that would need to be created from scratch. Thank you for any and all suggestions!
  9. I've been trying to figure out how to organize one big, fat binder to hold all things historical: timeline, maps, book reviews, scientific discoveries, etc. We have a timeline on the wall but I want something they can each hold and carry with them. I've seen some lovely examples online but they are bound so you cannot add pages of maps and book reviews in between each section. My thought is this: 2" 3-ring binder divided by tabs into 4 main sections ala TWTM. Within those sections, I think some cardstock timeline would be great for them to either draw on or cut & paste pictures. I haven't figured out how long each section should be. I guess the Ancients could be a thousand years per page; the Middle Ages could be a hundred; etc. This way they could insert book reviews, scientific discoveries, maps and maybe a clear pocket page for miscellaneous papers. But I'm having trouble visualizing it and I seem to be over-thinking it. I'm worried I'll spend lots of time and my divisions will be all wrong. For the record, we studied Ancients last year, so beginning next week I want to go back and re-organize their History (which took up about 1/4 of a binder with all subjects) and prep for the Middle Ages. I just wish I could see some examples or find out if there's a company that already sells something like this to take the guesswork out for me. My idea is that for my Grammar stage kiddo, he can add to this collection as he goes through the other stages and for my Logic kiddo, well, he can have a pretty good start which he can add to more thoroughly during the Rhetoric stage. Anybody here make something like this? Thanks!
  10. I had a thread a few days ago about looking for an American History program for my 8th grader and several people suggested Sonlight. With three other kids with their own special situations, I didn't feel I could dedicate on the "Sonlight time" necessary for the 8th grader to do her History, though I love the program. As I researched programs though, I kept coming back to it. So here's the question, can an 8th grader do just the History/Reading portions mostly independently, with mom doing some discussions but not doing all the read-alouds (she would do those independently as well)?
  11. I'm looking for American History study for my daughter who will be in 8th grade. We have done the history cycle and used MOH for the last two years, but I'm not sure I want to continue with that. What else is out there, I'm not even sure. I've researched some about Notgrass America the Beautiful, I've heard about American Odyssey (is that with K12?). What else? I do have all the books from the Sonlight Core 4+5 (I believe that was it) from several years ago, but I don't have time to do Sonlight with her. She does much of her work independently. So what else is out there for that age that a child can use independently? Oh, and we are going to be back over seas, so it can't be heavily library dependent. Thanks!
  12. http://www.underdrakesflag.com/?utm_source=BW3&utm_medium=BW3&utm_campaign=BW3 Brave Writer email linked this. BW3 gets half off the bundle I am tempted but need more information. Anyone like this or not like it?? Do tell Thanks!
  13. I am not an inspirational teacher when it comes to history. We have been slogging through History of US for what seems like ages with my now dd13 and dd11. Read a chapter, short discussion, do the worksheet, lather, rinse, repeat. Problem is, it looks like in a few months we'll be done, and I don't know what else to do. In my fantasy world, I would let the kids explore history, any time period, any location they want, but they aren't exactly history lovers themselves. (I take credit for that.) Does anyone have ideas form some sort of child-led history for middle schoolers? I'd like to incorporate writing (also not my strength, but I have a tutor for that). Or maybe not necessarily child led, but something fun. Something clean and easy. Something.
  14. I've spent the last two days researching here and got a LOT of my questions answered. This forum is a goldmine!!! However, now I have all new questions after all the reading I've done ;) Please bear with me if any of this is redundant or has already been covered and I missed the thread! Feel free to link and redirect me to any threads your think would help :) My questions are: VERITAS: I've read a lot about how Omnibus is more GB with a little bit of history and I personally would prefer the subjects to be more equal. For those of you with Omnibus experience, does the program allow room to add more history on my own? Would I be doing WAY too much and overloading my student if I did that? Any suggestions on how I could add more history to Omnibus? I just love the self-paced samples of Omnibus on their site and I can't seem to write them off just yet since I really like everything else about it. TOG: Would I be better off just to go with TOG for the rhetoric stage? It seems (from what I've read here) that it's more balanced on history/GBs than Omnibus. However, TOG seems like a beast of a curriculum and I can't make heads or tails of the free samples online :/ Would someone ease my mind that I can teach and lead my kids in great dialectic conversations through our history studies and literary analyses without a formal "teacher/tutor" as would be offered through VPs self-paced Omnibus? CC Challenge: After being in CC for 4 years, and listening to the Challenge push every summer at Practicum, I was still not convinced or sold on the program for our family. I drank the Kool-Aid the first 2 years but thankfully I woke up to other options and researched classical education outside of what CC/Leigh teaches. The only thing I liked about Challenge was the opportunity for my dc to have peers that are reading and studying the same things, and the ability to have those priceless dialectic discussions with their peers. I also liked the ease of doing mock trials and debates through the program. HOWEVER, and that's a BIG however! After seeing so much in the last 4 years, the company (not my local community which is lovely!) has left a very bad taste in my mouth. Their politics, their choke-hold on local directors, the inconsistency throughout the administration, intimidation tactics, and hypocrisy in their dealings with local communities is incredibly disappointing. But still, what are the other options? Where else can my dc have dialectic discussions about the GBs they'll be reading, history they'll be analyzing, and all of the wonderful topics that come with the Rhetoric stage? Do I ask grandparents, aunts and cousins to read the same books so they have someone else to discuss ideas with besides mom and dad? lol! Please, tell me there are options outside of Challenge?! :) Then also, how do you tackle Mock Trial on your own? Speech and debate? That was way to long but alas, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the above. Is TOG my answer and I'm just in denial? ;) Self-paced Omnibus just looks so neatly packaged! And I don't want my kids to miss out on the conversations that Challenge allows for... your thoughts please?!
  15. Has anyone out there used Cornerstone's World Views of the Western World (WVWW)? How does this fit on a transcript? What other subjects are covered and what are not? Did you have to supplement for any writing, English-type stuff? This looks REALLY interesting to me, but I am not sure how to implement it into a school day. It is not what I would be using this school year, but we would use it when he starts high school next year so I have plenty of time to figure this out. I loved the look of this curriculum when viewing it at convention, but it is a LOT of money and would take most of my school budget. If it isn't really going to cover more than history, there is no way we could make it work.
  16. My DS is a humanities kid who tends to just love the snot out of history. Moreover, he loves reading literature and Great Books for history. His timeline knowledge is a bit rusty, though. Lots of cultural information, lots of Western Civ, not much chronology. I was a STEM major and am way out of my league on this stuff. We will be starting Spielvogel next year, so I have been looking into Omnibus and the variou curriculum there in. My kinesthetic, visual kid about hyperventilated in joy at the Internet ads. Anyone have any experience using these? Anything better out there that we might consider instead? For what it is worth, we are not a religious family (though I have an extensive Catholic background). My son openly realizes the value of knowing the Bible from all his reading. As a budding a Classics major, he is well aware of his need to not only know the books and names but also a good deal of chapter and verse. So the Biblical component is not a problem, but we do not have to use Biblical resources.
  17. I am planning on using Sonlight's old Core F Eastern Hemisphere for my DS. He is a good reader and very bright, so he will probably just do all of it on his own. My concern is it may be too easy for him. I'm wondering if I should add some other books to make it more challenging, or maybe it is fine as it is for an 8th grader. Any thoughts?
  18. Hi! I'm new to the forum and wanted to share some info. I spent a great deal of time looking last summer and this past week for info on how to align HO with STOW. I quickly discovered there is not much out there. So, I decided to tackle the tedious task of doing so myself. Below are the tables I created using HO Level 2 as the "spine" of our history lessons. The links take you to my web page, HyperHomeschool, and the tables are embedded as a Google Doc. Hope this helps someone! History Odyssey Level 2: Early Modern and STOW Volume 3 History Odyssey Level 2: Middle Ages and STOW Volume 2 Happy Homeschooling!
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    I really like what I've read about Story of the World. Does anyone know if 4 years old is too young to get started?
  20. Good afternoon fellow educators, I am in the current stages of planning out our 6th grade year. I have three children ranging in age from 3-11. I am struggling on how to teach the history portion to my 11 year old. It seems that the only way I will be able to check his work, and make sure things are moving in the right direction, is if I read along side him or pre-read the text. Is this correct, or am I missing something? This is a huge concern for me. I am also teaching 3rd grade and I have a toddler. The idea of having to basically do the history lessons before he does, is worrisome. Please correct me if I am wrong. Or if you have ideas or suggestions I would greatly welcome them. Thanks for your time, Tracy
  21. Seeking resources on the Spanish (or other) Inquisition for a sensitive 8 year old please :)
  22. I am considering using History Odyssey but my ds is 10 and starting 5th grade. I think Ancients Vol 2 would be best for him, BUT I already own the Usborne I-L History Encyclopedia. I do not have the Kingfisher book that they recommend. Has anyone mixed these two together. I realize I could just use Vol 1 which does use UILHE, but it doesn't have the same notebooking expectations as Vol 2 has. Has anyone already tried this or know of any schedules already available. Hate reinventing the wheel! Wendy
  23. I am entering my 3rd year of homeschooling and I have a soon to be 7th grader and 5th grader. I have had horrible experience teaching my girls history and science and Im now looking for a more fun and interactive curriculum for them. Something that's not going to bore them to death. I looked up a few but either they were nothing but reading or way out of my price range. Help me please!
  24. Just wondering how others work US History in when they come to it. Do you stop the world/global history and just focus on US History and then go back to a more global approach, or do you keep going with both sort of mixing them in, like mostly US with a little world history mixed in with it?
  25. Has anybody used Preceden for your history timelines? TIA.
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