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  1. I'm teaching my first class at our large (200+ students) co-op next week. We are studying Ancient Civilizations. My topic is Invention of the Wheel (or the potter's wheel). I'm stumped about a hands on activity for the 1st & 2nd graders. I know I shouldn't be nervous, as they are just 30-35 6 & 7 year olds, but I am. I need something that takes about 40 minutes (including the teaching part). Any bright ideas?
  2. I'm pondering next year. Or possibly this summer. And I'm musing about putting together a list of biographies, histories, historical fiction for two of my sons. My thought is that instead of handing them a textbook, I could assign this list of books. Maybe we've done this before? If so, please link. But I'd LOVE to have a list here without extensively searching the web and I'd love to know what YOUR favorites. It can cover any time period. I may re-organize according to time period based on responses. So, I'll start: John Adams, McCullough The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill Covenant, James Michener (I really like Michener. Add to this list: Poland, Centennial, Chesapeake) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown I Will Fight No More Forever (loved this one!), Merrill? , about the Nez Perce indians Night, Elie Weisel The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  3. We really enjoyed this nice use of Photoshop: http://sergey-larenkov.livejournal.com/ (I used Chrome browser and translated the page.) This person has taken historical photos, found or taken modern photos of the same place, and blended them together so you can see the historical event in a modern context. It's pretty fascinating, well to me anyway. :)
  4. Are there any group buys forming for the self-paced history? If not, I might be interested in forming one if there is sufficient interest.
  5. For you Mystery of History lovers. . .What do you use when you are finished with the 3rd volume, since the 4th volume is unavailable at this time????? My 5th grader will start the 3rd year of the history cycle this coming school year. (I've chosen to keep her on the same track as her sister who is beginning 3rd grade. We just started homeschooling 2 years ago.) Anyway, I really appreciate MOH's approach, but I'm not sure I want to begin with it for my 5th grader if I can't continue on with it for the next year. Also, how well does MOH lend itself to the outlining process that the WTM describes for the logic stage??? Thanks!
  6. I learned about her approach on the Willingham book thread and have been thinking about it a bit since then. Basically it involves doing overviews of history every year, then choosing three areas to study in depth. Here are her descriptions from the other thread: This is a bit different from the WTM four-year-cycle approach. We just finished year three of the cycle ourselves, and I've been feeling dissatisfied with it. First of all, it felt like it was taking so long to get through the cycle. Secondly, I was having grave doubts as to how much of all this info was being retained. And thirdly, I was concerned that we were not getting enough American history. It seems to me that Mrs Twain's style of history would solve all of these issues. Plus it also jibes with Willingham's findings on how children learn. Is there anyone else who has done history in a similar fashion? I would be interested in hearing some input. What are the pros and cons? What books have you used? Would it work to alternate World History and American History years? Doing two overviews as well as three in-depth subjects sounds like a lot to cover in a year. I'm hoping Mrs Twain will weigh in here as well. :)
  7. I was looking for a new pod cast (or two) to listen to and decided to search on the Civil War since that's what is up next for us in history. I found this great podcast: http://civilwarpodcast.blogspot.com/ It is detailed and nicely balanced. The only real problem is that I am on episode 18 and they are going to cover the Lincoln Douglas Debates and I can't help but notice they are only up to Episode 31 as of this writing and that covers Fort Sumter. So what this means, for now, is that this really is a podcast about the lead up to the war, not yet the war. The other thing they do is recommend a book that ties into each episode so if you need more information they probably suggest a book for you.
  8. We finished our one year of American History this year, and I am ready to get started on our 4 year World History. I am trying to decide between Story of the World and Mystery of History. I see lots of people liking both programs, but I am wondering which one is better for a 2nd grader. I was thinking SOTW, but then I heard that SOTW is too boring for little ones. And I like that MOH weaves in the bible. But the cost is really high on MOH. So many pros and cons to each. I was wondering which one do you prefer, and which one do you think is better for a 2nd grader. All opinions appreciated! Thanks! ~Jennifer
  9. I am thinking of using Joy Hakim's science and history series for my soon-to-be 8th grade son, but I'd like some input as to what others have thought about her books. We completed the entire series of God's Design for Science, and we just finished up with Middle School Chemistry by ACS, and I want something different. I did look at samples online, and I was impressed with what I read, but I could not find information about the length of the books. About how long will it take to complete one book? Is it possible to complete all three books in one school year; that would be my goal. Thoughts about the books are also welcome. We've been doing history TWTM way for the logic stage (loosely). I want to focus his 8th grade year on US history. Is this a good choice? Are there any other books I could use as a supplement, or is this series complete as-is? All thoughts and opinions are welcome! I despised US history when I was in school, and I would love to make it a more enjoyable experience for my son(s). Thanks!
  10. I was looking at what is available for History next year. and a search took me to this link http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/fancy.htm#workbook however the link is broken. Has anyone ever use these workbookpages? where can I get them? THe original poster was http://ollhomeschoolresources.com/story_of_the_world_workbook_pages.htm but the site if for sale... thank you!
  11. Having completed our first full SOTW history cycle, we are looking to go back to Ancients this fall. My ds is 11; dd 9. When we first did Ancients, our approach was mostly answering questions orally, simple narrations, coloring and mapwork, plus some of the activities. With my son being in "6th grade," I was hoping to ramp up his work this year, but the test booklet (which we did not do first time around) looks below his level. I was hoping for something more in keeping with the Volume 4 tests / activities (especially the outlining). I see now that Volume 1 is intended for grades 1-4. Given my son is going into 6th grade, what should I do? I cover history with both children at the same time. How can I ramp things up for him without going over her head? What are some things you have used when you've come around the cycle the 2nd time?
  12. Good morning everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I have posted all 3 of the year's terms for the free History Plans I shared the last few days. :) I am using Story of the World 3 and A History of US 2-5 as the spines but have also scheduled some other things like videos and projects. I also have other books scheduled in that fit with the time period of each term. Here's a link to the newest one: http://themommywrite...kshands_18.html And in case you missed the others, here are the links for those as well: http://themommywrite...kshands_17.html and also: http://themommywrite...bookshands.html Enjoy! ETA: I have just posted the first of three terms for year 2 as well! :) Here is a link: http://themommywrite...kshands_23.html ETA2: I also just posted term 2 of year 2: http://themommywrite...kshands_29.html ETA3: Term 3 of year 2 is now up: http://themommywriter.blogspot.com/2013/05/free-charlotte-masonliving-bookshands.html
  13. First, let me give you a little background. I've homeschooled my three children since the beginning. Initially I was what I would call a "Charlotte Mason" gal, but swiftly moved more in the direction of classical education with a C.M. twist. Now that I'm the parent of a high school student, and one middle school ADHD student, plus one grammar dyslexic student, I'm a "whatever it takes to get it done" type of homeschooler. In the past, our family has followed the trivium with regards to history study. I began way back when with Story of the World. Once I discovered Biblioplan, which melded Story of the World into it, I happily switched over to its fold. Now, however, I'm running into some challenges primarily related to SAT subject testing. You see, most of the colleges that my son (9th grade) is interested in, require additional testing beyond SAT/ACT testing. These are primarily accomplished via SAT subject tests or AP tests. My son is at the tail end of his 9th grade year and we have been looking at SAT subject tests. His most recent one was done in Biology. We still haven't received the score on that one, but I hope it went reasonably well. The social studies tests are all based on American History, or World History. Well, our history in that regards is spread out over several different years (two years for American, and four years for World). I'm wondering if there would be a better fit for him now that he's in high school that is perhaps set up more like the school systems encounter. Now, this is mostly for better recall of information when he encounters the test. After all, we last covered exploration two years ago, so that information is definitely more foggy than say, World War II, which we covered this year. Because we've been happy with Biblioplan (and I anticipate still using it with my other two children) I haven't been looking further. Now that the convention (FPEA) is barreling down on me, though, I'm wondering if there is a good fit for "testing" that I could look at. The only other one that I've even briefly looked at is Notgrass History. If anyone who has some information/experience with my situation can help me out, I'd sure appreciate it! Thanks!
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    Ok, I need help! I have tried so hard to love SOTW but we don't. My daughter is going into 3rd grade this fall. What I would love is a history program that is easy and fun to read (she loves reading the Apologia science books), has some activities built in (I can never seem to get the materials together or copying done for SOTW activities), art study included, and great literature/reading books to go along with it. SOTW lists are so long for each chapter, I sometimes get overwhelmed just looking at them. A package with the books included would be great. I would love a timeline as well. Does such a thing exist? Thanks for any help!
  15. Maybe my search skills are rusty, but I can't find any good threads on history for the logic stage. Has anyone used the WTM recommendations for history and found them helpful? Thus far, our history study has been reading SOTW, giving oral narrations, completing maps, and reading non-fiction resources from the library. Literature for ds10 has generally correlated with our history study. I have not included the encyclopedia readings as it seemed to be overkill combined with literature, SOTW, and non-fiction library books. Overall, I've been really pleased with the kids' retention and enjoyment of the subject. The plan for next year is to read aloud SOTW1 for dd7, but ds10 will add-in the activities laid out in the WTM to round out his history study. I plan on having him outline topics in Kingfisher (already owned), study primary sources, write 1-2 narrations per week, fill out a timeline, and complete a map. Literature will also be loosely tied to our history study. Was this too much? Sufficient? Where there any resources your child enjoyed more? Any guidance you can provide is appreciated!
  16. In my planning I stumbled across this history portal site, which looks to be quite a find; I thought I'd toss it out and tag it so y'all can find it when you are planning, too! Best of History Websites. "Best of History Web Sites has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, -- and many others."
  17. For instance, do you teach colonial American history to your 1st grader alongside ancient history? Do you teach British history at the same time as world history in the early grades (like Ambleside Online does)? Or do you just roll everything up into world history? Also, how many years do you spend on your history cycle? 4 yrs? 6 yrs? Some other random amount of time? Do you take a year off world history to teach world geography or government or economics? I'm having my yearly homeschool philosophy cisis and I curious what everyone else is doing. :D
  18. I am trying to find a list of all the books that Tapestry of Grace uses or recommends for the first year / Level 1 (the Ancients), specifically for the Lower and Upper Grammar Students. Can anyone provide this or tell me where I can find it? I tried to find it on the TOG website with no luck. Thanks in advance!!
  19. Hi! I hope this is okay to post here... I recently put together my own History curriculum using lots of different booklists available for free online that I'll be using next year with my 8th, 5th, and 2nd graders using materials we either already own or can easily get for free online and from the library. I thought some others might be interested in using it as well so I thought I'd offer up the link to it here. My plan is to cover 1550 through 1850 using Story of the World 3 and History of US 2-5 as the spines. Let me know what you all think of it and if there are any issues with it at all! :) Thanks! http://themommywrite...bookshands.html ETA: Here's the second of the three terms as well! http://themommywrite...kshands_17.html
  20. I'm thinking of incorporating more Great Books/Angelicum resources next year. The Great Books history list for 3rd is: Ancient Egypt: History Pockets (it looks like they use this version, 4-6) Ancient Egypt: Moments in History Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (Landmark history book by Elizabeth Payne) Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt activity book Pyramid by David Macauley ... any thoughts RE this (with some sort of guide, CM narrations and some writing assignments) as 3rd grade history?
  21. Hi all, I'm looking for a good historical atlas that my kids can use (they're going to be in 3rd and 6th). I'd still like it to be complete, but accessible to their ages. Any suggestions? What are your favorites?
  22. Ladies, I need some of your help pls, as I cannot figure out myself what it is better to do next. So DS has finished these books and we need something to continue on: - Singapore Child's Play Science, - Beginning the Geography , Grades K-2, Evan Moor - Lollipop Logic (3 books) DS is very fast learner and speedy reader, so he reads everything by himself but it should be something more his age appropriate, colorful or just with lots of pictures.These books were great for him. I'm also thinking to add History too, he is currently into the ancient egypt, but do not know what to choose from. Story of World is kind of boring for him yet. well, would be very grateful for any help. Thanks:)
  23. In discussing state requirements or homeschooling subject plans, I have seen state history mentioned several times. I took state history for where I lived in 8th grade (required), but never, not even in college, took a world history class. If you are studying world history on a 4 year or similar cycle, do you really need state history? What if you take a year for US history? Is state history needed? Why? For the sake of discussion, let's assume it's not a requirement.
  24. I'm planning for fall - 7th & 5th grades. Toying around with the idea of using Tapestry of Grace for the 1st time. I've got what we'd need in my shopping cart and the cost is $582! This is with NO BOOKS in my cart. Then you're looking at the weekly planning that goes into it. ugh Is it worth it? What are my other alternatives? I need to plan well for my dd's middle school history. I want to prepare her for high school studies, but I'm feeling completely overwhelmed right now. Someone, please either talk me out of this or talk me into it. On paper, it looks insane.
  25. I'm looking for a book (school text or non-fiction) or website to help us explore the American Revolution from the other side. I'd like to know and teach my children how the British view the American War for Independence (they probably even have a different name for it) so we can compare the two views. The last time we were in London, we bought the complete set of Horrible History books because a) they are hilarious, and b ) they provide a slightly different view of world events than we have in the US. I've looked through the books from this time period for mention of the war and events leading up to it, but it gets only a cursory mention. I'd really like to hear the story of the American Revolution as told by the other side.
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