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  1. Could someone be so kind as to point me to one of the old threads which discussed schedules for using SOTW 1 and MOH 1 for the same year? I've tried searching but am not finding anything -- so frustrating as I know this has been mentioned before. Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. The Younger Mrs. Warde and I have been creating a SOTW Board on Pinterest. Are there any other SOTW Pinterest boards out there that we should know about? Or, do you have a blog post that is okay for us to pin? Thanks!
  3. Dd loves to do the mapwork in SOTW, but always complains that there is not enough. Next year she will be in 5th and I plan to go back to do SOTW 1 with her. I would love to add more mapwork or geography to our lessons for dd (ds will do the maps in the AG as a 1st grader). I do not have the time to come up with mapwork for every lesson. Is there something out there that someone else has worked up that goes along with it? Thanks!
  4. Hello everyone. I will begin HS next year. I have 4 children (ds6, ds5, dd3, dd2). My sons are in a private school that teaches the classical approach. I want to continue that. I have been looking at choices for over a year and need a little help from y'all. :confused: Here is what I do know (I think I am sure on these.:lol:) Math: Math U See, Life of Fred, and supplement with Kumon Phonic/Spelling: All about Spelling, Dorbooks Science: AIMS at this time b/c of age of my kids, but any input is welcome here Grammar: need ideas here Art:? (would like something b/c my oldest loves art) Here is where I need help.:crying: I know I need to relax and i am sure I will once I start HS, but right now... well, you know. Okay. I like BiblioPlan and TOG. BUT TOG is overwhelming and although it looks good and I might revisit it later...I just can't take that on right now. Other mamas say to just use what you want, to break it down into smaller pieces, but I don't know how to do that. And honestly, I don't know if I want to know. LOL So BiblioPlan. I have read a lot of helpful threads here and thus led to more questions. Here they are? 1.) I see people saying they are using BiblioPlan with SOTW (is that correct... just learning what all the letters mean). What exactly are they doing with both? Is SOTW being used as a supplement to BiblioPlan? 2.) Do you like the Bible portion/lessons of BiblioPlan? 3.) What other subjects am I going to need to cover in HS ages 6, 5, 3 (not really schooling her yet...just doing a lot of play with her)? 4. What planners do you use? (hard copy or on computer) 5. I have seen HST+ on many threads. What is that? Thank you so much ladies!! I eagerly await your replies. :bigear:
  5. Im using SOTW 3 for my older kids (11&13) and I would like another history book to match up with it so they can read both at the same time. I did find a schedule to match of TSOM with SOTW last night, which would prob be fine. I just need to add more meat to SOTW because Im using book 3 with my older dc's and I would like them to have more reading on history. I know SOTW has suggested reading in their guide (which we do) but Im looking for another whole history book as well.
  6. Hi everyone, The Activity Guides for SOTW are huge! I know it's not realistic to do every activity, and people have mentioned in different threads some of the activities that went well (mummified chicken/barbie doll/apple activity seems popular :001_smile:). I was wondering if anyone would like to add their favorites to this thread? Blog links are OK! For example: Chapter: Chapter 0/Introduction Activity: Select artifacts from your household to bury/dig up Notes: I added an element of secrecy - DS and I independently selected items, went to the backyard and buried them in different locations. Next week, he will dig up my patch, and vice versa. The surprise element means he is looking forward to the excavation! Caveat: We had to soak the soil because the soil here is like clay, and our summers are dry so the soil became impossible to dig. I had to scrape off a good bit of mud off his shoes afterwards, so next week he needs to wear boots.
  7. I am on the fence about whether to follow TOG Year 1 as written or painstakingly rearrange it to go chronologically (an option, though not the preferred one, presented in the TOG Yr 1 introduction), so that I can continue to use SOTW as our spine (even though TOG only lists it as an alternate) because I really enjoyed all 4 years of SOTW with my oldest (following WTM) and want to do it again with my younger two. The only problem is that it's not a perfect fit, as TOG doesn't always line up with SOTW, even when rearranged chronologically. Any other input on meshing Tapestry of Grace with the Well Trained Mind is also appreciated, as that's what I'm attempting to do all the way around.
  8. I had a list of corresponding story of the world chapters with the veritas press cards which I used for classical conversations. Now that CC has made their own cards I was wanting to use them and sotw together. Has anyone seen a list for that? Thanks
  9. I HATE PLANNING!!! I started a thread last week about lesson plans for SOTW and got some really great helps. Although some are soooo tempting none of them are EXACTLY what I want. I have downloaded at least 6 different lesson plans! You have to understand that I was a Sonlight user for years. I LOVED the IGs. I really liked having my week laid out for me and I had confindence in knowing that everything was planned out. My kiddos wanted more activities, however, and I found myself saying that I didn't have time for any because there was sooooo much reading to do. So what I want are weekly lesson plans using SOTW Vol. 1 as the main spine with one of the other books that are linked to it in the Activity Guides. I want the plans to include Activities from the Activity guide lined up for me. I have this vision of weekly scheduled pages with the read alouds that are listed in the activity guides along with maybe a few other great literary picks. I can see a completed notebook using the activity guide pages at the end of the year. I think it also might be cool to turn the student pages into a spiral bound "workbook" at the beginning of the year. Every schedule seems to have SOTW scheduled with a diff. history or something. They all have aspects that I love, like one has the activities lined up for you. One has comprehension questions and vocabulary all there for you with the answers. One has scheduled just SOTW and one of the Usborne books (what I want) but doesn't use the activity guide. I know, I know, I should just plan my own schedule, but I have 7 kiddos including a 2 month old who nurses constantly! Can't someone just read my mind and write it for me?????:tongue_smilie:
  10. Background: -Like many here, I have been intrigued with TOG since I first heard about it, not too far into our homeschooling journey which began 3.5 years ago when my oldest (then in the middle of 1st grade) requested that I homeschool her. I have spent hours reading most of the TOG threads here and just returned from the Great Homeschool Convention in Long Beach where I heard Marcia Somerville (TOG creator) speak - I went to both of her workshops and that's what renewed my interest in the curriculum. At the same time, I also thoroughly enjoyed Susan Wise Bauer's workshops, and was encouraged to continue with TWTM. -We just wrapped up our school year and our first four-year cycle of SOTW / WTM (my oldest) -My children will be entering 5th, 3rd, and 1st grades, so Upper Grammar (maybe some Dialectic) and Lower Grammar Questions: (I do know about the buffet concept and that you don't do everything, but still wondering about how to implement it in these ways) How compatible is TOG with WTM? Does it follow the same question and narration format? (I'm having trouble seeing that with the samples - I see questions only for dialectic and I see writing exercises, but I can't tell if they correlate). Does anyone use SOTW at the spine? Whether using SOTW as the spine or the TOG spine, is it helpful to use the SOTW AG questions & verbal narration followed by written or is the equivalent of that in TOG? Is it realistic to schedule TOG with math, science, grammar, spelling, Latin, Spanish, and intro to Logic? (the latter two just for my 5th grader) If so, how do you do it without taking up your whole day or getting behind in the four-year cycle? Is there art and music appreciation at the UG & LG level at all? I believe I read that it's touched on in the D level. If so, how do you schedule that in along with all of the subjects listed above? How much / what do you read aloud to your UG & LG students? Do you read anything aloud to your D students? ...As it may be obvious, I'm rather attached to the WTM way of doing SOTW, but I also had some real struggles with my oldest and narration (verbal & written), especially in our 2nd and 3rd years. I can't imagine experiencing that with my middle child, while also schooling my oldest and youngest. So I guess I'm looking for some hand holding, but also afraid of losing the benefits of the rigors of going soley with WTM/SOTW. At the same time, TOG seems like more work in some ways - less concentrated and more spread out. Any input to help me decide would be great - I don't want to inflict the three week sample on my children when we've just finished up our school year (we really need a rest period). I have a coupon that has to be used in the next two weeks, so that's part of why I want to decide soon - if I get the full year program, we can get all the instructional DVDs ($50 value) free or free shipping if we buy the print version. Can anyone comment on how helpful those DVDs are?
  11. Hello all! I've created some SOTW resources and am sharing them on my blog! There is a whole wall timeline setup and also some notebooking/timeline pages for the entire Vol. 1 book. I will be adding each Vol as we study them. Please feel free to download for your use with the best history curriculum out there! :D http://tendingourlordsgarden.blogspot.com/2012/05/story-of-world-timeline-cards.html
  12. I'm looking through my K12 Human Odyssey book 1 wondering if someone has already lined it up with SOTW 1. I've only skimmed through HO so far, but it's chronology seems to be quite different from SOTW. I was hoping to match parts & pieces of HO to SOTW chapters, but after looking at it I think that might break the logical flow of the book too much, yes? I use SOTW as scheduled in BP, and wanted to add readings from K12 HO for my logic stage child. Is this possible without completely mutilating it beyond usefulness?
  13. I am new to homeschooling this year. I jumped into this without a lot of research/planning and I am just now starting to feel like I have a clue what I'm doing. Anyhow, I could use some feedback on my choices and the few areas where I'm having a hard time making a decision. A little about me and DD and our life...well first of all I am looking for open and go as much as possible and I'm willing to pay extra for things that make my life easier. My DD is smart, but not particularly interested in school or learning at this point in time. She does what I ask of her (sometimes with lots of stalling and dilly-dallying) and never really asks to do more of anything. Her attention span is not very long. So I'm looking for bright, colorful, exciting, engaging, fun, etc. For complicated reasons that I won't get into now she watched A LOT of TV when she was younger. She doesn't watch as much now, but she spends a lot of time in front of the computer. So I guess I might be interested in curriculum that would utilize the tv or computer. My son is very, very active and takes 1 or 2 half hour naps a day. Unfortunately I often need to use one of them to shower. He's an early bird though and is usually asleep by around 6:30 or 7. DD is a night owl, so we've been doing most of our schooling after DS goes to bed. So anyhow this is what I'm planning: Reading/Phonics: Finish OPGTTR, read Bob books, Nora Gaydos, etc. Is there another program I should get when she finishes OPGTTR or at that point just make sure she's reading to herself and to me regularly? Spelling: AAS1 Grammar: FLL1 Writing: We might get to WWE1 during the year, but her handwriting needs a lot of work, so we'll be focusing on that first. I have some Mead workbooks and I plan to get a small chalkboard and cut up some sponges and do the HWT write, erase, trace thing. I will get ZB workbooks if needed at some point. Math: Here I am unsure. We haven't used a formal curriculum this year, just a $10 workbook from Kmart. I just ordered Miquon orange out of curiosity basically and since it was only $10 and I ordered c-rods cause I figured they might be helpful regardless of the program we use. I am drawn to MUS and I like that there's a video component. I also have heard such great things about Rightstart and like the looks of the bright colorful manipulatives. It's awfully pricey though. I'm also not sure about the whole calling 21 "two-10-one" thing. Does MUS do this too? I'm considering getting MM when HSBC has it on sale this month just to have for extra practice if nothing else. I'll also probably get LoF soon, cause I think DD would like it. Science: I have BFSU, but haven't made the time to figure out how to use it yet. I also have the free Mr. Q book, so could use that. History:This is the other one I'm confused on. Everybody seems to love SOTW, but I've also read in a couple of places that bible stories are presented as historical truth or that even if they are clearly marked as being from the bible, that the timeline of some events is off because it's been adjusted to correspond with the bible. We are schooling secularly so while I could skip the stories, I don't want the facts to be wrong and I'm not up on my history enough to know when the dates are off really in all honesty. So because of this I considered History Odyssey instead which still uses SOTW. But I've read that the SOTW activities are superior to the HO ones. So...I considered just buying it all....HO, SOTW (possibly on CD), the SOTW AG, CHOW, the Usborne encyclopedia, whatever else I need to buy. I figured I could follow HO but pick and choose the most fun/easiest to implement activities from both programs. Does that make sense or is that silly? Is there some other great alternative program that I'm not familiar with that would be fairly open and go, engaging, and secular? Art: I just ordered the Usborne Art Treasury and we'll learn about some artists and do corresponding projects from there and also just holiday crafts and stuff of that nature. I don't feel a need for a real formal art program in 1st grade. Music: Don't have anything planned for this yet. Open to suggestions. Would prefer inexpensive though. Critical Thinking/Logic: Mind Benders, Lollipop Logic etc. Anything important that I'm missing that should be included? I'd really appreciate any advice. Particularly on math and history. :bigear: Thanks for reading all this!
  14. Hello all, Justin here from Peace Hill Press, asking for your help. Susan Wise Bauer's "Story of the World" series has been nominated for "Best Homeschool History Resource" at About Homeschooling. The poll is open until March 21st. If you think "The Story of the World" is a great Homeschool History Resource, please cast your vote at http://homeschooling.about.com/od/readers-choice-awards-2012/l/bl-best-homeschool-history-resource.htm Remember, each person (email address) can vote once per day, so please continue to vote in the coming weeks. SWB says if we win, she'll deliver her famous "gooey" brownies to the home of each and every voter. [Note: If you mention this to her, SWB may not actually recall saying this, because it may not have actually happened. In unrelated news, Justin may be looking for a new job tomorrow.] Thank you! Justin from Peace Hill Press
  15. I started homeschooling last year with ds9 (4th grade). We read SOTW Vol I, and now he's ready to read Vol II. However, this year dd7 (2nd grade) started homeschooling, and has not done Vol I. I'd really like to do history together, but hate to have dd miss Vol I. I'm not sure we'll get to the second rotation, so I have a dilemma. Should I skip Ancients with dd? Rush her through it and move on together? Or put them in separate volumes? All suggestions are appreciated!! Thanks!
  16. Our son is in 4th grade and we are just starting to HS this year. We are doing Calvert as a spine but always planned to supplement with additional readings and unit studies. We did get the Child's History of the World (CHOW) for the history text. I like the readability of the book and the ability to put history in context. (I have an undergrad degree in history, and always felt more people would like history if it weren't presented in such a dry manner.) On looking at the online copy, though, I thought that it was so simple that supplementing might be advisable even for 4th. Many have mentioned SOTW and I was wondering about supplementing parts of CHOW with readings from SOTW. Any thoughts/suggestions? Amy
  17. I've GOT to share this homeschool/SOTW success with you--- So today was Molly's first day of high school-- freshman year. Last June, on Move-Up Day, all the students went through a day of high school, met their teachers, and in her Honors World Civilizations class, they took a little test. I didn't know that until today. The test involved a few history questions, an essay about the symbolism/significance of the Taj Mahal, a map upon which they had to label all the continents, and a check list of civilizations where they had to check off whether or not they'd ever studied them and one important fact or contribution of each. Today they got the tests back. The teacher handed them out and said that if they had marks on their paper, they had gaps in their history knowledge and had areas that they'd have to work on. Then she said, "In all of my classes, I only had ONE perfect paper, without any mistakes or incorrect answers. And that was Molly's." (Molly is the only homeschooled kid in the freshman class; most likely the whole school.) Molly almost passed out, she said, and when she came home today she opened with that story. I literally burst into tears. I"m not saying that there won't be some gaps, or some rough patches, but wow, we certainly owe this all to The Story of the World. It DID stick in that mind of hers! Anyway, thanks SWB! astrid
  18. hi, my son is coming out of ps so he's never read SOTW 1, although he knows quite a bit about the ancients because I've been reading aloud CHOW to him this year. Should we start with volume 1 at this stage and have you any suggestions on beefing it up? I read some people here said that it is babyish for logic stage kids, my son is a great reader and enjoys history and stories in any shape or form. I don't think he's interested in the coloring, basic map work activities in the AG, though. Thanks.
  19. I'm doing SOTW 4 with my upcoming 4th grader, but in the Well Trained Mind, she discusses supplementing with more American history (even though we had some in SOTW 3) because 4th grade is the year when it's normally taught. She also recommends covering state history for the same reason. I'm looking for books and/or curriculum(s) that are compatible/complementary to classical/WTM/SOTW that could be taught to multiple ages. I won't be including my 2nd grader and K'er in SOTW 4 (except read alouds from CHLL), so I want them to participate in this to some extent. Ideas so far: Road Trip USA Elemental US History Beautiful Feet - American and/or California History Your input is greatly appreciate! :)
  20. I saw SOTW1 for Kindle. Are any of the other volumes (particularly SOTW2) available in electronic format, i.e. Kindle, iPad, pdf? We already have the audio CDs. We're going to be on the road and want to travel "light". Thanks!
  21. For those of you that have used 2 or more books in the 4 volume series- do you have a favorite? We've used 1 and I've read through 2 and 3. I'm really liking volume 3 right now.
  22. I will have a 6 and 7 year old, both not reading well yet. Their older two sisters are doing Explorers - 1815 with VP self-paced online next year. However, i want to keep them on the same history time period. I was thinking about purchasing SOTW 3 to do with them next year since it covers about the same time period in history. My question is more about the activity pages. Would they be able to use the activity pages for the SOTW 3? I have not seen any of these activity pages so I am clueless and I have no way to get my hands on them to check them out since we live in China. Thanks for your help! :001_smile:
  23. What is your personal experience with these? Are the SOTW Audio Cds worth it? I'm looking at getting these for my son and I to listen to before bed. I figured the mind absorbs a lot of information in a rested state and this would be the perfect opportunity for us to start working on history. What ages are the designed for? My son will be 6(grade1) in June. Thank-you
  24. We started out in January using Biblioplan Ancients, which basically mixes SOTW1, Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, and the Bible, and throws in some readers at the K-2 level, though my library only had less than half of those, so we rarely got to them. There was mapwork, which I had to do for him as he watched (and he DID learn from it) and some Cool History questions which were ok. I used the SOTW AG to do narrations. Anyway, we started to get to where the Bible readings were taking sooooooo much time that we weren't able to move forward in SOTW at all. We also weren't seeing the connection between the two. So I decided to drop Biblioplan and just do SOTW and the Bible separately. We're now going leisurely through Egermeier's Bible Story Book (which DS loves), and easily doing 1 chapter of SOTW per week. We're doing the mapwork from the AG, which my DS can do all by himself. We're doing the narrations for each section, and it doesn't feel like too much. Basically, things are much more relaxed. I even threw the Usborne readings back in! In BP, I had read them at first, but then DS's eyes would glaze over as I read. Last week, I made up a Word document with a little "schedule" of what to do 2 days per week, with the Usborne and SOTW readings. I made narration pages. I printed out the map. I found which library books my library had that were recommended in the AG (usually my library has about 2 per week - better than the BP options!). I also realized that my son could just read the Usborne book himself. It turns out that: My son really enjoys the Usborne book when HE is reading it! SOTW is way more exciting when you're not trying to squeeze in 5 Bible stories along with it! My son LOVES to read SOTW itself on his own! Just this morning, he read 7 chapters. :001_huh: We'd be doing math or grammar, and I'd have to stop for a second and tend to something, and when I sat back down, he'd have his nose in that book. :lol: Just a minute ago, I was wondering where he was. Found him at the kitchen table... reading SOTW. I said "It's a good thing there are 4 of those books!" and he said "There are FOUR of them?!?!?" with a look of amazement. What a difference this change has been! I'm glad I finally just went with SOTW+AG. So simple, yet effective. And my son is so interested in history now! He keeps telling me random facts about what he's read in SOTW.
  25. This was our first year using SOTW. My first-grader really likes SOTW 1, but it presents a LOT of information and moves faster than I'd like. I'm less than two months from the end of our school year (we school from Aug-May) and we just got to Julius Caesar. I'm doubling up on chapters so we can finish and still have time for a little review before summer vacation. I just took a look at the table of contents for SOTW2, and it covers a LOT of ground. I'd like to slow down and savor history rather than rushing through the Middle Ages, so I was thinking of taking a year and a half or so to do SOTW2. Of course, it would throw off the 4-year cycle--and I also have younger kids to fold into the history course. My second child will be a K'er when the first is in second grade. Has anyone else changed up the 4-year SOTW cycle? How'd you do it? How did you bring younger children into it? Has anyone skipped SOTW4 in the elementary years? TIA!
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