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  1. If I was to use SOTW (starting with the Ancients) with my older daughter would it be appropriate for my 5 year old to listen in? I would not be expecting her to do anything but listen while I read it or the audio book is playing. Thanks Jenn
  2. Because I don't want to reinvent the wheel..... Has anyone ever used SOTW spines with IEW? My kids have mastered narrating to me and I was thinking it would be good to combine the SOTW and their IEW lessons together somehow.
  3. We picked SOTW up a bit late this year, and because we've interleaved our history with Ambleside Online Year 2 we've been relaxed in our pace. Could you tell me where you are in SOTW2, and when you expect to finish it? (we're halfway through chapter 8, "Islam Becomes an Empire". It actualy lines up quite nicely with our AO right now ...) :) thanks!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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:
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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!
  16. My husband has decided it's too Christian. What is there that I can read to my 6yo that is more secular?
  17. for grades 1-12. These are not original-- I have simply compiled the lists of AO, TWTM, Robinson Curriculum, OFE, etc., etc. for our own use. Recently, someone asked me to share these lists in reference to this thread. Here they are!
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Surely someone out there has already done this and would point me in it's direction? The Kingfisher I have is the white cover 1993 version. I tried a search of the forum, but didn't turn up what I was looking for. Thanks in advance.
  23. 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! :)
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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