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History From Adam to Us 1: Creation to Cathedrals From Adam to Us 2: Castles to Computers Our Creative World: Stories, Poems, Documents, Art, and Architecture from World History From Adam to Us: Student Workbook From Adam to Us: Map Book From Adam to Us: Answer Key Literature A Single Shard The King's Fifth The Golden Goblet The Chestry Oak The Fables of Aesop The Bronze Bow The Switherby Pilgrims Madeleine Takes Command Children of the Storm Otto of the Silver Hand
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Life of Fred, Decimals and Percents, FractionsThe Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (minus book cover)Barron's E-Z AlgebraSaxon Algebra 1/2, 3rd Edition, includes solutions manualEarth Science for Christian Schools, 2nd editionLatin Vocabulary study cards (1000), SparknotesHake Grammar and Writing, Grade 5 (includes student workbook, teacher packet)Shurley English, Grade 7Shurley English, 4Drawing Basics with Thomas Kinkade (Life Pac Unit 1, includes DVD)Math-U-See Epsilon (books and DVD) (also have fraction overlays)Cuisenaire Rods, Introductory Set, NewNotgrass America the Beautiful, complete setPrima Latina (student book, teacher manual, dvd)Jacob's Elementary Algebra (book, teacher's guide, test masters)The Story of the World, Volume 1 (Book and CDs)Fisher's Mastering Essential Math Skills, Book 1 (Grades 4-5)AMSCO's Algebra ISpectrum Science, Grade 8Three Corner FlashcardsWorldy Wise 3000, Book 5Christian Light Education Light Units, Math Grade 6 (601-610)Christian Light Education Light Units, Language Arts, Grade 6 (601-610)Christian Light Education Light Units, Reading, Grade 6 (602-605)Christian Light Education Light Units, Bible, Grade 6 (601-602)
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Please help! :) My daughter will be starting high school in the next few months, and I am just not sure about what to do for our World History program. I have narrowed it down to 4...after researching just about every program out there. If you have any experience with these programs, please let me know what you loved and what you didn't like about them. We are doing Notgrass for middle school World History and my daughter enjoys it more than some other things we tried. She LOVES reading and writing, and so this is what I keep coming back to for her high school. I love the literature included and that each week she is to write an essay. I also like that it's a simple, one year world history program, and won't take years to do. History Revealed seems like my Ultimate History Program. I love the foundation of it, how it encourages the child to dig deep and study what they are interested in. I love that it's got lots of project ideas and that it covers each topic pretty in depth. I worry though that my daughter isn't a really motivated learner. She loves to read and write, but if she's not engaged in it, she will hand me garbage just to be done. I don't know if she will dive deep or just remain on the surface and do bare minimum to get done. If she approaches it that way, will the whole benefit of this program be lost on her??? I don't yet have any experience with the Classical Historian, other than it sounds great. Cathy Duffy rates it very highly, in her top 102 picks (Notgrass and History Revealed didn't make the list). I love the idea of starting a unit with a question and having her read and research in order to write an essay that makes her really analyze her answer. I also love the idea of doing Socratic Discussions as a main part of her history program. I am in process of learning how to do the Socratic Dialogue and think it's a fabulous way to learn. We LOVED Winter Promise for elementary US history, and so it is always in the back of my mind to try. Their Middle/High school level American History Programs look very intriguing to me (American Crossing and American Culture). I think we learned more in that elementary history class than any other program we have done....but there were many more books in that program than the high school ones. I just can't decide! Please share your experiences!!!! Thanks!
I just recently got this for use next year and thought I'd post my initial impressions since I couldn't find a lot of reviews when I was doing my own research. I finally decided on it after months of looking at different options for world history, including BJU, Abeka, PAC, Spielvogel, and A Short History of Western Civilization. I had looked at Notgrass at conventions in the past, and it just didn't do anything for me. But I kind of felt crowded into it after ruling out the above options. Abeka and BJU just looked like very surface treatment and I worried about retention. Plus I was afraid they might have too much of a Baptist perspective. PAC looked too light, Spielvogel too dry. I actually ordered a cheap used copy of ASHoWC, but the copy came heavily highlighted (what's the point of having so MUCH highlighting?) and I didn't like the way they handled religion. Plus I was thinking maybe we should have some non-western info too. So back I went to Notgrass, figuring that since most of their reviews were positive, it couldn't be that bad. :) The text is in two big hardcover volumes, with one hardcover volume of original writings as a supplement. Volume one is ancients and medievals, volume two is Renaissance to modern times. It is divided up into 30 units, each one containing five daily lessons. The last of the five is always a Bible study. My thoughts: - The text itself isn't as . . . rich? rigorous? as I had hoped. I would be reluctant to use this above 10th grade. - The print is large, clear, and easy to read. Lots of color illustrations. No timelines - I was disappointed that such a large portion of volume one is biblical history. We are CC and believe biblical history is accurate but we are also well-versed in it due to years of books, Sunday School, etc., and I'd rather the time were spent on more unfamiliar cultures such as Egypt, Assyria, Greece, etc. For instance, only one lesson is spent on ancient Egypt, and maybe 15 lessons on biblical/Hebrew history. - The tone is definitely Christian, but not strongly one denomination. Every once in a while I would think, "wow, this is really getting preachy," but then I realized that was always in the Bible study chapters. You could always skip those chapters and use the program purely for history. I was going to skip them at first but then I realized DS does need some Bible study somewhere and we may as well kill two birds with one stone. - I like the output suggestions. There is Bible memory, supplementary reading in literature or the original sources book, and a choice of three projects for every unit, similar to Oak Meadow. One of the projects is always a writing assignment. The others may be art, research, volunteering, interviewing, making a video, etc. We are not using the Student Review book, which includes questions as well as literary analysis for the supplemental literature. We will use the lit for extra reading only, no formal follow-up. DS is taking a separate lit course. - I LOVE the original sources book, In Their Words, and how they weave the readings into the program. It is the same quality binding with clear print and color illustrations. It has a really nice selection of documents, speeches, poems, stories, and hymns. It would be worth getting even if you do not plan on using Notgrass. - The course is pretty Western civilization-ish. Other cultures are only touched on in the first volume, and take up only three or four out of the 15 units in the second. Maybe I can follow up with another review once we've used it for awhile.