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  1. I am in the process of planning out the last 6 years of my first set of children. I have been researching everywhere for what best fits our family and have a few questions for those who have been there and done it already. I am looking forward with my high school credits and think I may use parts of the TQ MA, Ren to Ref, AOR I, II, & III to teach "worldview" in history for the kids. I am also looking at using it in conjunction with something like Walch's Focus on US History Series or http://www.classicalhistorian.com/ We are eclectic in our HS approach and tend to do a mix of providential/christian viewpoint books with secular and source documents. I am trying to find a balance with our religious beliefs and fact, without going to an extreme in the religious end - as we don't tend to fall into the traditional "providential" catagory. I find much of that material to be "over the top". (I am NOT invoking a discussion on this topic, so please understand that. I am trying to get opinions on types of materials to consider to reach my family's goals for our education) As of right now, they are using HOD- Resurrection to Reformation. we have found it to be a good year and have found some new favorites for the younger set in our home. BUT, I've had to practically redo the whole thing to make it fit our kids. I don't really like the next guide (yes, I own it and have looked thru the first 27 weeks of lesson plans). There's nothing "wrong" with it, but it just doesn't fit where my girls are now and would require a complete overhaul to make it work for next year. Besides that, my kids have NEVER had American history past the settling of the 13 colonies (not intentional) and we would like to do that before they hit High School. They've had extensive history on Ancients/Bible History and Middle Ages. I've tried Sonlight - again a complete rewrite Winterpromise - hated all the crafts and didn't like the flow MFW - really didn't like Tapestry of grace - I cried for 3 months - too overwhelming for some reason. STOW - We used a lot of this over the last several years Just never made it thru the rest of book 3 or 4 So, not interested in the above (other than I tend to use them for various resources). I also have a 3rd, 1st and young PK coming up behind them. So, here's my basic plan - geography, cultural studies will be interwoven throughout: 7th - American History 1 (using Guerber books, Focus on American History (Walch), lots of living books, state study notebook, composer study for music appreciation) 8th - American History 2 (Focus on american History (walch) - I think, president study, not sure what else. 9th - world history- picking up in the early church/late Roman era thru 1600's (creation to Christ being covered in Bible/worldview and we have already studied ancient culture/civilization 3 times pretty extensively) 10th - World and US history 1600-1865 11th - World and US history 1865- 1900's (flexible on the time's here) 12th - World and US history 1900's - current year, including Government and Economics So, any suggestions of books, curriculum, ideas would be helpful and greatly appreciated. I would like to use non-textbooks materials for a majority of my studies but am not opposed to a good text spine. Thanks in advance! Heather
  2. From Then to Now: A Short History of the World. Haven't read it yet, so why so happy? The writing in the sample is robust; the pictures, gorgeous; the author, well-qualified. And it is probably easier to read with Button (almost 7) than K12's Human Odyssey, which he prefers to SOTW ... (after my gloomy Bad Day post, I thought I owed y'all some cheerful news :) )
  3. ... have y'all seen this: "From Then to Now: A Short History of the World"? looks really lovely & interesting. Any reviews? am thinking of adding it to The List ...
  4. My husband has decided it's too Christian. What is there that I can read to my 6yo that is more secular?
  5. Hello. Haven't been around here for months. We're bringing a son back home from "outside school." He would like a year of world history for this next year, as he never was given one. (He will be a senior.) Forgive me, but I don't want a religious-based text, because I don't have time to rewrite it. Public school type texts are inexorably dull. My hands are full with an LD student. Fortunately, the son under discussion is very self-motivated and self-directed. Should I just give him a copy of J.M. Roberts and require a slew of essays ?? Thank you for any suggestions!
  6. can we please start a secular curriculum thread. i have in recent history bought stuff that have a christian slant...and i bought a spanish curriculum that was completely christian. it just didn't occur to me to think about that in a foreign language curriculum...i'm especially looking for history, science, spanish and latin.....but i think people might enjoy a comprehensive list. thanks, seema
  7. I know this has been asked but I'm wondering if there is anything new out there. It is such a struggle to find non-Christian history curricula. If not a complete program, is there even a book list that has only secular titles? I am so tired of buying books only to realize too late that they are not secular! Thanks.
  8. There are lots of great threads on this forum about history curriculum, but I'm still at a loss to find something that fits for us. After the rave reviews of SOTW, I flipped through it at the bookstore and was a bit disappointed. What I'm looking for is a book or series that: -is substantial and doesn't talk down to children. -is visually appealing (font/layout/pictures) -is secular (though thoughtfully discusses world religions) -includes both western and non-western history (not just a token chapter) -includes excerpts from primary sources -includes questions or activities or extra materials besides just the text. Any reading level is probably fine... It's for a weirdly mature 7 yr old who reads everything and loves history. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  9. I really enjoy the style of this writing. I felt it was very compelling and more of a page turner than SOTW. It seems to be written at a higher level, maybe starting it at 4th grade, rather than 1st. I will admit, when I first started reading it I saw discrepencies in how some parts seemed to be speaking to very young children and other parts describing battles in detail more appropriate for an older reader. I soon got used to it, but it does seem odd. Important events are not left out. His story of Alexander the Great was particularly enjoyable and accurate. History is discussed mostly by civilization, depending on how much time goes by and how different the events are. Ancient History covered Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India all in one chapter each. China was divided due to very different time periods. Great detail is given to religion. Buddhism, Islam and Confuscious are all covered in detail at a child's level. Judaism is spoken of, but other than there being one God there is little detail. Christianity is also addressed as to how it affected several events. I am wondering whether the book would work as part of a secular curriculum. The general discussions that I have seen about this book consider it more secular than SOTW and I completely disagree. I really don't know where the idea came from. Here are some things that are said in the reading: "Do you know the story of the Tower of Babel, when the people of...God was angry ... and stopped them... ?" One of Abraham of Ur's descendants was Joseph, son of Jacob, whose brothers took him ... You may know how the story goes on: how there was a famine throughout the land, and how Joseph's brothers travelled to Egypt. The Bible has lots of good stories about the next kings, King David and King Solomon. Men arose among them compelled to speak to their people because God spoke through them. You can read about Jesus Christ in the Bible. You probably know the essentials of what he taught: That all men are God's children. That the love of this father is infinite. That.... sinners. That... mercy. You know what mercy is: The great and forgiving love of God. And that is why we should treat others as we hope our God, our Father, will treat us. And you know that Jesus traveled, healing the sick... Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "If I don't have love..." Anyway, just some examples. Now tell me if this will work in a secular curriculum. And if it will, would SOTW work better? Or could I use both? Any mor reviews of this book are welcome here too. Thanks!
  10. Just wondering what other options there are. I'm having a hard time finding secular resources for history so thought I would start looking outside the classical education box.
  11. I've posted something similar in the past but wanted to try again. I need something that I can use for Middle Ages with a 7yo 2nd grader. I have the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History that I am using somewhat as a spine, but I really want something that I can read aloud to my daughter. SOTW is too Christian for our tastes and bores her to tears anyway. I can't afford to buy several different books, and our library stinks, so I'm hoping to find one large book that I can read over the span of the school year (or most of the year). Any ideas?
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