Gingerbread Mama Posted January 20, 2012 Share Posted January 20, 2012 Before we started homeschooling, I did a lot of reading on history programs. I ended up going with Diana Warring's Ancient Civilizations through the Bible. I like the program, but I find teaching it a little confusing. I have the teacher's manual, student workbook, elementary student workbook, and three CDs. I like how she does four "phases", in theory, but it isn't working that well for us. She suggests a lot of activities but they tend to be more things you'd do in Sunday School with several kids (have kids line up and one plays Noah..etc..) than at home with 3. I think, maybe, if I could find more books to read aloud and flesh it out, it would feel more complete. As it is, I'm having trouble finding any that work for my kids - ages 12, 9, and 8 (12 and 8 a bit below grade level, 9 year old on grade level for most part.) I keep searching the library database but can't find anything I've seen suggested. I also feel like one of the CDs works well for the kids, but the other two are a bit above them right now. I was planning to use the elementary activities for the older two, giving the oldest any I felt he could handle from the older student workbook....but I'm not finding much to give them. The 8 year old can't do much besides listen right now, we are trying to figure out where to start him on reading. The others could read some on their own, they are good enough readers, but I have to "make" them read. Just having books available won't do it, I'll have to assign it. I skipped SOTW, because I read that it had some Biblical errors. I read it in more than one review. However, I'm now considering buying a used set because I think it might be more appropriate for the level my kids are on. My question, for myself, is how explainatory is it? Does it lay out for you how to present material or is it hunt and peck to pull it together? I can probably make what I have now work better with more planning. I'm still new to this and I'm sort of in a learning curve for what works with the kids. I basically just want them to have a good understanding of how events of the Bible coincide with historical events. That is an area I felt like I never grasped as a child, we were taught "bible stories" in Sunday school (but only the "happy" ones, no Soddom and Gomorrah - I didn't know they weren't people until highschool when I asked a friend who went to a fundamentalist church) and, of course, the Bible was never mentioned in school. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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