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I am planning two years out. We have done Veritas Press for history and will finish that in 5th. I have enjoyed it a lot. Looking at their Omnibus though doesn't seem like what I want. There just seems to be too much too fast. 

I need a history overview for 6th through 8th grade. Ds likes to read. We should be able to do a lot of travel as well (if all goes back to opening up in two years 😂). So I want to be sure to spend a good amount of time studying Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history as we will be able to do a lot of travel to historic sites. Something project based on visiting places? 

I plan to do a deep geography during these years too. 

What is out there that can be done in 3 years? 

Thoughts on Genevieve's books? Dorothy Mills books with MP guides? 

 

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I'm in that stage with my youngest. He just finished the last volume of Story of the World. (*sniff) For fifth grade this year he'll use Oh Freedom from Woke Homeschooling (US history from the non-euro perspective). Loosely planning he'll do Build Your Library level 7 (world geography) for 6th and level 8 (history of science) for 7th. Or if he has a random strong interest for next year or one of those years we could bump these levels around as needed. 

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On 6/23/2021 at 4:59 PM, Lori D. said:

This is what I would recommend. If you need to add to it, you can use OUP's World in Ancient times and World in Medieval & Early Modern Times series and the Pages from History series for the Modern/Contemporary.  Definitely screen the Pages from History books though for content--they are college/high school level and some of the first-person accounts are disturbing.  FYI. I have schedules for these if you decide to go this route.

 

ETA: links.

https://global.oup.com/academic/content/series/w/the-world-in-ancient-times-wat/?cc=us&lang=en&

https://global.oup.com/academic/content/series/m/medieval-and-early-modern-world-memw/?cc=us&lang=en&

https://global.oup.com/academic/search?q=Pages+from+History&cc=us&lang=en

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We used the K12 books and enjoyed them. Nice narrative text, attractive layout and art,  sturdy hardbacks which are inexpensive on Amazon.

We paired with some library books and lots of discussion.

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On 6/23/2021 at 2:02 PM, HomeAgain said:

You might enjoy Marion Brady.  We used it this year for ancients, and it takes time to explore all the connections between civilizations and within communities.  It pairs well with Human Odyssey, too.

If you use Marion Brady (which is pretty cool), you could use these videos to fill in the gaps (since Marion Brady is more aimed at thinking critically through history than a broad overview.   If you're traveling, kids could watch these videos while driving.

http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2020/05/you-tube-through-ancient-history.html
 

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We did the 4 year history cycle in 2-5th, too, and then did a year of world cultures and geography for 6th (using BYL level 7), unit studies on history topics that interested them in 7th, and are planning Big History Project for 8th this coming year. 

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