I'm still struggling to figure things out and taking it one subject at a time as far as planning. I am trying to decide what CM history to choose for my 3rd grader with a 5 year old listening in. I started SOTW last year but didn't finish the entire book. Now I'm looking at restarting that or possibly starting with Module 1. I was also looking at A Living History of Our World and see that it starts out with American History and doesn't get to the ancients until Volume 4. I would love to hear what you use and why you chose what you chose. Thank you.
History- what to choose??(7 posts) (6 voices)
Last year I had a Kindergartener and a 4th grader. We started with Module 5 used the suggestions in the "Free Curriculum Guide" to choose living books from the library. We used Story of the World on audio as the spine.
SOTW on audio was key. I started reading it only to realize that we would never finish it in a school year. All of us listening to a chapter on the way somewhere in the van, though, made the stories much more enjoyable and interesting.
I chose Module 5 because I wanted to cover American History. This year we'll do Modern, and then next year we'll cycle back to Ancients. Last year was my first year homeschooling all of my kids so I wanted to start with something I was interested in and at least somewhat familiar with.
ditto about SOTW on audio and SCM. We used both together. Did SOTW as history on the go in the van. We did Module 1 SCM around the table with some lapbooks. We like them both.
SOTW is a little more secular though but very pulled together with world topics and religions. It touches on things that they need to learn anyway. However, we stuck with the SCM books that were suggested because I wanted more christian reading. We just wanted to touch on some of what other people beleive in different cultures at different times and different areas of the world.
This way they are seeing the Bigger picture of religion and what we believe. It brought up some very interesting conversations that I don't think I would have been able to have or explain if we didn't use SOTW. All of this is just my opinion though. We did start with the Ancients though. :) That is when all of the different religions need a little explaining.
Thank you so much for the opinions and suggestions. I think I'm going to look for the SOTW cd's used. I like the idea of listening in the car. As for the modules, I think I'm going to start with American History this year. I'm slowly but surely getting things worked out in my mind thanks to you all!
Mystery of History is an open and go curriculum with a very personable flavor like SOTW, but unlike SOTW, it is unabashedly Christian. We enjoyed it very much when the oldest kids were younger. We loved cuddling on the sofa and reading it. It also has audio CDS. I don't think the latest volume is up to the point in history that you want to cover though. If you want to skip the ancients while they are young, you could start with the Early Church through the Middle Ages. This is the one we started with and we waited til the kids were older and could soak up more for American History. We also did SOTW and unlike most folks, we are not fans for several reasons.
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