We won’t start until next fall, but I’m planning on using Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt. It’s probably available for free at Google Books (I have a digital copy form Yesterday’s Classics). I’ve pre-read quite a bit and it looks really good. It’s suggested ages are 9-12, but I’m sure it can be used with a wider range. My DC will be 11 and under next year, so it should be a perfect fit for us.
I’m also planning on using Old Testament Days to add in a few extra activities…my DC love projects.
I am doing Module 1 this year with my 8 year old son. I couldn’t find the Oxford for less than $50, so I decided to try interlibrary loan for the 2 chapters of it that are covered this year. I also plan to use other books I already have, such as Story of the World Vol. 1, Growing Up In Ancient Egypt and a few other Egypt books. I also got a Kindle version of On The Shores of the Great Sea for $2.99. that book looks great from what I have read so far.
I learned here that the Oxford could be purchased as separate books that divided out early civilizations, Greece and Rome, so I purchased The Greeks and The Romans (by Roy Burrell) for the next two modules. I found them used on half.com and amazon and got both for about $5 each with shipping. so I now have the relevant parts of the Oxford for the next two years very cheaply. The first one of those separate volumes is much more difficult to find and not nearly so cheap.
There are so many great free classics for download on the Internet. I get most of mine on Amazon.