History/Social Studies Curriculum
Now I would probably stay with our current curriculum, Story of the World, but Lighting is over it. It isn’t that she doesn’t like the curriculum she just wants something different. It seems we get about two years out of each curricula before she asks to switch. The problem that I see with each curriculum is once they get a format, they stick to it. Now I don’t blame them for this, but if you are using it year after year, at least for my child, she wants something different. Despite liking the curriculum, I want something that engages Lightning and that she loves, or at least likes, doing regularly. If you are considering Story of the World I suggest buying the Test Book also. We did not use the Test Book for testing; we used it for note taking. Lightning would, as I read the section we were on, answer the test questions. The format was the same for each section. You were to place events listed in chronological order, complete short answer questions and one essay question.
Mystery of History intertwines creation with history. Mystery of History begin with the creation of the world, covers various prophets and biblical times as it occurs placing it in context with other happenings in the world. I love the thought of tying in the Bible with other historical events. They are normally taught separately and I do not see why. Personally, I think I will also gain contextual knowledge of history from this material. I am excited to see it. From what I can tell after each section there are projects related to the chapter for students based on their age. Students are also directed to complete a time-line throughout the lessons. There is a test after a few chapters. The test includes matching columns, fill-in the blanks, short answers and multiple choice questions. They do recommend some supplements so I will also be checking these out.
I have not looked into many other history/social studies lessons as I was captured by Mystery of History right off the bat. I do want to mention that we did use Galloping the Globe with Lighting when she was younger and she enjoyed this material. We never finished the whole book, but I am thinking of finishing it up over the summer. I like to continue with some light school work over the summer and I thought this might be easy material to cover. Basically you cover different areas of the world with some basic facts about the area you are studying, some crossword puzzles, color in the flag and some other projects. There are also suggestions on books you can read relating to the area of study. We fizzled out on this book because there was so much outside resources that were needed so regular trips to the library were needed. There is also a suggestion to cook a meal from each area. We did have the cook book suggested but once we got into it I knew it was not worth trying several of the recipes based on the ingredients and my very picky eater. They recommend a few other purchases with Galloping the Globe, which I also did purchase. One book was Missionary Stories. Lightning really enjoyed reading each chapter as it related to the area we were covering. There are definitely several supplements recommended, such as the suggested Atlas and Children Just Like Me, that make this curriculum more engaging. I felt having the supplements was beneficial and we continue to use several of the supplements for references. Lightning still enjoys sitting with Children Just Like Me and checking out how other children live. Galloping the Globe, in my opinion, is more of a program for elementary age children.
Mystery of History – http://www.themysteryofhistory.info/volumeI.shtml
Link to a sample: http://www.themysteryofhistory.info/pdf/MOH1-2ndEdSample.pdf
Story of the World – http://peacehillpress.com/story-of-the-world/
Galloping the Globe and a peek inside: http://www.amazon.com/Galloping-Globe-CD-Loree-Pettit/dp/1931397651