Monthly Archives: February 2008

Secular History text to download

History Odyssey Middle Ages Levels One and Two. Why do I buy these anymore? We never stick to anyone else’s schedule. Maybe that’s not the point. We do love using their list of what supplementary activities we should be using. Last year (this year still) I got the History Odyssey Ancients Levels 1 and 3 I don’t know why I didn’t get Level 2 because I have a daughter who is at level 2- I just figured that it would be easy to find a middle between the materials in level 1 and 3 but it wasn’t at all, so I’m inventing things for her to do at level 2. Why didn’t I just order level 2 this time? I ordered for next year, so I got next year’s level 2. That just doesn’t help us this year, though. Anyways, I didn’t order level 3 for nest year this time because it wasn’t listed in the catalog or on their website, but I know the publisher is making it. We’re just barely into the 1st level three book we’ve got and it’s really really difficult. My oldest hates it. It’s a great program, but it’s just a wee bit too hard for her and we end up doing it together. I know she relishes the time we’re spending together with it, but I end up only “doing” history with her once a week or so because of it, and we skip so much of each lesson. I remember why I’m buying these, because History Odyssey rearranges the chapters in Story of the World so that you’re studying a specific region for a little longer, instead of bouncing around the globe every week and History Odyssey also recommends awesome supplementary activity books. So maybe I’m buying these for the lists of supplementary ideas, and black-lined maps, and the order that they put the SOTW chapters into.

Secular Classical history, year 2

The Story of the World book 2,  I also got for next year’s history lessons. I’m planning ahead. Now we have all 4 books. SOTW has an activity book, and I did order it but I’m thinking it’s back ordered or something, they didn’t send it. The reason for using History Odyssey AND Story of the world is that the activities in the SOTW activity book sometimes SUCK beans, my theory is because the author (at the time it was written) only had sons and I have daughters, maybe they’re aimed at boys. Also, she has a bunch of activities for each chapter and it’s too much, especially when it’s not fun. She has 42 chapters in each book and we don’t do 42 weeks of school each year, so we never finish. History Odyssey gives you supplementary books FULL of activities and you CHOOSE which ones to do, they just recommend a few that coincide with the text, and they combine chapters, making the year shorter. They also have additional “spines”, A Child’s History of the World, and also The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History
. I like the idea of getting our history from many sources, and presenting a bigger worldview. Are we accomplishing that with all of our US and UK history books?

Probably not, until we learn to speak other languages.

The History Odyssey products are available for download, from Pandia Press. In addition to publishing a secular world history program, Pandia Press also has science that coincides with the 4 year classical ed cycle and timelines