Originally Posted by Mama Rana
Can you explain a little bit more about what you like about HO vs. SOTW?
We've been using SOTW [vol 1, our first year HSing], and I like it for the basic gyst, but we supplement with a LOT of outside reading where possible. We're STILL reading books about Egyptians weeks after "finishing" that chapter!
It's a little weird to me as a non-Christian to have the Bible stories set in the chapters between "real" history, but I try to use that as a teaching moment about culture, legend, myth, etc. and talk about what we can learn from the story even if we don't take it as literal truth.
History Odyssey uses a different timeline than SOTW. Because of this, you jump around in SOTW quite a bit rather than reading it through in chapter order. The first time through HO, this bugged me greatly. But, I am now okay with it. (We did HO Level 1 Ancients when ds#1 was 1st grade, and then HO Level 1 Medieval Times in 2nd grade. We fizzled a bit and had to finish Medieval times in the beginning of 3rd grade. But, I keep ds#1 and ds#2 together for history and I didn't want to start Early Modern and then Modern times with ds#2 only 1st and 2nd grade. So, we started over again at Ancients - it's more fun anyway!)
With History Odyssey, you use the Usborne Internet-Link Encyclopedia of World History as your main spine and then use SOTW and CHOTW (Child's History of the World), or either/or as additional spines. Also, History Odyssey is very low-key on crafts. Most lessons involved reading the appropriate pages/chapters, looking up a word in the dictionary (like tyrant or dictator), and doing a map. They do have a good supplemental reading list, and also list supplement books that can be used for hands-on projects (for instance the Evan-Moor history pockets books or other books that have crafts and activities from various civilization. There aren't really any coloring pages though with HO.
We use HO, but I also buy the AG for SOTW - I like the narration questions to use while reading SOTW and I also like the coloring pages. It's a bit of money for those two items, but we do utilize them and will so at least 2 more times through history, so I figure it's worth the money.
You can download and try out the first so many lessons
of History Odyssey from the Pandia Press website (the same is true of their REAL Science Odyssey curriculum) to get a feel for how it is set-up and what it involves.