Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
627 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I just saw the books, workbooks, and audio cds on Fun Books. They look interesting. Anyone using?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,359 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>tammyw</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10315710"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I just saw the books, workbooks, and audio cds on Fun Books. They look interesting. Anyone using?</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
We JUST started using it. Like I am wrapping up the introductory chapter this week. I like it much better than our old history curriculum (K12). My kids like it, too. We have the main book and the activity book. The activity book seems pretty vital to the lessons. It corresponds to each chapter and provides suggestions for activities to reinforce the chapter. It also has additional books to read- I put the first two weeks worth of supplementary reading on hold on the library. The back of the activity book has maps and things, but we haven't gotten that far.<br><br>
This curriculum is lots of reading. It's story based but my children love listening to me read aloud so this isn't a problem. I'm also interested in hearing from anyone who has been using SOTW for a while. I think we will really like it. Oh, and it recommends two supplementary texts- an usborne history book and the Kingfisher history book. I'm wondering how vital these books are and if I should go purchase them or if I can get by without buying them?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,039 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>meowmix</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10315931"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, and it recommends two supplementary texts- an usborne history book and the Kingfisher history book. I'm wondering how vital these books are and if I should go purchase them or if I can get by without buying them?</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
I would recommend the Usborne for younger kids. It's definitely worth buying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,851 Posts
I'm using it with my 1st grader and we really enjoy it (we're a little less than half way through the first book). I love that it incorporates reading, writing, history, geography and art. The author lists supplemental readings for all the chapters, so I reserve all that I can a week or two in advance from our library. She suggests a lot of really neat story books as well as non-fiction.<br><br>
I bought the Usborne book, but we don't use it all that often because we get so many books from the library. I do tend to pull it out if my library has a slim selection of books for any particular chapter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
317 Posts
So what age was your first grader when you started SOTW? My son is 4 now, but we plan to use SOTW. I don't know what age kids are in 1st grade... 6 maybe? Would a 5yo be able to do the work? Or is it better to wait?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
565 Posts
subbing.<br>
I am trying to find a good history program for my kids. We love to read, so currently I find books/biographies/historical fiction for the time periods we study (a la Charlotte Mason), but I would love a more streamlined approach, but with reading that is still interesting.<br><br>
Does SOTW lean in any particular political direction?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
594 Posts
We are using SOTW and LOVE it. History has become a favorite around here. We use the text and activity book, then get lots fo supplemental reading materials some we buy some we borrow from the library. I jsut bought the king fisher encyclopedia this week so not sure hw it is yet, we will be using it to supplement our reading in SOTW. We are using vol with my 8 & 9 year old but my 4 year old listens ina nd often tries out some of the activities. I will start with him again when he is in grade 1(so 6 yr old).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
627 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
See my DD (almost 5) is really interested in this stuff. I mean really!! So do you think it would be okay to start her on this stuff now?<br><br>
Also, I would love to know what other "curriculum" for lack of a better word the rest of you are using in conjunction with SOTW. I love getting inspiration from people who like the same "stuff" as we do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,039 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>tammyw</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10317224"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">See my DD (almost 5) is really interested in this stuff. I mean really!! So do you think it would be okay to start her on this stuff now?</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
It's not uncommon to take 1-1/2 to 2 years on the first level of SOTW, so, if there's interest, 5 is not too young to start.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Also, I would love to know what other "curriculum" for lack of a better word the rest of you are using in conjunction with SOTW. I love getting inspiration from people who like the same "stuff" as we do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></td>
</tr></table></div>
We use <a href="http://www.pandiapress.com" target="_blank">History Odyssey</a>. It's essentially a series of secular lesson plans utilizing SOTW, the <i>Usborne Internet Linked Encylopedia of World History</i>, and many other resources. There are enough options in HO that you can customize it to meet your child's needs. For example, we supplement with <i>lots</i> of extra stories; other families might do more crafts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
627 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Thanks for the response! I'm also interested in the stuff you like for other subjects as well, kwim? math, science, literature, etc.<br><br>
The reason I ask is because I'm semi-contemplated trying out a pre-packaged curriculum like "Moving Beyond the Page" and something simpler like FIAR. I think I just want a little more inspiration before I make some decisions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,455 Posts
We have the SOTW book and activity book. We don't really use the activity book much but we use the SOTW book as our history timeline. We are reading through the Ancients one now ... we read a section in there then we supplement with whatever we have/find/get at the library that interests us pertaining to that section. We are as far as the silk worms in China right now. It takes us a long time because we always go off on our own tangents with it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,748 Posts
We are using SOTW and my 6yo loves it. He begs to read more and more. We also are looking at the Activity guide and we do some of the projects in there. History if a favorite subject here.<br><br>
We are also listening to this audio book:<br><br><a href="http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_BLAK_001515&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes" target="_blank">A Little history of the World</a> and it's a really nice addition.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,039 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>tammyw</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10317833"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the response! I'm also interested in the stuff you like for other subjects as well, kwim? math, science, literature, etc.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
What we like (not all for first grade):<br><b>Math</b> -- <a href="http://www.alabacus.com" target="_blank">Right Start</a> or <a href="http://www.singaporemath.com" target="_blank">Singapore</a><br><b>History</b> -- <a href="http://www.pandiapress.com" target="_blank">History Odyssey</a><br><b>Science</b> -- <a href="http://www.pandiapress.com" target="_blank">R.E.A.L. Science</a><br><a href="http://www.noeoscience.com" target="_blank">NOEO Science</a> (pricey, but requires very little parent prep)<br><a href="http://www.singaporemath.com" target="_blank">Singapore Science</a><br><b>Grammar</b> -- <a href="http://www.growingwithgrammar.com" target="_blank">Growing with Grammar</a><br><a href="http://www.rfwp.com/mct.php" target="_blank">Michael Clay Thompson</a><br><b>Literature</b> -- nothing structured until at about 6th Grade, strongly leaning towards <a href="http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/book/blight.asp" target="_blank">Lightning Lit</a>.<br><b>Latin</b> -- <a href="http://www.livelylatin.com" target="_blank">Lively Latin</a><br><b>Spanish</b> -- <a href="http://www.language-publications.com/home.html" target="_blank">Puertas Abiertas</a><br><a href="http://www.learnables.com/" target="_blank">Learnables</a><br><b>Geography</b> -- <a href="http://www.geomatters.com/products/details.asp?ID=6&RP=/products/&CID=3" target="_blank">Trail Guide to World Geography</a> and <a href="http://www.geomatters.com/products/details.asp?ID=76&RP=/products/&CID=3" target="_blank">The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide</a><br><b>Writing</b> -- nothing formal until at least age 8 or 9 except copy work. Leaning towards using the system in <i>The Writer's Jungle</i> system from <a href="http://www.bravewriter.com/" target="_blank">Bravewriter</a>.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,039 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>dharmamama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10320614"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Does SOTW incorporate any African history, or is it pretty western-based?</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Very little in Vol. 1 and I don't recall Vol 2 (after a cursory glance) being much better. Even using History Odyssey, we're going to supplement heavily for non western history.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
122 Posts
We are using Ancient Times right now. My 6 year old ds enjoys it. My 4 year old dd isn't too interested right now. She listens to it on CD in the van and colors the coloring sheets when she feels like it, but not too into sitting down and reading it and working through the activities etc.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,988 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>momofjoshnkylie</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10321176"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">We are using Ancient Times right now. My 6 year old ds enjoys it. My 4 year old dd isn't too interested right now. She listens to it on CD in the van and colors the coloring sheets when she feels like it, but not too into sitting down and reading it and working through the activities etc.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
This is us, too. We just started this week, prompted by a group of HSers forming an activity group. We'll meet once a month to do some of the activities in the book. My dd turns four in two weeks. She listens til she's bored. The 6yo begs for more and is really loving it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,191 Posts
We use SOTW, this is our second year with it. Ds listens to the CD's and reads along and we do some of the activities. We really enjoy using it, I think history is important. In conjuction with SOTW, we use...<br>
Math U See<br>
NOEO Science (started with Chemistry)<br>
Handwriting Without Tears<br>
Mango languages<br>
First Language Lessons
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,553 Posts
I use SOTW Ancient with my 6 year old and SOTW Middle Ages with my 8 year old. We've skipped or skimmed a few chapters here and there (we're atheist) but not many.<br><br>
We also use First Language Lessons (first grade for Alex, third for London).<br><br>
My 6 year old and dh use <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading</span>.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,490 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>NoHiddenFees</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10320799"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Very little in Vol. 1 and I don't recall Vol 2 (after a cursory glance) being much better. Even using History Odyssey, we're going to supplement heavily for non western history.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Do you have any resources on African history that you've used and would like to recommend? I ordered Vol I: Ancients today, along with the workbook. Ds1 loves history and after lots of random conversations about the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, et al, I thought this might be an interesting book for him. I think he'd love African history as well.
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top