Is there anything out there for American History that is similar to Mystery of History? (Even something secular would be fine if it's very deep... preferably 1-2 years in length.) I found All American History, Vols 1 & 2 today at a used bookstore for less than half price. I had planned to use them "someday", so I kinda flipped when I saw them... almost scooping them up and running to the check-out counter. But when I got a good look at them, they seemed so dry, and they seemed to lack depth. *sigh*
I have pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenty of time before I actually need to think about high school transcripts, but please humor my OCD-ness and help me start looking for something today. My spreadsheets will really appreciate it. My whole life is a series of spreadsheets and lists. I'm lost without them!
We used BJU for high school American History. I found it very factual and sd said it actually grabbed her attention and she did not mind reading it (a huge thing when it comes to history for her). I added some Drive Thru History and some other period movies to flesh out the curriculum.
We never made it through our All American History text. It is dry.
I am not positive about my choice, but I am thinking of going with Exploring America. It is from Notgrass and is good for 9th-12th grade. It is a series of three texts and counts as three units. I didn't want a curriculum that covers history, American lit, and Bible in one but it is the only text I can find that seems a bit interesting. I looked over the questions on the quiz sample and they seem reasonable and thought provoking. It is reading intensive. Since Ems is beginning 9th, we are keeping transcripts and U.S History is a required course for college. We wanted Mystery of History but the new text isn't published yet.
I second Notgrass. I can't wait to dig in to it! I picked it up at the convention a couple weeks back and have already been flipping through it a bit. It seems well-written -- factual, yet interesting. The chapters are short, so it makes it seem more manageable. It is definitely reading intensive, but I really love how the Literature is intertwined.
There are three texts, one each for part one and part two (basically divided by semester), and the third is a set of excerpts from historical documents to refer to while studying (part of the literature component). You supplement with about 7? novels to round out the literature. You piece in the novels into the time period being discussed in the history portion.
Kelly History/Lit/Bible: Notgrass Company; Math: Dave Ramsey Personal Finance; Grammar/Writing: Applied Grammar; Biology: SOS; Government: USAB; German: Rosetta Stone and USAB; Computer Lit: my own; and more: pulled out of life.
"the world is a book; and those who do not travel, read only a page." St. Augustine
I put together my own history since my Ds knows more about it already than I do. One thing I am having him read this year is America's Providential History (Beliles and McDowell). It actually goes through history in light of God orchestrating everything, even down to the geography of how the gospel was spread. It spends a little time setting it up from the beginning till the gospel was spread to America. Then it focuses on how God's hand has been in our history through the people and battles. It talks about specific miracles, too. It has been eye opening for us.
The book is designed to encourage reforming America, so there is an agenda of sorts that you might not be comfortable with, but the meat of the book is worth reading if just for the anecdotal evidence of God's hand in our history.
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Possibly take a look at using Illuminations with AAH. ILM is put out by the publisher of both MOH and AAH, and we are loving it with MOH. It definitely helps take the text to a more in-depth level and expands by way of literature and study guides. Haven't used or even seen the year 4 which would use AAH1, but all of the ILM packages include a high school option and I'm sure there are samples on the yahoogroup.
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if no one else did I third Notgrass, we are doing the world history for tenth next year I was going to try something else but read some of it again and was totally sure its the best thing for ds as well!
It has history, lit and bible all intertwined, and don't get scared by the fact they consider it a 3 hour class, its not really that long unless you count your research time and such like that> It just qualifies as one.
__________________ "Let no one deceive himself. ... For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." 1 Cor. 3:18-19
High school is not going to kill me! I love it! When I forget what a great day I had today I will turn on the Spot and see the wisdom I receive from all you wise peeps! Thanks!