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I'm struggling with nailing down a Social Studies/History curriculum for my DD5. We tried Sonlight, and I'm just not liking it. I think my DD and I both prefer the textbook/worksheet approach, so I have a tangible way of measuring her progress. Plus she's an independent worker who loves to do worksheets.

I'm debating between Bob Jones History vs Abeka History. I want to make sure the content isn't too light or filled with fluff but still interesting enough for her. I also want it to be challenging but not over her head.

Has anyone else used these for Kindergarten or 1st Grade?

What are your thoughts?

Pros and cons?

I'm also open to other suggestions that use the worksheet approach.

by on Aug. 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Replies (11-18):
SamuraiQueen
by Member on Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I looked into SOTW, too, since it had great reviews from people who really liked it. I've been tempted to try it, but I know it's not the format my daughter and I are looking for, so it wouldn't be a good fit.

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

 I started my DD on Story of the World last year and LOVE it! Wish we had tried it sooner. 

I know it isn't on your list but i have no experience with either of the ones you mentioned.

 


SamuraiQueen
by Member on Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

You've got me curious. Why don't you recommend Abeka's history?


Quoting JadeTigr7: I do not recommend abeka's science or history. We use MFW for those.


KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Aug. 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM
Did you look at my fathers world adventures level? My older kids were too old, so I didnt do it. However, it looked so fun. Otherwise, there is a free website called sheppard software that has a social studies tab. It has some fun social studies games and activities.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Aug. 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Sonlight has Old-Earth views side-by-side with Young-Earth views.  Abeka and BJU do not.  They are basically Young-Earth curriculums.  Or at least they were the last time that I looked at them.  Since I am an Old-Earth Christian, I couldn't recommend either of them.  But if you are a Young-Earth Christian you could be happy with them.

JadeTigr7
by Member on Aug. 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Quoting SamuraiQueen:

You've got me curious. Why don't you recommend Abeka's history?

Quoting JadeTigr7: I do not recommend abeka's science or history. We use MFW for those.



It's very weak IMO. I think history and science are both important, and abeka does not do full year of either until middle school.

I used abeka exclusively until my oldest went to 2nd and we switched to a different curriculum for Bible, history and science and I am far more happy with that. We still use abeka for writing, language arts and math.


~Crystal~

Homeschooling Mama to James, Jade, Steven, Willow and Katara
Wifey to Michael since 3-30-05

 

GodsAmiga
by Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

No, I don't think it's the bulk of it but here are the different chapter titles in case that might help:

1. God's World

2. Your Family

3. Your Community

4. Your State

5. Your Country

6. Your Country's Capital

7. Native Americans

8. Christopher Colombus

9. Jamestown

10. Plymouth

11. Today and Long Ago


Quoting SamuraiQueen:

Thanks for the info. We've already done community helpers and some american symbols/map intro, and I'd rather not repeat any of that or have the bulk of the curriculum be about that. Would you say this is the bulk of the curriculum for BJU Grade 1? How much intro to history (world or American) or even geography's covered?

Quoting GodsAmiga:

We have the Bob Jones one. I like it because it covers topics briefly that we will go back over in depth later. This is going to be used as an intro. It is easy to do and very easy for my dd to read by herself so she will be able to do the worksheets and even readings independently if need be. I will also be able to expand on any areas and incorporate more activities of my own pretty easily. The downer is that it is easy so if you really want in-depth learning with tons of details this wouldn't be for you. The other downer for me is that sometime a worksheet says to cut something out but then there is another worksheet on the other side instead of being blank so I have to copy it which is a pain. My daughter does enjoy it and can do it independently. I like that I can have her read it although I do wish it had a little more. I would say reading level may only be kindergarten but I can't say that for sure. I know you can look at sample pages online though. :-)


SamuraiQueen
by Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Thank you. That actually helped. :)

Quoting GodsAmiga:

No, I don't think it's the bulk of it but here are the different chapter titles in case that might help:

1. God's World

2. Your Family

3. Your Community

4. Your State

5. Your Country

6. Your Country's Capital

7. Native Americans

8. Christopher Colombus

9. Jamestown

10. Plymouth

11. Today and Long Ago


Quoting SamuraiQueen:

Thanks for the info. We've already done community helpers and some american symbols/map intro, and I'd rather not repeat any of that or have the bulk of the curriculum be about that. Would you say this is the bulk of the curriculum for BJU Grade 1? How much intro to history (world or American) or even geography's covered?

Quoting GodsAmiga:

We have the Bob Jones one. I like it because it covers topics briefly that we will go back over in depth later. This is going to be used as an intro. It is easy to do and very easy for my dd to read by herself so she will be able to do the worksheets and even readings independently if need be. I will also be able to expand on any areas and incorporate more activities of my own pretty easily. The downer is that it is easy so if you really want in-depth learning with tons of details this wouldn't be for you. The other downer for me is that sometime a worksheet says to cut something out but then there is another worksheet on the other side instead of being blank so I have to copy it which is a pain. My daughter does enjoy it and can do it independently. I like that I can have her read it although I do wish it had a little more. I would say reading level may only be kindergarten but I can't say that for sure. I know you can look at sample pages online though. :-)



coala
by Silver Member on Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

We use Abeka.....but really no history at this age.  Social studies is more along the line of community helpers and learning about countries.  We have a first grade community helper book that is finished and she is working on My America My World right now.

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