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We're doing Mystery of History. SotW is cheaper, and it's written by a Christian author, but the text itself isn't Christian. MoH weaves secular and Christian history together starting with creation and going to modern. It's designed to be done a volume at a time (4 volumes), three times before graduation, so that you've gone completely through history in a methodical, chronological way 3 times. Also, it has activities and worksheets for younger, middle, and older so that all siblings can learn the same material at the same time, but at an age appropriate level. It's a bit pricy, but you only have to order it one time (per volume). SotW is really just for elementary.
If you'd rather make up your own curriculum, what are you looking for exactly? What topics of interest, I mean?
I would suggest the library. At first, kids should be learning about the world around them. Start with the community (fire, police, local government, etc.). Branch out to learning cardinal directions, the names of the states, then continents & oceans, and then get children's books that talk about world cultures of other children. Kids like learning about other children their own age and how differently they live. You could even bring in a hands-on element to it by using a globe and eating foreign foods. From the Christian standpoint, you can talk about world religions and why you believe Christ is the correct religious figure to follow (or even begin the journey to prove he's real, etc.... although that one is usually for older kids.... books like "The Case for Christ" and such).
We are going to be using Galloping the Globe this year. We are not using all the materials listed in its core list but we were able to get a few books and found alternatives to it. The boys are excited about using it.
I was able to get some Hands on History project books that we can use as supplements with Galloping the Globe.
Sandra. Wife to Timothy and Homeschool mom to Michael and Matthew