Honour of Kings – Homeschool Curriculum & More‘s Ancient and American History 1 has been reviewed by Heidi Strawser of Homeschool Mosaics!
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“So, what makes this history curriculum different from all the rest?……..” Check out what they had to say: http://homeschoolmosaics.com/honor-of-kings/
What do I like about it?
I’m going to share the features of this curriculum, and my thoughts on each:
Multi-level for grades 1 to 6
This is a very important component for me because I’m a busy homeschool mom and I love when a curriculum works for more than just one child. While this series is geared for students in grades 1-6, I also think it would be appropriate to use with older kids as well with a bit of adjustment and add-ons (such as extra research and writing assignments).
Currently, Honour of Kings is available in .pdf format only. While it can be printed, as desired, it is just as simple to sit down at the computer and read through each assignment together as family. Each lesson ends with several comprehension questions which can be discussed verbally or answered on paper, depending upon age(s) of child(ren). Following the questions is a list of appropriate activities. These things are all completed “outside the text” – there are no fill-in-the-blanks, etc. So, these books can be used over and over again.
This book is written in chronological order, starting with creation and moving forward through other Biblical and world events, tying them all in together. I love that!
I very much appreciate the Biblical worldview approach to teaching history. Our world is constantly trying to change history to suit its needs; but, let’s face it – history is God’s story and it cannot be changed.
Integrates both Bible and world history
When I was in school I loved history; but it wasn’t until we became a homeschool family and started studying history chronologically that I realized how events in the Bible tied in with events of the world. I’m glad to have resources like this available to teach my children.
The second section of the text deals with American history. I’ve never seen a history curriculum that includes both world/ancient and American history in the same text. I like this approach because it allows you to study (and get credit for) both subjects in one school year; while keeping your kids well-informed and motivated to learn different things. Scheduling is very versatile. Here are a few suggestions:
#1 – Teach section one over two quarters, followed by section two over two quarters.
#2 – Teach section two over two quarters, followed by section one over two quarters.
#3 – Teach one chapter of section one, followed by one chapter of section two and so on for 35 weeks.
Hands-on learning activities
I love these activities and the variety of them! They include things like using artistic abilities to draw things, researching family history, doing craft projects, reading books or websites for further research, and questions pertaining to other areas of education (such as grammar/language arts). The activities are all fun and interesting and it’s really hard to narrow your choice(s) down to just one or two.
Covers the history of all continents
There’s a little bit of everything in this curriculum!
A few more of my favorite features . . .
Some things not listed on the back of the book or the website, but that I feel warrant a bit of bragging are:
Each chapter/lesson contains SEVERAL accompanying pictures. These pictures are almost all full-color images, so they are interesting to look at. Also included are things like graphs, charts, and maps that tie in with the subject of the lesson.
Several of the chapters contain popular myths (marked with a big red “x”). A myth is a popular legend or story that has been passed down through the generations and may sound true, but has no historical evidence to prove that it actually happened. I really enjoy the addition of these myths in the text because, so many times, we hear these things and just believe that they are fact because they’ve been ingrained in our minds.