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  1. I agree with you. I don’t like SOTW either. It does go all over the place in terms of a timeline. I like A Child’s History of the World much better.
    Sounds like you had a great week -full and happy.

  2. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who isn’t “in love” with SOTW. I started out really excited to do it, but the more we get into it, the less I’m enjoying it. And I think what you said hits the nail on the head for me. I understand exposure, but if the kids can’t retain it, what good is the exposure? It’s frustrating to put so much time and effort into a lesson, for my kids to forget it an hour later. 🙁

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Hockey Mom (WTM)

  3. Mandy in TN

    I’m right there with ya. I also need more hours in the day. Unfortunately, the only way I know to do that is sleep less at night!

  4. So true about the quieter our voice, the quieter theirs. I’ll try to keep that in mind! 😉

    I’m curious to see what you end up doing with SOTW. I haven’t read it, but I do have A Child’s History of the World and I love the way it is written. I haven’t used it with my kids yet, though, so I don’t know if they’ll like it as much as I do.

    Hope you continue to feel better! 🙂

  5. It took us 2 years to get through SOTW 1 because I kept putting it aside for similar reasons. I often found myself turning the subjects into unit studies because I was tired of all the jumping around. I thought about making a change, but we have SOTW 2 so I’m giving it another try this year.

  6. Wow, I’m in the minority — we adore SOTW around here! I’d probably feel differently if there were nightmares about ancient history, though.

    We don’t do a ton with it, though. I mean, we read the chapters and do the maps. Supplemental reading adds a lot of detail and depth.

    I’m okay with the little-nibbles approach, not being a unit-study person. It really does add up to a continuous thread over time.

    I hear you on the “cruel and crass” ancient world. But in many ways I found modern history much, much more depressing — human fallenness is so much more far-reaching.

  7. Stopping in via Semicolon. I’ve lurked here before and always liked your blog but never commented.

    We use SOTW and I’ve liked it for the most part. I do know what you mean about the jumping around. One thing I’ve found is that periodically we go back and review the notebook that we’ve made (narrations of the chapters, maps, any drawings/photos of projects). I’m not very formal about it but we do it maybe every few months, usually after coming back from a break. Another thing I did was over the summer last year we listened to SOTW 1 in the car as a review (we had just finished doing it last year) and to prepare us for SOTW 2 this year. It was a fairly easy way to review.

    I also found that a few times last year I just rearranged the chapters to go in an order that made more sense to me or that coincided with a field trip we were going to do.

    We are in SOTW 2 now and I’d say my son remembers more from last year than I thought he would at the time. Every now and then he’ll mention some person or story that I’m surprised he remembers. And I think the bottom line for me is that he thinks history is fun and interesting and enjoys it. For him he doesn’t consider it as real “school” but as something he thinks is fun. And for us that’s been the true measure of success.

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