I {heart} History Revealed

(Understanding the challenges of creating an accurate flat map when the world is round.  Balloon mapping activity, Chapter 1, Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries.)

Aaahhh!  We’ve been back into Diana Waring’s History Revealed curriculum for about a month and history just “feels” right again!  We used Ancient Civilizations and the Bible last year and LOVED it.

{See those posts below:}

Anyway, I got sidetracked with glittery (and less expensive) things this year.  We literally bumped and plodded through history daily feeling both overwhelmed and disjointed.  I made a simple little comment on this post about one resource I wish I had and cyber friend, Melissa, offered Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries to me at a discounted price!  The happy dance started with me and moved on through my daughter as soon as she found out we would be back into her beloved curriculum.  We’ve finally found something that “fits” and I was silly to try anything else.

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In fairness, I ought to mention that this curriculum isn’t for everyone!  We are a unit study, project-based, literature-based lovin’ family.  I had to sit down with one close friend to walk her through the curriculum and how to go about it without feeling overwhelmed or spending an entire year on one chapter.  There’s a lot of possibility in each chapter and you have to have the guts to pick and choose from the many, many ideas and activities.

For me, that’s what I love.  I love having really good information to start with and then activity & project ideas that reach into every subject and every learning style.  Top that with a list of the best of the best literature/non-fiction suggestions and it fits us like a glove.  Joy. :)

I’ve made one or two other changes this year in our curriculum plan, too.  You might like to see the most current list here.

Cindy

4 thoughts on “I {heart} History Revealed

  1. Kristi from NC

    Okay, this year we are trying out History Revealed’s latest series WWW. I was wondering what your thoughts were after using it last year. I am scared to try it! I think it will be great, but I am just trying to break it down for our oldest, who is a sophomore, down to our younger kids (13 with Down syndrome, 10, 7, & 4). Obviously, our highschooler will be on his own. I just cannot figure out how to plan it out. I hope this makes sense! I would love to get your insight since you are a former user :). Thank you!

  2. Cindy Post author

    Kristi,

    Last year, I ended up only using HR with my 9th grader. The year before that, I had used it with an 8th grader and 5th grader. They both did fine, but I was VERY involved with the 5th grader – like helping him read for the text for understanding, adding additional library books and talking through almost all his projects with him. Last year, I wanted the 9th grader to be almost completely independent with history. Knowing how involved I would still have to be with the 6th grader, I chose not to use the program with him.

    Even if you choose to use the elementary supplements with your younger children, you’ll probably need to find library books on the topics on their grade level. The text is pretty in depth. Many of the projects, though, can be done by various age levels. You’ll just expect way less from your younger ones.

    Our typical plan was:
    Week 1 – text and CD’s
    Week 2 – extra reading for research project/paper
    Week 3 – mapping, timeline, vocabulary, etc
    Week 4 – art, music, cooking, experiments, etc

    I hope this helps! I really did LOVE the curriculum.

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