- Reviewed on Sunday, October 31, 2010
- Grades Used: 7th-8th
- Dates used: 2010-
In a word, wow. You won't believe this resource. Now, you've got to be committed to hunting down some of the literature Miller suggests, but this method is much less boring than a read-this-answer-questions format of traditional textbooks.
Book lists are delineated by geography, grade level, genre, and there are timelines and info on chronology discrepancies. This is a serious teaching resource.
Homeschoolers should also check out Miller's companion website,
although be careful of some of the 20th-century literature recommendations -- personally, I'll be letting the kids use CliffsNotes when those come up.
Expect more instructor prep than a traditional text, but if you have voracious readers, well worth the time with such an easy-to-follow, well-researched tome.
- Reviewed on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- Grades Used: 1st - 5th
- Dates used: 2009 - 2010
All Through the Ages (ATTA) is a resource tool which spans recorded history. Basically a book list, it also includes brief but meaty introductory content for the historical eras presented.
When I purchased this book, I was using TruthQuest (liked that a lot, too) and thought that for the price, it was worth purchasing at the time to save on shipping - what a find! Not only are the booklists well-thought out and extensive, but the timelines within the book are indispensable.
One lesson learned - ancient history dates are often disputed, and this book does consider more than one option in its commentaries, but settles on some dates that may differ from a traditional textbook. This bothered me at first, but the chronology is so complete that I have used the timelines anyway, and just rounded off the BC dates before 966 (Solomon's Temple built).
This resource is inexpensive and indispensable, and I am so sold on it, I bought several copies to gift to homeschool friends!