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    Hi everyone!
    I am considering writing my own Social Studies/History/Geography curriculum for my 3 kids (11, 13, 14 years old) to use this year. I cannot seem to find one that I like enough to use. I got lucky at my local thrift store this week and picked up a 1969 newest revision copy of HG Wells “The Outline of History”, along with a copy of “The Federalist Papers”.

    After a little research, I really like Wells’ approach to history, and am considering using it as a spine in a way that is similar to History Oddessy/SOTW.

    I’d like to know any thoughts that other homeschoolers have on this idea. Have you had any experience with this book? Any experience writing/making your own curriculum? Cautions or tips on the subject of curriculum or history teaching in general?

    I am a universalist pagan socialist, and teach from an agnostic perspective. I work very hard to avoid material that promotes colonialism, racism, misogyny, and capitalism as the only solution. This is a part of why I like Wells, and am hesitant to use History Odyssey. My kids are free to believe whatever they choose, and I make many materials available, but I try to make sure that the ones that I “require” them to read are neutral and fair. Hence the difficulty finding a good homeschool curriculum.

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    Welcome! I understand your reluctance to present your kids with american history that has been thoroughly whitewashed. (And agree there is a dearth of materials available out there). You can certainly use any book you want as your spine, it will work fine. Its likely that you will be supplementing with more traditional viewpoints, I always use these opportunities to discuss the different points of view.
    You may also like to look at Howard Zinn’s US History books. They were too depressing for my mood at the time, but YMMV, and others who I respect like them. (It was not enough idealism, too much “the rich white men were only interested in consolidating power” for me.)

    I would also approach it not so much as “making an entire curriculum”, but just your planned scope and sequence. Im not familiar with Wells’s work, but theres no reason not to use it as the basis for instructing your kids.

    Let us know how we can help you find resources your kids will enjoy!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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