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    Default World History in 3 years

    I have a 5th grader who will most likely be returning to PS in 8th grade. His school does American History for 8th so I donít want to cover that. All of the history curricula Iíve found take 4 years to cover. I was thinking of doing SOTW 1 and 2 this year and then doing a full year of 3 in 6th and a full year of 4 in 7th. Does this sound doable? I would just read this year, have him narrate, and do timeline figures. We are already doing BYL Geography with his 7th grade brother so I donít want to overload him this year. Any ideas?

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    It doesnt sound like a crazy plan to me. And if you start it and it doesnt work out, theres no harm done.

    Just know SOTW1 isnt particularly secular or unbiased. (Ive never made it more than 1/3 through SOTW Ancients, although i keep trying every few years!)
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    Another option is to just pick and choose unit studies to do of different periods of history that your child is interested in. We have never done chronological world history apart from a brief period with BYL Level 4, which my daughter greatly disliked (the chronological history and SOTW). So we do unit studies and jump all over the place and my kids have learned a lot.

    If you want to do chronological, there is also the OER Project ( as an alternative to SOTW.
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    Weíre doing BYL for 7th and found out in the groups that SOTW is not secular so no go. I ordered History Odessy Ancients 1 with the study book.

    I really wanted to do a bunch of unit studies on what he was interested in but got it in my head that I HAD to do chronological history. BYL has some really good ones but ultimately decided I canít afford any more books. 😂 I still need to buy the rest of BYL books and somehow find Usbourne History Encyclopedia. 😩

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    BYL would be pretty expensive if you buy everything!
    I would only buy the spines that are used for the whole year, and borrow the rest (I know libraries are challenging right now).

    And BYL7 World Geography was probably my favorite!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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