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    Question DS and I are bored with Social Studies

    Hi everyone,

    DS and I are so bored with our social studies! It's week four for us and I'm wanting change things up. The only things I'm keeping are the Daily Geography Workbook, and The History of the World books.

    So I'd like to find an Ancient Civilizations workbook to add some writing to our S.S. time. The History of the World books have activity books, but the reviews are bad. Any ideas? He's 6th grade. And we are studying up to the first Roman Emperors.

    Thank you!
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    For 6th grade... why not go onto something he finds interesting? I dont know that adding a workbook will jazz things up in any pleasant way.
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    Is History of the World different than Story of the World? We use this one and the kids love it.

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    There are lots of activities to choose from. It'd be difficult to complete them all, but there are lots to choose from and you can easily adapt it to a range of age levels.

    I have a high schooler this year and we are changing to something different for him, but my elementary son does well with it. The text is presented in a way that it's fun to follow and easy to learn - like reading a novel or story. It's not just dry information. It's one of the subjects my son wants to do more of because he enjoys it.
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    Sorry, he's doing the Story of the World, had a total mom brain moment! The activity books have very bad reviews. On Amazon it says that they're mostly coloring, which he's not a huge fan of doing. But I want him writing. Also I need to have everything nice and tidy for the eval, and I feel like I need some sort of paper trail. He's enjoying the first volume of the books, btw.

    Thanks!
    Kerri
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    Yeah, I see what you mean. But he seems to go for the workbooks, that might change as the year drags on. I also feel like I need something on paper for the eval. I'm looking around and hoping to find something!

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    Can he pick topics of interest, then write stories inspired by what he learns about? Or reports? That will cover both writing and social studies - and provide paperwork proof. Is your primary objective to provide paperwork, or have him learn about interesting cultures and histories other than his own?

    SOTW didnt sustain our interest either, and its a bit pro-xtian, not so much accuracy when you look at the details.
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    The SOTW Activity Guide isn't a workbook and it has a lot more than coloring pages, though it does have a whole section of them. It has suggestions for projects for every chapter, as well as map work, lists of supplemental books, narrations... But it's not in workbook form at all. It wasn't to our taste at all, though the map work and the book lists are both excellent.

    I guess... he's reading SOTW and doing an additional geography workbook... why does he need something else? And why a workbook? If you're schooling leans classical (which SOTW implies it might) and you feel he needs more written work to go with SOTW, I'd have him start practicing outlining or doing written narrations. And you don't need the AG for that.
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    I felt bored with SOTW at the end of last year (plus I think my 8 1/2 year old is too young for SOTW 4). I signed up for History Unboxed and we're doing some Traveling through History with Doctor Who.

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    Both Oak Meadow and MBtP do a year of ancient history at or about that age. We've used both curricula and found them to be varied and engaging, with a reasonable ammount of writing. Of course, you'd need to switch spines.
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    Did you look at History Odyssey? We are going to give that a shot this year, at DS's request after looking at a few choices. Also, check out the "Curriculum" section here on SHS for a lot of history resources.
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