Frequently Asked Questions
In what order should the volumes of this series be completed?
If you are starting with young elementary-age children, I usually suggest that you start with our country’s story. America’s Story, parts 1-3 are written for about 3rd – 8th graders*. (Side note: It is during these years that I focus with extreme intent on teaching the children WHO God is, His attributes, His love for them. We focus on this and Apologetics BEFORE we talk about false gods and the heathen civilizations.)
Here is a possible order to follow:
- 3rd/4th gr. – America’s Story, Part 1
- 4th/5th gr. – America’s Story, Part 2
- 5th/6th gr. – America’s Story, Part 3
- 6th/7th gr. – My Country, My State, My Responsibility (available late summer 2015)
- 7th/8th gr. – The Story of the Ancients (for all ages)
- 8th/9th gr. – The Middle Ages (for all ages)
- 9th/10th gr. – The Explorers through Modern Age (for all ages) (available late summer 2018)
- 11th/12th gr. – America, Land of Opportunity (a high school level American history and government course)
Some families with multiple aged children like to do the world history volumes together first, followed by the America’s Story volumes with their younger children, while their older children do the books written specifically for jr. high and high schoolers. This series is meant to be used in the way it works best for your family.
Do you have to add anything to A Living History of Our World? Is it enough to stand alone?
You may add anything you like to this curriculum, but you don’t HAVE to. You may use it as a spine and add historical fiction, or you may use it just as it is.
From what viewpoint is this history written? I don’t want a sterilized viewpoint of the history of our country.
I believe that history should be approached just like any other subject – using critical thinking. I encourage my own children, and through this series, you and your children, to return to the roots of our country, discover the words of our Founding Fathers, dig deep into reputable original sources, and think critically of our own place and responsibility in the flow of history.
How long does a typical daily history lesson take?
We usually spend about 45 minutes per day on our history studies. Jr. high and high schoolers will take approximately an hour to complete their daily work.
*Generally, I highly recommend that children younger than 9 start their education with a few years of exploring the wonderful world of classic children’s literature, nature study, being outdoors, phonics, Bible stories, and real life math. For the record, my most highly recommended curriculum for these young ones, is Five in a Row. Our family has used it for nearly a dozen years; every one of my four children grew up on it! My youngest, who is nearly twelve, still asks for Five in a Row on those weeks when life is whirling around us.
What manipulatives do I need to complete this curriculum?
Book 1 will require a few items: dried beans, containers, and contact paper. All other books require only office supplies, such as index cards, markers, and file folders, etc… There is a complete list of needed material in each of the books.
How do I know where to place my child in these books?
The best way to decide placement is to take the placement test available at masterbooks.com.
Why are there only six books in this series?
The vision for this series is to bring children through those formative years of learning with their love of learning left in tact. We believe that if we can teach the foundational math concepts on which all other higher math is added, without burning the child out, we would have accomplished something that no other curriculum does. We have had reports that children that have used these books place very well in Jr. High math curriculums.
What math curriculum do you suggest my student use after they complete Book 6 of this series?
If you are committed to continue your child's math education in a way that builds their Biblical worldview along with their math skills, I highly suggest Principles of Mathematics by Katherine Loop (published through Master Books). These books provide a solid overview of all math (including pre-algebra) needed for the upper maths. After thoroughly studying these books, I highly recommend these books for jr. high students*.
*Note: Because Katherine Loop's books were not available when my children were at this level, I have not personally used them with my children. If you need your student to be more independent, we have personally had a wonderful experience with transitioning into Teaching Textbooks from Math Lessons for a Living Education. We find that the conversational approach of Teaching Textbooks and the inclusion of real life math effectively helps the student transition into independent learning in math. However, if you do choose an independent math curriculum for your jr. high and high school students, you must be aware of what your student is learning to make sure they are actually comprehending the "why?" instead of just filling in blanks. Independent curriculums can be a blessing, but you must work harder to stay connected to your student.