I have used this curriculum for 4 years going into our 5th year. It has been a great overview of time in 4 books. I use this curriculum for my 5-8yr old AND my 9-12 old TOGETHER. The main website suggests that it be used for 5-8yr olds, but then used as supplemental work for the older set. (see curriculum guide) They can be on the same curriculum at the same time. When I first began this curriculum, I read it to my son. Now, he reads to his sister which allows me to help the younger two for pre-school. Not only does it build his reading skills and helps me out, but there is a proverb that states:
“In teaching others we teach ourselves.”
The other thing I really enjoy about this curriculum is all of the activity pages, map work, extra reading lists that go with the time period, and of course the crafts and cooking sections. We purchased the Activity book with all of these things in it. My oldest who reads to his sister does the mapwork while she does the activity pages. We all pick which activity we’d like to do to go with the lesson and do that at the end of the week on our “Project Day.” We also purchased the printable downloads to save money for all of our kids. Another homeschool friend of mine does not have the paperback/hardbacks, but prefers the audiobooks for her family. Plenty of options to choose from for whatever you prefer.
Volume I: Ancient Times From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
This is probably my LEAST favorite of all of them because it doesn’t line up Biblically, but it does show the Secular Scientific research from 5,000BC to 400AD. We did a timeline with the different chapters and lined them up Biblically on our timeline. (Biblical Timeline)
Volume 2: The Middle Ages From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
Volume 3: Early Modern Times From Elizabeth the First to the Fourty-Niners
Volume 4: The Modern Age From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR
Susan Wise Bauer’s parents taught her at home in Virginia for most of elementary and middle school, and all of high school back when home education was still unheard of. She learned Latin at age ten, worked as a professional musician while still in high school, and wrote three (unpublished!) novels before she turned sixteen. She entered college at seventeen as a Presidential Scholar and National Merit finalist, and finished her B.A. in five semesters with a major in English, a minor in Greek and a summer spent studying twentieth century theology as a Visiting Student at Oxford. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where she added Hebrew and Aramaic to her languages. In 1994, she also completed the M.A. in English language and literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia; her concentrations were in translation theory, seventeenth-century devotional poetry, and Psalm paraphrase in the Tudor period.
Since 1994, Susan has taught writing and American literature at William & Mary, where she also received her Ph.D. in American Studies, with a major field in the history of American religion. Currently she runs Peace Hill Press, writes in a restored chicken shed, lectures on writing and history, helps run the farm, and cooks huge meals on a regular basis. Susan and her husband now live in rural Virginia, where Peter serves as the minister of a nondenominational church. They have three sons and a daughter; three dogs; four horses; a donkey; seven sheep; four goats; three cats; and a variable number of chickens.