Today I read on a Konos loop that History of the World 3 will be available this month as an online download. It makes me sad. I hoped and prayed for several years that it would be available for this coming school year RIGHT when we needed it. And it is. My high schooler has done HOW1 (Ancient History – Founding of Rome) and HOW2 (Medieval World) ….. then when early Spring rolled around and we were making class decisions for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, I realized that my Arizonan children do not need HOW3, or more specifically, they do need certain history requirements that don’t include four successive years of world history. The gap in their education that I have feared for nine long homeschooling years has finally surfaced….. Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution. Oh well.
My kids will be taking Government and the History of Arizona for their junior year of high school. We found a YMCA government class where the kids actually participate in AZ government. Sweet! And I plan to teach History of AZ. Both are one semester (although we’ll have to dig deep to come up with a semester worth of AZ history…. the baby state)… and necessary…… buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, I’ve heard that HOW3 is Jessica Hulcy’s best work. Her magnum opus. I’m tempted to get it just to use it as a literature course. The books chosen for all of HOW are amazing, giving the student a well-rounded view of history with samplings from so many great works… the classics…. the books I never read in high school, let alone in college. Books that my husband has never heard of…. but I digress.
For the school year 2011-2012 we will be doing HOW4 – American History…. and get this…. I’ll have TWO high schoolers!!! Where, oh where, has the time gone???? Weren’t they 7, 4 and 2 just last week when we started homeschooling? Back in the good old days when it seemed like reading was going to be the missing gap. Oh, we’ve come a long way, baby.
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