Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Studies in World History, Volume 1 by James P. Stobaugh {Curriculum Review}

Middle School World History from a Christian Worldview
In Studies in World History vol. 1 you’ll find
A complete year of junior high history that examines the world from creation, through the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Greece, Christian history, and more!
With this volume in hand, your student will see history come to life no matter what their pace or ability. This is a comprehensive examination of history, geography, religion, economics, and government systems. This educational program equips students to learn from a starting point of God’s creation of the world and move forward with a solid biblically-based worldview.

Awesome Features:
  • 34 chapters  for one-a-week study
  • Five 20 to 30 minute lessons per chapter so you have a lesson lined out for each day of the week.
  • Each short reading session comes with already prepared discussion questions to make life easier for mom!

~ My Impressions~

Master Books sent me the first year of the history curriculum Studies in World History Vol. 1 by Dr. James Stobaugh to review. The first thing I noticed was the durability of the curriculum. I love anything that I can place in a 3 hole binder easily and that can stand up to a house with little kids running through it. 

This curriculum comprehensive history book is geared toward Christian children entering the 7th grade. It comes with a Student Guide along with a Teacher’s Guide and is broken down into 34 manageable chapters that take about 30 minutes each to complete. Each lesson is covered in units (Japan, India, Greece, China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, etc) with a short lesson, a daily discussion question that the student is to respond to in essay format. 

The one thing that discouraged my daughter when we were working through this program was that she felt she was not given enough information in the reading text to properly answer the discussion questions. Although the book is wrote to encourage critical thinking when answering these questions, I also felt that the curriculum was lacking slightly in this area, especially after comparing what the Teacher’s Guide gave as a answer and reading what the student was given. It also was not very clear if the other material that was mentioned was to be read, so she often found herself on the computer doing searches for information to make sure she was getting the full details before doing assignments. 

Other things I liked about the curriculum were the ease of use and helpful Teacher’s Guide. I adored the curriculum schedule and optional tests that were included. We are not big test takes, but we do we use them as a check point when we go through lessons  to see what knowledge is being retained and what we may want to address again later on. So the optional part was a big hit with my daughter. My favorite section of the Teachers’ Guide hands down was the ability to check off assignments as they were completed and a place for grading them. It was a great visual snapshot of what was going on. 

For a full year curriculum I think this is a great deal for the price. If you are looking for a good Christian based history program, you will not be disappointed with Studies in World History Vol. Not too many places can you find Geography, History, Government,  Economics and Religion all tied together around the neat bow of a Christian world view.

Master Books video for Studies in World History series:

~Purchase Links~

Amazon: Studies in World History Volume 1 (Student) and Studies in World History Volume 1 (Teacher Guide)
Christian Book: Studies in World History Volume 1, Student Book and Studies in World History Volume 1, Teacher’s Guide
New Leaf Press: Studies in World History Volume 1

~About the Author Danika Cooley~
Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr. and Thriving Family; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey. Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.

This book was sent to me free of charge my honest review from Master Books/NLPG through the Moms of Master Books Blogging program.

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