History…possibly the most important subject taught in school. Although mathematics and reading are vital to function in everyday society, history is the story of who we are as a people and how we came to be where we are. Many in the world today are looking to gloss over hard things in history, pretending it never really happened. Some countries even have leadership which denies certain provable and documented aspects of history. We need quality resources like The World’s Story 1: The Ancients by Angela O’Dell from Master Books.
The very first year we homeschooled our curriculum covered the story of the Pilgrims in very great detail. This was first grade. It became increasingly apparent to me that I was given a very minimalist view of history, one that did not include the God of this universe. My dad loves history and he supplemented my school learning with wonderful facts and stories. I decided I wanted to teach my children as my dad taught me, with living history. The problem I came across was a lack of God-centric living world history books. The most commonly used world history book in homeschool circles started with evolutionary teaching and put all religions on an equal playing field. We are very open about other religions on our home, but we do not say they are equal and viable options. While I have used this book, and others, I always have had to stop and teach the biblical view of false religions. Yes, it has provided some excellent conversations, but I felt there must be a better way! I was right.
This history book is by far my favorite I have ever read. So much so I’m reading it through for myself first which I honestly don’t do that often! Angela O’Dell writes in a beautifully conversational way, just what those of us who love living history like. Beautifully vibrant art graces nearly every page and delights your eyes. The most important aspect, however, is that the author believes the Bible is the true, historical account of God’s story, preserved by Him through time. She does not shy away from hard things like evolution, ancient mythology, or even the belief some hold onto of early alien visitations! The key to teaching and learning these hard things is to do so with the Bible beside you as your guide.
One concern I have with some history books which are labeled as Christian is the decided European perspective. They basically center their teachings in the Europe. While European history is important, so are African, Asian, and Ancient American histories. I really love the inclusion of all of these cultures which gives a very different view of what was happening world-wide after the tower of Babel than any other world history book I have viewed.
This coming fall Grace will dive into world history with me. She will officially be in 3rd grade and we will still be using our core curriculum. The difference from her sisters will be that we have a solid Bible-centered history text to draw from and I can’t wait to dive in with her!
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Thank you for this very helpful post, Melissa! I was leaning toward using The World's Story this fall as well, but someone recently gave me a copy of the Mystery of History Vol. 1, so now I'm a little unsure about which to use. Are you at all familiar with Mystery of History? I'm just wondering what the differences might be between the two, as they seem quite similar. Any thoughts on this?
We use Volume 3 of Mystery of History as a part of our Heart of Dakota curriculum. I think it is solid and well written. I think it may be better for a little older kids though. I have not personally used Vol. 1, so my first question is how do they handle the origins of our earth. That gives me a good perspective of how the rest of the book will play out. I'm at a point of wanting our core text to really reflect our family's beliefs. I am very happy when conversations about different beliefs come up and we talk about that a lot, but I want their core to be a trustworthy source that reflects our own worldview. The book I used to use instead of the World's Story did NOT reflect our core values and I was constantly rewording or stopping to reteach something.
And thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words!