Friday, October 11, 2013
Curriculum review - Mystery of History Volume III
Kerr rating - **** (4 stars)
Although there are some spots that the girls didn't care for - a little too much fighting/blood - they love the Queens and Kings, travel, and exploration. This volume covers the Renaissance in Europe, Asia, and Italy. While the Renaissance and Reformation were taking shape in Europe, we’ll look at the rise of wealthy empires in West Africa; the Mogul dynasty of India; and the peaceful lives of the Aboriginals of Australia. We will also visit Ivan the Terrible in Russia and the Tokugawa family in Japan.
Week 1, Lesson 1 begins with the Wars of the Roses in 1455 and goes through lesson 84 talking about Isaac Watts in 1707. We used a few Drive Thru History videos to 'see' that area of the world and what it looks like today, versus what is being described in the book.
Maps are always a necessary addition to any History curriculum. We had those supplied by the co op, but often reprinted them from http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/
We also made a timeline for each event that we read about. That is a lot to put on a timeline, but it helped us realize what was going on in the rest of the world while England was dealing with the War of the Roses