I love products that keep me from reinventing the homeschool wheel. History Odyssey from Pandia Press does just that. As part of the TOS Crew, we received History Odyssey Ancients, Level Two for review. This is a schedule/course outline/lesson plan/study guide all in one. The course is a step-by-step method for using a variety of resources (Kingfisher, historical fiction, Evan-Moor History Pockets, etc.) throughout the school year. (While maps and lessons are included in the product, keep in mind that it is a study guide that utilizes a list of required books. It is not a history spine.)
Ancients, Level Two includes 87 lessons and each is a complete breakdown of what is required – teacher prep is minimal. The study guide includes map and timeline work, writing assignments, research, outlining and more. A self-directed student could implement much of this with little supervision. The guide is designed for the logic stage, approximately grades five through eight.
As a history geek, I can tell you that I found this to be appropriately thorough for this grade level. The course is also secular, which differentiates it from many on the homeschool market. It is truly a complete course study guide that can save countless hours of planning time.
History Odyssey is available in three levels for first grade through high school, with ancients through modern times for levels one and two and ancients and middle ages for level three.
Links are available on the Pandia Press site for ordering print editions of the study guides. E-book versions are also available for download. Extensive samples are also available for download.
E-books are $28.99 - $33.99, depending upon the level chosen.
We received a book for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own.