We’re aiming for several Advanced Placement exams this spring, including World History, European History, Art History, and maybe Biology. Yes, it’s going to be crazy, but at least we’re not short on guidelines, outlines, examples, and how-to-teach information. These are all available free for students as well as for teachers. Students do not have to attend a school with an AP program to take the exams, but can prepare for the exams on their own.
Miss 16 Year-Old chose the three history courses herself, to my great astonishment. Looking at things objectively, it does make sense to take all three history courses at once since there is a fair bit of overlap in the subject matter. We’ve been encouraging our children to “Do Hard Things,” and I suppose this qualifies. Even so, we will re-evaluate the workload in about 6 weeks, just to ensure that we’ll survive.
Already my daughter knows more history facts than I do, so I’ll have an exhilarating year of learning as I struggle to keep up with her. On the other hand, I have a broader and more experienced outlook on the past, which can only benefit her. Fortunately we have both volumes of Streams of Civilization as well as the entire Truth Quest series to help us get a quick, simple, and Christian background to the topics she’s studying in depth. We’ve also studied art history before.
Her main texts are older editions of Spielvogel’s World History: The Human Odyssey, Spielvogel’s Western Civilization, Jansen’s The Story of Art, and BJUP’s Our Christian Heritage in Art. Why older versions? First of all, it seems that older texts are more rigorous. They are also undeniably more objective and less politically correct. Finally, they are much less expensive. Of course, we will supplement with primary documents, literature, historical fiction, biographies, videos, and, if needed, current textbooks from the library.
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