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Around the World in 180 Days is a geography and history program covering each continent's history, geography, and culture. And yet this is not a textbook. It is a series of questions that the student must research in order to answer. Plenty of resources (available in most public libraries) are suggested to help students conduct their research, and the teacher's edition provides all the answers. Pages in the student book are three-hole punched and perforated so that the student can complete the worksheets and compile a notebook that will document his or her work. One great thing about this curriculum is that it is written with a multilevel approach, with questions for students of all grade levels, and these levels are clearly marked in the book. This is truly a curriculum your whole family can study at once! This two-volume set includes an illustrated teacher's edition and a student workbook.
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Sherrie Payne, the mother of six children, began homeschooling in 1983. For a time, she taught not only her own children but others as well. At one point, her classroom held eleven children ranging in age from preschool through high school. This experience gave her insight and perspective on teaching several grade levels at once. Sherrie's six children, now adults, include a policeman, a lawyer in the Air Force JAG corps, a kindergarten teacher, a new college graduate, and two stay-at-home moms who are eagerly looking forward to homeschooling their own families. So far, Sherrie's grandchildren number fourteen.Review:
Around the World in 180 Days, a multi-grade guide for the study of world history and cultures by Sherrie Payne, is AWESOME! This curriculum consists of a softcover teacher book and a set of student pages. ATW uses the notebook approach (the 4 R's research, reason, relate, and record) to study the geography, history, culture and current events of all seven continents. This is not a textbook.
Payne writes in the introduction to ATW, "As you begin this history course, it is good to think for a moment about why we should even study the life and history of other countries." There are two major reasons the author had in mind when developing this course. The first reason is "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us" (1 Cor. 10:32). The second is summed up in the words of Jesus: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20). As citizens of this country and of this world, and as Christians, we need to be aware of what "things happened" to whom and why. And by gaining an understanding of another's culture, we can better learn how to share the gospel with all that we encounter. The more we know and understand, the better our witness will be." If you've ever wondered why study history and geography, this is a very compelling reason to do so.
Students of all ages can use ATW. Students below third grade will most likely need help from parents or older siblings. ATW is appropriate for use in a homeschool co-op setting or by an individual family with various-aged students. I suggest using the "bus stop" approach and let the little ones do a little work and exit the bus first. Have middle school students do more work and exit the bus later. Expect your high school student to do all the recommended research and reading and they ride the bus the entire trip. While not designed as an all-inclusive course of study for a year, you could add additional reading and writing and make it your total history, geography, Bible, language arts, current events, and art program. Just add grammar and mathematics and you have a full schedule. One word of advice: There is a lot of work involved to finish this course in one year if you want to study each continent in depth. Take a second year to get thoroughly into the material or pare it down a bit to fit into a 'traditional' school year.
The teacher guide includes suggested resources for each continent, teaching suggestions, sample answers to research questions, and suggestions for further research.... Each continent includes a listing of books of interest and readers, and some include missionaries and other people to read about. You will also need a good atlas. Access to the Internet or library will help students research answers to questions found in the student pages.
Payne has designed a fabulous approach for studying the history and geography of all seven continents. I have never before seen a study of Antarctica, and I applaud Mrs. Payne for including it. I highly recommend Around the World in 180 Days! --Tina Rice, The Old Schoolhouse magazine
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