We’ve been studying ancient history this year this year in our homeschool, and we chose to use Diana Waring’s Ancient Civilizations and the Bible as our “spine.”
Things I Like: I am impressed with Diana Waring’s grasp of creationism and her strong stand that the Bible must explain history, not that history explains away the Bible. I also love her creativity and her attempt to reach students with a variety of personalities by her teaching style. I like that the teacher’s manual contains helpful appendices and lists of additional, helpful resources. Finally, I really love her CDs. They’re easy for a mom like me to use, but they contain solid (and biblical) teaching.
Things I Don’t Like As Well: It seems that these books are really best used in a classroom. Many of the activities are difficult in a homeschool setting or are redundant. If I use the next book in this series, I probably won’t also purchase the student workbooks because they contain a lot of busy work.
Overall, I’m pleased, but I might look for another curriculum that serves the same purpose. Some have recommended Mystery of History and Student of the Word curriculum. If you have a suggestion, please leave me a comment below.
P.S. For more great links on teaching history, visit my website: HomeschoolingBible