We have done a lot of U.S. history but hadn’t branched out into world history until recently. Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum seemed like the perfect way to introduce world history to my daughter.
One thing that really stood out to me when deciding if we wanted to review Pathway to Liberty’s World History was that it isn’t just about teaching your child to recite facts from history. It leads your child through history while exploring the path of reasoning, helping them to be engaged and think biblically. I hated history growing up and I want it to be fun and relevant to my kids.
As you progress through the material – your child will learn about the different links; the Creation Link, Dawn of Nations Link, Moses and the Law Link, Church Link, Reformation Link, First Colonies Link, First Constitutional Republic Lin, Expansion and Erosion Link, The World at War Link, and the Restoration Link. Each link will introduce principles, people, nations, events and documents relevant at that point.
One thing that I think is awesome about this is that you can use it easily with children learning at different levels. The lesson plans are clear and easy to follow. You can see an overview of what you will be learning throughout the year. The lesson plans are shown by week where you can see the work by day for each level. The scripture, principle and leading idea for the week are clearly labeled as well. Any reading or writing materials and vocabulary words to study for the week are also found here. If you have an independent learner – they can easily follow the outline themselves. The first page of each week gives you an overview and teaching objectives.
You begin the week by learning about the scripture, principle and leading idea. Then follow that up with learning about that days lesson all while working on learning and memorizing bible verses.
This curriculum is very different than any other we have followed so far because it does require more writing than we have currently been doing. The first two weeks took us a little longer to get through it because we had to break up a few of the lessons into smaller chunks that worked better for us. Once we got past the first couple weeks, we had an easier time and my daughter was very interested in what we were learning about.
When I first received this curriculum, we gathered the books on the book list. When we got to week three and started learning about Henry Ford – Maggie was excited. She loved learning about how curious he was. I loved that we kept going back to add different qualities to the chart about Henry Ford. It gave us another opportunity to discuss different qualities that a person has. Each topic also includes the setting that the story or series of events takes place.
While this curriculum requires a little longer history lesson than we have done in the past, I like how she is able to tie the people, places and events together in a way that not only makes sense but is memorable. All while learning about the qualities of the people who made such an impact on history.
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