GREAT series...I teach out of this for all of my students.
but a message to the person who gave one star; If you are a former homeschool student, you should have noted that. Instead, you admit "After reading this chapter, my history teacher told us that (Oliver Cromwell) was actually a very cruel person."
So you're in public school now, correct? The liberalistic attitude and rhetoric they spew in public school about history is biased and easily picked up by children later released into the system from homeschool settings who are not spiritually strong enough in the truth to discern between worldly ideologies and fully grounded, fully formed Christian perspective. Which, ultimately, is unfortunate for you (see Psalm 2), and why we as parents would do children like you a favor by being more discerning on when to release our children back into the world for the advancement of the Kingdom, not just to assimilate into the "Borg".
I personally am REFRESHED by Linda Lacour's perspective, and wish there was more out there that I could teach from. Cromwell is possibly one of the most controversial people involved in Christianity. Your history teacher cannot make the generalization that he was "cruel." As you stated from your own "personal experience": "I have learned that you cannot judge a person solely by the things they say or write. She has no idea what these people were actually like who lived hundreds of years ago. To me, it seems very insincere." That's the liberal double standard right there.
Love without truth isn't Christianity. Christianity isn't a embrace-all "movement". It's imperfect people engaging the act of submission to an all-powerful God who knows better than we do, and being okay doing things the way He intended (without hierarchy of religion - which IS "disturbing"; you're right in feeling that), sharing the reality of Christ to a desperate world, and inviting them into a relationship with the source of all love so that He can do His work from the inside out.
Just hoping you're not throwing down at Berkeley right now, I see you posted this 5 years ago. My point still stands...
Our homeshcool family has completed the volume one and two of Mystery of History. Exellent resources, well written from a decidedly christian perspective and beginning at "the beginning" (Genesis).
This third volume is a beautiful hardbound book with colour pictures which is a nice change from the first 2 volumes. That said, I personally miss the all in one style of the first 2 volumes - not a big deal, just a personal preference.
My 10 year old home schooled 6th grader and I have already covered 19 lessons. Would have covered the book if we did not have 6 other subjects to cover. Linda Lacour Hobar has the best style of writing I have seen in history textbook. As a teacher of mathematics with three grown daughters who are all engineers like their father, I can tell you I NEVER cared for studying history for more than I had to in order to get out of school. When I chose this text for my granddaughter, it was because she needed to study something in Social Studies and the cover looked sharp. We started on the second day of class this year reading on page xi. We read every word through Lesson 1 and both of us wanted to keep on going. We are on page 99 having completed 19 Lessons in 3 weeks. She still wants to keep going at this pace because it is just that exciting.
This book is set out nicely with interesting stories so children get an overview of history from a Christian perspective. You can add in as many living books as suits your family with this curriculum. If you want to bolster it up you can use the accompanying quizzes and craft ideas. If you find the quizzes and crafts overwhelming you can just get your children to keep a notebook and write something on each topic. You could use it in a relaxed way for primary school with easier living books and more intensively (more detailed living books on each topic with the quizzes) in high school. We plan to use our Amy Pac Timeline figures in conjunction with note booking for primary school.