- Reviewed on Monday, October 17, 2011
- Grades Used: 9
- Dates used: 2009
Used the book set as a introduction to American History and supplemented (greatly) with living books. Recommend as a introduction to the subject and not as a core curriculum.
- Reviewed on Sunday, October 31, 2010
- Grades Used: 7th-8th
- Dates used: 2010
I had high hopes, but was disappointed in this series. Luckily, my 14yo daughter, well-versed in correct Bible doctrine, quickly advised me that she discovered some questionable information in this series. A quick perusal of Amazon.com customer reviews was very revealing as well. I think Hakim had a lofty ambition, but not good research.
We're also looking at "Discovering U.S. History" and "The Drama of American History" series as readers; no judgment call on those yet. Had been using A Beka, but was finding it a little too editorialized (and I'm a conservative Christian; just looking for "fair and balanced" without impugning or overly dramatizing our faith).
Am finding good timelines, book recommendations and clear info in Christine Miller's "All Through the Ages" literature-based history study.
- Reviewed on Thursday, May 28, 2009
- Grades Used: 3rd
- Dates used: 2007-08
This series came highly recommended. I love history and was eager to find a good fit for us. I was torn between Story of the Workd and History of the US. I wish I had gone with SOTW I do like Hakim's books and we still use them, but not as a curriculum or even a basis for a curriculum. Hakim contradicts herself in the very beginning of the first book which my son caught and pointed out. (The tomatoes - referred to in a picture as being brought by an early Italian settler and then she later says that they were already here and exported to Italy.) There are also several in accuracies in the books. Fortunately, I read the books first and make a note about the inaccuracy and use something else that is accurate in it's place. Then, my son started reading the books on his own and when we would get to an inaccuracy that I used something else with he would pull out the book and show me I was wrong because his Hakim book said something else. So, then I had to "unlearn" him on parts so I could teach him the accurate information. That got aggravating in a real hurry.
I still have the books and I still use the books. However, I don't use them for anything more than a rather elaborate lesson plan. I use it to make sure I don't forget to cover something that I should and use other books and such to teach those things. Oh, I do also use the activity guides some. Once we have gone through everything one of the books covers, my son is free to read the book and point out inaccuracies or delve further into things he would like to know more about (like the parts she leaves out to be completely secular - heck, even my PS History classes taught quite a bit about the history written in the Bible. Non- Christians need to understand that just because it is in the Christian Bible doesn't make it NOT History.)
I would note recommend this series as a curriculum, but it could be a great tool still the same. Just be sure that your child has a firm grasp on the actual facts in history before letting them loose with Hakim's books. And be prepared to explain that Hakim either misunderstood the facts, misread the facts or should fire her editors for over editing and making the facts into fiction. :O)
- Reviewed on Monday, March 13, 2006
- Grades Used: 4th grade and up
- Dates used: 2005-2006
I've been using History of US this year (it's Spring and time for a review). I have found the curriculum to be very good. The chapters are short, and they invite discussion. It is a secular curriculum, but you can easily discuss the Christian viewpoint during the lessons.
Note the very first review of this curriculum, this is a secular curriculum and at no time does Hakim claim that it is Christian; she doesn't slant the content one way or another. She makes an effort to remain neutral. I looked back again at page 9 of Book 2, and the only thing I saw was the statement "...something must have been wrong, because one day Abraham and his father decided to move."
As believers we know why he moved. The statement in the book leads to a wonderful discussion of Abraham's faith and obedience. You simply discuss this issue with your child(ren).
Now, obviously as a secular curriculum, the series leaves out that events in History are God-ordained/influenced. Again, you can add your own commentary. As believers we're going to do that, anyway!
On page 10, she even makes the suggestion that you pull out your Bibles and read the account of Moses for yourself! I'm working my way through the series and the only real blooper I've seen is a comment about the causes of war changing to war for economic gain; frankly, territory brings wealth to a conquering power, so IMHO economics has always been a factor in war ;).
Anyway, History is subjective at best.
I leave you with something to ponder ;). God doesn't take sides. God is on God's side, and He accomplishes His will as He sees fit, Joshua 5:13-14. Aren't you glad we're not running the Universe?