There is one complaint I have often heard about Story of the World and that is that it
does not seem to come from a Christian world view. Well, I am acquainted with the
author and I can tell you that she is most definitely a Christian. She is married to a
pastor and their family is very devote and committed to the Lord. Her faith aside,
she has tried to write from a neutral stand point, leaving out theological
commentary. She believes that religion and religious matters should be taught to
children by their parents and their church leaders. Basically, she has left the parents
room to teach history through their own theological grid, rather than hers.
What does this mean for you? Basically, you would just need to add in your own
teaching of your religion as you go. For example, teach your students your beliefs
on the origin of the world before diving into the books. Teach your children how God
orchestrated events – they did not happen by chance – as you progress through the
series. Read your Bible as you study ancient history and record events on a timeline
so you can see how world history events lined up.
BIBLIOPLAN FOR FAMILIES
This brings me to my next selection for you to consider – Biblioplan for Families. If
you are looking for a history curriculum guide that combines Scripture with the study
of ancient civilizations, or one that teaches about Church history and the lives of
great Christians while studying Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation history, then
Biblioplan may be just the ticket for you. This plan maps out your reading selection,
while integrating quality historical literature with Biblical and secular history in a
format that is easy to follow and requires minimal parent preparation. In fact, this
program does your Sunday evening planning for you.
Biblioplan for Families came into being because the authors, Susan Finck-Lockhart
and Kristin Walker, liked the concept of the Well-Trained Mind, but wanted to make it
practical and easy for families to use. This plan breaks your history studies into 3
days a week and tells you which books and how many pages of each should be read
on each day. Biblioplan includes reading selections from the Bible, Story of the
World (as well as other history spines), age-appropriate readers and family read-
alouds. It includes map activities, significant timeline dates and writing exercises.