Author: Marie HazellSue in MN wrote: We are currently enjoying ECC with a 3rd & 6th grader. I have a few questions about CTG. Could you please comment on why you chose Streams for CTG rather than Story of the World or these other choices and if you feel using something else would work with your curriculum?
Sue in MN
All of the books in our Basic packages are integral to the program. Any books that are optional (but still great books!) are moved into the Deluxe packages. So Streams of Civilization is vital. You will use it for two years. It is definitely the most informative book we have found (besides the Bible!) with information from a Christian perspective about early earth (creation/evolution; ice age; cave men; the flood; etc.)and the rest of history. It keeps a scholarly approach while conveying many important Christian truths that would otherwise be missing from your history lessons. Our pilot families definitely appreciated having it in the total package. (The book is assigned only in part, and in small section, sometimes less than a page --and some parts are only for ADVANCED students or for parent information.)
Now I will agree with you that Streams of Civ is not the most catchy, flashy, book but it's in our package for a reason. You can't just substitute another text because you will miss specific info on important topics.
That said, please ALSO understand that Streams of Civ is NOT our MAIN "textbook." As you know, our style is much different. So we have gathered a number of different books about the history topics and blended them for you into a unified system -- books with wonderful pictures, books with a "story" quality, and lots of hands-on projects. In Creation to the Greeks, as well as in much of Rome to the Reformation, the Bible is also used as a primary source for history lessons. We put a great deal of thought into which books to choose and how to blend them to give a well-rounded picture of history.
Rome to the Reformation uses Story of the World Vol. 2 for the "story" of the Middle Ages to the Reformation. It is combined with other history books to give a well-rounded approach. Creation to the Greeks has other great books that provide the biblical foundation in history as well as other information, so we didn't have a need to use Story of the World Vol. 1.