Okay I have finally made my decision. It's about time. I started out this year combining VP history and SOTW using a schedule from Paula's Archives. VP was the spine and supplemented with SOTW. Well.....I grew increasingly aware that I didn't need both of them. My reason for using VP was it started history at creation and SOTW did not. I thought I needed a curriculum to integrate bible into history and have since learned I don't. What I love about SOTW is the story format, narration and notebook pages that make up the learning process. VP is more memory and worksheet format with some neat projects. I am not looking for great retention but exposure, the wonder of learning about a different place and time and most of all a strong understanding of God's providential hand in history. So I will most likely keep my VP cards and use them as we study history to include the biblical events. This week we have learned about Isaac and Joseph. I used the Vos Story Bible and the Victor Journey through the Bible. We created a notebook page on each and put them in our history notebook. Today we are talking about the 12 tribes of Israel. Instead of taking one week to cover these I will do them in a day or two. It is working great for us.
So the plan is to use SOTW and simply add and/or flesh out biblical history on my own. SOTW doesn't cover David or Solomon but I want to include them so we will probably do that in one week.
I am so relaxed and enjoying history again and my dd is loving it too. All I need to do now is purchase the next set of VP cards and I'm set.