I finally came upon History Odyssey. After downloading samples and looking at it, that is what we went with for these reasons:
- Classically based: 4-year history cycle with a level of difficulty corresponding to the three generally accepted levels of students (though note they are still writing levels!). I could get guides catering specifically for my kids without a lot of manipulation.
- I like the publisher. I have other science products by them, and the writing and content I found to be good though not the perfect fit for our personalities here in my school.
- Price is reasonable honestly. TOG is much more robust of course, but I don't use all the components and it is freakishly expensive if you are using it mainly as "history only" in your studies compared to the alternatives.
- Ebook format makes it convenient for me to use on the go, or print, and again keeps the cost reasonable.
- Book choices use common ones (Story of the World, Children's History of the World, etc), but also give "extras" as well to enhance studies. Plus, they incorporate hands on ideas, History Pockets and other things appealing to the youngest of mine (TOG is not as good as this, Sonlight is the best though), fiction (again TOG not so much, Sonlight best) and nonfiction choices. I feel it is a fantastic buffet for my kids.
- It is broken into "lessons" for teaching, not days or such as Sonlight but definitely laid out to be easy to teach.