hsmom5 wrote:I will be starting God's Creation from A to Z for one of my younger children and Adventures in US history for my 2nd grader.. Any tips on possibly teaching these grade levels together like in the higher grades? or do I have to wait until my younger is in 2nd grade? Thanks!!!!
Even though you are using two different programs, you can even start doing some teaching of your kids together in the coming school year. There are a lot of fun, hands-on activities and science experiments in the Adventures program that your Kindergartener may want to join in on, too. The K program (God's Creation from A to Z) only takes 60-90 minutes, and sometimes less, depending on the day, and Adventures only takes maybe 2-3 hours. You may be able to fit in activities from both programs for both kids to join in on together.
The way I always do it with my younger ones (K-1st), though, is to do their program with them, and then I let them join in on anything they'd like from the older program. I don't force them to join us. If they've done "their school" for the day, and they just want to go play, that is fine with me. Play is still so important at that age. If they want to join us for some of the activities we're doing in the older program, that is great, too. So, you could certainly end up teaching your kids together some with the programs you will be using.
As the kids get older, there will always be a time of individualized learning. The kids will always need to do math and language arts at their own level. But, one of the beautiful things about MFW is the family learning that takes place. You can teach history/geography, science, art, music, read-aloud, etc. to all of the kids together. Each child takes away from it what they are able at their own level, and they do assignments that match the level they are at. If you have a 4th grader and 2nd grader studying the same topic, and they need to write a summary of what they learned, perhaps the 4th grader must write a 5-sentence paragraph, and the 2nd grader can write one or two sentences. It just depends on each child's abilities.
So, the short answer is, no, you don't have to wait until your younger child is in 2nd grade in order to teach them together. You can start teaching them together right away, if the younger one wants to join in on some of the older child's activities. You do still need to use separate programs for K and 1st. Then, starting in 2nd grade, you can use the same base program, but you get separate math and language arts for the appropriate ages of your kids.
Even next year, as you do ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures) with your oldest, you will still need to do a separate 1st grade program with your youngest. But, there are so many things the 1st grader will be able to join in on...Bible, art, music, traveling to the new country and getting the passport stamped, etc.
Also is anyone supplementing with anything else in these grades... I thought about incorporating another elementary science curriculum (notebooking journal) for extra science fun??
As far as supplementing, I would try starting with Adventures as written, and then add later if you feel the need to. In Adventures, the Names of Jesus study in Bible is tied to the science. You use Usborne science books with fun, easy experiments. Science is light and fun that year. Don't feel the need to pile on too much. Keep some subjects light and fun, if you can. There will be plenty of time for heavier science in later years.
K (God's Creation from A to Z) and Adventures are 2 of my favorite years! Enjoy!