TrustingHim wrote:So, first semester went really well! However, I'm wanting to bounce ideas off someone else to see how second semester can be better.
First - Science is suffering. I think I'm trying to do too much. I was using a separate program, but now I've decided it would be easier to use MFW's science and scrap the other. We'll be starting back in week 10, so I don't feel too far off, but here are my questions:
1. Should I try and back up, or just start in week 10?
2. I don't really understand what you're supposed to do in Science. Are we supposed to read and do a notebook page? What does that look like for a 5th grader (1850-Mod)?
3. Going forward, if you miss a science day, do you skip it or try and catch up?
Second - I'm having a hard time keeping up with the Read-Alouds. Because I have a 2nd grader "going along" with us, I can't always find the time to read them aloud to my oldest. She tends to read them to herself, and that's it. I try to find time to ask her questions about them, but not always. Also, the Book Basket isn't happening. I feel like it's a lot to juggle. So:
1. Do I need to make the Book Basket more of a priority? Should we force the issue and pick up the books every week?
2. Am I wrong to let my oldest read the read-alouds on her own? I just find if I read the read-aloud to my oldest, I don't get to my youngest's read alouds or work. Should I maybe only have oldest read one history source a day?
Third (and maybe final?) - We don't always get to the notebook pages in History. I've made sure we get the American History portions done (civil war), but next semester:
1. The President pages and state pages are a priority, but we never get to go over them. Is that OK?
2. If we do the Activity book, we get the outlining and mapping done. Has anyone done any of the other activities? If we miss a day, do you think it's OK to just skip the Activity book and do the reading as catch up (like when she's sick).
Thanks for thinking this through with me! We really do feel like it's going well. We started in September and that put us a little "behind," but I'm glad it did. It really gave us the opportunity to ease in. I think if we can just wrap our brains around these things, and figure them out, we'll be even better off second semester.
And Merry Christmas!
I can't give any good suggestions about science in 1850MOD, since my child was doing jr hi science that year.
But as for the history, 1850MOD is really packed, especially for the ages of your kids. I think you are wise to prioritize in advance what you really want to focus on and what you want to spend less time on. Of the different parts you mentioned, I will just share where our priorities and interests were. Yours will be different!
1. Read-alouds: We always did these together. But I didn't have a younger on board. And for that matter, I don't have a child who likes to read, but he loves to be read to. However, since we were doing ECC 7/8th grade next, I just waited on Brother Andrew. Actually, Corrie ten Boom and Hudson Taylor will be covered later, too, if you need to spend less time. I absolutely would do Sgt. York, as he brings WWI to live; we used the audiobook by Little Bear Wheeler, which helps on the reading load. Also, Courage to Run and Across Five Aprils were a big part of understanding those periods of history. I think these 3 books were a way to bring more "America" into the SOTW studies.
2. Book basket didn't always get done at our house (except in ECC the first time through). But I definitely had some books in mind that I wanted my ds to at least look thru, and then it sort-of merged over into watching videos during lunch or reading more about presidents, and so book basket sometimes just "looked" different, but the extra exposure was there.
3. President pages and state pages: These were a priority for me, too. Not sure what you mean by not "going over" them but we spent extra time on both of these at our house. I listed some of our resources in the Ideas Board, but this was a great part of 1850MOD for us -- every state and every president.
4. Activity book ideas: We did a lot of these, but not all by any means. My son made the Enfield rifle cartridges out of flour and tinfoil, he built a crystal castle, he made red/white yarn bracelets, he checked his health for a week (Florence Nightingale), he printed on a tinfoil golden spike, he followed his brother's company on the stock market, and more. They helped bring history alive to him, but he's an active boy type
5. Outlining: I downplayed this one at our house, because I wanted to spend more time on the US history. We always listened to the SOTW chapter and discussed it, but only did the outlines for about half the time. But if we didn't do an outline, I usually had my son do a general notebook page on what he'd learned. I do think the student needs to "do something" with the chapter or the info will just fly out the window.
Just a glimpse into one other family,