Missy OH wrote:I am coming back to use AHL for my 11th and 12th graders. I am using it for bible and lit only.
I need to know if there is a grammar review and how thorough it is. I remember when my older son used this there was grammar review with Notgrass but we will not be using Notgrass. We need to have some grammar review this year as they are already getting rusty. If not, I'm looking at either buying the easy grammar book or the All-In-One book. Do you think the All-In-One book would be ok? It would be a lot cheaper and I don't really want to make photocopies. I also plan on adding EFTRU since my younger dc will be using this.
Government is the only social studies these two students have left to go. I will not have the TM from US History, and I would like to know if I could do Under God on it's own? Would I also need to add Never Before?
Also, would adding Thinking Like a Christian be too much? What would I call this on a transcript? Or I could do Secrets of Great Communicators since we have not done speech. I also remembered these two have not done logic either. So what to choose?
They will be doing:
Fine Arts & Logic
Ok. After typing this out and thinking it through some more, I'm going to go ahead and have them read Ancient world when it is indicated to refresh them on the other cultures going on at the time of their Bible readings. I will have them do the mapping activities, too because my younger son does not have a geography credit. I will combine this with the World History (encyclopedia) book in WHL and mapping for our geography requirement.
We will not be reading What On Earth Am I Here For? so which other book would you recommend that MFW carries should my boys not miss before they graduate?
Here are some random thoughts as I read through your post.
1. Your list of credits looked like 6.5 credits, and 6 is a full load at the schools where I live, so I'd only add if you felt your students needed more credits or wanted more challenge.
2. All-In-One is a very basic intro to the parts of speech. If you want your focus to be on getting those down solidly, then it could work. But most 11th-12th graders are ready for something more like Applications of Grammar (MFW 8th grade recommendation) or the 11th grade Easy Grammar review book (in US1).
AHL does have grammar in the Lit Supplement. After the student writes his first essay, I believe, there are lessons about going back and working on things like changing subject pronouns to nouns for better formal writing, etc. Then at the end of the year, there are some weeks of grammar, as well.
I considered those my son's "grammar work" in AHL. The Notgrass points are not put into use so those didn't go very far with my boy. A more inquisitive girl, for instance, might apply them or discuss them...
I like the idea of adding EFRU for older students in AHL (AHL itself was enough of a challenge in bringing my 9th grader up to the high school level, but there would be more room in 11th-12th grades).
3. The office would probably be the most reliable source on the government credit. I believe the answer key is inside the US History Answer Key so you'd need to get that even if you aren't doing the bulk of US1 history. I also think the grading sheet is in the US1 manual, and maybe the project assignments. I can't really check my copies because this changed this year, when the publisher did some expensive revision so MFW chose to do a few things differently in order to save costs for the customer.
is used for several weeks of the MFW Government credit. If you look at the US1 sample, and go to the table of contents (or "Lesson Overview"), you can see how it is scheduled. The focus of Never Before
is a very detailed and historical (not modern) understanding of our founding fathers and the issue of religion in the constitution. It's readable but also gives exact quotes and full documents, so it doesn't sound like someone's story or opinion. I recommend it! But as to whether you would require it, I can't give a good opinion because we haven't done Under God
4. Speech would be another half credit (MFW uses Secrets
and Do Hard Things
). If your kids already have a full English credit, then I think speech is not critical, but optional according to your needs and interests.
5. The geography in WHL is all planned out and comes to 0.25 credit. That is what I put on my son's transcript. The AHL mapping is not as much, but I would think if you added that and a couple other things (current events? Operation World
? the rest of the maps in the map book, or some research on topics in there), you could give 0.5 credit.
6. I think you could sub lots of the MFW books for What On Earth
. Hopefully someone will give a more specific answer than that
Oh, one faith-in-practice book we enjoyed was Brother Andrew's The Narrow Road
(ECC supplement), if you haven't read that. My son is reading Assumptions
now and seems to think it's good - sort-of a follow-up to Thinking Like a Christian
7. Thinking Like a Christian
, hmmm, that's worth a full 0.5 credit, in my opinion. You could kind of get an idea of the weekly plan in the US1 sample online. I think my favorite part was teaching the lesson at the beginning of each chapter, because there were some activities that took my son from "I already know that," to "really? everything's related to a Christian worldview?" But a kid who paid more attention to his reading might get that from just the textbook and workbook - my youngest definitely gets more out of conversation, and during this busy year for him, he did better with a more scripted conversation than just stopping to chat with mom.
Well, I hope I didn't take a long time to say little