Meg wrote:Hi. This is my first post, so I'll introduce myself first. I have 4dc and have been homeschooling for 12 years. My oldest went to public school but I'd like to keep my other kids (now in 8th, 4th, and 2nd) home through high school.
I had been planning on using MFW for high school, but dh sees how overwhelmed I have been lately and wants me to simplify for ds's high school so I'll only have to worry about the two youngest. I'm thinking about going with a 'box curriculum' so ds wouldn't be accountable to me for his high school work, but it isn't a rigorous program, and I'd like to pad it out a bit. It doesn't have any Bible component in it, nor does it have ancient history or world history.
I know that MFW is pretty self-taught for the student for Bible, history and literature, but then I'd still have to fill in all the other subjects. The other program is a correspondence school that would cover a basic education in all areas - English, math, history, science, and electives - and provide a transcript, which dh finds very attractive. If I went with MFW, I'd have to teach science and math and figure out other sources for the electives. That's what I was planning on doing and had even made some decisions about which science and math to go with, but dh feels strongly that we should do the box curriculum that will give a transcript. So I'm just trying to figure out how I can still sneak some MFW in with it. I can't use MFW's 11th and 12th grade courses because it would be too repetitive with the US history and government that box curriculum teaches, but I could at least use the AHL and WHL. And it would be pretty much the only thing that I would need to be involved with (along with Bible the other years).
So, would it be possible to do AHL and WHL (separate years, not at once) without doing the literature assignments (because literature is already included in the other program)? I'd probably have him read most of the books, but just not do any of the writing assignments. Would this work?
Hmmm... Sneaking in some MFW
I'll join in thinking this thru. I guess just looking at the first year, anyways.
I'm thinking the most important thing in AHL will be to do the Bible, itself. You could even try to do it as a family, as we did. Well, we did the history portions, and ds finished the psalms and prophets and such on his own. We used an audio version. The most important thing I think would be the manual. Then you could think through the Bible support books (Journey Thru the Bible, OT Challenge, Daniel study, Tabernacle pamphlet, Purpose Driven). Those are woven in and out of the Bible studies throughout the year. I do think it's hard to retain much if you don't do "something" with what you just read/listened to, so family discussion or writing up a couple sentences or using the support books would all be options to help with that. And the way the manual has it scheduled keeps it chronologic but also makes sense with the history being studied alongside.
Next is history, or history/apologetics as I think of AHL. These are good because they have your student looking at how the Bible compares to science (New Answers Book), archaeology (Pharaohs book), and what's going on at the same time in secular history (Encyclopedia, Nograss set, timeline, mapping). I think you might whittle down the history portion if he's already doing history in his other program. Maybe skip the Notgrass textbook (although you'd need to buy it for WHL anyways, because it's pretty central that year) and maybe the timeline? I'm sure each family will be different on what means the most to them, but I though the Encyclopedia added more facts and Notgrass in AHL was more a reinforcement of Bible and secular facts.
Finally the literature, that's what you want to skip, right? Well, it does interact with the other pieces. If he doesn't need writing instruction and doesn't need a ton of experiences of ancient culture, then I might still try to focus on the apologetics side of things. Personally, I might have him read Gilgamesh or at least look up some info on it, so he can see another ancient flood story. And I'd definitely have him read a couple of stories from the Bulfinch book, because the real myths just really aren't the sweet myths you hear about in D'Aulaire and such, and it's going to be important for him to defend the OT against other ancient texts like this. After reading some of Bulfinch and getting through the OT, your son should clearly be able to say that the Bible is not the same as all other ancient literature. Some exposure to the Iliad/Odyssey/Homerian epics might be good, but maybe not necessarily the whole books unless he likes to read
Our culture today makes many references to these Greek stories and it's good to understand the references, and understand them even better than those who are talking about them.
Just my random thoughts to add to the bunch,