I haven't done the AHL yet, so I just have a few thoughts but no answers!perkins7nac wrote:What is MFW's recommendation for a 9th grade student who does NOT appear quite ready for the workload of the Ancient History program?
I LOVE the insights and spiritual focus of MFW ... and I want her to do this, but frankly, I think to force it at this time would put her in jeopardy of losing her new-found delight in learning.
She has always been a very "late bloomer." DD has struggled with writing (the physical act, not mental composition skills). She is just beginning to comprehend grammar, and to write better compositions -- although this is still work for her at this point. She's not a lazy student. She's a delightful and mature girl, otherwise, and very hardworking.
Advice, please, especially from those who have completed the Ancients program at the high school level.
Karen Perkins, mom to five
1. Are you considering extending her schooling another year, or are you just looking at making 9th grade part of "junior hi" and making her high school last only 3 years (10th-12th)?
2. Has your dd tried typing, if it's the physical act of writing that is hard? Even special needs kids in our public schools often use a typing machine to lighten that load.
3. What are you considering as an alternative to AHL? What segments of history have you already studied recently, if any? Has she mastered grammar yet?
4. What about the non-AHL classes -- will she still be at a high school level in math & science? If you scale down history and literature, will she be able to keep up with math & science at a high school level? Or vice versa?
5. Have you considered starting high school before you make your final decision? One thought is that MFW typically provides several alternatives and much guidance for different types and levels of learners, so I would expect this to continue in their high school program. In fact, David Hazell has told me that they have different levels of learners in their pilot programs, and they provide hints on how to introduce some of the tougher literature to those who need a boost. A call to the office, of course, might be better than my second-hand info :o)
Just some things to start the ball rolling...