This is my experience using MFW with 2 children now in those jr. high years. My oldest is now in 10th grade. Middle is in 7th.abrightmom wrote:How is history kept appropriately challenging and skill building for those middle school kids? I really enjoy reading SOTW but I don't find it to be a really challenging spine for 6th-8th grades. I am NOT familiar with the other books used though OR her recommendations for older students that are contained in the guide. Will you share with me how an older student is stretched in all skill areas using MFW with younger, middle elementary aged students?
I don't think this is exhaustive list...... it was off the top of my head with my experiences and now I have to get back to dishes and then pulling weeds outside. keep asking if this isn't answering it or bring up other questions.....
Language Arts – skills are added by change in materials. 2 year full focus on grammar by the rules. Writing skills are focused. And students do at least 2 Progeny Press guides in a year. This increases the literature analysis feel and students keep practicing more writing. Student and parent are encouraged to work together to develop time frames for completion of those books in order to develop independent learning and staying on track.
Math – Saxon math, with mfw lesson plans. And DIVE CD. Student begins to take more responsibity for staying on syllabus in math, and trying to learn from text and video lecture when needed. Learn test taking skills. Taking notes.
Science – with apologia jr. high and mfw plans, students are encouraged to learn independent skills in staying on syllabus, set up and clean up of lab, and test taking skills. Students need to learn to take notes while reading.
Now in terms of the 5 year cycle programs...
ECC – skills are increase in jr. high with the research and reading supplement. Students will write a country summary sheet about one every 2 weeks. They have to research on their own and write those. There is a longer “research report” on one country of student's interest
CTG and RTR – the jr. high aspects in CTG come from once a month reports either oral or written. Project ideas from selected from the chatper headings in Streams of Civilization. Streams is actually a 9th grade textbook. It is used in MFW in small sections so it can be done in lower years.
EX1850 – higher expectations with the state report. Use of G. Foster books will beef up the hearing of history. Building a City on a Hill – that's upper level book. Book basket, plus notebooking. Memory work is entire book of James.
1850MOD – doing the full fledge SOTW activity book and outlining and map work and timelines...
Additionally, students in MFW can use God and the History of Art. I'm finding that book to have plenty in it for logic stage.
What I've found over the use of MFW now is that the skills that are growing in logic include:
content (not just SOTW, but other books and church history and biographies, etc)
outlining is formalized
growing responsibility for staying on syllabus in a few subjects before more in high school