Hello!4littlehearts wrote:Have any of you started here in your cycle after ECC instead of going in the recommended order of CTG, RTR, and so on? Can you tell me why this would not be the preferred method other than the fact that doing it this way the history would be out of order? I have a to be 5th and 2nd grader who do not know enough about American History and happen to be very interested in studying it. They would like to know more about the country they live in at least at this time. I also am of the philosophy that the younger ages should be used to teach them about their own country and then branching out into World history when they are a bit older especially for my younger child. I would like to have them in the same course next year, so I thought that maybe starting with Exploration to 1850 may be a good idea and going through the cycle with RTR being the last stage of the cycle. Any thoughts on this? Do the years progress in difficulty? Is that why this course is not usually recommended? Thanks!
We started MFW with EX-1850 in 1st and 4th grade. We just finished 1850-MOD (2nd and 5th), and will be doing ECC next year. I did it that way because that's where we were in the history cycle with my oldest, and she had never had US history. It worked well for us, but here are the drawbacks.
1. You're right, MFW does progress in difficulty, so you'll want to pick and choose what you read. We were struggling to keep up when some very kind ladies on this board pointed out that some of the books are not really for 4th and 5th graders. It's not that they're inappropriate or above reading level, but they were above comprehension and interest level. Sgt York comes to mind, as does Across Five Aprils, both from 1850-MOD. Your kiddo will be a year older than mine was, but I don't know if they're really 6th grade level either. We also skipped some of the history readings from SOTW for that reason.
2. Your 2nd grader won't really be "with" your 5th grader. The 2nd and 3rd grade go-alongs were perfect for my dd, but I was still teaching two separate histories.
3. The other drawback is, what will you do when you're done in the 6th grade. If you did CTG this year (5th), then you'd be right on track to make it through a fully cycle of history before High School. RTR (6th), EX-1850 (7th), 1850-Mod (8th). Then, you would cover the US history portions at a time when your children can better understand it. I know there's always your youngest to think about too (our dilemma as well), but it is what we're struggling with now.
Like I said, it worked VERY well for us, so it might work well for you too. These were just the cons I had to compromise with.
P.S. I had one more thought. You said that you would like to teach American History before branching out into world history, but ALL of MFW is world history. That's why my oldest could have used another year before we covered those two years.