Hi,mommy3,4and6 wrote:I'm starting my three girls in ctg next year. They will be grades 5,6 and8th. We completed adventures and exploring ccs in past years. I'm really looking foward to one last year of having all the three girls studying Bible and history together! My eight grader will then move on to high school with mfw.
I would really like for both my fifth and six grader to complete the entire four year cycle before starting high school...but obviously we are one year too late for my sixth grader . Sooooo....I got to thinking.....since my girls loooove school and usually beg me for summer school books.....we end up homeschooling pretty much year round. That gives us the flexibility to take breaks whenever we want or need to. I was wondering, if I shortened one of the cycle years by six weeks by subtracting the state study that means it would take 132 weeks instead of 138 weeks to complete the entire cycle. If we started this June...after taking a break from now (we just completed our school year...yay!) Until June 1st....then we could complete the four year chronological history program in three school years including four summers....taking us to the end of my middle daughters' eighth grade year.
1) does this plan to do the four years in three years and four summers sound okay ? anyone out there done this? any feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
2) is State History really necessary? Would it suffice for the girls to pick up some kind of state history materials to read as an extra reader along the way somewhere? Am I doing them a terrible disservice to skip the state report? I'm not worried about missing out on the writing part...just the information part.
Thank you in advance!!! So excited to order our school materials and get started as soon as they arrive and I have a chance to preread some it!
I think you will really enjoy having your 3 girls all study together before the oldest gets busy with high school.
About working over the summers, I do agree that having a schedule and activities together can sometimes be easier than just being random all summer. I did some of MFW-K with my grandson last summer, and it was a blessing to both of us. It gets harder if your kids have a lot of friends with summers off, but maybe that isn't an issue for you.
And, I think your plan of insuring that solid writing instruction is done will help make up for not doing the state study. Maybe throw in a local historical field trip when you're studying the states.
So all of your ideas sound like good things, and I expect your family will be blessed.
As for cautions to look out for:
- Scheduling some weeks of teacher planning each year helps me be more prepared and get more done when I get to the teaching part. MFW doesn't require a ton of planning at all, but a little organization and time to just absorb a new manual into my pores each year helps at my house.
- Life also happens, and has happened in my family. Personally, I would just "do the next thing" and not put too much pressure on yourself to get to a certain place by a certain time. God will bless your travels through history and the Bible, MFW will help you structure your learning and make definite progress, but in the end we can enjoy the imperfections, too