Hi, after doing ECC 2 yrs ago, I'm fairly confident I'll be using MFW again (probably more than "fairly," but I'm still in the "what do I do, Lord?" stage). I'm also fairly confident I'll start with CTG; however, my 8th grade dd would love to study the Middle Ages (something we haven't really done). We did a stint on the Ancients and she's now doing early American history (so what she hasn't had is Middle Ages and Modern American history). I know there's been discussion on the fact that it's "ok" for her to do CTG and then AHL the following year, but I really don't mind going with what she's interested in since she's so close to just going through the whole cycle in MFW's high school program and will get it all "in order" at that time.
SO, my question is HOW to let her do that without buying CTG and RTR (to let her use independently) at the same time?
(This is actually my favorite option because I'll need it the next year anyway, BUT I'll also need WHL. I think you know the drawback there..3 cycles...$$$$!)
I've also thought about putting us all in RTR (sounds so fun!), but with so many other kids coming up/going through the cycle that would totally mess things up. --Does anyone actually have a positive reason for going totally out of order/sequence?
I've also thought about just going with 1850-MOD for all of us, but I tend to not favor that idea. (For one it would be so much more expensive due to all the "required" books from EXP that I don't have. Secondly, I still have quite a few young ages; I think they'd get more out of CTG or RTR.)
Finances really are an issue this year, so what would be a cheap way to let my 8th grader do something different than the rest of us? Maybe just keep it simple, SOTW plus a bunch of books from the library (plus listening to us go through CTG in the background), and maybe a timeline and even create notebooking pages? --Or just tell her to "get over it" and put her in CTG with the rest of us? (Or maybe it's telling ME to "get over it!")
I hope this makes sense, and bless you if you're still with me at this point! I realize that it's ultimately up to me and what I think works best for our family, but I really would love to hear some thoughts. Thanks!
My first question would be about what your dd is interested in, as far as the Middle Ages. RTR covers a broad time period, from the time of Jesus and the New Testament, with some focus on Rome for a while, then the early church, some middle history, up through a bit on the early explorers. Is she truly interested in the whole scope, or only interested in castles and knights, or some other specific area? It might be possible to have her cover a narrow area and write a report on it or make a notebook. I know my oldest son did that in elementary public school when he had a big interest in dinosaurs
SOTW would be an option, if she likes that, although it doesn't have a focus on the time of Jesus and the church. The read-alouds are good for that, with the Bronze Bow (time of Jesus), Twice Freed (Paul), Door in the Wall (monestary life), and Dangerous Journey (a version of Pilgrim's Progress). Trial and Triumph adds early Christians. Oh, and Augustus Caesar's World tells the story of Octavian rising to be Caesar, if she's interested in Rome. Oh, and if she's interested in art, God and the History of Art gives an overview of the major artists that were big during the Renaissance and such (with a few added activities in the manual, such as trying to draw upside down like in the Sistine Chapel).
Just brainstorming with you...
Julie, married 29 yrs, finding our way without Shane
Reid (21) college student; used MFW 3rd-12th grades (2004-2014)
Alexandra (29) mother; hs from 10th grade (2002)
Travis (32) engineer; never hs