momma2kact wrote:I need help to understand something--how does it work to have history begin chronologically with the Bible in 1st, and then study U.S. history in 2nd(Adventures) ?
I really think it is the wise thing to do to study history chronologically. (I didn't as a child, and I hated history!) I thought that MFW did this, but as I have been looking into the Adventures program for my niece I just don't get it..... Any help is appreciated!
First Grade and Adventures do cover chronological history as a first time through the chronological cycle for oldest child in the family.
First grade: history is from Creation to the time of the writing of the book of Revelation (in both art and composition). You do learn ancient history as it relates to Old Testament. Other civilizations and such are not included at that time. It is laying a foundation of "ancients" without the pagan "gods". It gets covered in greater depth in Creation to the Greek and even more so in the high school years. If you wanted to add in something else, you could make sure your children listen to grandparents (or parents) telling stories from when you were a little kid.
Adventures: begins about 1000 AD, which is close to a 1000 year jump from the end of 1st grade. It covers US history up to about the middle of the 1900's. But remember it is for a younger age than the 5 year family chronological history program so it will not include a lot of wars and other things like that. Just the highlights on the road trip through time.
does this confuse the child as they are trying to understand time (how much time has gone by unstudied between the end of 1st and the beginning of Adventures?) etc....
Both 1st grade and ADV include timelines to help the youngest children who are learning history to see these events and hopefully to understand that Leif Erickson didn't happen at the end of the New Testament. :)
And you might just want to call the MFW offices next week and talk with them for the best placement for your situation with your niece and your kids. Adventures can be used by some 3rd graders and it will ok to start there in some cases. Some people like to know more about who their closest neighbors (US history and 50 states overview) are and then learn more detailed chronological history. At this level it's overview and the majority of chronological history will be done in later years when the kids are older as the others said. It all works out in the end.