Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:31 pmmomrandles wrote:We've done ECC this year w/ a 6th and 2nd grader. Question.......if you only had 2 years before your oldest was in High School (doing Ancients w/ MFW), what 2 years would you squeeze in before then? It all looks so good, I want to cover it all!!! :D )
When I contacted the office, Brett emailed me suggesting RTR and then 1850 to MOD. I remember him saying that since they get a lot of "Creation" reinforcement at church and most children get into the explorers in school, which my son did a little, that RTR and MOD would cover a lot of the material not already covered.
Marie and I are going to try to provide a general response that takes into consideration most scenarios.
If you only have a 7th or 8th grader (no younger children) then it is best to evaluate the child's gaps and teach the curriculum that best fills the gap for that child as they approach high school. Often RTR and Year 5 fill this bill very well. Most students seem to have had ample US History pre-1850 and often Ancient History (Old Testament) -- Both of which will be done in High School as well. For some, Year 4 and Year 5 would be a better choice as they have not had any US History.
If however you have younger kids in cycle years, then the path of skipping from RTR to 1850MOD will create issues for their understanding of chronological history through end of 8th grade. It is best to pick a cycle for the younger kids in mind (from the list options below) and stick with it even if it means that the older child will use CTG in either 7th or 8th and then return to ancients using AHL in 9th. Those programs (CTG and AHL) are very different.
When you have younger kids we feel you only have 2 choices after ECC.
(1) You either teach directly through the cycle
(2) or you skip to Year 4 and teach from that point on in the following order:
ECC, Ex1850, Modern, CTG, RTR
then repeat ECC, Ex1850, Modern, CTG, RTR
We believe you teach ECC every 5 years once you input it and so it will always serve in the above scenario between RTR and Year 4.
Have a Great Day in OUR Father's World,