hppymom25 wrote:The ages of our kids are 11, 8, 6, 3 and ten months. Now, my concern is that my oldest son won't get to cycle back through American History again until HS and I don't feel that he really got much out of doing our previous cores. I was in MY comfort zone and seemed so easy for me to implement each year. However, now I find myself in a sticky situation.
My wish for Charlie is that we were starting with American History next year..........I would LOVE to do the last two years of the five year cycle with him (with younger siblings tagging along) and then let him start into ancients in high school. I hate to see him do ancients back to back.
We love ECC, but I don't feel like I have any time to waste, so to speak. Is there a better option for our family, as far as the cycle goes?? I wish I had found MFW years ago and I wouldn't feel this way now. Thanks for your much needed guidance.
After you do ECC, you can jump into the cycle wherever your family is at. So if your oldest is a 6th grader this year, then he will be able to do the last two years during 7th & 8th.
Once you do jump into the cycle, then usually you will continue on in order, so the rest of your children won't get confused
And you'll go to ECC again once you're back where you started.
Would that work?
hppymom25 wrote:To give you some more background on us, we did two years of World History, followed by two years of American. The problem was that I had some really intense health problems and bedrest for two pregnancies in that time. Which meant that we did all strictly reading and no activities.....can't believe I did it that way but was in survival mode and couldn't add in anything. Anyway, I'm really not confident what Charlie really got out of much of it and just really want to pick correctly for this year. He's sixth grade and is really liking the switch in curriculum.
I like your ideas of doing year 4 and 5 of the cycle for his 7th and 8th grade years and then when he's doing his first year of high school, my younger kids will be studying the same time period?? Is this what you would do??
During his first year of high school, everyone would be doing ancient history. They wouldn't be doing much together, but maybe he would enjoy joining in on their feasts and making a 10 commandments poster or fun things like that. It might be a nice transition to 9th grade to have some cross-over with his siblings.
After that, there probably wouldn't be much in common, although I haven't done WHL yet. But I think high schoolers get to the point where they just need to do their own thing. I talked to a couple of high school families when I helped at convention this year and their high schoolers were looking forward to starting MFW high school due to feeling held back by the family or even by working with one sibling. I got the idea that they really wanted to go ahead at their own level at that age.
One thing I ordinarily would worry about going from ECC (without the 7-8th grade supplement) to the last two years of MFW is that it's a bigger jump in daily time and just "amount of history." But it sounds like your ds
can handle that, and it might be a good prep for high school. There's a 2nd-3rd supplement for those two years, because there's a lot we modern folks study about our modern times. But there are a lot of fun hands-on activities, and the state and president studies are fun for everyone, as well as the state/capital games in 1850MOD. Just keep in mind that you've made that jump and when you get back to CTG, you'll probably notice things lighten up a little bit, which will be great because you'll be helping your 9th grader adjust to high school. Just a thought, & I may be way off target there since I haven't been in that situation.
hppymom25 wrote:I was also thinking that maybe I should read The Story of the World, volumes 1 and 2, over the rest of the year and over the summer, do you think that sounds d0-able? Thanks so much, this is easing my mind, to "see" the future planned out!
Amy, I'm not sure what kind of time and $$ and reading interest you have at your house, but reading or listening to SOTW 2 is a possibility.
As for SOTW-1, I haven't used that. The thing I would worry about as far as the ancients is whether your children have a firm grounding in creation and the fall of man. That's the whole reason behind history. That's what makes history interesting, to me. If I had extra time between years, I'd go over that, and make sure they understand how man fell away from God, and how God has been trying to bring us back to Him, before they head into recent history. Maybe a little MFW-K creation unit or something
That is, if you have the time.