Hi Julie,Julie L. wrote:About 4 years ago I used Adventures with my oldest ds. My oldest, 11 1/2, will be starting "7th grade" in January although he is working higher in math. My dd, 8 1/2, will be starting "4th grade." My youngest I will start with MFW K maybe this year or when he turn 5 in September?
So my question is what package should I use to combine my oldest ds and dd? I was thinking Exploration to 1850 since they have gotten some Geography already and been exposed to quite a bit of the Geography books in that package and to missions and cultures in the last years, and because my oldest will be in 7th and I wondered if he needed to know more of the Exp.- 1850 information and the next year's information before entering highschool? Or what cycle do you suggest so my oldest ds gets what he needs before Highschool?
I think it might be important to know what you've been doing in between Adventures and now. Has it been American history all the way? Have your children had a firm grounding in creation and how man fell away from God -- the beginning of history? Have they done the time of Jesus/Rome & middle history already? What have they been into over the past 4 years?
Okay, that makes sense. Hmmm, I am torn in 2 directions.Julie L. wrote:Well our history has been a little bit of everything actually: quite a lot of living books read about missionary's, geography and different cultures with some history; pioneer and Indian era books and texts, christopher columbus, inventors, A good bit of Bible history with very brief world history dealing with Egypt etc
Okay, I am so glad you asked that question, I went back and looked at the packages, but after looking at the MFW packages again I know exactly the material we haven't covered and they don't follow in sequence! We have least covered Rome to Reformation and 1850- modern times. So what do I do?
(1) Do RTR and 1850MOD, because those are the areas your kids have had least exposure. They are fun years and solidly educational, and often years that homeschoolers miss out on. They won't conflict with high school because both could be studied more. Afterwards, your youngers could start at the beginning with ECC and continue chronologically, hitting RTR again after 4 years rather than 5. Your now-kindergartener will have a nice complete cycle before high school. RTR has lots of areas where a 7th grader could delve into, from castles to Shakespeare. 1850MOD can be fully challenging for an 8th grader, and there is a 2nd-3rd grade supplement for your youngest.
(2) Do ECC and CTG, because that is starting at the beginning and your younger kids won't be jumping around so much as they flow through history. It looks like a perfect cycle for your middle child before high school. All your kids will get a good grounding in the world, including praying for the world, and then learning about the fall of man as the beginning and cause of history. Your oldest would then have an easier time in high school because he will be so recently familiar with the geography and with the Children's Homer and with the Old Testament feasts and such. ECC will be plenty challenging for your oldest with the 7-8th grade supplement, and during CTG he will have extra time to get up to speed on 8th grade science and writing, which will help him in high school.
In either case, the children will have lots to learn and lots of fun things to keep it enjoyable. Decisions, decisions! Well, you really only need to decide on the first year right now. And hopefully someone in your situation will chime in. Blessings as you make the best decisions for your family.