Thank you Jen for all of the information that you typed out! Yes, I did read all of it. I was going to quote all of it, but I decided to shorten it a little.Poohbee wrote:Hello gratitude!
It just seems that it would work quite well for you to do EX1850, then 1850MOD, and as you mentioned, when your oldest starts high school, cycle back to CTG and RTR for your younger two, and then maybe you could do ECC again with your third for 8th, since it will have been a number of years since that child has done that year. That would be my personal recommendation for you. For science, if it turns out that you really want to do the astronomy or the human body from RTR, it would not be hard to sub out science from EX1850, in which half of the year is spent on animals and half is spent on Botany. My middle dd and I loved the Botany study, so if you haven't done that, I highly recommend that. If, perhaps, your kids have learned quite a bit about animals, you could easily insert the astronomy study or the human body study instead, as each is done for half of the year in RTR. Just another idea for you.
In regards to Progeny Press guides, Julie MN has posted on some thread how she did it with her youngest son, and that was very helpful to me. I followed her pattern. She, and we, did a PP guide 1st quarter, focused on grammar with those resources 2nd quarter, a PP guide again 3rd quarter, and finally, grammar again 4th quarter. Now, with the new writing and grammar resources, that might be different now, but it definitely works well to do a PP guide during a quarter (roughly 9 weeks) of the school year. You do that twice, and that is great. The other quarters, let your student enjoy free reading.
Since I haven't used WWS yet, and I have older TMs, I can't answer your question as to whether WWS replaces Writing Strands on the grid. Hopefully someone else will chime in about that.
Well, if you've read all of this, I'm amazed! I can get pretty wordy. Sorry about that! I hope I've helped a bit, but ultimately, the decision about where to start in the cycle will really come down to what do you want your kids to study, what do they want to study, and what do you feel will be best for all 3 kids involved and best for you, as the teacher. You really can't go wrong, because you'll cover much of it at some point, and there will always be gaps in our learning. We can't teach them all there is to learn. However, it sounds as though your oldest, especially, is a voracious reader, so that will serve him well, and he'll fill in any gaps on His own.
Just keep praying, and the Lord will guide you! I will join you in prayer! God is so faithful! He'll show you just the right path for you and for your kids.
I do own Apologia General. It is helpful to know that the Human Body is at the end of the book. My interest in RTR was that none of them have had human body. For my oldest it would be an easy solution with Apologia General. When he finishes his Fossils / Evolution next March he could do the last part of Apologia General for the human body for spring (we go until the 3rd week of June). This could be a good lead into Physical as well for 8th. Thank you!
Thank you for the Progeny Press suggestions as well. Do you, or someone else, suggest buying guides for books they haven't read or does it not matter if they have already read it? I love the Bronze Bow and my oldest read it last year. It would be fun to do a guide on it, but if it is better to do a pick that is something new I sometimes need to be reminded of that fact.
Thank you for your thoughts on the history. There is something about the idea of my middle two doing CTG and RTR while my oldest does AHL and WHL that really appeals to me. He has been asking for modern history for a year, thus I am hesitant to hold it off until 12th.
Thank you as well for the prayers!