rawbanana wrote:Ok, do you start high school at a certain age or after they finish the end of the 5yr cycle?
My oldest will do ECC at age 10, CTG when she is 11, RTR when she is 12, Ex to 1850 when she is 13, 1850 to Modern World when she is 14. She will be done with this cycle the May before she turns 15...does that sound right to go into highschool (9th grade) at 15? I think I was going into my 10th grade year when I was 15...I just dont want her to be behind!
What do you do?
We start high school in 9th grade. Due to when her birthday is and various "cut off dates" -- my daughter turns 15 early in her 9th grade year. my middle child will turn 15 mid way through 9th grade, and my youngest will be older when she is in 9th grade (she has autism and is already "behind" a full academic year in 1st grade at 2nd grade age.... best thing we did for her so far, but not the point)
The 5 year cycle programs are not written for high school credit. some kids will repeat programs in the cycle. Others may not get all of them in before high school. It's all ok really. They will get a full cycle in high school at the high school level. 3 full chronological cycles is an "ideal" not a mandate.
Some children will repeat programs from the 5 year cycle when they are in jr. high and they repeat those programs using the Advanced assignments in the program. Those advanced assignments were not done by that student when the student was in 2nd/3rd grade, so they get a fresh look on the program 5 years later. My oldest got to repeat ECC and CTG in jr. high . We are still starting with AHL (Ancient History and Lit.) in the summer when she officially starts 9th grade. I had thought of starting her in AHL in 8th grade, but after talking with several of the high school consultants at MFW (including David Hazell), I took their wisdom to not start it too soon. So, as the time gets closer in that for you, remember you can call MFW office as well and see what tweaks fit for your family.
But... if a child starts MFW in 5th grade with ECC......
If a child doesn't finish the 5 year family cycle -- it's ok to start high school in 9th grade. You have to take into consideration high school credits and transcripts and college prep as more of a factor than finishing the cycle at jr. high level material.
One recommended path for when students starts ECC in 5th grade is:
*ECC (5th), CTG (6th) RTR (7th) , EX1850 (8th)
then, if you have a motivated student who is ready to learn more about 20th century and you feel like they should have something before high school (when they'll get lots of it again)....
then in the last 4-6 weeks of EX1850, when you do the independent research for state history, have the 8th grade read something like SOTW vol 4 and finish it in the summer (maybe with Children's Encyclopedia of American history). Those books are from 1850MOD. and if they are really motivated, read other books too.
then when that student is in 9th grade -- start high school programs with that student, and all other family members are in 1850MOD.
Another aspect of it is to make sure you are doing Current Events each of the school years -- so they are getting that as well (that's as modern of history as it gets), so that that summer reading course to fill in 20th century history works out too. I know as parents we don't want to leave out huge chunks of information for our kids, but getting it in controlled ways at those years is important.
MFW recommends a current events magazine and provides a discount on the order of it too and the magazine gives MFW referred proceeds for Bible translation projects.
More info on God's World News, and World Magazine can be found on the language arts page or via this link
probably confuses it.