Julie in MN wrote:I think you both have a better chance of success because you've both used WHL this year, and you're familiar with high school, and MFW high school. Just trying to help you decide about your younger ones.
got to agree with Julie on that statement. Yes, things can be tweaked if a family decides that younger sib should be in same program as 11th grade sib. No, it is not recommended as the general advice because skills are built over the first two years. yes.. there will be exceptions out there where God is saying otherwise.
with all of that said, I'm glad I didn't put my oldest in US1 in 9th grade. I"m glad she's going through it in order.
Hi Sue! wasn't expecting to see you over here. nice to see ya! ((hugs))
Some things in your description of your son have set off some kind of red flags in my head.
He is not a strong reader nor does he particularly enjoy it, but he is certainly grade level. He IS a strong writer...particularly creative.
I'm really trying to simplify my life next year but don't want to over-challenge ds14...he is still very immature academically in a lot of ways (mostly in his attitude, motivation and independence).
hmm...that second quote won't leave my head. I have a lot of doubts based on that, that US1 as a full course is best fit for studying US history in 9th grade for him. I'm totally in favor of it in Sandra's family. but.. I can't place my finger on this... it's not the reading books that you see listed. that's not the issue...
That Stobaugh based American Literature Supplement.. hmmm... I have the US1 box right here.. I haven't done US1 yet start soon... there's just something in here in this Lit Supplement.. the writing isn't creative writing. You've done AHL and WHL... you'll have to decide if this younger son has learned the essay skills and other writing from WHL. How much writing time is he use to each day?
look through that stobaugh book... (it's the american literature supplement).... read through the writing assignments.. You already have US1 if I read your post correctly.. . how much outside motivation will it take for him? will it come from you, older siblings...
also... glance through the daily lesson planner at the appendix pages (are you ready to copy that for 2nd sibling,.. me neither! I already zipped off my email to MFW saying "please? separate packet for all of that, please???? please
" anyway, my copier phobias aside.. what are you thoughts on the Worldview course with this 14 y. o? There are the 2 options for amount of time for parent to be involved. I think due to the 14 y.o age, you will need to take the option 1, more parent involvement route (I am taking that route.)
Also, the other part of the gov't course is Never Before in History, and the study guide questions for that are in the appendix of the us1 daily planner....
I'm not ready to say "oh, yeah. sandra can pull it off and Sue can't"... I just want to make sure Sue's eyes see the other parts of the program, and thinks,, ok... if we do this route.. my 14 y.o is going to need some other help and it might become a group teaching..... (ooh.. sandra's online discussion group? maybe that will be the motivation he needs? none of knows how that will go....
Will he be ready for the amount of independence? if not... what adjustments overall for the rest of the younger siblings?
I'm very glad I didn't have my oldest do this course in 9th grade. I'm also remember that originally MFW was going to try to write the high school so it could be done with siblings in the 1-2 years apart range... but it didn't pan out that way with pilot families. doesn't mean God couldn't make it happen for others.
hope some of those thoughts add something. Yes. AHL and WHL could be done in 11th and 12th even if you use other stuff for 9th and 10th.