Hi, I am a new homeschooling mom and I think following SCM curriculum guide for my 1 - 2 gradde son is easier for me. However, I am a bit confused about the Module 1-6 from SCM guide. I don't know how should I plan for him? Should I just pick one 1st grade module or pick all six 1st grade modules for whole year? I don't know if I have enough time to finish all 6 moduels in 36 weeks.
Don't understand how Module 1 - 6 works on History, Bible and Geography subjects(7 posts) (4 voices)
Hello and welcome:). The SCM guide suggests to use 1 Module per year in a six- year rotation. That means if you start with let's say Module 1 this year, you will do Module 2 next year and so on till you finish the Modules. By that time, if you started in 1st Grade, your child should be finished with 6th Grade and starts in Grade 7 with Module 1 all over again but of course a lot more in depth and with more challenging readings then the first time. This said, the modules also alow you the flexibility to mix match, cut, skip whatever you feel is right. Some people put the Ancients all in one year. Or you can also start with Module 6 going backwards. The Modules are set up that way that they typicially have the 5 day week split up in 3 bible readings, 1 map drill and 1 history reading.
Hope that helped and didn't confuse even more:)
What you do is choose the time period you wish to cover and use the 1st grade books for that module. The next year typically you will do the next module chronologically and use the books for that module for his grade. It keeps rolling along. When he reaches 4th grade then you would grab the books in the 4th-6th grade category for the module you're using that year.
So here is an example:
1st grade: Module 1: Only buy/use the family books and books listed in the 1st-3rd grade section.
2nd grade: Module 2: Only buy/use the family books for this module and books in the 1st-3rd grade section of this module.
3rd grade: Module 3: Only buy/use the family books for this module and books in the 1st-3rd grade section of this module.
4th grade: Module 4: Only buy/use the family books for this module and books in the 4th-6th grade section of this module. (If you have younger children you would get the 1st-3rd grade books for them this year, while your oldest has the 4th-6th grade books).
5th grade: Module 5: Family books and 4th-6th grade books. (plus 1st-3rd if you have younger kids too).
6th grade: Module 6: Family books and 4th-6th grade books. (plus 1st-3rd if you have younger kids too).
7th grade: START OVER in Module 1: You would already own the family books and 1st-3rd grade books from his 1st grade year. Now you buy just the 7th-9th grade books for him.
One thing you can do when you hit later grades (after 3rd) if he's not read the books from the younger grades because you didn't hit that module in a younger grade, is to pick up younger grade books from the library for a book basket for extra reading for fun. And as always, there are more books than can be read, so don't worry about this if you don't want to bother!!
Does that help?
Just let her join you for the readings and any of the activities you choose. When we started my girls were 4 and 6. DD4 listened to all the readings and participated as able. I didn't have her do any narrating unless she just wanted to tell me something on her own. The girls are now 6 and 8 and we are finishing up module 2. The last couple months I started asking DD6 to narrate a little bit here and there so she could practice. Next year she will be required to narrate, too.
When your DD is 1st grade, she can join in fully in which ever module you are working with for your son. You would just get the books that are appropriate for each of their grades. If she is in 1st and he is in 3rd, they will use the same books. If she is in 2nd and he is in 4th, then you would need the books suggested for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.
You could give her something to do during the readings like a coloring sheet or legos to build with, etc. Then she would have something to do but still be there listening. That would be as disruptive (or seemingly unfair to the other child) than if she just left during a reading.
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