Hi folks! I am new to the SCM idea, and I am hoping you will clarify a couple of questions that I have. Thank you for your patience as I realize you must get a zillion of these emails a day, so I appreciate your advice. I have been searching the site and have come across so much good information, very helpful, but I am having trouble getting a grasp on a concept. Most times I throw myself at the mercy of the Lord and in the past ordered something from a resource that kinda puts together what I "need" for my son at a particular age or grade aka boxed crclm:) With that in mind, I am wading into the waters here of trusting the Lord and walking by faith not by sight for my 6th grade son. How does a person go about picking what they are giving their child as far as the books are concerned. Allow me to elaborate. When I looked at the books section and saw that there are books that appear to be listed in the form of subject and possibly grade level as well as type, I then went to grade level (I looked at 6th as this would be his 6th yr we are working on. Then it lists out the books alpha, but how do I know what to select from there? I know this yr we have been working on ancient history, and I am already locked in because I paid allot of money for it and I will finish out the year. However, next yr, or if I do decide to transition earlier, how do I know what to choose for him or what is required of him at any given time? For example, do I chose one book from all of the different historical periods per year i.e one for Amer histry, one from ancient hist, and so on? Same question of course applies to all of the subjects. If I were to chose too many books for example, you would be reading morn till night and I would go broke buying the books, so how do you narrow it down! I hope I am communicating this so you can understand me. Thanks so much helping me, I am so excited at the potential of this working.
How do you know what to chose?(4 posts) (3 voices)
For history, it is recommended to do things chronologically. SCM has recommended resources on their curriculum guide (I wasn't sure if you were looking in the bookfinder or in the curriculum guide) for 6 different history modules. You would do one module a year (so someone starting in Year 1 would do the rotation twice.) Younger family members join in the rotation wherever the family is... so really you can start anywhere.
For each module, there is 1 or 2 "spine" books - they are more of an overview book, and is read to the whole family. Then there are recommended books for children in years 1-3, or 4-6, or 7-9, or 10-12. So your son would be a part of the spine reading, then would read books from the years 4-6.
There are also available (for modules 1-5, module 6 is in progress) that breaks down the readings for you for each week. You can see a sample for each one, which shows several lessons.
You can also look at each subject under the curriculum guide to see recommended books for the various year levels.
OR, if you want to make your own plan, the book "Planning your CM Education" (sold here) is great for helping you through this process.... figuring out the exact books to use can still be fun to figure out, but there are lots of great recommendations.
hope that helps some!
Welcome! If I'm understanding your qu. correctly, all you need to do is go to the different subject areas and pick for your grade level. For lit., you'd just pick for his age level. For history, you'd pick whatever time period you want to study. When you click on the time period, it will have spine books to read and age level books to read...just read the spines and the books from the age level grouping your child is in. If you do that, it should not be too many books. Hope that was clear:) Blessings, GIna
In case you haven't found the guide, it is here: http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/
Here, for example, is the page for the 1st Module of history: http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/history-modules-overview/history-module-1/
So, your son would read from (or done as read out-louds) these family books (for history - others for Geography and Bible)
- Oxford First Ancient History (chapters 2,3)
- The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs
And on his own
- Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
You might like some of the Blog Series posts that have been made... Look Here: http://simplycharlottemason.com/series/
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