I was just pulling up the books I will be needing for History Module 5. My son will be in 2nd and my daughter will be in 4th. I was wondering for those of you who have done this module if it would be ok to let my 4th grader use the same books my 2nd grader will be using in order to save money in the books needed.
Module 5 ?(5 posts) (5 voices)
I haven't used this yet, but I have everything on hand and I've looked through the books and I feel level 1-3 would be a bit light for most 4th graders. What you could do is have your 4th grader join in with your 2nd grader and then buy 1-2 extra books for each term for your daughter to read independently.. like a history 'supplement' or 'extension'.
I'll be using Module 5 with a 1st and 3rd grader a 4th grader and a 9th grader. I have choosen to use their appropriate levels because my 4th grader is very driven and he is a good independent worker. I also have 2 toddlers and an infant, so I really want to instill a love for learning and being able to learn/study independently.
If the tables were turned so to speak and my 3rd child was in 4th grade and I was teaching younger ones I would definetly add him in with the younger group because I can tell that he is going to need more coaching before he decides to to take flight. I know he won't be as independent next year as my 4th grader is this year.
In fact my 2nd child and 3rd are only 17 months apart. My 3rd and 4th are 25 months apart and they work together so well that I group them together frequently even though as you can see my 3rd is closer in age to his older brother.
Maybe you could buy all the resources for the 1st - 3rd age group and when you have the books in hand make a decision based on your child's strengths and weaknessess.
Sara, I think this is going to be something only you will be able to answer as you know your daughter best. How strong of a reader is she? My daughter this year would have had to have several of the books from 4-6 read to her (or read together) at the beginning of the year because she was not a strong reader, but by the end of the year the list from 1-3 would have been too simple.
Maybe you could purchase the 4-6 books and only get the most interesting 1-3 books as your finances permit? Perhaps you could use the library for some of them. I think the family time read alouds are plenty for the 1-3 grade range anyway.
Hi Sara, this was the time period we studied last year. Here's my 2 cents for what it's worth.
All of the world history resources in 1-3 would be fine for a fourth grader unless your fourth grader is a really advanced reader who would consider those books as babyish. I have one child who would think this way so I understand that perspective. Although those books are technically "picture books" which would usually be considered as being for a younger child, they are really rich and full of good information. The american history resources would not be enough for me personally to use with my family. I would throw in some of the older books as read-alouds at least. All of my kids, who were aged 2-9 at the time we did these books, really enjoyed listening to Amos Fortune and the Sign of the Beaver. They also liked Stories of the Pilgrims by Pumphrey (available free online) and The Witch of Blackbird Pond as well. I always give them coloring pages to do as we read. These four books were the ones that they would sit and listen to for an hour and then ask me to continue reading when I said it was time to quit.
I think that if I were in your position, I would go ahead and have everyone following the 1st -3rd SCM guide and then add in those books as family read-alouds. Like I said, just my 2 cents.
I agree that if you're going to add in some 4th-6th Amos Fortune and Sign of the Beaver would be top ones. My 4th grader read Good Queen Bess on his own very quickly this past year (great book, too...and on both lists). It really does depend on your kids. I have one who balks at anything 'babyish' and one who loves it easy:) Blessings, Gina
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