Topic | BF Early American vs. SCM Early Modern

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  • Sara0607
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    I am torn between these two.  One thing that I like about SCM is that it has some World History to go along with the American.  It seems BF has some but not sure if it compares in quantity.  Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Also, the SCM spines seem like a good overview.  Would I miss them if I went with BF?

    Thanks!

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    Sara, I started the BF Early American intermediate guide and then switched over to SCM for our histories.  In the end it took us almost 3 yrs to get through early American and Modern.   Not because of SCM but because of our switch, life events, and lingering in a couple historical events.  BF Early American is a fantastic program but it does not cover world history.  The scheduled readings are also very large chunks for the most part.  My “bigs” loved the switch and appreciated seeing the world theater side by side with American events.  Stories of the Nations and Stories of America both do wonderful jobs at giving an overview of world and American histories.  Events in our own history make so much more sense when you see what is happening elsewhere.

    Sara0607
    Participant

    Thank you Tamara, that helps.  How old were your older children?

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    Hi Sara,

    My kids were 4th and 5th grade.  My 4th grader has always schooled with her brother though so it was more like they were both 5th grade-ish when we started it (BF…and then switched to SCM part way through).

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