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We will be using Module 5 in the fall with my two sons who will be in 2nd grade. I really don’t know what we’ll do after that, but I’m worried we’ll miss out on some good reading if we don’t do early American history only once more before 12th grade. (That’s what I understand the idea is with the SCM modules…do all the modules once, then repeat.) If we don’t think we’ll do this period of history again until, say 8th grade, should we try to read a few of the books recommended for 4-6 graders as family reads now?lnosbornParticipant
I’m doing module 1 with my 1st grader and plan on getting some if the American history books from the library for her age range to just keep for independent reading or reading together. I know some others have recommended that…just having a book basket of books like that available.suzukimomParticipant
I’d also look at doing the grades 1-3 stuff now…. Then when you repeat it when they are in 8th grade, they can add in some of the books recommended for the 4-6th grade (as well as their 7-9th stuff….)
But no matter what – it is impossible for a child to read ALL the good books out there on a subject!
After studying the grades 4-6 options, I see there are really only two books I’d like to add: The Sign of the Beaver and Amos Fortune. (If you have read them and would like to caution me about reading either to 8yos, please do!) What I think I am going to do is combine SCM’s Module 5 with Beautiful Feet’s Early American History’s Primary Pack. (Three of the books are duplicates.) Has anyone else added BF’s books to Module 5? Do you know if there is a schedule out there already where someone pieced them together? If we find it is too much we’ll just spread it out over a longer period. Or, do people ever drop the world history part for another time?
But no matter what – it is impossible for a child to read ALL the good books out there on a subject! -suzukimom
Yes, isn’t that frustrating sometimes! I love reading all these wonderfully written books!! I know I have a tendency to over-plan (over-wish?) but when it comes down to it I’m quite reasonable about what we actually DO.Wings2flyParticipant
We combined module 5 with BF books/guide but informally. I tried to keep it chronological and skipped most of the world history lessons. I remember we did do Galileo. The last part of BF is Lincoln done in module 6.BenitaParticipant
Soooo many books soooo little time. Twelve or thirteen years just isn’t enough time – even the 18 years or so counting preschool ages is not enough time to read all the great books out there. It is my struggle each year as I plan – “What to leave out? What to squeeze in?” So hard to decide. Hopefully we are giving our children such a love for the written word and such a taste for good literature that they will go on their own and read all of those books over their next 70-80 years of life!!!
I have actually been creating my own list of books for my oldest to give him in a few years when he officially graduates. I will tell him that these are all the books I wish we had time to do, but hope that he will read on his own as an adult.Tecrz1Participant
We did Module 5 this year. My children are 6 and 8. They are good readers. I read aloud Mara Pratts American History Stories and CHOW. They read all of the 1-3 suggested reading and all of the 4-6 recommendations for both American and World history themselves. My 8yo son particular loved The Sign of the Beaver and just finished Amos Fortune.
We still have another 7 weeks left to our year and I’m looking at other history book lists for this time period to keep them busy.
If your children are strong readers they could feasibly read them all. Many of the 1-3 books are only 40-50 pages long and my kids would read them in one sitting sometimes. If they aren’t very independent readers I would plan to read the 1-3 books and then if you have more time add in some of the 4/6 selections you really like. They are all just very excellent books. A few of them is worth several textbooks 🙂
My boys aren’t good readers yet. They pretty much don’t read to themselves. I don’t know how to guess where they will be in six months, though. Oh darn, I had wanted to read the Mara Pratt book to them also but I forgot. Sign. Why can’t they take two years for every one of our adult years? Then I bet I could do everything with them that I want to do.
So for the dropping the world history part… Anyone else do that? Their real interest right now is American History. We’re jumping over from SotW v 1 to Early Am History bc that is what they are excited about. So maybe I should just not do World History at this point and fill our time with Am Hist?sarah2106Participant
We just did Mod 5, our first year, my oldest in 1st grade. We just used the suggested readings. I am concerned about burn out (for me too) so I think we are just going to keep reading over the summer. I purchased the Young Readers selection from Heritage History and so far the kids are enjoying the book selections.
There are so many amazing books, we will never read them all, but hopefully the love of reading will be in the kids so even as adults they can keep reading.
We really enjoyed Mod 5 and the reading selections were a great fit for starting out CM. My daughter was not overwhelmed with reading and we are working on narration.sarah2106Participant
I have also read posts where people combine mod 1-3 into 1 or 2 years to decrease the 6 year rotation to 5 or 4. Studies will also change in HS with governmemt, civics… and things like that. So even if not just American History in that year I think they will be getting it in some form
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