Topic | History Help

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  • bringirl
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    I am trying to figure out the history portion of the curriculum guide.  It looks as if SCM doesn’t do American and World history at the same time.  Why is that?  Per the modules, American history isn’t taught until module 5.

    I’m not following why each module has all the grades listed.  I thought you started with module 1 and continued until module 6 and then repeated them more in depth as the child gets older. 

    Do any of you use a different history program other than SCM that teaches World and American history starting in 1st grade?  I guess I’m a little confused.

    Thank you for your help!

    Crystal Wagner
    Participant

    I do plan on teaching American History beginning in Kindergarten.  We’ll add World History beginning about 5th grade.  I’m not sure how to paste it in here.  I can put it into a PDF file, but I don’t know how to share it.  Basically, I used All Through the Ages to figure out how to break it all out.  If someone can advise of how to include the pdf, I’d be happy to share what we have figured out for our family.

    Crystal

     

     

    Sonya Shafer
    Moderator

    Hi, bringirl. You’re correct that American history starts in Module 5. We put it there because that’s where it falls chronologically. The first four modules provide the background and set the stage for understanding American history.

    The modules are set up so you can start on any one with all the grades. Ideally, you would start at Creation and go from there, but if a family has already studied the Ancients and is ready for the Middle Ages, then they can just start at Module 4 and keep going chronologically. 

    Crystal, I’m not sure how to upload a .pdf file on the forum. Maybe you could upload it to Google docs and put a link here for everyone?

    bringirl
    Participant

    Thanks, Sonya!

    Crystal Wagner
    Participant

    Good idea, Sonya.  Here it is.  http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BxlQhNwOxBqDMTE3ZjI4ZmYtY2UzZi00NDU5LTk2ZDUtYjMyMmJhYTEyMzAw&hl=en

    3rd grade my younger daughter will also join us.  That year we will read through the Little House books again for her.  So the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years were structured as such so that she could benefit from reading Little House when we studied that time period.  (My older daughter and I are reading through Little House this year and LOVING it!)  Based on what my husband thought was doable to cover in one year and how that would fit with World History, this is what we laid out.  It will probably change as the years go by, but it is a starting point.  I will choose living books to use based on All Through the Ages and other trusted sites and recommendations.

    Hope this helps.  Every family uses something different and that’s the beauty of homeschooling.  I wanted a one room schoolhouse, but wanted to start with American History.  This is what we came up with. 

    Crystal

    bringirl
    Participant

    I’m looking at the “big picture” with my two sons and I had another thought…

    When my oldest is in 4th grade my youngest will be in 1st.  I will have started my oldest with module 1 and continue through history chronologically.  But when my youngest son is in 1st would I start history wherever my oldest is and combine their history?

    Would it be too difficult to start my youngest at module 1 and have module 4 for my oldest going at the same time?  Wouldn’t it be “ideal” to have started them both on Creation and go through history chronically?

    I know the history comes back around by repeating the modules so maybe I’m over-thinking it for my younger son.  Just wondering how it would all “play out” I guess by combining their history.

    Sonya Shafer
    Moderator

    That’s how I did it, just start the younger child wherever the older child is. Most of the time the younger one had been listening in while I was doing history with the older one anyway. Smile

    I just started using the Modules this year and Chose to do Module 6 with my 4th and K sons because last year we did Early American with BF, and Module 6 starts where we left off.  So, next year we will do Ancient with 5th and 1st grades.  I really like combining my sons for everything that we can.  It just touches my heart to see both boys sitting around me and listening and reacting to the stories.  I was thinking the other morning during our Bible reading how sweet it is to see them both still and quiet.

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