History help

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    This is our second year homeschooling. We used Mystery of History last year to get our feet wet. We both like it alot, and plan on using the second book this year, but I would also like to add some literature to go with it. We will be doing History every day since my daughter is behind and I plan on going through at a rapid pace to get her up to speed. So, my question is, will I even have time to add any living books and if so, which ones?


    Good morning!

    I’m not sure what you mean by ‘behind’. Realize that, if your daughter is younger than highschool, she will be cycling through history a couple of times, so there is no behind when it comes to history, it’s just how deeply they go into the themes and the difficulty level we assign. Are you trying to get her through the MOH before she is too old for the curriculum? You can always beef something up as they get older.

    Also, (and I have painful experience here) if our goal is to ‘get our children up to speed’ or ‘just get them through it’ we can easily do that. But they probably won’t remember a thing.

    So, with all of that, I would recommend that you pray and ask God to identify your daughter’s needs and interests that he wants addressed this year, and then build your curriculum around that. What that means for MOH is that you may decide to look at the topics being covered and think of it as an outline for your year. Then you can decide whether to do the subject as is or substitute a living book and/or an interest-led activity. Or you may decide to not use it at all.

    For ideas, you may want to check out the curriculum guide on this site, as well as the bookfinder. Also, there are good articles, and Sonya’s book, Planning Your CM Education (I think that’s the title), is very helpful.

    It is wonderful when we can take any curriculum and tailor it to our own children’s needs. It is just another example of taking dominion and training our children according to their bent.



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