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  • #239047
    MissusLeata
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    I’m considering using SCM module 1 next year with a first and third grader. I’m wondering how much time it would take on average each day?

    #239051
    homeschooltraveler
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    I’ve been doing module 1 with my first and third grader this year, and typically the lessons seem to take us 20 to 30 min. That would be not counting the geography lesson/activity. It depends on the day, and I generally add more geography extras in than the module calls for, so that takes a bit longer sometimes. I think they are worth it though and the kids enjoy them.

    I’ve found that using the Exodus: Commentary for Children (which I really like) can get a bit long for them, so sometimes I need to summarize or I lose them.

    Hope that helps. We have really been enjoying it, and both kids seem to track well.

    #239067
    MissusLeata
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    Thank you. That helps very much. Have your kids been able to enjoy “Letters from Egypt” or is it above them?

    #239068
    vikingkirken
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    We are doing Module 1 with a first and third grader.  I sometimes read the Exodus commentary myself beforehand (to give me ideas for discussion), or pick a portion to read aloud.  I definitely find it is long for my kiddos otherwise.  We spend about 20 minutes on history daily and are really enjoying it.  We substitute our own geography program, however.  I really like “unschooling” geography since hubby and I are total armchair travelers, so we are watching a lot of documentaries about Africa.  We also play GeoPuzzles and read a lot of the SCM book suggestions.  I may try the SCM geography program when the kids are a bit older (maybe next year with the fourth grader…); at their ages, I think the mapping would have been challenging and a bit dry.

    #239077
    homeschooltraveler
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    I agree with vikingkirken – we do a lot of documentaries for geography. We are doing the maps, but often I just do the writing for them as they tell me country names. It usually takes less than 5 minutes, and we only do the map work on Thursdays.

    I didn’t get “Letters From Egypt” since I thought it was for older ages, and I was only getting things that I knew we needed. They really enjoyed Boy of the Pyramids though, and were sad when it was over.

    If you are looking for a good way to expand on geography a bit for Africa, we found a website called Our Africa – http://www.our-africa.org/ which works with children that live in SOS Children’s villages. They have a lot of clips of that country shown by some of the children. Our kids have really learned a lot from it.

    #239208
    HollyS
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    It took us 20 minutes or so as well.  I think Letters From Egypt would be a bit much at their ages, but you can download a free sample of the first few chapters to give it a try.  You may choose to go through a children’s Bible instead of reading straight from the Bible, if it’s a bit much for them.

    Some extras they liked were the Geopuzzles (they’d put it together as a refresher before we did the map drill) as well as the Bold Believers series from Voice of the Martyrs (these are a free download).

    #239246
    MissusLeata
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    I was wondering about a Children’s Bible. Would the suggested one have all the stories in it?

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