I have been doing SCM’s “Matthew through Acts and Ancient Rome” history module with my second grader this year, and we really love it. He especially loves the history readings, and is constantly asking, “Is it Romans day today?” 🙂
My only hang-up is that often the Bible readings are quite long! The history readings can be long too, actually… We have been doing the Bible readings from my ESV Bible. Not only is there a lot to read, but the content and language is sometimes difficult for my son to understand, which makes it challenging for him to do his narrations – I often have to explain the passage first, which then makes the process take even longer. I’m wondering if I might be better off using a good children’s Bible instead? We have Vos’ “The Child’s Story Bible”.
Does anyone else have this issue? How do I keep the lessons short, and still cover the material without getting majorly behind in the schedule?
Thanks!! 🙂Tamara BellModerator
For the younger years SCM had recommended a Story Bible in the older guides. I haven’t looked recently.Heather RobbinsParticipant
Maybe try reading 10 or so verses, then have him narrate. Then read 10 or so verses, have him narrate, etc.MelissaParticipant
We are also doing Matthew-Acts and Ancient Rome this year. I have a 2nd grader in the mix and agree that most of the readings are too long for her—all of us, really, if we are going to digest what we’re reading.
On Mondays we have co-op so I decided to split the Bible readings in half, spread over Tues-Fri and do geography on Tues, history on Wed and Thurs or Fri if needed. This has worked well. We take a paragraph at a time (reading aloud) and go around the room, narrating when it makes sense to stop. We’ve had no problem progressing through the lesson plans at a good pace this way.totheskydearParticipant
The Bible readings were too long for us, too, so what I did was spread them out over the whole week, as well as the history readings. I believe the Ancient Rome history guide has you reading 4 chapters a week over 2 days. I just spread it out so we were reading 1 chapter a day for 4 days a week.Tamara BellModerator
The Ancient guides schedule Bible 3x a week and history 2x a week. I would spread out the Bible readings over 5 days and possible spread out the history readings over more days IF that is something that your family needs.Jonessa16Participant
Thanks for the comments, everyone!
My guide schedules Bible M/T, geography W, and history Th/F. I like the idea of splitting the readings across more days, maybe do Bible 4 days/week instead of two. I do love the richness of the actual Bible, versus a story Bible, but I think we’ll experiment a bit with the suggested options and see what works.
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