My children are 9, 7, 5, & 2. I am planning to use Module 4 this year. I have done the first three modules with my oldest and second oldest once he was of age. We have enjoyed them and felt the workload was appropriate. I decided to start history a bit early this year since we have some planned time away. It seems that in two weeks we were not able to complete one week of the lessons (taking into consideration it is summer, there have been many distractions, and the children are not quite in “school” mode, AND we didn’t get one of the books until the second week…) Despite that I still felt like it took way longer to get through it than I am used to from the past modules. Anyway, any insight from those of you who have done Module 4 as well as the earlier ones to compare if Module 4 is more involved or if I need to give it more time, since I am saying this after only the first four lessons.
We’ll be starting Mod 4 tomorrow, so I’m not sure how long the lessons will take us. I’ll be trying to time everything so we don’t go overly long on any lesson. I’ll be stopping at 20 minutes, not including the additional readings (those will be read right after lunch). I’m hoping 30 minutes will be plenty of time for their extra history readings as well as their literature readings.
It does seem that when we begin each school year, our first few weeks seem to take longer to get through the lessons. I think it’s a combination of figuring out the new material and them getting used to a different schedule. It seems we only get through about 1/2 of what I have planned each day. I’d give it a little more time before changing anything.
I’ll try to post back and let you know how our first day goes!
We finished the first lesson. It didn’t seem any longer to me than the Mod 1 lessons we did (a few years ago). There was a lot of information in the readings though! I set our timer for 20 minutes and we had a few minutes to narrate/discuss the reading and look at a map. They will be working on their independent books after lunch while I work with my K/1st and 3rd graders on phonics.
The readings do seem quite advanced for my younger students. I’m also struggling with pronunciation (which isn’t anything new for me). 😉KarenParticipant
We’ve found that the Famous Men readings are packed with info…..so much so that I started stopping at every good spot (maybe once every page?) to have my 2nd and 4th grader narrate. My 6th grader can handle longer passages, but the others just sort of tune out if I don’t stop more often.3fallingleavesParticipant
Thanks for the input…I think we just need to get back into the swing of things…organized on my part, able to focus on theirs…thanks again for the advice & opinions!SueParticipant
When you say “1st lesson,” are you just referring to the scheduled reading from Famous Men….? Are you using the SCM Middle Ages guide? (Which I thought I had purchased but, sadly, no….so I may be looking to purchase if anyone has one to sell!)
I have two high schoolers (9th & 12th) and we are supposed to start next Tuesday.
I was referring to the reading in the Famous Men, as scheduled in the SCM Middle Ages guide. The first few chapters listed quite a few people and places! Even I had trouble keeping them straight. The last couple lessons we’ve done have gone better as there were fewer people/places to keep track of.
I do like using the SCM guides since the readings are all planned out and it lists the BOC entries in the margins. However, I’m sure you can figure your own schedule out if you need to.cedargirlParticipant
We are into week 2 now, bought the wrong Famous Men of the Middle Ages but just reading the titled chapters asked for. Did not enjoy the White Stag but even the olders are liking the Sword in the Tree. We are also reading the Black Fox of Lorne on the side, which is excellent! Thank you Robin P! Everyone enjoying this. They are liking this Module’s schedule and we are not feeling the assignments are too much. I had an idea of laying the large map of Europe on the table and having the children listen for travels from one part to another, taking turns moving a pawn to show travels, pretty fun. LOVE listening to Pilgrim’s Progress on CD by Answers In Genesis. We have a big book of it too by them that is helpful.
This is our first SCM module and I am really enjoying it. I think I needed direction in spreading out the feast of ideas and this guide does that. We are also using the Enrichment Vol1 guide and my son is using the G4 lesson plans. I am simply spoiled with a well laid out year and feeling so much stress lifted off me. I can enjoy the process instead of stumbling through it’s continual planning, Kwim?KarenParticipant
We’re listening to the AiG Pilgrim’s Progress, too! It was such a good purchase (I think I paid $35 from CBD a couple years ago).
My 2nd grade dd is enjoying the Sword in the Tree. It’s her first experience reading on her own and narrating to me, and it seems to be the perfect book for her.
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