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I’m wondering how those of you who are doing this are handling the Stories of America and the Nations readings. Do you require your high school kids to listen in on these? I have the America: The Last Best Hope series and plan to read this aloud to my 17 yo son b/c it is quite a challenge for him to slog through on his own (I have some trouble reading it and consider myself a very good reader…but we do enjoy it together). Anyway, I just can’t see having him listen to the Stories…it seems too elementary – though i’m going to love it with my younger set! What have the rest of you done here? And for the Nations one, what have you used for the older kids? Or is there enough in the America one about the world at large that you don’t worry about it? Seems like it will be an awful lot of reading if I try to do something else as well.Missy OHParticipant
It is not needed for your 17 yo. My teens do listen in. They do it as in “supporting” their younger siblings, to know what they are learning, so they can help engage them in conversation at the dinner table. The teens know it is not for them but to make their younger siblings feel special. It makes school seem more like a family affair.TristanParticipant
Another thought – what about having the teen do the reading for the younger kids with Stories of America and Stories of the Nations? Then they are still involved AND have a new responsibility to try.greenebaltsParticipant
After breakfast, I gather with all children from 6 months to age 16 for read aloud time. We do our Bible reading/devotional first. From there, the 16 year old usually always stays around for other read alouds by choice. She has her own schedule and history program, but likes to sit in and participate with the younger kids. We usually have a read aloud for either history or science, we rotate every other day. Then a geography book to accompany our Galloping the Globe study and a literature book. We are currently reading The Lamplighter, which I highly recommend. Total read aloud time takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on what we’re reading and if the little ones cooperate 😉 Some of the books are picture books, but I believe the 16 year old enjoys it and as Missy OH mentioned, she adds to the discussion and supports the younger kids. Before our 19 year old moved out recently, she would come and sit in as well in spite of already graduting. All our kids LOVE to be read to, even dh will sit in and listen if he’s around…..LOL!
Long story short, I think older kids listening in could be optional, but if they are willing, I wouldn’t discourage it.
Tristan makes another good point. If the baby starts fussing or when I recently lost my voice due to an illness, the 16 year old can step in, which is super helpful.
Are any of you gals using the SCM guide for this time period? I’m wondering if I should add something for him in world history. Part of the trouble is his schedule. Since he works until noon, it’s just hard to get everything in any way you look at it…without listening to anything not required or best suited to his needs and level. But I will be definiteyly be considering these thoughts as I attempt to work out a schedule. It would be easier listening for him…and maybe it is enough?? Maybe I should just do the Stories of the Nations and not add anything else for that part, but not Stories of America if we continue the other series. Wow, I’m not sure this makes a lot of sense…but don’t really know how else to say it! Thanks ladies!tsucheParticipant
I am interested in this American History. My son is in 12 th grade and would like to do American History. Where do you get the books the Stories of America and the Nations and the modules 5 and 6.
Here is a link to the SCM History Modules and corresponding books:HiddenJewelParticipant
There is good information in the two main books even if they are at a lower level. Your teen can read them on his/her own easily.
For what it’s worth…I decided after much oscillating and trial to ditch the America: Last Best Hope series b/c too much of it was over our heads…it was just too hard to understand at this point. I do hope to be up to it with some future child…but can’t do it now…and we ended up going with the Stories of America and America: The Story of Us vidoes as well as a video series on several of the presidents. Like the others have said here, we glean a lot from the Stories book even though the littles can understand it too. It is truly a living book!! What more can you say? People of all ages can enjoy it! Thanks to the ladies above who encouraged me to go ahead with it.AnonymousInactive
I was just wondering if you wouldn’t mind to share how things have been going since you’ve been using the Module 6 with your high schooler. What books have you used for the World History portion? I’m currently trying to decide if I want to stick with my tentative plan for history for my high schooler for next year of if I want to go with Module 6. So I’d love to hear how it has been working for you all.
Well, we haven’t gotten too far with it…my son has moved out of state and is milking cows! So, academics aren’t happening to a very great extent at all, but real life is HAPPENING in a BIG WAY! So, I can say that we settled in to Stories of the Nations and I was also using Story of the World alongside since we gained a lot of time by not using the Bennett books. Other than that, I just made a list of other biographies/books that sounded good using Sonlight’s catalog for ideas and gave him free choice for the lessons that we were skipping (Bennett books). Hope that makes sense. I do love SCM so far. I hope this helps a bit.
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