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I’ve been looking at history again. So far we have done SCM modules 1-4. We are ready to start American History next school year. We have enjoyed SCM but I can’t say I am totally satisfied. I was looking at Beautful Feet. If you use or have used this, do/did you like it? Why? Would you recommend it? What does a day using it look like for you? If you’re able, can you compare it to SCM? Are their books easy for you to find at the library or inexpensive if I need to buy them? I’m also looking at TruthQuest and posting a separate topic on it. But, if you have any Beautful Feet and TruthQuest comparisons, that would also be great. My children will be 8/9 and 10/11 next school year; they will be an advanced 3rd grader and a reading struggling 5th grader. Thanks for any thoughts/info/insight you have on this.
I used their intermediate Ancients study last year with two 8th graders and a tag-along 3rd grader. It was ainful at points (Streams of Civilization, anyone?) and I found the daily reading assignments (which I read aloud) were often terribly long.
What is lacking in your experience with SCM that you hope to find with another curriculum? Maybe I can help you better if I know that.
Thanks for the response. I’m not necessarily having a problem with SCM modules. I guess I’m just not always totally into it and feel like something is missing. We do a 4 day week and unless I double up a day, we would be behind all year. Every year I just wonder if there is a better fit for us . . . and every year I come back to SCM. I can’t really put my finger on exactly what I want different, so I keep looking and wondering.
I do know that our narrating isn’t very good at all. This is our 4th year doing narration but I still feel like I have to dig things out of them. It is not uncommon for me to read a chapter to them and get a one sentence response without any detail. I often hear about “that man” or “his wife” or “the boy”, etc. I end up having to stop them and say what man, he did what, why did that happen, etc. Soemtimes I do wonder if the method is working with my kids. Maybe they need something else. I have been asked they have to tell it to me when I just read it to them. And, since my oldest is struggling with dyslexia, she cannot read any of the books on her own.
I am not good at giving articulate, detailed responses to questions – I have a gut feel for things. So please excuse what I am about to say if it doesn’t seem as meaty as what most other ladies post here.
I wouldn’t worry about being behind. Do part of the extra day when you can (and actually, I have done that on occasion and it has worked well since the assignements are not overwhelming to begin with) and don’t worry about being “behind”. I know that can be hard, but it is helpful to look at this as a journey – not a race to a destination.
If your kids struggle with narration now, it will probably be worse switching to BF. They offer many good books, but throw in some really boring ones as well. I find the SMC list to be much better – all of them are “living”! As for improving their narration, I strongly encourage you to read shorter segments and ask for narration. Depending on the material, sometimes I ask for narration after a paragraph or a page. They need to build the skill. Eventually, or with certain books, you may do this after a whole chapter. I think this works better for pleasure read-alouds. But for history books, etc. I am asking for narration fr much shorter passages (9th and 4th graders).
I hope this is helpful to you! I am praying for you that the Lord would guide your steps and bless your journey in this process!
Which BF are you looking at? I have used the one for American History for early years which uses the d’Aulaire biographies plus other good books. We loved this and the kids enjoyed making a history notebook. I appreciated the character discussions and Scripture verses that went with some of the readings. We did add a few books, but I thought the pace was relaxed enough for us to do that. My only experience with BF has been with that one guide, but I would consider BF again. The SCM for module 5 by contrast also includes world history and a more formal geography day with map drills. There is some overlap in the book lists for that module. I am glad to answer any specific questions if you are interested in this guide for this time period.
The lessons are numbered. It tells you how many pages in what book to read. You print/copy b&w d’Aulaire pictures for their history notebook they work on each day. One day they cut out picture and paste in book. Another day they color it. And another day they do copywork in it based on the day’s reading. My kids liked this so much, we kept doing it with other history books we have studied. They were grades k/1 and 2/3. You can have them each give an oral narration after you read and then you can ask discussion questions and share relevant Scripture or character issues from the guide. The guides were updated/expanded last year. I am not sure what changed from my guide.
Sorry, just seeing this now – we’ve had a lot going on here and I am only sporadically on message boards.
I was referrring to the intermediate Ancient Historystudy which uses the Streams of Civilization book as a spine. I have tried two different years (several years apart, therefore thinking the second time it might be (hopefully) a different experience) and found it painful both times. I dolove the D’Aulaire books and own them all. As I said, BF includes a lot of great books in their study guides, but there are some like Streams and others (in the high school Medieval History study, for example) that Ifind very diffiult to persevere through.anniepeterParticipant
About your 4-day week and SCM…would it work if you pull out the geography day and do that as a separate weekly subject? Then you’d have a 4 day week nicely laid out. My kids love geography day, if yours do too, maybe that could even be a Sat. thing…depending on how your household operates.
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