I’m working through my Planning for the first time (new to CM). I’m on the Weekly Work Worksheet and am confused with how to do History. On my Terms spreadsheet, I had just put 131 Lessons from Family Study Handbook, then listed all the reading books that went along with it.
But as I do the Weekly part of this – should I break it down into exactly what is in each lesson? I noticed in the Planning Your CM Ed, it has sample pages that has the Bible pages listed under Bible. Am I keeping it too general?
Example – for Term 1, we need to do 47 Lessons in the Family Study Handbook. So do I just break it down by lessons – or do I list out pages/chapters for Bible and each individual book?
Please help me understand! : )
Diana, the extra reading books are included in the Family Study Handbook lessons. So you should be able to use just that 47 lessons for the Term figure, which would put it at about 4 days per week. (I’m assuming you’re using the Genesis through Deuteronomy handbook.) The lesson plans have already done the work of correlating and organizing the various books, so you can just use those lessons in your scheduling. Does that make sense?
yes, we’re doing Genesis through Deuteronomy. I think that does make sense – so I really don’t need a separte “subject” of Bible, then, correct? Just our scripture memory.
Correct. If you want to, you can list it as “H/G/B” on your weekly worksheet (History/Geography/Bible). But that’s totally up to you.
I seem to be a little confused about how the history fits here. I want to be sure I am understanding this. We are new to CM, my son is 6 and we are starting in grade 1. Is it the other books, like the “True Story of Noah’s Ark”, that cover the history more in depth, or is it in the Bible lesson? I do see where the lesson in the Bible teaches history, but just want to be sure I am not “missing” something.
Thank you so much for your time.
No, you’re not missing anything, Monica. You’re exactly right that we start with Biblical history and work in world history along the way.
Sonya, thank you for the confirmation! What a joy to know I am on the right track.
Oops… one more question…
I have also been looking at the AO website and was wondering if it is too much to also incorporate “Our Island Story” or others from their list of history books in with this module? I am getting myself a little turned around in looking at all this information. Also, what about American History? I hesitate to leave this out until we reach Module 5. Any insight you are willing to provide is helpful.
Thank you, again! And, Happy Labor Day!
I got myself turned around too because I was really torn between AO Year 1 and SCM Module 1. We are actually going to do American History (very relaxed ~ no narration) with our book selection and a few living biographies for kids about Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin and George Washington until January and see how it goes. We might start Module 1 then. I don’t see anything wrong with reading “Our Island History” as long as you put it in your family Book of Centuries also, so they could visualize the different time period. I like to mix and match myself too. Your kids might enjoy the change of pace.
I was actually wanting to use some AO Year 1 books as extra readers too ~ just another thought. Both booklists have some fun things I don’t want to miss!
Thank you, Cindie! These are some great ideas.
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