In looking over things for next year, I noticed that both Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Famous Men of Renaissance and Reformation are optional for younger grades. I have a son going into 4th grade. Would you recommend using this material at this level?crazy4boysParticipant
For him to read or you to read? My 4th grader has enjoyed it this year, but I don’t think he would have liked it as much if he’d been reading them himself. It was our family spine and all kids…ages 13, 13 10, and 7…really liked them.MelissaBParticipant
I have to say, it’s been a hit or miss thing here at our house (I have 3rd-10th grades). Some of the chapters we’ve enjoyed, but there are some I am quite sure no one got a thing out of. The Renaissance books is better to me. We just started that book after Christmas, so hopefully the trend will continue. So all that to say, if I had only youngers, I’d skip it personally. Even some of the other books my older kids haven’t enjoyed that are in the guide, so I’ve started substituting books from All Through the Ages and that has went over much better. That might be a good option for you to look in that guide for some suggestions. I’m really finding it a valueable resource. It’s more important for me that they get something out of the book they are reading rather than checking off a box that they read a “required” book they hated. It’s taken me a while to get to that point tho. 😉
Thank you both!
Melissa, I will plan to look at All Through the Ages. I’m not familiar with their materials. I appreciate the suggestion!LindseyDParticipant
I asked that same question last summer as I planned for this year. With Sonya’s blessing, I chose not to use those resources with my 10yo and 8yo. I did not replace them with anything else either. The recommended reading for grades 1-3 and 4-6 have been quite enough, and we have all enjoyed this module the most so far!MelissaBParticipant
The All Through the Ages is a book resource – basically a huge book of book lists. Here is the link for more info ~ http://www.nothingnewpress.com/books/all-through-the-ages-2/pangitParticipant
We’ve been using this module with my 10 and 8 year old this year also. I totally agree with LindseyD, we have not used the Famous Men books and there has been plenty to read and think about. I would not use the Famous Men books for your 4th grader.
You all are the greatest! Thank you for all of your feedback! It helps tremendously in planning what is best for us for next year. I appreciate your help!
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