Scheduling Books

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    I am a new CMer and I am working out my plans and purchases for next year. I am already planning on useing the CM scheduler. My question pertains to how often to schedule books. What I mean is, on Ambelside they will spread the reading of several books out over the 12 week period. I have to say, I really like that idea, because I think having to recall each time what they have been reading will help with their comprehention and memory. I am just needing a little guidance into the how to’s of this idea. If I do history 3 days a week would I read maybe an anthology one day, a biography the next, and a historical fiction the last day (all living books of course)? Also, I want my older children doing some independent reading. Should I do the same for them?

    I need to hear from a voice of experience.

    I am also looking at using the modules on this site at least as a basis for the next 2 years as we study more current history. Are these books ment to be spread out in such a fashion?

    Thanks in advance for the forthcoming wisdom 🙂




    Ideally, you would spread your books over a period of time. The idea is that the longer the children ‘live’ with a book, the better they digest it.

    I have had a different experience, though in our home due to the busy schedule we can often find ourselves in with lots of little ones. I found that our children actually forgot the content of a book because, with so many interruptions, we took too long to get through them. They became stale on the book, if you know what I mean. I do think we get to the point where we say, ‘could we just be done with this!”

    Our solution has been to read the same books at least three days each week. For instance, we read literature (3 books) M-W, history (2 books) W-Fr, Bible every day with an added book to go with it which varies, each taking a ‘turn.’ This has worked for us because the books still get spread out (forced spreading due to interruptions mostly!) but we still get through them in an appropriate amount of time.



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