I am so, so frustrated with the points game I have to play to make my child’s coursework look like everyone else’s! We love doing a six year history cycle. I love meandering through history with my children. SCM is just enough that I can add extra read alouds, or assign extra reading to my students. But trying to make it work for my PSP is driving me nuts! We are not on target to hit the required American History credits before my middle child graduates. I just dont know what to do. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to squeeze everything in when I dont want to cram history into their brains. I am completely stumped. How can I get from Rome to Modern Times in three years without missing anything, cutting any books, or burying my daughter in books? How can I skip a whole period of history? What can I do? This year we got through Genesis through Deut and started Ancient Greece. I could potentially cover the rest of Greece and all of Rome next year, but then I would have to skip Middle Ages and go to Early Modern for the pesky points. Middle Ages is my favorite history period. Does anyone have any ideas? I have never found another history curriculum I like so switching from SCM doesnt seem likely. Maybe I just cram and give up my ideal. I considered doing The later guides alongside the Ancient guides, it seems less like cramming and more like adding a subject. But my PSP high school record keeper does not like that idea. I could push the issue, but honestly I dont even know if I want to do that. Ugh! Why cant we just read and enjoy the journey!alphabetikaParticipant
This will sound snarky, but it’s a genuine question: Is what you gain from your PSP worth these contortions, or do you have another option?MissusLeataParticipant
I like to combine Rome with the Middle Ages, but I don’t know if that would require too much cramming with the SCM guides.
Maybe she could just read some of the fun books over summer for whichever period you decide to do quickly?
I’ve never figured out who to make SCM history work for Highschool credits. But I know that others have and they probably can give you better ideas.CrystalNParticipant
Alphabetika you don’t sound snarky. It is worth it right now. My to-be senior has bonded with some incredible young men and is having the time of his life. He is also taking classes I really need for him at this point, which would be really difficult outside of our PSP. It really is a wonderful community. Their graduation requirements are pretty much in line with my state. It just irks me to be told what to do!
Missus Leata – thanks. I will probably double down on history guides. Cut some books out or do them as family read alouds. If I can get through most of Greece in the next 10 weeks then I can do Rome and Middle Ages Next year. How do you combine those two guides?carebear_clbParticipant
Do you school year-round? If so, you could just do history all year-round and probably get it all in.MissusLeataParticipant
I’ve never combined two SCM guides, I just liked to do those two time periods in one year. I plan everything by weeks. So, if I were doing two SCM guides in one year, I’d plan to finish one in 18 weeks and just look at how I could make that happen by picking the books I most wanted done.AmyParticipant
Why not do different strands of history throughout? That is what Mason’s programs looked like. So do one day each of American, World, and then Ancient each week. That is how we have been able to cover a large span without it being a marathon. We do a 4yr. cycle but a 6yr. cycle could work with this as well.
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