Topic | Starting in Middle School – Where to begin?

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  • langfordcr
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    I am new and researching this method to begin with our next school year (beginning July 2018). Currently, I have a 9 year old son in 3rd grade and on track, and a 12 year old daughter who is technically in the 7th grade but is delayed and doing late 4th/early 5th grade level work. I realize grade levels are not of much concern in CM methods but that’s where I’m coming from. They were previously public schooled and my daughter’s delays are why we began homeschooling; we are in our 3rd year.

    I am struggling with my daughter and how to approach things so she still gets a full history education by graduation. Technically, she will be an 8th grader (by age and current year progression) when we begin, giving us only 5 years of the CM method. I’m not sure where to start with the history curriculum. I’d like to start at Genesis and work through chronologically. However, doing so won’t allow her to study from the 6th volume and she won’t receive a modern history education. I don’t like that. I could start her over at 7th grade and keep her home another year and this would allow all 6 years to be covered. I think what gets me the most with this is her involvement with the youth group at church. She just started this year as a 7th grader. Everyone knows her grade. She is very shy and anxious around new people (we are fairly new to the church) and I don’t want to put that label on her as being held back in school. Again, I realize all this isn’t much of a concern with CM teaching but I’m trying to reconcile her social world with her school world and keeping her delays in mind. I need assistance thinking this through.  I hope all this makes sense.

    I’m not worried about all the other subjects. We are working from where she is in math and moving forward at her pace. And we will start with Volume 1 of Enrichment. It’s mainly where to start with history/geography/bible.

    Crystal
    Participant

    I think the first three books could easily be done in just two years without being overwhelming. I think that is what I would do. So

    7th Egypt, 1/2 of Greece

    8th 1/2 of Greece, Rome

    9th Middle Ages

    10th Ren/Ref

    11th Early Modern

    12th Modern

    if you search old posts about combining modules there are lots of good suggestions.

    alphabetika
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    This is exactly what I was going to suggest!

    langfordcr
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    Thank you, ladies!

     

    Mom2Millie
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    I know this is an old thread, I’m browsing posts that mention middle school 🙂

    I just wanted to throw in the suggestion of a safety net…

    Dont forget the beauty of a gap year between high school and college (trade school or life) as an option. There’s nothing keeping you from graduating her at the end of her 12th grade year, and giving her the gift of a little more time to mature, informally cover some things she didn’t get to, maybe take a community college class and figure out what her next move is going to be. If university is the plan, I believe most will even allow you to delay enrollment up to a year after you’re accepted. Gap years are not uncommon, even President Obama’s oldest daughter took one.

    Let the official sounding term ‘gap year’ explain to the conventional people in your life what she’s doing after graduation (if needed) and take some pressure off of yourselves. 🙂

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