Topic | Using the 6-Year History Cycle

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  • Kim

    Loved Sonya’s blog post about using the 6-Year History Cycle!

    I wanted to post this scenario that I have, in case anyone else has this situation or comments.

    I started SCM a while back with my DD and we have already done some of the History Lesson Plan rotations as follows:

    7th Grade = MT (Modern Times & Epistles, Revelation)

    8th Grade = Gen (Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt)

    For the remaining years, I’m hoping to do this:

    9th Grade = Josh (Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece)

    10th Grade = Matt (Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome)

    11th Grade = Mid (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles)

    12th Grade = EM (Early Modern & Epistles)

    *Note: for 12th, I also might do several options;

    • repeat MT and include it with EM
    • complete a govt. course and/or economics course
    • do an apprenticeship or internship in chosen field of study

    What do y’all think?

    Tamara Bell

    Yay!  I love playing with schedules.  They are fun puzzles for my brain.

    I want to mention that EM only awards 1/2 a credit in American history & geography.  The other 1/2 credit awarded to history & geo in that guide is for the world portion of the study.  In order to earn a full American history and geography credit, she will need to complete the American portions of both EM and MT.



    Thanks for the response and letting me know that we would need to complete EM & MT.

    In TN and the Umbrella School we are with; the grad requirements are 3 credits for:

    – World History & Geography

    – US. History & Geography

    – as well as .5 credits for American Govt & Economics


    Tamara Bell

    We are in the process of moving back to TN and I have 1 kiddo entering highschool.  I’m quite familiar currently with requirements there (although each umbrella is different I found).  EM and MT will give you the 1 world history and 1 American history that you need.  You can use some of our other guides for elective credits if you’d like.  🙂

    You didn’t ask but I thought I’d put a plug in there that we recommend Notgrass Exploring Government.  You could complete it all during your year with EM, spread it out over 2 years, or perhpas drop history 1 year and complete government and economics that year.

    So many ways to put the “puzzle” together.  🙂


    Tamara, so cool. Thanks for all the input. Whew! Yes, I would like to know a bit more about the other guides for elective credits.

    I will look into the Notgrass Exploring Government. Sounds like I could be comfortable with spreading it out over 2 years.

    I can see that it’s definitely a modular type plug-n-play situation. 🙂

    Tamara Bell

    I wasn’t clear.  I’m sorry.  Despite getting the required credits needed for US and World History through the use of EM and MT, if you decide to complete history guides the other 2 years, you will still label them as World History (your umbrella will help you decide best how to label) but they will basically count towards your elective credits that are needed….or rather your overall needed credits.  🙂 Does that make sense?


    I think so. I still need to repeatedly review all the high school requirements as well as look over the SCM page:

    For me, it’s always been a slower process of getting a grip on things like this. If I go over it enough times, eventually it sticks!

    Thanks a bunch for your help.

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