So, I'm looking for feedback or advice on this issue I've been kicking about. Part of myself wants to have a set plan mapped out for the coming years, especially as far as our History cycle. Prior to our school year starting in July we were relaxed, ecclectic homeschoolers. My interest in classical ed peaked as more and more of my choices were aligned with classical homeschoolers' choices. I skimmed through the original WTM book years ago, reading relevant parts to my children's ages. I'm now reading the new edition of WTM. I've pretty much read all of it aside from the Rhetoric Stage, which I skimmed through. I plan to go back and read that section thoroughly now. My children are ds, who just turned 9 and is in 3rd grade, and dd, who is about to turn 11 and is in 5th grade, and a dd who is about to turn 3.
I decided to start dd, 10, in the grammar stage alongside ds, 9, so as to use the same materials for both of them and to assess where she is, as well as to not entirely skip anything important from the grammar stage she may not have picked up from our previous schooling choices. She is doing very well and I believe it is time to start transitioning her into the Logic stage so that she will be fully into it at the start of next school year. I'd started narration WWE style in our prior year of schooling mid0year, so she did have some experience from that.
She is very good at narrating, summarizing, and grammar. I plan to start her on beginning outlining after the New Year. We are doing Ancients this year. I plan to start a timeline with her as well, but I am thinking of waiting until next school year with Middle Ages. This will mean our timeline will skip Ancients for now. I'm not sure if I want her to start outlining now in the middle of Ancients. Its seems it may be better to have her practice her outlining skills on other materials, then begin outlining History with Middle Ages next year along with the timeline. I was thinking then when we come back round to the Ancients she can either stay in Logic stage and outline and timeline Ancients, or move into rhetoric and skip Logic stage for Ancients altogether. I guess it would be preferable to start the rhetoric stage then, so she will then have a full round of History in the Rhetoric stage. I could possibly incorporate finishing the timeline and outlining into that year? I haven't read the Rhetoric Stage fully yet, so it might not be feasible.
Then the question as to when to start ds outlining in our History cycle? As well as should I go ahead and have him participate in the timeline now? Have her work on the timeline and let him peruse it at will? I know he isn't ready for outlining quite yet. He needs to polish his narrating and summarizing skills.
I'm also very torn between The Story of the World Activity book and the History Odyssey guides. I think I will be using both next year. Where I'm mostly torn is which order should I follow? To follow SOTW order and incorporate HO into that, or follow HO order and incorporate SOTW into that? It seems it may be easier to use the HO order and incorporate SOTW because HO level 2 has quite a lot to do (outlining, timeline, summaries,etc), whereas using the the SOTW activity book is simply questions, narration (which I would have ds do, but not dd if she's outlining), and mapwork. I bought the SOTW 1 activity book to use for the rest of the year and decided to try using its order and I have to admit I like the ease and simplicity of being able to read straight through the chapters. The flow seems much better this way. Anyone have experience using both? MLW- didn't you mention using both? How do you use them together?
Ancients- dd 5th(grammar/transitioning to logic), ds 3rd(grammar)
Middle Ages- dd 6th(logic), ds 4th(grammar)
Early Modern- dd 7th(logic, ds 5th(logic)
Where to go from here? My little one will be 5 at the beginning of the school year after that and six mid year. I'm thinking of skipping Modern! ACK! So confusing! Or I may do Modern with the olders and either push History to 1st for the little one and/or spend K doing Geography. Thing is I bet she will want to participate with what they are doing, so I may just skip Modern. I know I will be open to changing at any time, but I've been pestering myself to have a tentative plan so that I can prepare.
Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions?