This year our students will be moving into Medieval History, which is year two in a four-year classical history cycle. For some of our kids, this is their first time through medieval history. For others, this is their last cycle through. Moving all the kids through a four year cycle together makes it possible for our family to “do school” together, despite the huge age differences.
This school year, we’ll have 6 students, plus a preschooler and a baby. I arrange my kids’ education so that they are all in the same time period and the same science subject each year. This allows us to do more exploring and learning as a family. It allows the kids the opportunity to share what they’re learning with one another in much more meaningful ways.
We also approach history chronologically. This gives us the story of how events unfold and not just viewing the event in isolation. We do a four year cycle, so by the time the kids graduate, they’ve been through the entire story of history three times. The first time, they’re just exposed to the story. This occurs from about 1st -4th grade. The second time, they dig a little deeper during 5th-8th grade. Then even more in depth 9th-12th grade.
This year, our science subject is biology. So, all the kids will be doing biology, though it will be at different levels. The older kids will be doing experiments that they can then show and explain to the younger kids.
Find All the Curriculum Plans
Find the Morning Basket plans here. Morning Basket time is for the whole family!
Find the Grammar Stage plans here. The grammar stage is roughly 1st to 4th grade, but I certainly include my preschoolers here as much as I can. Some kids may still be at the grammar stage when they are 5th grade age– that is fine. The beauty of homeschooling is how much you can customize it to fit your needs. My goal for grammar stage students is to introduce and expose them to the ideas and stories.
Find the Logic Stage plans here. The logic stage is roughly 5th to 8th grade, or “middle school”. Some kids may be younger, some may be older. These kids have already been exposed to the ideas and stories and are ready to go a little bit deeper.
Find the Rhetoric Stage plans here. The rhetoric stage is roughly 9th to 12th grade, or “high school”. Some may be ready earlier, some later. These students have gone through these ideas twice now and are ready for some in depth reading and analyzing the topics.
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