I have looked at older threads on this topic and am hoping to get some new opinions.
Dd is in 9th grade and has been studying ancient history and literature TWTM-style using The History of the Ancient World and the Great Books list in TWTM. It has been going well. Now I am looking to next year.
In my planning, I had some unknowns that now must be resolved. We like the 4-year history cycle and tying it into the literature. That is great. One roadblock I knew we were going to hit right away was how to deal with the second year of the cycle. Dd likes Susan's books but finishing the Ancients in a single year is going to be enough of a feat. To stay on schedule and use her next books, we are looking at attempting to cover The History of the Medieval World and The History of the Renaissance World in a single year. What have people done here? I see a few options:
1. Dd could get through both books on a more surface level.
2. She could go as in-depth as she has been but would need to skip a significant amount of chapters. I don't know how we would even decide which to skip.
3. She could use another text. Anyone use Norman Cantor's The Civilization of the Middle Ages? It is recommended in TWTM but says it has a "focus on Europe." I don't know if that means it would not be sufficient as a stand-alone spine. Anyone know?
Simplicity is important for dd. A single spine is best for her. As soon as we start juggling too many resources, she gets overwhelmed. I am open to any other ideas too!
I can see that some of my other unknowns are going to be biting me soon. Looking ahead to years 3 and 4 or the history cycle, I worry about covering everything without overdoing it. I can get onboard with styling those last two years in a way that a full year of US History can be counted. However, I am even more in the dark for these years when it comes to finding an appropriate spine. Suggestions? I don't see any way to cover government and econ without those being additional credits. If anyone has stumbled upon a brilliant solution to those issues, I am all ears!