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  1. Has anyone used completely different curricula for their completely different children? How does it/ Does it work?! I have two children, dd 13 and ds 11, who have done the same curriculum AND the same level/year up to this point (currently, we are in AO7). DD is having a rough go, so after reading about the "Gap Year for 8th Graders," I decided to give it a try. I've allowed her to just do maths, reading and equine studies. She is happier, definitely, but I think that part of the issue was that the rigor of AO is just not her "love language." She is an animal lover and a horseback rider, and could just study animals and be perfectly happy. The books she has read in Sonlight hold her interest, and, as it's a lovely curriculum, I plan to move her over next year. However, ds will still be in AO. This might make me a bit batty. Has anyone done this and lived to tell about it? Obviously, I want to do what is best for them both while being the best possible teacher/partner in their education, and I'm not sure how it will work if I am focusing on two different time periods and masses of different books. Help! And thank you.
  2. I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old daughter.They are 23 months apart. These are my only kids. Last year, for older daughter's first grade I did Ambleside Online year one. It went ok, we had the usual hiccups for a child learning to narrate, and we had some getting used to the readings, but overall it went well and I planned to continue with year two for second grade. I'd bought Build Your Library year one and History Odyssey Ancients level one before I found Ambleside, and didn't end up using either because last summer we were moving and I had trouble finding books and my daughter had a really hard time with all the history pocket writing used by HO. So, I began reading some of the AO readings while I figured it out (it was our first year homeschooling) and she really liked all those weird old books, and so did I so we just stuck with it. If you are familiar with AO, we did not do Trial & Triumph, Parables of Nature, or Bible, because we're secular. In fact, I substituted the Among the ... People books, mythology for Bible, and nothing for Trial and Triumph. Besides nature studies we continued BFSU, which I'd started with older daughter when she was in her kindergarten year. Anyway, now I have a younger daughter, who has been asking to do school like her sister, but has very different interests. She's way more kinesthetic and a lot more interested in arts and crafts. All last year I was thinking she would probably not have enjoyed AO the way my older daughter did. So, I began to research what might be good for her. I went back and looked at BYL 1 and History Odyssey and noted that younger daughter already has significantly better writing ability than older daughter did when she was a year older. So, I began considering that for when younger daughter turned 6. I honestly didn't think she'd be interested in school at 5 because up until recently she didn't want to hang out for casual family readalouds and ran the other when I suggested story time. Additionally, older daughter has recently expressed a desire to keep doing more Ancients. She's long been interested in Egypt but lately has really gotten into Greece and Rome as well. So, now, I'm considering switching to BYL year one and doing both together. It would allow older daughter to get more ancients and allow younger daughter to do some school in a more hands on way than AO. But I'm nervous to put them together. I don't really know how to manage it. Can any of you familiar with either program see any potential problems with doing it this way? Thanks.
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