ThisIsTheDay Posted December 27, 2011 Share Posted December 27, 2011 I've spent hours this afternoon reading previous threads, and I know there are a few current ones too. I have several specific questions; I'm hoping you'll bear with me. My ds will turn 14 at the end of August and be a very young 9th grader. In the past, we've chosen a lit-based history (usually SOTW), but he seems to forget everything within a few months. For the last year and a half, I've tried changing things up a bit, but I've been bad at following through and the curriculum (both formal and pieced together) did not click for him. He has no learning issues, does not seem to have a preference for learning style, and is willing and motivated enough to do schoolwork. As he gets older, he's preferring to work more independently. He's a check the box kind of kid who does not get excited about large amounts of reading. I find MFW attractive because of the scheduling. I think ds would benefit from the variety of readings, catching different bits of information from different sources. My questions: How feasible is it to skip the book Taking the Old Testament Challenge? I'm not familiar with Ortberg and prefer to do our own Bible study, but I'd consider Ortberg if it were necessary for the program. Do I need the Ken Ham :glare: book? I suppose I could swallow that one if necessary. I wouldn't use The Purpose Driven Life, and I would use our own study on the Book of Daniel. Am I correct in assuming these specific resources are less important to complete the curriculum, and that I can substitute something I feel is more appropriate? Notgrass is spread out over two years. Is the book eventually read in its entirety? (While I loved Notgrass American History, older dd loathed it.) My other thoughts/concerns. Will Notgrass be overwhelming--boring, as it was to dd? The lit selections are intense, but it is much less than what he's done in the past so should balance out. He's particularly interested in Greek/Roman mythology, so he'll like that. He's kept a timeline notebook, using those same figures, for many years, so that will be completely familiar to him. Thank you for any suggestions/ideas/comments. It's quite an investment, even piecing together used, and I'll be praying about what to do. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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