stm4him Posted January 5, 2012 Share Posted January 5, 2012 I read an article today that came out in the CC newsletter about a family's first semester of Challenge A. In the article the Mom lists the weekly work load she laid out for her child. I really appreciated reading this b/c I have often wondered what exactly it looked like at home during the week. I have heard the homework takes anywhere from 3-10 hours a day from various families. But when I read her outline it doesn't seem like that much. Here is basically what it would look like according to her: Day 1- 1 Saxon lesson, pages from LNST (I know this will change next year), outline one source for Science research paper, create an IEW outline, trace a map and study the countries and capitals orally, read one chapter from Don't Check Your Brains at the Door Day 2- 1 Saxon lesson, pages from LNST, outline second source for Science paper, write a rough draft (Bible-based IEW), draw a map freehand and study the countries and capitals, read one chapter from It Couldn't Just Happen Day 3- 1 Saxon lesson, declensions and conjugations for new vocab in Latin, fuse two outlines and write rough draft of Science paper, add dress-ups and openers to IEW paper and meet w/ Mom to edit, draw map and study again, outline chapter from It Couldn't Just Happen Day 4- 1 Saxon lesson, Latin readings with Mom (this was supplemental), type final draft of Science paper and draw a picture, type final draft of IEW paper, draw map and study it, study catechism questions Weekend or on CC day- take a Saxon test There is no mention of the Lit readings but I'm sure they're scheduled in too. Now unless something major happens I am definitely planning to put my kids in Challenge and I think it sounds like an incredible program. But I have always wanted to supplement with some other things and have often read where people think there is no way that is possible b/c there is way too much work in Challenge to add to it. But when I look at this it doesn't seem like it would take more than 4 hours if a student was focused, in which case there should definitely be time to add in other classes and such......Am I wrong? Or do you add more to Challenge A? What I would like to add: English Grammar....possibly Shurley 7 or ALL to keep it fresh Vocab...Word Roots software or Vocab from Classical Roots or something from MP Composition....only on weeks when there is not a written paper due (several programs I'm interested in) Greek (not sure which program or online class yet) possibly a modern language (slowly) Logic (The Fallacy Detective, Building Thinking Skills 3) General Science from Apologia Omnibus 1, 2, or 3 (probably secondary books in Summer) Art and Music I would do as much as possible in the Summer and on breaks when Challenge was out. I would have put in things like Math Detective and Latin Alive to keep their Math and Latin skills up in the Summer. I just wondered what other people were adding or thought they were adding and then didn't, etc. I'm still a few years off from this but I'm always a long term planner by nature.... stm4him Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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