redsquirrel Posted July 31, 2012 Share Posted July 31, 2012 First, thanks for reading. My boys are 5 years apart. One is 12 and about to start 7th grade, the other is 7 and about to start second. They are very close and enjoy each other very much. Also, the younger is 'old' for his 'grade' going by where the ps here would place him. His birthday is in January. So if he were in ps he would be starting second grade in September, only to turn 8 right after Christmas. Many people, even his mother :blushing: , forget he is only 7. Honestly, most of the time he seems older. If I push him too far he will remind me. ;) I have always followed TWTM fairly closely as far as method. My kids thrive with it and we falter if I stray to far. I started my younger son in SOTW in what would actually be a 'kindergarten' year. I was restarting the history cycle with my then 5th grader and I had been told it is important for my sanity to keep them together. They love to do things together so it wasn't a big deal. I figured that the younger would be a year 'off' and why is that anything to worry about. I am going to have all of high school with the younger one home alone and we will just figure something out then. Well... I am starting to get a little worried about that. I am not thrilled with the idea of starting SOTW 4 with a third year. Even this year, SOTW 3, seems a tad heavy on the slavery and genocide for a second year. He's not a particularly sensitive child, but I am feeling a niggling unease. Will it cause undue trauma? No. Will he maybe not get as much from it as he could due to immaturity? Maybe. So, would I go nuts if I kept him back in year 2 for a second year? I don't think he would mind too much. I could go for more of a literature focus for this year... I don't know how at this moment, but I am sure I could figure something out :lol: (winging it here! Suggest anything!) And what about science? Again, I am sort of stuck with an 'extra' year. I guess I could just call it 'general science" and we finish up all the RSO earth and space we didn't finish last year as well as whatever catches our fancy.... (again, winging it!) As the older boy gets, well, older he does more and more of his school work on his own. It has less and less effect on what my younger son does. His supplemental reading isn't read out loud anymore. I doubt my younger son would notice they weren't both doing the same thing any more. Will I lose my mind if I have them in separate years? Is it that bad? Even if they are in very different stages? We aren't talking about two grammar or logic stage kids. It is only two kids and they have a pretty big age gap. I have always kept things very well defined. I have all my materials packed away by age etc. Man, this could REALLY mess with my system. :lol: That alone is giving my pause. :001_huh: Thank you for your time. Any insight (or telling me to stop over-thinking things already) or previous experience are welcome. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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