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Someone GAVE this to me this week. (I know! Jackpot!!)
Anyway, we've been going to use Mystery of History Volume 1 (creation to resurrection), but since I have this "fantastic" (and expensive) resource I'd like to use it.
Problem is, I can't for the life of me figure out how it works! Where's the lessons? How do I know the schedule? I've read the intro pages... and I promise that I'm not usually dense, but this just isn't sinking in with me.
Can anyone help??
The first time I saw a SL teacher's guide, I didn't get it either. If your binder has tabs, go to the one marked "1". This is week 1. You'll either see a Five Day Schedule or a Four Day Schedule. You can use either. Some people use Friday for a free day or art day--something other than what they normally do Mon-Thurs., which is why there is a 4-day schedule. Anyhow, along the top of your schedule you'll see Day 1, Day 2, etc. The colum for Day 1 is what you are supposed to do for the first day of week 1.
So for day 1 reading, you would read the chapters from 1st Chronicles in your Bible and Lesson 1 of the Children's Bible Handbook. The children memorize 1 Corinthians 13: 1-2. For history, it depends on which edition of Hillyer's Child's History of the World you have. If you have the edition that comes with SL, you'd read the introduction to that. Then you'd read pp. 2-3 of Usborne's Book of World History. You don't read from The Kingdom Strikes Back until Day 3, which should be Weds.
For Current Events, you pick which activity your child does based on his or her age. This usually takes more than one day.
There are no activities listed for Time Line or Markable Map, but at some point you will use these resources.
You'll also read the following: chaps. 1-3 of Mara, Daughter of the Nile (as well as pp. 31-32 from the Reader Guide, which is in your binder somewhere), chap. 1 from The Golden Goblet (as well as pp. 39-51 from the Read-Aloud Guide, in your binder), and pp. 5-6 of Favorite Poems Old and New.
When I say you'll read this, either you or your children do the reading. It depends on their ages and your inclination. Also, most people don't do everything listed for everyday. You might skip reading the Usborne Book of World History for a couple days and then catch up near the end of the week. It is really up to you.
After having used both, I personally prefer Mystery of History, but I do like the readers and read-alouds from Sonlight. Have you considered combining the two?
First, thanks so much for the great info!
Yes, I'll be combining the two. BUT, I won't be going full-fledged with the Sonlight. I'll be using Mystery of History as our main spine, and taking from SL to supplement when it fits. I like the reading scheduled out like that; it really helps. Plus I like the fact that there are chapter-by-chapter questions for the books.
(By the way, last night, I sat and did an extensive "don't bother Mom while she figures out this book" session. I think I mostly get it now, once I tried to understand JUST the Sonlight without the MOH factor. So I get it that far. It's combining it with the MOH where I'm still a little confused.)
I'm on a MOH yahoogroup and I posted there for help, and they were some, but not a whole lot. LOL There are a couple of schedules in the files, but they're pretty generic and I DO like the detailed schedule that SL provides. What I'd like to see is MOH stuck into the SOTW row. LOL That make sense? (We do also have the SOTW activity guide, so I may use that from time to time, but I have that lined up with MOH. SO, as long as I can figure out how to line up MOH with the SL I'll be doing good.)
Also, I'm a little concerned that all the reading will be too much and would like some sort of help/ideas on how to schedule in the supplemental reading. (The books MOH suggests but SL doesn't.)
So, other than the parts from the guide, substituting MOH for SOTW, the reading and the Biblical memorization, we probably won't be doing much of the other things listed in the SL. I'm not even sure we'll do ALL the reading; I was told that Core6 was written for about a 6th grader. My son is only a 4th grader (would be 3rd in ps, he'll be 9 next month), so I won't feel too bad leaving some of it out especially where inappropriate. (Any input on that?)
BUT, I DO plan on stretching it out into more of a 48 week year instead of 36. I've always planned to use the MOH for a full year, and have looked for something with a little more "secular" history in it as well as supplementing with our own Bible program. The Sonlight really looks to be that, if I can figure out how to make it mesh.
Anyway. I really appreciate your taking the time to read and answer this post. On the MOH group, I asked for people to reply to me personally, because I kind of feel like there's somtehing I'm just missing and someone will have to walk through it with me. I don't know. Maybe I'm TRYING to make it harder than it is. LOL It looks like the SL (nor the SOTW) neither one has the first few lessons from MOH included, so we're going to go ahead and start. I don't think we're going to read Mara, Daughter of the Nile. It just doesn't sound like something my almost-9yo boy would get into enough to get anything out of... if that makes sense. But there are plenty of MOH suggestions in the beginning to make up for that.
Thanks again for your help! Any input you can give will be appreciated! It sounds like you are combining SL and MOH - is that right? How exciting! You should be tons of help! LOL