History, science & Bible have been a time for us to learn together. I have treasured the learning we did as a family, the conversations, the movies. Sadly, the time has come to split up for history and science. The gap between Elizabeth and Ben was glaring this year, particularly in physics. Elizabeth was ready for so much more than Ben.
As much as I hate for this time to come, I’m excited for the next year.
The boys and I will begin the history cycle over, beginning back in Story of the World: Ancient Times. It will be fun to go back through SOTW now that we’ve been through it once. And since they are older than Elizabeth & Ben were when we went through it the first time (4th & 2nd grades v. 3rd & K), we’ll be able to dig in a little deeper from the get-go. We will use the main book, the activity guide and lots of supplemental reading & documentaries. [Story of the World playlist]
Elizabeth’s history may be the subject for which I’m most excited. I wanted to give her a year of just American history before she began high school. I began designing it with the idea “20 Events That Changed American History” with a focus on events like the American Revolution, the invention of the car, etc…As I began researching ideas, my focus changed with a focus more on cultural events and a cultural focus on events like the American Revolution. I haven’t worked it all out yet but I’m making progress. She’ll learn events, she’ll study people, she will learn to analyze the impact of moments in history. [I will be putting the plans up on my blog at a future point.]
For at least this year, our main science topic will remain the same even as we do them separately.
Before we split off, we will do Ellen McHenry’s The Elements together and complete a few games & activities.
The boys will move on to Elemental Science Chemistry for the Grammar Stage. I learned from using Elemental’s Earth Science program that I needed it printed out rather than using the .pdf for the plans.
After completing The Elements, Elizabeth will begin Guest Hollow’s Chemistry in the Kitchen. It is designed to be a no math chemistry for high school students. She will need a math-based chemistry for college (she’s interested in a physics major) but I think it’ll make a great chemistry for her next year. [Side bonus for me: she learns to do more in the kitchen!]
If she enjoyed McHenry’s Elements, I will also give her McHenry’s Carbon Chemistry to incorporate into her year.