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    To use or not use the Guerber student guide

    My seventh grade daughter is doing the core, including 14 colonies. I have both the Guerber student guide and the 200 questions one. The teacher guide says that the Guerber guide is usually not used, only 200 questions, but it is listed in the lesson plans. What is the recommendation? I was thinking of having her only do the mapping activities, and maybe discussing the questions with me. I don’t want to burn her out but I want her to get the most she can out of the course and material.
    2020-2021 Ninth year homeschooling, second year using MP cores

    DD - grade 8; also in AHG and Tae Kwon Do
    DS - grade 4; also in Trail Life and Tae Kwon Do

    Five born to Heaven, between 2009 and 2014; because of them we have a ministry called Naomi's Circle for parents walking the path of pregnancy loss

    DH is a bivocational pastor

    Celebrating 19 years of marriage this year!

    #2
    Hi, Kristi.

    At HLS, we don't use the study guide because we don't have time for it. Our teachers have the teacher guide, and they use it for a reference for discussion, but students are only required to master the 200 Questions. We did the study guide for schools and homeschoolers who want to spend more time in American history than we have time for. So it is truly an option. If you do decide to use both, my only caution is to only give one set of tests. Choose what you want to test your students on; don't make them take both!

    Tanya

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      #3
      Tanya, the lesson plans for grade seven include both guides, with Guerber in day 2. If I don’t use those questions, should the student just review on those days?
      2020-2021 Ninth year homeschooling, second year using MP cores

      DD - grade 8; also in AHG and Tae Kwon Do
      DS - grade 4; also in Trail Life and Tae Kwon Do

      Five born to Heaven, between 2009 and 2014; because of them we have a ministry called Naomi's Circle for parents walking the path of pregnancy loss

      DH is a bivocational pastor

      Celebrating 19 years of marriage this year!

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        #4
        I used the Guerber guide for discussion and essay options. I felt like the 200 questions wasn't quite enough in terms of talking through American history, and I wanted us to have some longer discussions about different topics. I did not, however, have my boys write answers to the questions in the books. They simply had to read through the questions for the corresponding chapters before they did the readings, this way they knew what to be prepared to discuss. It was incredibly valuable, and if you have time for it, I think it rounds out the history course nicely. The only tests I gave were the 200 questions.
        Tracy
        My boys: JR, Riley, and Jack
        MP 8A, 7A, and MP2

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          #5
          I had mine write in the 200 questions books and memorize those and take those tests. On the Guerber guide days, we did those questions orally as a means of starting a discussion.
          Debbie- mom of 7, civil engineering grad, married to mechanical engineer
          DD, 27, BFA '17 graphic design and illustration
          DS, 25, BS '18 mechanical engineering
          DS, 23, BS '20 Chemsitry, pursuing phd at Wash U
          (DDIL married #3 in 2020, MPOA grad, BA '20 philosophy, pusrsing phd at SLU)
          DS, 21, Physics and math major
          DD, 18, dyslexic, 12th grade dual enrolled
          DS, 14, future engineer/scientist/ world conquerer 9th MPOA diploma student
          DD, 8 , 2nd Future astronaut, robot building space artist

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            #6
            Hello,
            We're just starting to look at Guerber / 200 Questions and I see the option of two sets of tests. However in my Guerber Teacher Guide there are only 4 tests offered, taking the student to the end of chapter 32. Is this because the 200 Questions end at this point of U.S. history?

            tanya Also, Tanya, I am half joking when I say this (but only half!) could you please put the development of Canadian geography and history resources on your to-do list? I am so incredibly impressed with your U.S. resources. On the pro-side, we are a younger nation, only on our 23rd Prime Minister and we have a much smaller population and a much less exciting road to autonomy. And the con-side, well, you are Tanya, and everything else is already on your plate!

            Monica
            Nova Scotia, Canada
            Monica
            2021-2022
            S - 15
            S - 13

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              #7
              Monica,

              After we finish Guerber, we read the American history portions of Story of the World, Vol. 4 to get 20th century history. So there are no tests for that, unless you want to switch over to the 200 Questions tests. We have chosen at HLS to give the 200 Questions tests rather than the Guerber tests because we want students to retain those drill facts. It's fine to use either set of tests, but we haven't created separate tests for the 20th century.

              Tanya

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                #8
                Ha! Canadian geography and history would be fascinating, and I will put it on my list, but I can't promise it anytime soon. You never know though! It could happen.

                Tanya

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