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    Classical Studies Catch-up?

    I had a little homeschool FOMO this year, and I ended up having my sixth-grader do MODG history (Ancient Egypt) rather than Famous Men of the Middle Ages. I would like to get back on track with MP Classical Studies next year, but I could use some advice. Should we do FMMA over the summer, perhaps just as a read-and-discuss? Or maybe do both FMMA and FMG at a one-per-semester pace next year? A third option would be to just skip it. I already own the FMMA materials. Thanks in advance for your help!

    Heather
    9th year homeschooling, 3rd year with MP
    Girl 6M
    Girl 3M
    Girl MPK
    Girl toddler

    Levels we have completed: Preschool, Jr. K, 1, 2, 4NU, 5

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    Heather,

    Any of these plans actually works, so I would do whatever you want! Your student might enjoy FMMA as a summer read. It may be a lot to try to do FMMA and FMG in one year because you would have to do two lessons a week, and there's a lot more going on than classical studies in 7th grade! But it is certainly doable and what they do at MPOA. (This is not my favorite option in case you can't tell.) And for your third option, you could just skip it since you will be studying a year of Medieval history in our high school curriculum if you choose to stick to that. So your student will get a good course in medieval history. The advantage to reading through FMMA in the summer is that it is a good background into the characters and events that students will see again in high school.

    Tanya

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      #3
      I vote read aloud over the summer. FMMA has been great, but what I liked best was the timeline dates we've memorized that give us some hooks upon which to hang the historical details.
      Mama of 2, teacher of 3
      Summer: First Start French I
      SY 22/23
      6A, teaching TFL & CC Chreia/Maxim in group, and Koine Greek
      MP2 w/ R&S Arithmetic 3


      Completed MPK, MP1, MP2, 3A, 4A, 5A
      SC B, SC C, SC1 (Phonics/Math), SC2's Writing Book 1

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        #4
        Originally posted by enbateau View Post
        I vote read aloud over the summer. FMMA has been great, but what I liked best was the timeline dates we've memorized that give us some hooks upon which to hang the historical details.
        Agree! For my oldest son and again currently with my 6th grade daughter, we made index cards for each important date from FMMA and added them to a line on the wall as the reading progressed. The dates in this time period are really helpful to have firmly in mind for later studies.

        Also, my son found Famous Men of Greece the most challenging book of the Famous Men series. I would not have wanted to charge through that at double time.

        Also-also, don't feel bad for taking a detour for Egyptian history. It's fascinating! My daughter had extra time in her schedule in 4th grade, and we spent time studying Ancient Egypt and followed it up with a trip through the Egypt section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a huge highlight for all of us!
        Amy

        Fall 2022:
        DS 14 9th
        DD 12 7th
        DS 10 5th
        DD 7 2nd
        DS 5 K
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