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1 Chrislette Arkenberg March 19, 2017

I will have a child in second grade and one in first next year. I would like to combine as many subjects as I can. Would it be possible to combine learning states and capitals or should I wait until third and second grades or would that push things back for my older child?

Thank you


2 admin March 25, 2017

State and capitals is with you EVERY YEAR until at least 5th grade. You can always combine that. It won’t hurt a 1GRD kid to sit through it. Also, I highly recommend using these: It makes it a story. Way better. The company also has great times tables story cards, but SKIP the add/subtract ones. Not good.

At one point, I had a 3GRD, 2GRD, and KGRD. We always combined all literature, religious, and history read aloud. It’s one of the reasons that my liturgical calendar has all the MoDG K-2 on it. Laura didn’t give us those stratified literature/religion lists until about 10 years ago. That’s really a *new* thing in the school. Also, there’s a MYTH that a child NEEDS the history text book to exactly match the current read aloud. It’s crap. They have NO IDEA how time works. At this point (K-3) you’re teaching them “characters” in history. Their brains learn it the same way they learn from TV. Episodes don’t have to happen in order for them to know everything about a certain character, right? Don’t stress. Time is irrelevant.

We combined a lot of art and music too. There’s nothing special about learning a particular hymn a particular year. The art cards are Montessori, so they’re designed for preschoolers. Any kid can use any set, any year. No stress.

What we DIDN’T combine: math, phonics, history TEXTBOOKS, music WORKSHEETS, poetry (it’s how the kids knew their grade level), catechism (same reason), art CRAFTS, (same reason). Now, we *practiced* the catechism and poetry together, but you kept your “grade” assignments. It reviewed the older kids, pre-prepped the younger, and eliminated the “review X question/poem” from the assignments.

You didn’t ask all of this, but there you go.


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