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Can all my children do TruthQuest History together?

It is ideal for siblings to study the same era together! They can then unite in imaginative play, field trips, hands-on projects, and rich dinner-time discussions! At last, Mom doesn't have to plan separate activities!

Do make sure the youngest children have the spiritual maturity to handle the topics you're considering. Remember, our "American History for Young Students" guides (Grades 1-5) are quite gentle. Our main guides (Grades 5-12) tackle more directly the complex issues of ancient, European and American civilization. If younger children will be included in the latter, parents will be glad to see that the book recommendations in the upper guides include mention of youngster books, and parents can paraphrase our commentary where necessary.

Have fun planning each child's homeschool career, but don't be too concerned about the next decade and how you'll make the plan work for each of your children. The general principle is to devise a long-range plan for the eldest child, then have younger siblings follow along. When the elder graduates, the siblings can cycle back to the beginning of history, covering in much greater depth the units they first studied when younger.

If, however, there is a large age gap and/or the topics being studied by the eldest child/ren are consistently too difficult or too mature for younger siblings, it may be easier and wiser to let the older students study more independently (they may need that opportunity anyway) while the parents take their younger students through our more age-appropriate "American History for Young Students" guides. If that sounds exhausting, remember that the standard 'scope and sequence' used by most curricula has every child in the family in a different historical period! (We discuss this topic in much greater depth in our long-range planning section.)

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