Planning Ahead Part 2

I mentioned in THIS post about our choice in AIG's God's Design for Life set. Today, I want to explain how I came to this decision for this set. Hopefully, this won't become a long book.

I am a planner. Even if I "plan" something and it never happens I like to have a safety net for a just in case situtation.  This safety net is even with our curriculum.  For me, I keep in the back of my mind, the possibility that our son could have to go back to a brick and mortar school. Because of this, I try to keep him as close to "grade level" without holding him back in work. For example, I don't want my 7th grader skipping all the way to calculus in math while working on 10th grade level English and Literature and 7th grade history and geography. You get the idea. If this should happen, I really don't want Jamie having to make up any missed courses nor do I want him to be so far ahead that we have to fight to keep from putting him back to what the school thinks as "appropriate" grade level. Clear as mud?

The easiest way for me to do this was to go over to the Abeka website and look at their SCOPE AND SEQUENCE for seventh grade. I made a list of everything that is taught and compared it with the God's Design sets. Why did I choose Abeka to compare the books? Well, in this area all the Christian schools use this curriculum. Secondly, transition into a public school curriculum will be easier since the PS are not as advanced. Thirdly,Abeka meets the standards for the achievement testing that is required for our state.

Hopefully within the next day or so I will have decided on which History curriculum to use, so I can share a complete list of our curriculum for 2012-2013.