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#1 tuggerlou

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:37 AM

I just cannot afford to order our Core before next fall. At that point my daughter will be almost 8 1/2. Is that too old to begin Core B? Should I do Core B/C instead? She has had no history at all so I dont really want to skim through it. Thanks.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:41 AM

I'm editing this because my brain is not working yet this morning (obviously not enough coffee yet :)) and I called various Cores the wrong names.

No, she's not too old. It sounds like she's about 3rd grade (by age). That's fine for doing Core B or Core B+C.

3rd grade is also okay for using Core B. I used Core B with a 3rd grader who was closer to 9yo than 8yo by the start of his third grade year. He did Core C in 4th grade and Core D as a 5th grader. . . he's turning 16yo tomorrow.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:41 AM

DS is 8, we are working our way through slowly core B slowly. I have core C on the shelf waiting, but because of other things he is behind in, we are working at a really slow pace.

I think 8 is a good age for starting this core. We actually started when is was 7 and he got little enjoyment out of it. Now he loves it. 8 is the upper age range for this core and many think it is better to be on the upper end rather than the lower end of the age range.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:35 AM

No, she is definitely not too old. I did Core B with my 10yo son, and Core C when he was 11yo. He got way more out of it than when we did the Core B+C when he was only 7-8.
It also gave us more time to do extra research on some of the topics. It was a good choice for us.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:47 AM

I just cannot afford to order our Core before next fall. At that point my daughter will be almost 8 1/2. Is that too old to begin Core B? Should I do Core B/C instead? She has had no history at all so I dont really want to skim through it. Thanks.

I don't think she will be too old.

But if YOU do, it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. So if you're wanting to start now, here are some ideas.

Buy the IG now, and see what books you can obtain elsewhere. Maybe you have a library which stocks most of them, and you can find the rest used online. Maybe you can find a local person who owns the books and will allow you to borrow them. Maybe you can find them at a used curriculum sale in May (many support groups hold these sales at the end of the school year).

Buy the IG now, and purchase the books which are used in the first twelve weeks now. Then you can start earlier - and by the time you're ready for the next twelve weeks' worth, you can perhaps sell some of what you're done with (some people have a hard time selling their books, because they just can't part with them) to help fund the purchase of the next set.

See if you can buy the whole core used. I don't like this option much myself, because I think there is a lot of risk in buying used IGs - a random page may be missing and that can be anything from mildly frustrating to nearly disastrous. It also doesn't support Sonlight at all, and doesn't get you "free" forum access like buying a new IG does. But if that is what you must do to start now, that is what you must do.

In the meantime, you can suggest to anybody who has occasion to present you or your child with a gift, that a Sonlight Gift Certificate would be most appreciated...or purchase them yourself to keep from spending the money before you've saved it all up for a full core.

But truly, age 8 is not too old for Core B. If you find it is too light for her, speed it up some (do six columns of assignments in a five day week?) to give her more to do on a daily basis. There are other ways to make up time, too, if you think starting here will be too low for the future sequence of cores. But I don't think it is - very few of us do ALL the cores, even though it is a nice thing to have that plan on paper!
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:59 AM

My oldest was within just a month and a half from his 9th birthday when we started Core B, and it was a wonderful school year. I don't think 8 is too old for Core B at all. Hey, my current 9 yo (8 when we started) is doing Core B now. My just-turned-7 yo still is ready for many of the Core B books.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:06 AM

My boys had just turned 6 and 8 when we started Core B. It was a good fit for my oldest, and a little too advanced for my 6yo. Personally, I wouldn't recommend B/C because Core B is packed with info as it is. But, of course, you'll have to decide what fits best for your family. ;)

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:13 AM

I am currently doing Core B with both ds8 and ds10. I think you would do well to start with B for your child.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:09 PM

I don't think it is too old, but I did the core with a 6/7 and a 9/10 year old.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:10 PM

I agree with everyone, we started with my 8 year old and he turned 9- 2 months after we started and he loves history, so I think for him (average learner) it is just the right amount for him, enough to grab on and enjoy and not too much to overwhelm him! ;)
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:51 PM

I'm using Core B for my two this year, and I'm thinking it'll be a perfect fit for my 8.5 yo dd.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:34 PM

I am doing Core B with my DD 8 and DS 7 and it is perfect!! They are really getting a lot out of it at an older age. DS 12 did this Core when he was 9/10 b/c he couldn't read fluently and so we did this Core then Core C (after I started doing Core B+C b/c I freaked out with his age...I ended up back tracking and adding in everything.) He got A TON out of it! I did many projects with older ds too like newspaper stories he wrote up and "delivered"...he dressed up in character...I printed out pictures of money or buildings, swords, armor and he made a collage notebook with them coloring them in. We added to it and it was really rich!! He got a lot more out of it. So, now I tend to think the upper end of the age range is best for each Core.

ETA: DD 8 is going to be 9 in March.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:03 PM

I just cannot afford to order our Core before next fall. At that point my daughter will be almost 8 1/2. Is that too old to begin Core B? Should I do Core B/C instead? She has had no history at all so I dont really want to skim through it. Thanks.

Nope. B should be a good fit, IMO.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:36 PM

I'm always the minority opinion in these conversations. I consider 8 1/2 rather old for Core B and unless you have other, younger children who need to use that level, I recommend against it. But it sounds like you've essentially made your decision, and most people who use SL will give you the go-ahead. In the grand scheme of things it won't matter one way or another. : )
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

My 8yo (technically 81/2) is currently using Core B as well. I wanted a strong foundation in world history so I chose Core B instead of B+C. I'm glad I did. It's working out great.
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:44 PM

And also, SL recommends 6,7 or 8 yo for Core B.
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:01 PM

I am actually planning on using ALL the history cores at the mid- upper end of the age ranges. I decided to do that when I checked out or borrowed a number of SL books when I was still trying to decide if I wanted to use the curriculum a couple years ago. I personally remember much more of a book's content when reading below my level than when pushing myself (and was that way as a kid, too). And the SL books are incredible at every level. Granted I am a science nerd with a terribly weak history/literature background, but still, I was learning TONS of stuff from the books in cores B, C, E etc... So my personal opinion is that I think your eight year old child could really enjoy, and learn tons from, core B. And you can always add more if she wants more :).

Edited by joyoustxmama, 12 January 2012 - 09:03 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:23 PM

Hi tuggerlou, I would agree that reading and working at an easier level makes for good progress. I did core D with my nearly-nine year old, and then went back to Core B as a ten year old, because we didn't want to miss out on the history. It's all good and he enjoyed the learning. I would encourage you to use the resources that you have. Sounds like you have just the right thing for now.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:11 PM

And also, SL recommends 6,7 or 8 yo for Core B.


I used it with mine last year when they were 6 and 8. Both enjoyed it, but my 8 year old appreciated and understood more. You could also use B+C, of course, but I wouldn't want to condense either, unless I added in the books from the separate cores that were left out. I hope you enjoy Sonlight, whatever core you choose!

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:45 PM

I just cannot afford to order our Core before next fall. At that point my daughter will be almost 8 1/2. Is that too old to begin Core B? Should I do Core B/C instead? She has had no history at all so I dont really want to skim through it. Thanks.

My youngest was 5 or 6 (ish?) when we started core B the first time around (for my olders). He got little to nothing out of it. This time around, he was 8 when we started and the difference is astonishing. I'm so glad I decided to go through them again for him. For the record, my olders enjoy listening in to the core again, too -- with pretty much every new book I bring out, one of them tells their little brother, "Oh, you're going to love this one!"

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:48 PM

I'm on my second round of Core B with an 8 year old. It's great!

Also, Sonlight will start offering longer time payments in April. You can stretch your payments out for 6 or 9 months. Right now you can do 3 months.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:49 PM

When we move on to Core B next year with my little boys, Samuel will be 10 yo and Caleb will be 6. I expect my older one to learn more, but the younger one is pretty sharp so he should be fine.

Even though Samuel has a sister only 28 months older, and Caleb has a brother 20 months younger, I have these two together in Core A (though they are nearly 4 years apart), because their listening skills are the most similar. They each have math and language arts at grade level, but the Sonlight Cores are meant to be for a broader range.

Could I push each child individually into a harder core? Of course. But the core teaches Bible, Literature, and History. Broad subjects. I feel it is more important (given my time restraints) to teach each kid to read, write, SPELL, and know enough math to not have to take remedial math classes in college. I have high expectations :)

Sonlight is wonderful, and we must use it the best we can to do the best we can. I think you'll really enjoy doing B with a kid who is ready to "get it". I am looking forward to it next year.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:03 PM

Ds and I are doing CORE B and we are loving it. Ds is 8.


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Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:33 PM

We did Core B when my dc were 7.5 and 8.5 and my 8.5yo got a lot more out of it than her sister. I debated about B vs B+C, too. But then I looked at the books we'd be skipping and I just couldn't do it :) We did end up speeding up the Core because *every* day brought the plea to "read more!" But, even without that, it would have been fine.

There are also SO many books you can add to Cores B and C, if you wish. We got all sorts of books from the library while we were doing those Cores. Also, you can get movies or documentaries from the library or Netflix to add, if your dc like that.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:04 AM

I am doing this core with my 9 yo and the 3rd grade readers. It is working much better than D+E (which I already owned and wanted to save money and put him into it). He was struggling so much with D+E and now he is actually enjoying learning and his reading comprehension has improved.



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