Using MTMM but doing biology instead?

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Using MTMM but doing biology instead?

Post by faroutback » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:23 am

Ds will be using MTMM for 9th grade this coming year. He said he would like to do something different for science this year than chemistry. I noticed he began to grow weary with his science last year (Advanced EE in RevtoRev). So we were thinking of having him do biology this coming year. In doing this would we need to use the health resources from WH as well? Carrie had said this was a good pairing science wise and I really don't want things to become disjointed for ds. He reads and comprehends very well above his level and he will turn 15 shortly. We will not make it through all the guides so as we go through and incorporate things one year this may open up room for something else another year. At the same time, we don't want to weigh him down with too much. Would adding the health with the biology in MTMM be too heavy for the year?

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Re: Using MTMM but doing biology instead?

Post by Rice » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:26 pm

We have yet to discover if it will be too much, but my 15 yo just started Rev2Rev + Extensions for 10th. He will use higher LA (MTMM's writing, and R&S, etc. at his level), as well as WG's BJU Literature and WH's Science and Health.

WH Science/Health and WG's Lit are both a step up in workload, but if it's a topic he's interested in, that will go a long way in easing that transition. :)


DS 17 parts of WG, WH's EIW, US2 Finance (DONE: Prep-MTMM)
DD 15 WG, US2 Finance, different lit (DONE:Bigger-Preparing & RTR-MTMM; Irlen)
DS 9 Preparing
DS 7 3Rs,
DD 6 phonics + 2yo DS


Re: Using MTMM but doing biology instead?

Post by faroutback » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:27 am


You mentioned using WWTB and the BJU Lit from WG, so we use WWTB instead of Essentials in Writing? I was concerned about how to approach this and which combinations to use. Ds' reading is very good but he doesn't enjoy the writing so much and I didn't want to risk skipping a skill set in WWTB but I am not sure about breaking up the BJU Lit and EIW. Maybe I have been looking at these as they have to go together? In using BJU Lit will you also be using the book set for this or using DITHOR?

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Re: Using MTMM but doing biology instead?

Post by Carrie » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:23 pm


As you look at your son's year and your decision to use MTMM for his freshman year, we want to take care not to switch out so many things and add so much that MTMM actually becomes more difficult and heavy than simply using World Geography for his freshman year. With that in mind, I would lean toward using as much of MTMM as written.

The science in MTMM is actually a pretty good mix of chemistry, physics, and biology with some geology thrown into the mix through the study of fossils. It is a great year of study and quite different than the science the students have just come out of in Rev2Rev. I would encourage your son to use the science in MTMM as written and add either the chemistry 101, biology 101, or physics 101 dvds on his free 5th day - choosing whichever set best suits his fancy. I would leave the sciences in World Geography, World History, and US1 intact for the time when he arrives at those guides. By the time he gets to his senior year, and is likely using US1, we can look more deeply at his interests and plan his science for that year accordingly. :D

For literature, I would either use DITHR Level 6/7/8 with the 7/8 DITHR Boy set, or he could instead use the boy literature set from World Geography along with DITHR 6/7/8 Student Book (and then the following year do only the BJU lit along with World Geography thus lightening his load for literature for the World Geography year). If you did use the Boy Lit set from World Geography with DITHR, you would just plug each of these books into whatever DITHR genre fits best and teach your way through the DITHR unit with the book. I would stay with WWTB Vol. II as scheduled in MTMM for composition and do the Rod and Staff English as scheduled in MTMM. This combination will give him one full credit in lit/comp.

For Economics, he could either add the Economics study from US2, or he could simply do what is scheduled within MTMM and wait to do Economics until his senior year of high school. Either option would work. :D

I would plan to add Getting Started with Spanish from the World Geography guide, which you can do without needing the World Geography guide. Simply have him do one lesson a day of Getting Started with Spanish. This will earn him 1/2 credit in Spanish I. :D

I would leave the rest of MTMM as written. His credits then would be as follows:
1 credit in U.S. History II
1 credit in English (including lit, comp, and grammar)
1 credit in Science with Lab
1/2 credit in Spanish I
1/2 credit in Economics (if you add the study from US2 and 1 full credit if you also do the Farmer's Market)
1 credit in Math (Algebra I or above)
1/2 credit in Bible (up to one full credit if he is also doing Bible reading outside of school time)
1/2 credit in Fine Arts: Drawing from Nature (if he adds additional nature journal entries during the week or during the summer)

Hope this helps! Just for reference, for each year of high school study once he reaches the official high school guides, your son will earn 6 1/2 to 7 credits each year. So, you can see the credits he will be earning through MTMM will be comparable. Most states require between 18-24 credits to graduate with this requirement differing from state to state. :D


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