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Using one level for multiple age kids
Port St Lucie, FL
La Grande, OR
Having used both levels myself, I think you could use the 7-9 with both children. The curriculum allows for some options with the assignments so that you can make it more challenging for your older child. I do have to wonder what curriculum you will use for each of them the next year since the oldest has completed the 8-10? When considering using separate levels, you should know that the 9-11 level is the first one where the curriculum is directed toward the learner. This means that it is less work for the parent as time goes on and your child begins to work more independently. And only you can know how your older child will react to easier literature. The stories are great so she may not mind...or she may want a challenge. As with most parenting decisions, there is no perfect answer. You will have to figure out what works best for your family financially, academically, and within the limitations of your day-to-day life.
Stone Mountain, GA
Based on the standards that each level covers, officially 7-9 is third grade and 8-10 is fourth grade. So you would be having a child who has successfully completed fourth grade go back and repeat third instead of advancing to fifth. I get that having to teach two different levels at the same time can be daunting (I'm doing it myself), but honestly it just doesn't make sense academically to do that. It will end up putting your older daughter behind for no reason, because again she would be repeating third grade when she should be in fifth, and for no real reason other than convenience.
Port St Lucie, FL
Thank you for your opinion. My original plan is to supplement my oldest with higher vocabulary and grammar by buying a separate grade appropriate book. My oldest actually hasn't read any of the books in that age level except Charlotte's Web; I am concerned about the work but thought she could do the option 2 while my youngest does option 1. I've also purchased a Harry Potter year long study that is more geared towards my oldest. I have four children and doing separate curriculums with all four is just not possible; my 3rd and 5th are the closest in age right now. I've looked into curriculums like Bookshark, My Fathers World and Sonlight which has the option of adding other students (and combining subjects) but we really like MBTP after using it last year.
The Curriculum is complete and challenging. I would do 7-9 this year with both and move on to 9-11 next year. My daughters are 10 and 12 and we will cover 11-13 this year and 12-14 next year. You have to make the curriculum work for you not the other way around. Some units might be easer or more difficult than others but just keep moving on. If MBTP is working for you, I would not change it.