I am one third of the way into the first year of the Veritas Press History curriculum. I absolutely LOVE the concept. The execution is what's killing me.
We're doing great with the memory song, doing the age-appropriate projects, and generally learning the most important facts. The main problem is the tests. They started out alright, but as we continue, they are getting longer and longer and have become a huge drag. My boys are 6 and almost 8. My daughter is 4 and she listens in. Is it alright to do the tests orally? The manual suggests that children should be able to do them in writing by the sixth week, but it's not working for our family. Additionally, there is an abundance of supplemental material, but we don't have the time to read (or money to buy) all of the recommended books and do all of the suggested activities. Am I "cheating" by just doing the basics? I'd appreciate any input on how you implement the program or on the topic of customizing curriculum. Thanks so much!!