I am planning to use TOG yr 3 in the fall with 1 D, 1 UG, and 2 LG students (one reading, one not). I've previously used Ambleside Online, HOD, and a hodge podge of materials for history and literature. I am most accustomed to choosing a "spine" to read aloud to all (or most) of the children and assign them other books to read on their own. Through TOG's Teacher Training downloads I'm beginning to get a feel for TOG's philosophy and approach with learning levels and I really like what I'm learning. While I appreciate the weekly topics, I'm still struggling with the desire to find a spine to march through chapter by chapter with everyone. Has anyone done this successfully in place of or in addition to TOG's Core history reading? (I realize my D student will need the scheduled readings to do the AQ and TQ.)
I'm not sure I'm explaining my thoughts very well, but glad for any shared experiences/thoughts.