We made it to week 31 of Core 4 today, after a bit of blitzing through history. I condensed several days worth of Story of the USA readings into one longer session to accomplish this, but I don't think we missed out on anything, really. Story of the USA isn't my favorite SL resource (I find its pre-packaged workbook format dull and dry--decidedly un-SLy) and I have been known to bypass it altogether when I have better readings on hand. This week, though, the read-and-answer-these-preselected-questions format has been exactly what we needed to fast forward through a bit of history that really hasn't captured the imagination of my children. Part of me feels like I'm shortchanging my kids somehow by not making this period more appealing through the "extras" I usually tuck into our Core: picture books, extra readers, videos, crafts, games, websites, etc. Since Oliver came home, I've been much more slack about culling those resources that have always rounded out our Sonlight experience. Thankfully, no one seems any the worse for the wear. Maybe spring fever has set in early?