Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:22 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:52 AM
I feel like HOD could work if you are really committed to HOD and going through all the guides at least through your 8th grade year. If you intend to try anything different before then, expect there to be gaps in your child's skills for their grade level. We did HOD for 3 years with our children. Each of them had a different struggle going into their grade levels with K12 this year.
I can only tell you my experience with HOD. I did not feel that it challenged my children enough through the whole year. We sort of just went through the motions after a while. I do like some of the book selections and still buy books from them. I love the Emerging Readers and plan to go through it with my youngest once he is past phonics. We still have DITHOR and we read through the storytime selections from the guides. I like a lot of things from HOD and we had quite a few good years overall.
So I would say it could have just been placement or it could be that it isn't for you. Have you seen the older guides? I really liked Bigger for certain aspects. I found that the range of activities being kind of easy to somewhat challenging and feeling that some things were geared for the youngest age on the guide and some for the oldest just really did not work for us. I really felt trapped the longer we did HOD with my child who had only done HOD b/c he really couldn't just jump into his right grade level with any other all in one curriculum. His skills were all over the place b/c HOD was skill based and didn't follow a typical scope and sequence for "grade" levels.
It was easier for me to see it wouldn't work for us long term once one of my kids got to an age/grade where they knew they wanted to pursue a field that needed a strong science/math background. It actually turns out that I have 2 children who are naturally advanced with science. So the curriculum change was good for them. I don't regret our years with HOD. My chidlren enjoyed them and we learned together. Our homeschool journey just changed along the way and we needed something else.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:53 PM
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