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#51 liber

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 02:15 PM

I'm not sure; I am sure that I never implemented AO to its fullest because it is so hard to do so IMO.

 

The biggest difference is that all kids are doing the same general time frame and that there are fewer books, done better. There are extra helpings for kids who read fast or need more but I no longer feel like all we do is read and narrate all day with no end in sight and no help in figuring out which of the "free reads" are useful or important. (Some of the AO people have their kids read all the free reads; I can't imagine and I have one really fast reader.) There is more coordination between the "free reads" and your work.

 

Nicole Williams also has implemented Natural History in a much more holistic way now that the PNEU works are available to read online and she was able to do more reading on what the schools actually did.

 

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I guess the biggest difference seems to be that all the kids are on the same history schedule?  and they provided you with daily schedules with time limits?  Otherwise there are the same amount of subjects in both programs. 



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 04:50 PM

Couple of more questions.

 

How long does your typical day last?  What is your start time?  Do you combine subjects with your kids and if so, which ones?  Do you do the reading and activities that they suggest?

 

I probably wouldn't be able to get everything in even if I went with CMI's program as I am not an early riser and I have commitments outside of the house two mornings a week and commitments in the evening.  I have been following AO for many years now and I am familiar with all the books and tweak as I need to.  Although the cost is doable, I am unsure of the books.  I would have to buy most of them so cost would be a factor too.  I do like the idea of having the kind of support seems to offer and the daily schedule is planned out.  Not sure what I want to do.  sigh.



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

I believe I am jumping in.  :)  I need more time to "learn" some of the subjects before my kids get there particularly math, foreign language, etc. My oldest taught himself EVERYTHING almost from 7th grade on and I outsourced many things.  I don't want to depend on having to do that for my younger two.  It just takes SO much time away and really not a lot is gained from what I have seen.  So if I can spend my time learning them so I am prepared to help them along the way it would save them so much time and frustration!

 

I love planning but it has taken SO much of my time (since I am such a perfectionist) that having it all laid out for me is so worth it!  I am very excited about all of the extras and helps that are included for implementing the program.  I might have to tweak a few books since it is has a few things we have read to death (particularity my youngest) but with the extras given as choices it shouldn't be that hard.  :)

 

I am so thankful this is available and thanks Emily for sharing with us all!  I am SUPER excited too that I am going to be able to go to the CMI conference this year!  My hubby and kids are great giving up their vacation to go so we are coming to KY a bit early to do a little sight seeing.  Can't wait to check out the ark and The Creation Museum!  Will anybody else be going to the CMI this year?

 



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:11 PM

Couple of more questions.

 

How long does your typical day last?  What is your start time?   Do you do the reading and activities that they suggest?

 

I probably wouldn't be able to get everything in even if I went with CMI's program as I am not an early riser and I have commitments outside of the house two mornings a week and commitments in the evening.  I have been following AO for many years now and I am familiar with all the books and tweak as I need to.  Although the cost is doable, I am unsure of the books.  I would have to buy most of them so cost would be a factor too.  I do like the idea of having the kind of support seems to offer and the daily schedule is planned out.  Not sure what I want to do.  sigh.

 

 

Maybe I can help a little.  All of the main subjects are done in the morning so that you have time to do other things in the afternoon:  nature study, music practicing, handicrafts, etc.  There is usually depending on the age an hour possibly of other reading in the afternoon but for the younger years all of their main work is done in the morning.  I haven't used Alveary yet but it depends I think on the age of the child as to how long the morning looks.  What are your kids ages/grades?

 

Do you combine subjects with your kids and if so, which ones?

 

There are some subjects that you can combine I will post a link to help you see what that looks like from their site.

 

https://docs.google....#gid=1520625835

 

For me even though I like AO, I felt that it didn't coincide with what CM had to say on "times" and meeting each child.  Who could finish all of those books listed if they were sticking to her time table?  If I didn't read all of the books I felt like a failure!  I have found in the past reading too much too fast my kids would not remember anything!  However, when I slowed down and read smaller portions they were able to remember so much more and isn't that better to learn some things then none!  Rereading her works and looking at how CMI is trying to really implement what it would really look like today is so helpful and refreshing!

 

HTH some.  :)



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

I am really considering too...seems like such a great resource even if I have to substitute a few since we already have done them.  Decisions....  Wonder if they have a support group of those who use it...wouldn't that be fun!  :)

 

There is a forum for Alveary members. :) 



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

I hadn't realized that your kids are younger than mine; my kids are 12, 10, 8 (and 5 and 1). My oldest two would go nuts if I tried to read everything to them, and my 8-year-old has requested to read some of her to-be-narrated books independently, though I hadn't required it of her yet. Since she can read them to herself and narrate exceptionally well, I think it'd be thoughtless of me to require her to listen to me read them aloud. Of course she's always had free reading on her own. She's certainly not reading Pilgrim's Progress on her own, and she is now joining us for some of the older together books.

 

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Yes, my oldest is only 9....so we're still very much *together* which is, I think, his general preference.  But we may be in a transition stage that I do not yet recognize.  We will experiment to see how much he can handle on his own--he's a dreamy, artistic, visual-spatial child who sometimes struggles to stay on task.  Reading on his own might be helpful to him, now that I think about it, because he can be in charge of his pace and ponderings.  Hmm, we'll see!



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 03:54 PM

I just enrolled us for next year! The books look amazing and I've been enjoying all the ADE podcasts for the last couple months. This looks like a great program for us.

I have no idea what to do for math...we may just continue with MUS for the most part and add in HOE/Rays. I also will have a high schooler, so I'll have to figure out what to do with her. She'll be using AO Year 7 for some subjects and a couple books from Memoria Press, but I'm hoping to combine for history and family subjects.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:01 PM

I just enrolled us for next year! The books look amazing and I've been enjoying all the ADE podcasts for the last couple months. This looks like a great program for us.


ADE stands for....? Would love to know about another good podcast.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

ADE stands for....? Would love to know about another good podcast.

A Delectable Eduation.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 04:51 PM

There is a forum for Alveary members. :)

 Where is the forum??



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 06:42 AM

Where is the forum??


Sorry....I just saw this! It's available once you join the Alveary; I don't think it's open to others.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 11:39 AM

This blog post is an interesting comparison of four CM curricula's, including the Alveary.

 

 


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:04 PM

Thank you for sharing! This is exactly what I was looking for. I just signed up!

 

For those of you thinking about it, here are some links.

 

This is a 45 minutes FAQ video on it: https://player.vimeo...video/212783825

 

This is their public FB group for questions: https://www.facebook...04/?pnref=story