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  1. Has anyone used completely different curricula for their completely different children? How does it/ Does it work?! I have two children, dd 13 and ds 11, who have done the same curriculum AND the same level/year up to this point (currently, we are in AO7). DD is having a rough go, so after reading about the "Gap Year for 8th Graders," I decided to give it a try. I've allowed her to just do maths, reading and equine studies. She is happier, definitely, but I think that part of the issue was that the rigor of AO is just not her "love language." She is an animal lover and a horseback rider, and could just study animals and be perfectly happy. The books she has read in Sonlight hold her interest, and, as it's a lovely curriculum, I plan to move her over next year. However, ds will still be in AO. This might make me a bit batty. Has anyone done this and lived to tell about it? Obviously, I want to do what is best for them both while being the best possible teacher/partner in their education, and I'm not sure how it will work if I am focusing on two different time periods and masses of different books. Help! And thank you.
  2. I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old daughter.They are 23 months apart. These are my only kids. Last year, for older daughter's first grade I did Ambleside Online year one. It went ok, we had the usual hiccups for a child learning to narrate, and we had some getting used to the readings, but overall it went well and I planned to continue with year two for second grade. I'd bought Build Your Library year one and History Odyssey Ancients level one before I found Ambleside, and didn't end up using either because last summer we were moving and I had trouble finding books and my daughter had a really hard time with all the history pocket writing used by HO. So, I began reading some of the AO readings while I figured it out (it was our first year homeschooling) and she really liked all those weird old books, and so did I so we just stuck with it. If you are familiar with AO, we did not do Trial & Triumph, Parables of Nature, or Bible, because we're secular. In fact, I substituted the Among the ... People books, mythology for Bible, and nothing for Trial and Triumph. Besides nature studies we continued BFSU, which I'd started with older daughter when she was in her kindergarten year. Anyway, now I have a younger daughter, who has been asking to do school like her sister, but has very different interests. She's way more kinesthetic and a lot more interested in arts and crafts. All last year I was thinking she would probably not have enjoyed AO the way my older daughter did. So, I began to research what might be good for her. I went back and looked at BYL 1 and History Odyssey and noted that younger daughter already has significantly better writing ability than older daughter did when she was a year older. So, I began considering that for when younger daughter turned 6. I honestly didn't think she'd be interested in school at 5 because up until recently she didn't want to hang out for casual family readalouds and ran the other when I suggested story time. Additionally, older daughter has recently expressed a desire to keep doing more Ancients. She's long been interested in Egypt but lately has really gotten into Greece and Rome as well. So, now, I'm considering switching to BYL year one and doing both together. It would allow older daughter to get more ancients and allow younger daughter to do some school in a more hands on way than AO. But I'm nervous to put them together. I don't really know how to manage it. Can any of you familiar with either program see any potential problems with doing it this way? Thanks.
  3. "Secrets of the Woods" by William J. Long is scheduled for our Ambleside Year 3 (term 2) reading, and I was wondering if any of y'all have read it? Esp. if so, would you suggest keeping or subbing it? And regardless of whether you're familiar with that resource, do you have any living book suggestions for a 1/2 year study/reading about the woods? We'll be adding One Small square: Woods by Silver and maybe some Private Eye work and lots of time in woods.
  4. Since we started homeschooling I've used a classical/CM mix. This fall I've decided to go full board with Ambleside Online. The problem is twofold - first, since we're not used to doing quite so much reading and narration I'm afraid of overloading the kiddos, and second, we're already committed to a co-op that will provide science, history, art, spanish, geography and writing. I really don't have time to do all that plus the full AO book list. So. I have a sixth, fourth and second grader, but I'm going to do Year 2 history with all of them because it coincides with the co-op history. Here are their booklists for term one: 3rd grader: Bible An Island Story A Child's History of the World This Country of Ours Trial and Triumph The Little Duke Pagoo Tall Tales Heroes Parables of Nature Princess and the Goblin 4th grader: Bible An Island Story A Child's History of the World This Country of Ours Trial and Triumph The Little Duke The Handbook of Nature Study Madame How and Lady Why The Story Book of Science The Age of Fable Robinson Crusoe 6th grader: Bible An Island Story A Child's History of the World Trial and Triumph The Little Duke The Handbook of Nature Study School of the Woods It Couldn't Just Happen Secrets of the Universe Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity Age of Fable The Hobbit PLUS Shakespeare, Plutarch, poetry, composer study, picture study... What would you cut out? What are your favorite things that you'd make sure to find time for? I'm already cutting out the geography reading, hymns and folksongs. Thank you!!
  5. I am loving all the CM threads going on, and wanted to share what we've been doing for poetry. We are using AO Year 3, reading several poems a day aloud together. We discuss the poems if either of us have thoughts (which we almost always do) but keep it very conversational and casual. Sometimes DD likes to try and figure out rhyme scheme, meter, alliteration, metaphor, and other poetic elements. Other times she just wants to talk about a certain line that she really likes, or a word she is confused about. Often she points out the Biblical imagery she sees in the poem. Once a week, she chooses her favorite poem to copy. She wanted to make a special copybook for these poems, so she designed this: She is still learning cursive so for now her poems are copied in print, and if she wants to she draws a picture to go with the poem. Here is an example: At 8, DD is thoroughly enjoying poetry that I studied in college, and she will also have a beautiful keepsake of her favorite poems. As I said in another post, every time we implement an aspect of CM education, we absolutely love the results. If you use CM style language arts, please continue to share!
  6. If you follow a more Charlotte Mason approach in your home school what curriculum do you use? What do you use for language arts, math , science, etc.??? Do you follow Ambleside, Simply Charlotte Mason, or _____?? I am trying to follow a more CM approach but get so confused on what to use. :tongue_smilie: Just wondering what others use. That might help give me ideas. Thanks! Blessings, Pat
  7. I'm at a loss for next year. I have MOH Vol I because I bought it to use with my younger dd. My older DD was supposed to be in VP Scholars, but we pulled her out for various reasons. She is brilliant, so smart and loves to read. However, her interests lie elsewhere, and that's why I'm considering Ambleside again. We have gone CM 3 times in our homeschool, and it has always worked. Then I ramp it up, so to speak, because I'm VERY stuck on traditional school = good college experience. Now, I'm not so sure. She loves to sew, it's all she wants to do, a CM schedule would allow for that. She loves art, it's all she wants to do, a CM schedule would allow for that. It's just so hard for me to give myself permission to deviate from the traditional school model. I've done a search and many of you are making it work. Do you have any suggestions? Advice? We would probably try year 7. Thanks! Dorinda
  8. Has anyone made the switch? At what grade? I'm strongly considering this for my rising 2nd grader. And I suppose the preschooler. ;) I'm having a slightly difficult time wrapping my head around some of the changes- it seems like LESS school in ways. Any BTDT tips?
  9. Can someone explain to me how AO works on a DAILY schedule? I just can't seem to wrap my mind around how to break the reading down on a day by day basis...
  10. I am moving toward a more CM method and not sure what to do about a few things: 1. American History is early American so should I pick the year that aligns with that? 2. Would year 4 work for a sixth grader and high level 2nd grader? 3. Are they supposed to read all the lit themselves? How do I know which books I should read aloud?
  11. My 8th grader will be doing year 7 and I'm mixing it up a little for my 5th and 2nd grader (different books pulled from different years). This is my first time at really utilizing AO after several years of looking at it and using it just to get ideas for whatever subject/era of history we were studying. So.....my first and main issue is this. I have learned much more this past year about the importance of not just diving into the selected reading each day without first having difficult vocabulary defined to the student along with any other "set-up" that needs to be done for the reading of the text (for example - explanations of something eluded to in the text that the student would need to know to understand the meaning in the text, etc.). This makes so much sense to me, but also almost impossible for me to do. I'm being realistic and know that I will not be able to pre-read everything before assigning it, nor engage in a set-up/ "little talk" before each subject for three different kids. How do users handle this? Second, I'm also realizing the importance of never skipping a narration (which we have been lax on the last year and a half or so). And, the importance of immediately narrating, rather than waiting. So, I'm thinking here....my 13 year old will be working a lot on his own, but when he's ready to narrate, I'll most likely be working with my younger girls. I need to figure out how to listen to narrations but not let it interrupt my work with them. Ideas??? Also, I know that narrations can take different forms rather than just oral and I will be utilizing different methods; however, I'd still like to listen to as many oral narrations as I can especially as we begin a new year and need to freshen up those skills. Third, I know there are yahoo groups for AO users, but it seems several are inactive and I'm not sure just which ones will offer the most - hence, my posting here rather than trying to figure that all out. :) Maybe someone can guide me to the most helpful ones. Thanks for reading through all of this!
  12. I've been going over and over things for next year. I'm really looking at Ambleside Online right now. I would love to hear ideas/thoughts from anyone who is using it or has used it. How did you keep up with having each child in a different year? It looks like my dd9 would be in Year 2. Dd7 in year 1 and dd5 (6 at the end of Nov.) either in Year 1 or Year 0. Year 0 has a lot of FIAR books, so I just might keep doing that for her. Did anyone find subjects in AO that you could easily combine your kids? I had been using SOTW and Apologia YE series as well as unit studies to combine history and science. Part of the problem I'm finding dd9 gets it, dd5 doesn't really get much from the books and dd7 falls naturally in between. We had been working slowly through SOTW vol 1 for the past few years and will likely be done by the end of summer. If I switch to AO and use it as it's planned, dd5 (6 soon) will have no history in year 0. Dd7 in Year 1 would have some history but it seems to be some England history and biographies I think. Dd9 in Year 2 would be in the middle ages. I also think that was the next SOTW book we were moving into. As long as I can keep up with the reading, it might not be a bad thing to break up their science and history. Each one might understand the books on their level better. But if interested in the others history could still sit in on the reading. Has anyone lined up the readings in the SOTW volumes with the history books in AO? My heads spinning right now! :001_huh::lol: Would love some ideas! Oh yes, I will also need to add Canadian content into the history as well.
  13. Which is easier to implement? Which program has more Bible incorporated in it? Which would be the least expensive to purchase the materials for? Which is more rigorous? Thanks!
  14. Anyone, use SCM? (or even Ambleside) Do you feel like it is a lot (too much) of bookwork? How do you do at making things interactive and fun? Does this method help you think of and plan fun activities and find ideas? Do you follow there guide exactly, moderately, minimally? What do you think is the best about this method/currc.? Do you use their planner? What do you think of it?
  15. We've been working a long well, but I'm not happy this year with the work we've been doing. Just...something isn't sitting well for me. I have all of Charlotte Mason's books, I have Karen Andreola's books, and I've briefly glanced at AO before, but became afraid of 'lack of rigor' and went back to making stuff up myself. Now, I KNOW that CM does not = lack of rigor, but that her timing vs other classical currics may make it seem as such. And, that's what scares me. :glare: Has anyone graduated a child through AO and packed them off to college? Can you tell me about your experiences? I'm really wanting to slow down and go deeper (that depth vs breadth thread, again) but, frankly, it raises those fears that I'll ruin them forever. And this is from me, the relaxed classical homeschooler. Believe, me, I'm not proud of myself but I need to sleep and these questions are keeping me up all night perusing the boards and the interwebs, searching out my answers. http://amblesideonline.org/PR/PR31p651CulturalValueScience.shtml eta, this is the article that has me up at night. So much of it in not so many words (or many, many words?) has been said here in the past few months, and I can't help but thing I'm still missing the boat.
  16. How often do your kids narrate? outline? Do you use literature study guides or just trust the narration method? Do you use just the living books for history? or do you use a reference spine of some sort? I am considering using Ambleside for my ds13...we are having a hard time finding an American History program that really keeps us interested...Hakim's books were a bust, the DK American History Encyclopedia I had planned to use is SOOOOOOO dry and there are too many pictures, captions and sidebars for my ds... So now, we are left with nothing. I was thinking of having him read This Country of Ours (discussing any biases, differences in beliefs, etc.) and read some historical fiction pieces, of which I have plenty. I am also thinking of using AO for literature. Any thoughts? Robin
  17. Is it worth it? (I have 4, 2 are school age ATM, neither would be able to read independently.) I really want to go 100% AO, but I'd like to keep us all in the same time period. (I've looked at SCM, but I like AO better.) Is tweaking the schedule worthwhile? My goal is to simplify btw, I enjoy tweaking, I just do to much of it. Amy
  18. Does anyone have an opinion about this for 6th grade? Any thoughts appreciated. Thank you, Rebecca P.S. I can't believe I am posting in this sub-forum. I looked at it askance for awhile. It is so hard to believe we are "here" in our homeschooling path already. It goes so fast.
  19. I was referred to this website in another post and just looked at it. Okay, I have to admit, I go curriculum-crazy. Is this easy to do, or am I crazy? I am now CS teaching, but want to homeschool by K or 1st grade. What is necessary to make this kind of curriculum a success? :confused:
  20. We haven't even started. My head is spinning. I sent back a package that didn't work at all. Big sigh. I only really need something for my first grader. I think I'll do something like Carol's Curriculum for my pre-school kiddo. Now I'm looking into Ambleside Online. Anyone out there use this? Pros, cons? It looks pretty complete and my library has a lot of the books. Big plus. I have Saxon 1 for math. That and starfall are all we've gotten done in the past couple of weeks. Please help!
  21. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222662 I'm cross posting this just in case some highschoolers don't see
  22. I have a question for those using Amblesideonline, I know they have the books broken down by chapter in a weekly schedule format. What i'm wondering is do you read that one chapter over the whole week? Thanks
  23. What credits would you give for each Year of Ambleside?
  24. either decided against it or stopped using it, can you tell me why? Thanks!
  25. I was looking at Ambleside Online. I will be in 11th grade next year, so I was glad to finally find a free homeschool resource for high school. I came on the K-8 boards because I think CM might be used more in the younger grades. Anyways, I just don't understand it. I went to Year 11 and looked at the book list and it says the 20th century is studied in History, great, that's right in line with me! But, are the History books also considered the Literature books or are those separate? Do I make up my own study questions/essays, or is that completely against what CM believed? Would History and Literature basically be combined??? Any insight, explanation, overview, etc would be greatly appreciated!
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