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  1. It's time for my annual flirtation with a packaged program for my younger dd. This year, I'm learning more heavily toward this path: my work schedule has gotten more hectic, and dd14's chronic health problems/doctor visits/physical therapy are sucking up a lot of the rest of my time. I need dd11 to have something pretty open-and-go to work on on a daily basis. I'll still be involved (obviously) but I think we'd both benefit from an external checklist, keeping us on track, setting the pace, and doing most of the planning for me. So . . . I'm wondering who has used Moving Beyond the Page? I'm looking at the 10-12 lessons for 6th grade. It actually looks really perfect for dd, and really easy to implement. I'd love to hear about specific experiences, good or bad, pros & cons, and did you feel like it was a complete curriculum (we'd be doing MM6 alongside).
  2. I would really love feedback from anyone who has used MBTP in upper elementary. I'm specifically looking at the 10-12 level for my 6th grader. Pros & Cons? Likes & Hates? TIA!
  3. I did a search for MBTP, but not much came up here on it. Does anyone here use this material? What do you think of it?:bigear:
  4. I'm needing the following: Sonlight K Beautiful Feet (books and manuals) for primary and teaching character. Moving Beyong the Page (teacher manuals, student manuals and needed books and manipukatived) ages 5-7 Peak with Books (just literature)
  5. To start with, I should acknowledge that I am not currently a homeschooler. I have a 7 year old son who just started second grade in public school (I also have a one year old daughter). He's had a lot of rough spots in school due both to his dyslexia (discovered at the end of kindergarten, and no great surprise given that both dh and my brother are dyslexic so it comes from both sides) and also to the fact that he's an active boy and sitting in school for seven hours a day is rough for most young boys. Anyway, we seriously considered pulling him out and I looked at a lot of curricula in depth and never decided which one would be best for sure. However, dh is really pro public school (both his parents are retired teachers), and, though I had a preference for homeschooling, we ultimately agreed to give public school another try for second grade. We'll reevaluate after the first quarter. All that said, I'm a compulsive planner, and would love to have a plan in place on the chance that we either pull out at some point during second grade or go through second grade but then decide to bring him home for third. After much research, I've narrowed my choices down to three pretty different curricula that I like for different reasons (and also dislike for different reasons, hence the lack of a potential plan :)). I'd love to hear anyone's take on these. 1) Moving Beyond the Page, starting with the 6-8 level (if started this year sometime) The project based learning looks like it's right up DS's alley. He loves to do projects. He also loves books, despite being able to read on only a very basic level, so a lit based program seems like it could be a good fit. I'm a Christian, but I'm very open to secular curricula. I figure I'm teaching my son about Jesus while he's in public school and doing a pretty good job, there's no reason I NEED a curriculum that helps me with this. I both like and dislike their approach to history and social studies. I don't feel like a classical history cycle from first grade on is essential (I know this is a classical board, but there seems to be some diversity of opinion on this :)), but it does kind of bother me that he wouldn't have any real history until 4th grade if I stuck with MBTP (which is when he'd hit the 8-10 package, covering early American history). Also, the 7-9 level is a big jump in reading compared to 6-8. Sure, he MIGHT make that jump this year (he's doing tutoring outside of school with Barton Reading and Spelling, currently about halfway through level three, for those who know it), but then he might not. 2) Oak Meadow, starting with second grade if I started this year. I love that creative, artsy things seem to be mixed in everywhere. I love the nature focus in the science, as DS is an animal freak and loves all things related to the outdoors. I also really appreciate that LA and math are taken at a slower pace and some see them as "behind." I think this could be a good fit for a kid like mine who struggles in these areas. It appears to slowly work its way to being pretty consistent with grade level (maybe not in Math, but you can eventually move ahead in that), and a slow progression could be a good thing for ds. Even though it's only Waldorf inspired and not true Waldorf, anything Waldorfy kind of gives me the creeps. I really think I'd like a lot of the practical aspects of Waldorf, but Steiner's worldview was about as different from mine as you can get, so I'm wary of things inspired by his educational program while at the same time liking a lot of what they have to offer. Just as with MBTP, ds wouldn't hit much history in the early years, though some of the ancient cultures studies look fascinating. 3) MFW, specifically Adventures I love that it hits history without delving into the violent parts of history that I think would be difficult to cover with this age. It seems like it would be a good balance of history exposure while still keeping the innocence of childhood. While I don't feel like integrated Bible study is essential, the Names of Jesus study looks really cool. I love that art and music are part of the schedule. These are ds's favorite special classes at school. I think their suggested LA (Serl's language lessons) could be a good fit for DS, especially since a lot of it can reportedly be done orally. Since it's designed for second or third grade, it could work to either start it partway through this year or the beginning of next year. It seems as if there's a fair amount of adjustment allowable based on a child's writing and reading levels, which doesn't seem to be as true for the other two potential choices. I could see following up Adventures with ECC, but I couldn't see sticking with MFW long term because of the strong young earth stance in their history and science. I lean more toward theistic evolution. I feel like I could probably tweak anything YE in Adventures or ECC, but it would just be too much to tweak starting with CTG. This doesn't mean I CAN'T use MFW for those years, but I'd love to just be able to pick a curriculum and use it for many years, and that would not be the case with MFW, whereas it could be with MBTP or Oak Meadow. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  6. Best secular phonics/how-to-read program...........GO! :001_smile: (ok, a little background...It's for my 5yo. He recognizes the letters and knows their sounds for the most part. We are starting Moving Beyond the Page 5-7 in a couple weeks, so I need something to supplement that for learning to read. Thank you!)
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