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  1. I'm considering going with Oak Meadow's Grade 8 English for my son next school year. I really, really need someone to chime in about what you liked about it and what you didn't like about it. Ds likes the previous edition book list with Lord of the Flies, Hobbit, Call of the Wild, etc.... The newest edition looks great, too, but doesn't excite him as much (Echo, Moon Over Manifest, Criss Cross, et). We may just stick with BraveWriter but I'm really wanting something that he can follow on his own when I'm unavailable for him. If you used/use Oak Meadow English, could you pretty please talk to me about it! Thanks in advance!
  2. Has anyone used Oak Meadow's World Geography course or Trail Guide to World Geography? I'm looking a both for my upcoming 9th grader next year. They both look good!
  3. Well, it's been a long time since I've been here! Good to be back. Our 2 oldest have graduated, married (both this summer!!) & now we've got littles to educate ;0) 1 year old, (new) 6 year old & 8 year old. I'm thinking about doing a semester more of kindy w/ the 6 yob & starting 1st in January. 8yog is solid third although math always needs more help! Has anyone tried to combine this many different styles?? The notebooking/narration part of the classical approach using SOTW that we did with our older ones is very similar to Waldorf's (somewhat) unit study approach to Main Lesson Books, although my brain needs workbooks for spelling, most of math, & handwriting (sorry about that sentence, not even gonna correct it bc it's too late at night)! We'll be on SOTW book 3 this fall but I really would love to encorporate the Waldorf studies of gardens, shelters, fiber arts & Native Americans. Any ideas welcome! Shannon mama to 5 ages 1-22, homeschool mama since 2002 instagram mamaj41
  4. It must be planning season, here's my annual off the wall, bad-idea-probably-won't work planning post: I'm thinking about OM 5th grade for my younger dd. Partly for my own sake, I am working much more than I have in the past, and I'll have a 9th grader to manage as well. Having somebody else lay everything out has its appeal. I also think that in general, OM's style and content would appeal to dd9. At the same time, I'm thinking to myself - what, are you crazy??? You've done 5th grade before, you already own all the pieces to put it together yourself. And this child has never followed your plans, why do you think she will suddenly be jazzed to follow someone else's? So, I'm looking for reviews/thoughts of the OM 5th grade curriculum, if you've used it. Also, feel free to comment on whether you think I've lost my mind. ;) :D
  5. Has anyone used Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with a teen that struggles with drawing? Did you use it with the Oak Meadow syllabus or alone? Did you see marked improvement? Was it lasting? Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone, I thought I had everything set for next year and then......I didn't. Right now I'm flip-flopping back and forth between History Odyssey Level 2 Ancients and Oak Meadow's fifth grade English/History. I'm looking for opinions on both, please. English hasn't been a focus the past two years because my daughter was very advanced in this area. But as a result, writing hasn't been a focus either and needs to be brought up to snuff. She isn't very excited about doing ancients, but most of the books in OM's program have already been read multiple times. Nothing is really lighting my fire. We tried HO level 1 ancients a few years ago, but she really hated SOTW and CHOW. Any thoughts on these programs, or even suggestions for others would be greatly appreciated! rowan
  7. I am thinking of buying the Oak Meadow Grade 9 English program but I'm wondering if I have to use their version of The Least You Should Know About English. I can get a Canadian version for $20 less plus I will save on shipping, but I am wondering how integrated the syllabus is with the textbook. Does it refer to just page numbers or to topics? The sample lesson plan doesn't show the use of this texts. Can someone with the program, enlighten me? Jennifer
  8. If you useoak meadow, can you look at this thread and post your thoughts? http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/478313-tell-me-its-crazy-to-think-of-buying-a-packaged-curriculum-for-next-year/
  9. Next year will be our first using Oak Meadow. I have an elementary student and 2 middle-schoolers. I'm really excited for next year! The curriculum is so different from what we've always used (mostly Sonlight & TOG). However, the number of projects/writing assignments at the middle school level seems a bit overwhelming. Were your middlers able to complete everything? Did they even attempt it? How do you organize their work? In the elementary level we have the main lesson books, did you continue to use them in middle school? That seems impractical considering the amount of writing the kids are doing. Do you get a big spiral bound notebook (lined/unlined) and just glue things in as they go along? Use loose leaf and a binder with page protectors & dividers separating things by continent? Or time period? What have you found to be the best notebook to use for science? And lastly regarding the elementary main lesson books (grade 3), how many did you set up? In other words what subjects areas had their own books? I'm thinking Language Arts, Social Studies & Science. Did you set one up for Math as well? If any of you know of a place to have some of these questions answered on their website, please direct me!
  10. I decided to go this route for history next year and just received the book! Before ordering, I checked around for reviews but couldn't find many for this program, so I decided to post my initial impressions here. We are in the last year for the history cycle and I found precious little in the way of living book spines anyway (which has been our history style up til now). I've been fascinated with Oak Meadow for some time and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the text. It is written in a clear, narrative style that reminds me of the content section of Hirsch's Core Knowlege books. In fact, I was almost wishing for richer language. I guess I'm just used to older history books, lol. It covers a wide span of history (from Queen Elizabeth I to current times) so it doesn't go greatly in depth, but it does seem to summarize the important events in a way that is easy to understand. Pictures are sprinkled throughout the text, some of them in color. I really like the look of the assignments. Each lesson has several assignment options that the student can choose from, and most of them are really quite creative. Sometimes there are book or movie suggestions. I was hoping the course would have a little more in the way of art projects. Most of the art is art and music appreciation, but it does look good. I've been wondering how to get more music appreciation that isn't classical, and this will provide that. There are a couple art projects scheduled, such as calligraphy and collage. The book is scheduled into 36 lessons, one per week, and you or the student can decide how to spread out the work. The readings could easily be done in one sitting. I was particularly interested to see if the book had any political bias. I read a few sections that would be easy to put a biased spin on, and I have to admit, it seemed to present the info fairly objectively. I think I will purchase Diana Waring's history audios for the period, so we can have a Christian perspective too. We already own the first two sets, and DS really enjoys them. So all in all, I like what I see and am looking forward to seeing how DS will do with it next year. I've already had to tell him to leave it alone til then. :) If any of you are looking for World History that is easy to implement with creative writing assignments for middle school, I think it is a good option. It would work well for sixth or eighth grade as well. The main downside is the price. Even at 20% off this month, it is steep. I comfort myself with the thought of good resale value. :tongue_smilie:
  11. I was wondering how you care for/any tips for the day to day life of spiral books? I hate spiral bound stuff, but have somehow ended up with some. Although the rest of the will be sold, I have Oak Meadow K & 1 (and will eventually have the following years as well). These are two very thick, wobbily books. I usually lay them down seperately on the shelf, and the back cover and front covers sort of get rubbed against the binding. It takes up loads of space and its still not protecting them anyway. Books that big should not be spiral bound, that or they should figure out how to protect it better. So any tips/helps, anything????
  12. Hi, First of all I want to apologize for what is going to be a huge blurt :glare: But,...it happens. I was going to just privately PM Nance again, but I figured there are quite a few other OMers out there, and I don't want to bother her too much with my incessant rambling :laugh: Let me explain my kids first - Atlas (newly 7) - Phonics - We went through hiccups trying to find the right reading curriculum for her, (first Sonlight & ETC - too much connected with writing, then OPGTR (she glazed over, and promptly forgot everything th next second), then AAR (problems with pronunciation (on my part, I do accents, and easily pick up other accents, so was starting to get confused as to whether I was pronouncing in American or Australian), then I bit the dust and purchased Fitzroy (Australia Phonics program that leads to other stuff (a little bit of handwriting, typing, spelling, grammar I think, basically covers most of LA). Maths - We're working our way through the Singapore Maths Earlybird 2yr program (pre-K/K) (2B), I was told roughly for Aus that it was a grade behind, so she should be finished that and moving onto 1st grade in a bit (but both she & I are naturals at math, so she could possibly skip the rest of earlybird). I am unsure about OM Math, I do have AGLF Math (I tend to end up collected ebooks somehow, I haven't read it, I also have other AGLF stuff). I believe I also have Miquon Math in PDF format as well. She is a very art/craft orientated person (to the point thats all she does in her free time). I had to do up Meal plans and work out budget yesterday, and she was upset so I gave her some scrap paper and some coloured construction paper. She found Xmas card gold pegs and string, and I came back to a washing line hung across the dining room with "lightsabers" she'd made pegged all across it lol. Shes also been making tape dresses for all the barbies this morning and made a mummified barbie before we began learning about egypt. Shes quite a good little artist and loves to draw. I would want to keep with Fitzroy Phonics for all of the kids but it can tend to be rather light on stuff other than phonics. I am unsure about OM math, as to whether to make that my main, I would love to her opinions on that. We would also keep her creative foldeChaos (5 1/5)r going (I buy stuff like anti-colouring books, lollipop logic, sparklers & tin man press stuff for her that she does in her free time. Chaos (5 1/5) - We are awaiting an assessment (could be upto 6 months) for Autism/SPD. He does not like colouring at all, and drawing depends on the directions (its pretty much a 50/50 chance). He's below Eve in concentration & attention, and can have some whoppers of tantrums/outbursts. Books bore him, he has certain "obsessions" (like Disney Cars, Chuggington), and would want a pain sketchbook just because it has McQueen on the cover. I could see him easily getting excited about parts of OM (making shapes from stick, seasonal table, etc) he's more the "doing" type boy. When doing workbooks he'll tend to try to go ahead of you, rambling scribbling stuff without waiting for instructions. We were doing HWOT Pre-K stuff the other day (find crayon, point to crayon, colour crayon) and he duly coloured the small crayon. When it turned out he had to colour the rest of the items on the page, he looked at me, then the book, dropped the crayon, and walked out. All without saying a word. LOL. Whether he thought that it was a waste of time or didn't want to do it, I have no idea. He also tends to nap during the day, especially when we are about to begin school. Because of still waiting for an assessment, I am unsure how to go on this. If you push, he will push right back. So I'm not sure how to approach things exactly with him. He's good with logic/puzzles, and will happily sit there playing the ipad/iphone, he watches too much TV, which needs to be fixed, him and Atlas tend to butt heads a lot. Eve (newly 4) - She is a very bright? child. I can't think of the word I want right now. She always wants to do school, is the teachers pet, will help me out with chores, do anything I ask of her, a perfect little obediant princess :laugh: She's very curious and interested, loves the outdoors, she's still working on her pencil grip so not the best at colouring/drawing right now. Shes basically a little girl who loves to play, no matter what it is :). Eve & Chaos also use Core Knowledge Preschool & Activity Books, I would probably keep up with this (since I spent a fair sum getting them out here) and just do them as a "little kids" time on the weekend (so every saturday just do the weeks worth together, theres never much) Summary I would also keep HWOT if it was neccessary (not sure how OM goes about handwriting?), and the Aussie Social Studies books we have (these are nothing, I do 2 pages a week with Atlas, me reading a bit, then her doing something related (a drawing/fill in the blank etc) I only want to keep these as they are a niche australian Social Studies and end up working upto Aus Government & Politics at around Grade 7/8, its very basic, so is just a "native supplementary"). I want to keep Fitzroy Phonics, and am frankly unsure about OM Maths (would love to hear about it, or comparisons with SM, or what you do). I want to be in OM for the long haul. My Plan I want to remove everything (except summary parts above) and transfer over to Oak Meadow. I would like to combine them all and start with OMK, WWYD? Preferably I would like to do OMK for everyone and maybe get OM1 for Atlas just for LA & Maths. Would this work? I also am looking at getting (one time purchases, as idea supplementals) New Child Montessoris Guides (Seasonal Guides & Supplements, unsure about Art Guide) (these follow a yearly spiral and I love they have yoga and practical life stuff in there, I would just use it for inspiration for each year), and Little Acorn Learning (Handwork, Childcare & Enrichment Guides) (For extra art/craft ideas, my kids are art/craft mad lol, so another guide just to pull an item from now and again). I also get stuff from Earth*School (K&F Shops) For Holidays & Ocassions (I like to stop school on days like valentines day, mothers day etc and just do lots of fun crafts). I have CFS/ME plus other lil problems, so I have DVD/Game school for sick days (I cheat with DVD/CD-Rom/Internet schooling, they each have their own computer just for my sick days (and if needed for school of course). I have Fitzroy Phonics, Singapore Math, Happy Scientist, Sky Learning, Magic School Bus, Miss Marnies Tv Teacher stuff and other such stuff on their comps. Its my one cheating thing I need for my bad days, that plus LOTS of scrap paper (who knew I would be so happy oto make mistakes when printing stuff? lol) & craft supplies I would love to hear what other OM Users (or ex users) think, and opinions. Right now, we are seperating so much stuff between the kids causing me to have to jump back and forth/interruptions etc, and its all still too workbooky, we live on farming land and I'd much rather work "with" that, than against it (and maybe turn our verandah into an outdoor school/garden) The Questions Should I just get OMK? Should I get OM1 for LA & Maths for Atlas? Is it worth it to also get the Preschool Process & Heart Books (I think one of them is the same as the K one, I mean whichever the different one is)? Do you feel the need to add to OM Maths? What sort of child does OM Maths work for? How good is the LA for stuff other than phonics? If I had to seperate it would end up something like OM1 for Atlas and Preschool for Chaos & Eve, I don't really want to miss out on OMK for A though. Do you think Chaos would be ready for OM1 in 8 months (or so) though? Another option is doing OMK for Atlas (with OM1 for Maths & LA), and having Chaos & Eve do OM Pre-K, and follow along with what they want, then starting OMK again with them next year. Then I would end up doing 2 different grades (OMK and OM1/2, and they do prefer to all be doing the same thing, and get upset when they are left out, Atlas already gets upset about not doing Core Knowledge activity books ROFL.. Help! lol Thanks :laugh:
  13. I dont know why, but i keep considering Oak Meadow for my youngest. He will be entering 2nd next year, and is very artsy, craftsy, loves stories, reading, projects, hands on........he is also accelerated in most subjects, so i dont know if Oak Meadow would even work for him...we would stick with Beast Academy and Math Mammoth for math, and Lively Latin...... Thoughts? Could Oak Meadow be a fit for an accelerated 2nd grader?
  14. So, dh is starting to recognize that school isn't a good fit for ds. This doesn't mean he'll actually agree to pull him, but the odds are increasing. I've started looking more seriously at curriculum again, and wanted to ask some questions/get my thoughts out. Feel free to comment, make suggestions, etc. IF I pull ds and start homeschooling at some point this school year, I feel like I'm going to need a curriculum that does some handholding (ie, I don't have to do much planning), but I DON'T want or need a curriculum that approximates public school. I know one of you lovely ladies recommended that, as new homeschooler, I should use something that approximates school. That makes sense when I first read it, but, upon reflection, I think that would backfire on me. School hasn't been a good experience for DS, and I think pulling him out and doing something like, say, Calvert (public school in a box) or Abeka (Christian school in box) would just frustrate him. It would be like doing homework ALL DAY LONG. Believe me, the 30 minutes or so we already spend on homework is quite enough. So, basically, I need something that's structured but in a different way from public school. This has changed my thoughts a bit on some of the curriculum I liked. MBTP: The more I look at the samples and scope and sequence, the more I think it looks like a really good, creative version of public school. The topics are similar (in fact, my son's class did one of the exact topics in the Culture unit in first grade), and some of the activity sheets look uncannily like things he brings home from school. I'm sure this curriculum is wonderful for some people, but I don't think it's what we need if we want to break away from school-type learning. Oak Meadow: The fact that there are only weekly plans makes me nervous, but, more importantly, the more I look at the samples, the more I realize I'd have to do TONS of tweaking in LA and Math. Yes, I know people use OM as a base and do that, but, if I'm going to pay for a full curriculum as a beginning homeschooler, I really want to use the full curriculum. Also, Oak Meadow, being a graded curriculum, seems to expect even advancement in the skill subjects from year to year. Yes, they start slowly, but there's a pretty decent jump from grade to grade. DS just doesn't advance like that. MFW Adventures: Even though this is the one I was advised against because it's so different from school, it looks the most attractive upon reflection. It's scheduled but not super rigidly. I could use Math and LA that serve DS's needs and not feel like I was missing out on a good portion of the program. I do wonder, though, if it would be better to hold off and consider it for 3rd grade, since I'd be pulling DS out partway through the year. Curriculum mix: I never really considered this before, but I'm wondering if this would be the best choice if I pull DS out partway through the year. I could use Math and LA that fit his skill level, and maybe double up on science programs since that's his area of strength. This would involve a bit more planning, but if I chose programs well at least each program would be planned for me.
  15. Well, I am not doing so great with my curriculum choices this year. My DD is really only happy with IEW. Math, Latin, Spanish are ok. BUT- she is not enjoying this year. Breaks my heart. This is only my second year. UGH. Choices are hard. I keep going back to Oak Meadow. My DD is a gifted VSL who is crazy creative. Would she like it? Also, when I am looking at the lesson plan samples, when they show "Lesson 4" is that the lesson for the week? So, are all the books broken into 36 lessons? Thanks!!! :)
  16. 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!
  17. I am desperate for guidance on this topic. At this point, my plan is for my son to use Miller-Levine Biology next year when he is in 9th grade. However, I am a bit confused about how best to implement the course -- whether to use the Kolbe syllabus, teacher's materials directly from the publisher, or something else. I've read many threads on this topic, and I still don't have a clear idea of what to do. Having read that the publisher is not consistent in dealing with homeschoolers doesn't help. We used the Kolbe syllabus this year with Prentice-Hall Physical Science, and I felt it had some pros and cons. The most recent con was that I just graded an exam and felt that I couldn't properly evaluate my son's answers because I'm not an expert in the field (i.e., on short-answer, essay-style questions). I was also annoyed when I discovered an error in the Kolbe Answer Key early on in the course. I actually called Kolbe, and they agreed that it was an error, but hadn't included it in an errata listing. Understandably, these things happen, but when I haven't mastered the material myself, it's more than a little frustrating. My priorities in figuring out what to use are: 1) Tests should be simple to grade, with clear black and white answers (perhaps multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank?), 2) Course schedule (or syllabus) should be easy for the student to follow without much involvement from mom, 3) Labs (or virtual labs) shouldn't be difficult to implement, 4) Course should be rigorous, with an eye toward taking AP Biology in a couple of years. Am I asking too much? As a humanities person, I admit I'd laugh if someone asked me for multiple-choice exams in my areas of specialty (music, art history, lit, history). Well, perhaps I wouldn't laugh -- but I would point out the difficulty of thorough evaluation when one eliminates the essay-style question. Still, I just don't have time to master the material on top of everything else I need to do. Suggestions? Thanks, Tiffany
  18. I know world history is a lot to cover in 1 year, but that's the plan. I want to cover the ancients through 1900, leaving 20th century world history for another year. I think I've read every thread here on world history. I've definitely ruled out Notgrass, Omnibus, and Sonlight 200. These are the ones I'm considering, and I can't make up my mind. Can you help push me off the fence? Option 1 Bob Jones World History using BJU tests, but not DVDs Option 2 Glencoe World History (Spielvogel) w/the Glencoe Quizzes & Tests (I currently own both) Option 3 Glencoe World History (Spielvogel) w/Oak Meadow syllabus Option 4 Glencoe World History (Spielvogel) w/Covenant Home "stuff" (what would I need to order?) Thanks for your opinions! Cherie in IL
  19. Let me know if I'm being a bit over-ambitious in my curriculum choices. I usually end up discarding what I don't like--but I'd like to try and avoid over-buying (my big big problem.) I'll have 3rd and 2nd graders, as well as a Kindy student next year. (And an overactive toddler.) My Kindy will be continuing with Reading Eggs and doing Oak Meadow's Kindy with a bit of math thrown in. (Probably Right Start A as we have it already). There's a chance we might go to Egypt for a few months, depending on how stable things are there after the elections...so I'd like to do SOTW 1 (both kids.) For Math, we'll probably move to Singapore, although it's possible that the 2nd grader will do Saxon 2 just because he's really loved Saxon so far. We'll also continue with a bunch of Right Start math games to reinforce basics as well as Sum Swamp, etc. For language arts, I thought I'd add in one level of Shurley English--not sure which grade. People I known who've done it have said they never ever forget the songs, etc. For science etc., I'm thinking Oak Meadow Grade 3, supplemented with a few unit studies based on whatever interests the boys. We'll continue with using various Sonlight reading lists and Michel Thomas's Egyptian Arabic (especially with the potential trip on the horizon.) I realize that doing all the other stuff with Oak Meadow is a bit of over kill, but I really love a lot of aspects of Oak Meadow--but just don't find it rigorous enough in certain areas. I could leave off Shurley or substitute CLE. Not sure on that regard. I also love how easy it would be to transport CLE to Egypt for a few months.
  20. I have definitely decided to do Waldorf with my youngest. I was set on purchasing Oak Meadow K when I felt dd(almost 4) was ready, which would still be quite a while from now, but I like to plan ahead. Today I discovered this Waldorf curriculum: http://www.live-education.com/ Wow, I love the looks of it, too! I've talked to several OM users, but I don't know of anyone using Live Education. Does anyone here use it? What do you think? Also, it would be great if you've used both Live Education and Oak Meadow and could compare the two for me. Thanks!
  21. I'd love some advice for a relaxed K year for my DD. Specifically, I'm looking at Oak Meadow but I'd welcome any suggestions. Right now, I love our days filled with reading, playing and nature exploration and I want that to continue. I would also like to add a rhythm of fun but more intentional school-time to our days next year. I would love to find something that has a schedule, an artistic and nature focus and holds the hand of the seriously creatively challenged parent. Here's part of my dilemma. My DD has high-functioning autism and is hyperlexic. Lots of the K curriculums out there have a focus on phonics and decoding and I'm hoping to find something that develops her creative side. My guess is OM K would be too redundant for a child that can read so I was looking at OM 1 (feel free to suggest otherwise). The problem is that my DD doesn't like fairy tales (or bible stories, for that matter) - they are way too abstract. Would we miss too much of OM 1 by substituting books for the fairy tales? I like the look of the curriculum but don't want to miss out on half of it by using other books. On a related note, do you choose curriculums based on the strengths of your children? I know my DD would love staring at letter tiles all day in something like AAS. My hope is to give develop other parts of her, if that makes sense. However, I'm afraid that choosing something that doesn't cater to her strengths will be an exercise in frustration for both of us. Can anyone resonate with this struggle? Thanks so much for reading and I would welcome any advice, insight or suggestions. Thanks in advance!
  22. I really really want to use Oak Meadow for my kids. It is my #1 choice and I keep coming back to it. My issue is placement. DS will be 5 in the fall. He would do perfectly in the 1st grade program, although he is already ahead in the LA. No biggie. But I worry about placing him a year ahead, even though he is ahead of most of his peers. Also, DD will be 4 in the Fall. She would be perfect for the LA in 1st and I am 90% sure she could keep up elsewhere. Thoughts?
  23. Does anyone have experience withOM Science for middle school? I am mainly looking at Basic Life and Basic Physics (6th and 8th grade courses). This for my very sciency son. How easy was it to find supplies? Depth okay? Would Rainbow Science be a better (though more $$$) choice? Just basically anything and everything you can tell me.
  24. I know these methods aren't classical so this is probably the wrong place for these questions, but here goes... I've been doing eclectic classical since we started homeschooling. Every year I've looked at other options and felt tempted, perhaps just for the change it would bring. I've looked at OM in previous years but until this year I haven't been seriously tempted. My oldest would be in OM5 and it's written to the child... I'm wondering if anyone has experience with OM after doing Classical. How was the transition - pros? cons? I also have three other children being homeschooled (they will be in 1st, 2nd and 3rd next year). I don't think I could handle 4 levels of OM and I'm happy with the foundation our approach has provided. So I am probably looking at just OM5 - maybe OM3 as well - but I am interested in people that use this with more two kids because it does tempt me! lol The other site I've recently discovered is Connect the Thoughts. Wow. It sounds impressive. I'm just wondering how well it actually works in reality. Everything is written to the child, it is very thorough, but I can't find enough samples to look through to get a really good feel. Has anyone used this? I'm looking at the Lower School for my oldest, but the First Steps Elementary might be an option for my little ones b/c I could combine 2 or 3 of my kids :D and that would be LOVELY. Anyone have anything to share? I feel like I'm poking around in the dark on these two packages and I hate to buy *more* stuff without more information! TIA!!
  25. Could you tell me why? It looks so appealing to me but I have no good reason to switch things up next year aside from really thinking my daughter would love it. Everything we have is working well and she isn't complaining so why I am even looking at it is a mystery to me. I think I want to be talked out of purchasing such an expensive curriculum! I'd love to read about more experiences, I've combed the archives here but I would love more information from users and former users.
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