mothergooseof4 Posted September 15, 2012 Share Posted September 15, 2012 I have been hsing for 12 years and have used SL, HOD, and MFW. They are all excellent, but this year I found that none fit us in this season. I have specific books that I want my oldest to read and I want him to have some freedom to read things he wants to read. When he has all of the assigned reading, he doesn't read for pleasure which I think is important. My next ds is just learning to enjoy reading and I don't want to bog him down with assigned reading. I want to keep my kids together for history so I am using TruthQuest. I do like the guide and the book list, but our library doesn't have but a handful of the books. I purchased a couple of the spines and have been reading them aloud, then assigning some other reading or book basket time with science or history related books. I am finding that I have the same problem that I was having with MFW; the spines are over my younger two dc heads. Also, while I love the idea of TQ, I am having a hard time getting it done. With no schedule or plan, I lose motivation. We used MFW RtR last year and I had purchased Exp.-1850 for this year, but I wanted a different Bible study for my oldest. There are books that I want him to read this year that I feel will help him to grow spiritually. While I want the ease and family experience of reading history together, it just doesn't seem to work like I think it should. It did for a while, but as my oldest has hit his teens, he seems to get more out of it if he reads or listens on his own then we discuss. The younger two don't seem to listen at all and I think it is because the books are too mature. I also want all of the shared family learning such as doing maps together, cooking, projects, etc. But, again, it just doesn't seem to meet everyone's needs. I have a hard time giving this idea up though because I want that family learning style. I also wanted to choose our read alouds this year, but once again, I am finding that I choose books that my younger two can enjoy and really get, but they are babyish and don't challenge my oldest. I am thinking that they have just reached ages that combining isn't going to work any more. I thought TQ would solve this issue because I can read the commentary and a spine and then select books for them at their own levels. But, I miss having a plan. I have been looking the HOD site and it calls to me. I would have to run two guides and I had a hard time doing that in the past. It is part of why I left HOD. But, I love how everything is written so clearly to the student. Exact step by step instructions for each thing. I write out a list for my dc, but HOD has clear steps such as what to write and where. I like most of the books in the levels that my kids would place, but I then start to think of the books that I want them to get to this year. When I remember our HOD life before, it seemed that things were so full that we never got to extras. I know my oldest didn't read for pleasure. Yet, I have great memories of what we did read. I don't know what advice I want. I wish I could select all of the books that I want to study this year, send them to Carrie, and have her send me back a guide for each kid. Or, perhaps I just need to sit down and do it myself, but I get overwhelmed with it all. I just wish there was a way to have the ease of an open and go curriculum that comes in a box with all of the books and specific instructions written to the dc, yet uses the curricula and books that I want. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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