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    Default What is an alternative to Mosdos Press?

    I've never used it before because of the price, but I wanted to. Now we have the funds for it and it's not available.

    What I'd really like is a graded anthology series that covers what Mosdos did: story elements, vocabulary, comprehension, things like that. Bonus points for building character. I'd like it to have a wide variety of writings, but not the generic ones written only for the reading book. I know some literature books for high school and middle school do this, but I need elementary levels.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    You could still try to get it online. We did not use the teacher's manual, just the textbook and student text. I say this because it was a big hit here when we did it; she actually sped through the thing. Here is an old post where we discussed it.

    Otherwise, hmm. It was a pretty unique product so what you're going to find is a bunch of one-offs or something geared toward public schools. Nothing springs to my mind about lit themes. Many people on here are all gung-ho about BraveWriter. Lit ("English") sections of certain homeschool curricula may be purchased separately (thinking Oak Meadow, Moving Beyond the Page, etc.), but that is not exactly what you want. No idea how Christian Learning Arts through Literature is, but its book selections are fine. Michael Clay Thompson's language arts programs get good reviews but IMO are awfully expensive for what they are. And the workbook route might be plumbed by going with stuff you can find on Critical Thinking Co.'s website.

    Frankly I liked Mosdos because it was almost something you might find in an actual school...it really reminded me of stuff I had in the early 70s as a wee person myself.
    Year five! Singleton 7th grade dd. Science and history with all other subjects supporting 'em. Eclectic-ish.

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    I hadn't thought of checking the lit section of other publishers. Thank you.

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    I looked up Mosdos Press at Rainbow Resource Center. It looks like they have grades 3-9 available for sale.

    *Nevermind, when you click on the individual items, they say currently unavailable!
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    If I can't get Mosdos for next year without paying outrageous prices (we are currently doing Ruby and Pearl), I think I'm going to try Beyond the Book Report, together with individual novel study guides. BTBR looks like it goes into a lot of literature elements, it's DVD and worksheet which I usually don't like DVD but I'm willing to give it a try. The price is very good as well.

    I do have an extra Pearl workbook, so I may use that for dd next year (it's 6th grade but she's a strong reader), and use BTBR for ds since it's supposed to be a middle-school level program.
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    Hey People, just wanted to let you know that the Mosdos Press site is back up and running. It may not be dead after all! Not even a zombie!

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    Year five! Singleton 7th grade dd. Science and history with all other subjects supporting 'em. Eclectic-ish.

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    Oh, Mosdos is back? Interesting...

    Isn't Beyond the Book Report not secular?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Oh, Mosdos is back? Interesting...

    Isn't Beyond the Book Report not secular?
    I thought I had heard it is. Google didn't help that much.

    It's from Analytical Grammar which seems to be mainly secular, but nothing is mentioned specifically about BTBR. Cathy Duffy reviews says:

    While
    AG isn't specifically Christian curriculum, one of the literary selections is Psalm 23, and I spotted one sample sentence that mentioned Jesus and His disciples.

    Hip Homeschool Moms calls it secular but that's the only place I've seen any mention for BTBR specifically.
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    Steph - college Graduate!!!
    George - 8/2005
    Vicki - 7/2007
    Dottie's Homeschool Universe

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