View Poll Results: How comfortable do you feel with the curricula you're currently using?
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Very comfortable. It's a perfect fit!
Pretty comfortable. It fits for the most part.
Somewhat comfortable, but I'm starting to search for alternatives.
Not comfortable at all. I'm really disappointed with our current curricula.
We don't use a curricula.
We've already switched curricula this year.
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11-03-2010, 08:05 AM #1
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Weekly Poll: How comfortable do you feel with the curriculum you're currently using?
November seems to be the classic month for curriculum "buyers remorse." You've given it a good try...it's had a good run...but you become more and more convinced that maybe it isn't necessarily a good fit for you and your kids.
Or sometimes, what worked really well for previous years just suddenly feels "stale" this time around. You or your kids or both are feeling a little restless with the familiarity of the curriculum that you had been quite enamored with in the past.
Possibly, though, you've finally hit upon the perfect curriculum combo, and your relief is palpable!!
Either way, let's talk about it this week. What is your current relationship with your homeschool curriculum????Topsy
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11-03-2010, 08:22 AM #2
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Right now I'm pretty happy with what we're using. Even better, it was all pretty inexpensive.
We are just starting out and have little pressure so I started out trying free or low cost resources and many of them are working very well - MEP, ETC, some Evan Moor books, some Intellego units. Our most expensive purchase was AAS and DS LOVES it. It is going very well and is a very good fit for him. I did buy SOTW and the activity book which we haven't really started using yet but I think they will work fine with a lot of supplementation (thankfully we have a really good library). We are using them through the free Mosaic curriculum which reorders it some and helps tone-down the religious stuff.
Our only regret at this point is the RS Activities for the RS Abacus. I actually bought two of the abacus's (abacusi?) so my kids could each use one but I don't like the set up of the book at all. It seems too crowded and busy. So, we've pretty much ditched the book (the kids play with the abacus) but it wasn't real expensive and I can resell it when I get around to it.
I also bought The Reading Lesson which my son didn't like but it may work for my dd. If not, I'll eventually sell that too. We didn't write in the book so it's in pretty new condition.
I'll be buying a few more things sometime next year but I'm not too worried about them either - REAL Science Odyssey and Artistic Pursuits. RSO I have the Try Before You Buy pages so we've been able to actually give it a shot and we really like it. AP is more of a risk but I've done a lot of research into it and I think it will be a good fit.Dorothy
Continuing to homeschool after returning to work.
Steph - sophomore (?!!) in college
George - 8/2005
Vicki - 7/2007
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11-03-2010, 08:36 AM #3
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I voted Very Comfortable, but we have used Moving Beyond the Page for years, so that is no surprise.Teri
Joseph (5/00), Libby (10/01), Caroline (9/02) and Alex (4/89)
11-03-2010, 08:37 AM #4
We don't have one particular curriculum that we use, so I wasn't too sure how to answer this one. For the most part I am quite happy with the *routine* that we have and feel that most days we cover what I intend for us to study. We did switch math programs from MEP to Math Mammoth and I think now it will be a better fit. For grammar I've been concentrating on spelling, since DS can't write until he can spell comfortably. We had to un-do some serious ps damage there, since they encouraged kid spell instead of real spelling, but he's making incredible progress and feels a lot more comfortable. For history we make up our own and he's soaking it up, and for science we use RSO as a general spine but supplement heavily. There are a few minor purchases I made last year when we started homeschooling that we don't use much, but I imagine they will come out in time. So, I have no big regrets and I do feel like we are "perfecting" our system while leaving lots of room for it to evolve.Mama to one son (12)
11-03-2010, 09:03 AM #5
I'm not necessarily having buyers remorse, but I'm not completely happy either. We are using Calvert Kindergarten, and we used Calvert Pre-K last year. The organization was a bit overwhelming at first, and I think they moved to fast through the letters. We've continued to move ahead in the curriculum, but my daughter still needs to work on letters. We are supplementing a lot, which is helping. I am happy that this year the instructions are in the book, and the math is separate. As of right now I'm a little annoyed with the organization and the lack of time spent on letters, I feel like they spent too much time on other concepts too. Though skipping things is easier that trying to stretch out something there just isn't enough of to begin with.
As of right now we love the math though, so we'll probably stick with that for next year. I am starting to look at alternatives for everything else though. I'm especially concerned about history. I love the idea of non-euro/American focus but it's just a matter of me figuring out where to start. I am very nervous about putting together my own lesson plan. Though of course this year I thought I'd be using the ATS service but decided against it (so happy I did, I hate the progress reports and the check points).
11-03-2010, 10:54 AM #6
Somewhat comfortable. We're using Ambleside Online Year 1 right now (minus the religion texts). I really like Charlotte Mason's teaching methods. The copywork and narration are working their magic and the short lessons and living books are working well for my kids. I also like that there isn't a large monetary commitment--I've been able to get many books through interlibrary loan. But I don't always like Ambleside's book choices. Sometimes they seem to equate "old" with "quality" and I've decided to find substitutes for some things (their recommended retellings of Shakespeare plays are incomprehensible and lifeless, in my opinion). I'm not convinced that people 70 to 100 years ago knew how to write for children and I have very little patience for sentimental, Victorian drivel. Better options, particularly for history and science, must be out there somewhere--which is another reason why I love these forums!Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 9.5 and son age 11.
11-03-2010, 11:23 AM #7
I voted Pretty Comfortable.
There is no buyer's remorse. Like a lot of folks here I pieced together Sonny's curriculum from various sources. For the most part everything is running as planned with the exception of two things, first, algebra. Sonny hates math even though he's been good with numbers since being a toddler. He tries to short cut it as much as he thinks he can get away with it. Upon getting a low test score I have him remediate the chapter and there starts the sulking, he doesn't do the program as it is designed, he insists on doing it his way (which isn't working for him). We have finally put a stop to "his way" and he is now doing the course as designed (TT). Guess what, his grades in algebra are getting better.
The other area isn't necessarily in the curriculum as it is in Sonny's time management. At the beginning of the school year he could get straight through the day's lessons, now it's like pulling teeth and the day drags on, dinner's going to be hot dogs and salad again (because I spent all fool day working with the boy and his school work!!!!)
Realising we were getting into a rut we took off for a bit more than a week to Sicily (the week before Halloween - a good time for a good scare) - nothing like seeing the Mafia at work and the 8000+ dead bodies hanging on the walls in the catacombs in Palermo to get your mind off of school. So far since we've been back, both Sonny's and my attitude are better and his procrastination is gone for the moment. (Maybe it was the threat of leaving him there in the hands of the Mafia to pin him up in the catacombs if he didn't stop procrastinating in doing his school work).Come to the Dark Side, We Have Cookies!
American homeschooling mom to a Mensan teen son in Spain
11-03-2010, 11:52 AM #8schwartzkariGuest
I voted very comfortable. I've been putting my daughter's curriculum together as we go because she's gifted in reading but on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to math. I did start basing our curriculum off of the Well Trained Mind and now I really feel like we are covering each subject in depth.
11-03-2010, 02:05 PM #9
I voted Very Comfortable, though it's not quite a perfect a fit. We've made a few changes to Jay's schoolwork, which really isn't surprising since he's in 1st & it's his 1st year of structured school. We dropped working on the timeline, for Jay. I made doing Notebooking Pages optional. He enjoyed them at first, but it was just too much writing, even with him dictating many of them to his siter or me. He's become very bored with ETC. That is no surprise, considering that it has been review since we started using it. We'll be finishing the series this year, though, so it's not a big deal.
Everything else is great. Even with this impromptu 6 month break from formal schooling that we've decided to take, it's not because of the subjects we cover or materials we use. We're taking the break to destress from the rest of life. The kids have been doing schoolwork because they want to. Dea has decided to stop using Oxford Latin and instead is doing Latin alsongside Jay, so they can talk to each other in Latin. Almost everyday, they do work from what had been planned out for this year. They've requested that I assign a minimum time limit for doing school each day, so I said 2 hours. They choose what they want to do with that time. I'd be fine if they spent the time reading library books and checking on their worm farm (since this is a break). Dea finally seems to have gotten her enjoyment of learning back (she lost it in ps kinder & we've been working to get it back since then). If they are going to continue working like this, I might decide to do a more relaxed schedule next year - providing the materials and a list of the assignments/required work, setting a minimum time limit on shcool, and letting them take it from there. That appears to be what our break has become, and (for now, at least) it seems to be working well.
11-03-2010, 02:57 PM #10