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post #41 of 51
LOVE CM and FIAR!!
I was really shocked with lapbooks! I thought I would love them and I bought stuff so we could do one with everybook! LOL!!!! I hated it and we have not done any. So we have lots of file folders and braded pocket folders and paper.
post #42 of 51
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Ditto! I always find it so funny that lots of people homeschool because they think that public schools are too formal and strict in what they teach (too much "drill and kill"), and lots of other people homeschool because they think public schools aren't the least bit formal and strict in what they teach (more drilling, please!)! LOL I'm in the later camp, too, but I can definitely see where all sides come from.
This is funny, because this is right where I can see us going with HSing. DD is only 2.5 right now, but I'm a high school teacher and I HATE how the kids ALL have to follow the same lock-step curriculum... and yet I think if you just let a kid follow their passion freely, they will get really hardcore about it. It's a funky balancing act I'm thinking about... well, we'll see how it goes!
post #43 of 51
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My daughter isn't the workbook kids, yet I keep thinking CE is the right way to go because others have had such success.
FWIW, classical education (at least "Well Trained Mind" style) gives suggestions for what subjects and when, but that doesn't mean you have to use workbooks to teach. I'm using some WTM suggestions with my highly kinesthetic, workbook phobic daughter.
post #44 of 51
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This is funny, because this is right where I can see us going with HSing. DD is only 2.5 right now, but I'm a high school teacher and I HATE how the kids ALL have to follow the same lock-step curriculum... and yet I think if you just let a kid follow their passion freely, they will get really hardcore about it. It's a funky balancing act I'm thinking about... well, we'll see how it goes!
See, I'm personally great with a lock-step curriculum. I just wish the one offered in most public schools was better! Deeper, more comprehensive, more challenging. Less fluff work and touchy feeling stuff... less "learning how to learn" and more, well, "learning." I'm a big fan of the Core Knowledge Foundation reform stuff. Since that's not going to happen anytime soon, I'm just going to have to do it myself with my own kids.
post #45 of 51
Not really a fad, but I totally got sucked in by Waldorf in the preschool years - all the beautiful wooden toys and seasonal crafts and not pushing academics in the preschool years. But, by the time I got to second grade I was looking at the Waldorf curriculum thinking, "where's the beef?" There was no history, no grammar, no science, no geography. It just wasn't going to work for us at all!

Luckily, there are lots of other Waldorfers out there who were happy to buy all our stuff, and we are happily structured, more classical homeschoolers now. But, it was a hard break-up. I really wanted to love and believe in Waldorf, but I just couldn't get past Anthroposophy. I don't think I will ever fall completely for a particular method again.

Btw, we love FIAR!
post #46 of 51
We tried FIAR for weeks before I finally admitted to myself that I felt like it was a time-sucking drag. We read and enjoy plenty of great literature and stories, and it just felt really artificial to pick the stories apart like that....like licking all the cream out of the Oreo.

But I'm really happy for everyone else who uses it and enjoys it

We are happily using the much-touted Miquon/Singapore combo and love love love it wouldn't change that for the world---for the first couple months it felt awkward using two programs, but now we have settled into using the various workbooks on different days, and I think it's great. Very low pressure because if the material gets a little rough in one book, we just switch to the other for a while.

I definitely feel myself being magnetically drawn toward the classical method. But that will be maybe for next year. Right now, I'm really happy with what we're doing and don't feel any need to change it.
post #47 of 51
Nothing is working for us right now. DD turned 3 at the end of August so I am not too worried. I got the BFIAR but haven't tried it yet. I have some Kumon books but she just doesn't have the attention span to do them right now. I did get the Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills book and she loves that because the worksheets take only seconds to complete. I just bought a book called Early Childhood Themes Through the Year and really like it so far. We have only done the Halloween unit and I definitely didn't use everything. I am hoping it will work for us or the BFIAR. I tried the free Letter of the Week curriculum that is online but it felt like I was drilling her. It might be more appropriate in a year or two.
post #48 of 51
This is a fun thread! I'm a new homeschooler (just a year in with a young K child), but I may be a curriculum junkie. The thing I love is that if you buy it used you can resale it for the same price, so I see no problem. I currently own the Waldorf-inspired (or modern-day Waldorf, IMO) Enki curriculum for K and grade 1... and my DD's 5th birthday is Friday...
post #49 of 51
Oh...I just got a MBTP. We have only done one lesson so far.

We are using CE.
post #50 of 51
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LOVE CM and FIAR!!
I was really shocked with lapbooks! I thought I would love them and I bought stuff so we could do one with everybook! LOL!!!! I hated it and we have not done any. So we have lots of file folders and braded pocket folders and paper.
Same here! I really thought this would go over well for them, but it was a mutually agreed on failure.

Also, I was planning to use less workbooks/textbook style books, and it seems so far, my two oldest really enjoy them. It was kind of a whut? moment for me! My son explained it once though: in school, he'd have a workbook/textbook that had really fun (in his opinion) suggestions and ideas in the margins and in the chapter endings. He really wanted to do them, but the class would pretty much read chapter-test-move on. Now he can explore the topic as deep as he wants.
post #51 of 51
i got sucked into feeling like we needed to pick one philosophy, and stick with it. i thought that we were going to be Classical all the way, i thought i would love it, and i thought that i was sooooo anti workbook. well DD loves workbooks, and we have really found that singapor math is rockin her world with the text book/work book system. we are liking Classical history, but for the most part, we are pick and chooseres.
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