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post #101 of 133
Anyone using 2nd grade this coming year? Just looking to connect with others
post #102 of 133
i'm finally going to check out the k curriculum tomorrow. yay!
post #103 of 133
What a great thread! It took me almost all day to read it, but it is so informational and queued up a lot of questions that have been lingering for me and my hesitation to purchase Enki.

From what I've read here and on the Enki website, it seems like it would work well for my family. My main issue that I've been struggling with is whether I should purchase Enki or create my own curriculum. This will be our first year homeschooling, so this issue is a big one for me.

I have two kiddos, 8 and 5. My 8 yo is going to be in 3rd grade, and since Enki does not yet have a 3rd grade curriculum, I'm concerned this may really throw me off. Thank you Blissful Bee for posting your wonderful plan for 3rd grade on your blog. If I decide to use Enki for my 8 yo, I will definitely be referring back to your plan for help, if that's OK.

Enki, for us, is rather expensive all up front, though I know it's worth it in the long run. So I want to make sure that I make the right decision. Has anyone tried to create their own curriculum and then went to Enki instead?

Another thought for me was to use Oak Meadow, especially because it's less expensive. However, though we are gnostic we don't see ourselves as Christian, so I leaned more toward Enki. OM isn't completely out of the running yet, though.

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Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders View Post
I think if your daughter finished 1/2 day Kinder this year, then you would probably be more than ready to move onto Enki 1st grade. The Enki kindergarten is mostly about establishing a good rhythm to the day, introducing and establishing the sensory integration/movement songs, and reading a lot of great stories. There are really no academics in it that are in any way structured.
My son has been to preschool and pre-K. He's learned to write his name, although he still isn't 'perfect' at it. He knows some of his letters of the alphabet, but he's still struggling. He is however pretty good at math! (Not my strong point.) He was supposed to go to Kindergarten this fall because he missed going last year due to the birthdate deadline in our state -- he missed it by 7 days.

I'm wondering if I should purchase the Enki 1st grade package instead of K?

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Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders View Post
if you aren't sure about the academics/involvement of Enki 1st versus doing Enki K next year, another option might be Oak Meadow K ... it is kind of an in between of Enki K and Enki 1st. You won't get the depth of information you would get with the Enki ... but you could buy the Enki Movement/SI binder for Kinder to supplement.
I'm thinking that this might be a good option for me, but I'm still on the fence. I'm wondering if someone might be able to offer some more insight on this.

Another question I have is about state requirements. In my state, kids are tested at the end of 3rd grade and every other year thereafter. Do you feel that Enki is adequate enough for state required testing?

So, after my long winded post, is there anyone that can offer any insight to my concerns?

Thank you all SO much, this thread is really inspiring and is definitely what I needed to answer my many questions!
post #104 of 133
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Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
Do you feel that Enki is adequate enough for state required testing?
short answer....Absolutely! Have you seen the skills chart on the site...

here's a link (or two)
http://www.enkieducation.org/html/se...egration_2.htm

http://www.enkieducation.org/html/ac...cellence_3.htm
post #105 of 133
Thanks so much for those links, KinderMama!
post #106 of 133
Bumping to the top with more questions and to perhaps clarify my questions from before....

For anyone who has been doing Enki and has completed grade one: Would it be OK to skip Enki K? My son is pretty well versed in numbers 1-10 and the alphabet. Reading about grade one on the Enki website leads me to believe he is ready for it (he'll be 6 in October).

However, I am fearful that since he is a sensory kiddo, I would be skipping some important things that are covered in the K package. Or is everything that I would need regarding these issues (sensory integration, movement, etc) covered in the Complete Grade One package?

The following questions are for anyone that has completed any grade of Enki:

Rhythm -- Does the Enki material explain how to find our family's rhythm?

Do the packages come with materials for the crafts (like Oak Meadow) -- beeswax, wool, etc.? Does it come with recipes for the multi-cultural food?

On the website it explains how they immerse in French (I'm guessing they pulled this from the Montessori theory). Would it be OK to replace this with another language? Or does it come with French literature and learning materials? We'd like to learn Italian.

For science, they talk about how the younger children will go on nature walks, then create projects with items collected from the walk. Does Beth give us ideas for these crafts?

I'm sure once I can get some of these questions answered, I will have more!

TIA.
post #107 of 133
I responded to you on the other thread, but then read your post here too ... I'll answer what I can. We are starting 1st this fall. (Oh, I answered your post on the other thread from the standpoint of getting Enki K based on you talking of getting OM K ... sorry. )

There is a complete (huge, full of stuff) Learning through Movement binder for 1st grade. So, if you go with 1st grade Enki or OM, I think you'd be able to address sensory issues pretty well. One idea, especially if you are looking to just get the pieces that work the best, would be to get the 1st and Kinder Learning through Movement binders.

It does not come with craft materials like OM. It also does not have its own language program. IIRC, Beth is hoping to write one, but for now you have to supplement on your own in whichever language you choose. And the Arts/Craft binder has all the craft ideas, instructions, and material lists.
post #108 of 133
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However, I am fearful that since he is a sensory kiddo, I would be skipping some important things that are covered in the K package. Or is everything that I would need regarding these issues (sensory integration, movement, etc) covered in the Complete Grade One package?

I know Beth has recommended to others in this situation that you also purchase the K Movement materials.

Rhythm -- Does the Enki material explain how to find our family's rhythm?

Yes, there's a huge section on rhythm in the Teacher Guides.

Do the packages come with materials for the crafts (like Oak Meadow) -- beeswax, wool, etc.? Does it come with recipes for the multi-cultural food?

You purchase your own materials. I don't know anything abut the food (I'm using K).

On the website it explains how they immerse in French (I'm guessing they pulled this from the Montessori theory). Would it be OK to replace this with another language? Or does it come with French literature and learning materials? We'd like to learn Italian.

Most of the French curriculum is done but I'm not sure when it will be available. Yes you can work with different languages; we will use Spanish, following the same guidelines.

For science, they talk about how the younger children will go on nature walks, then create projects with items collected from the walk. Does Beth give us ideas for these crafts?

Yes, a huge binder of seasonal crafts in K, and I'm sure equivalent in Ist grade.

I'm sure once I can get some of these questions answered, I will have more!

You know about Enki Experience and the pre-purchase phone consultations? Those would be a great place for your q's.
post #109 of 133
I ordered my K curriculum yesterday - can't wait to get it and start reading!!
post #110 of 133
Wow! There is so much great info here!

I have just started looking into Enki for the pre-k stuff but I'm confused.

It looks like you can't buy anything at all (except the entire package) until you buythis first.


Am I reading that correctly?

I really want to preview this stuff first without buying the whole package (dd 1 is only going to be 4) and I don't know if I want to spend that much for a preview.

Any suggestions?

I will spend the $ if you all believe that this is where I should start and if it's worth it.

Thanks! I'm excited about it!
post #111 of 133
Hmmmm... I'm not sure if this is 100% correct, but I was able to put an item in my cart and go to checkout without being "told" that I need to buy the Foundations Guide.

BTW, your link doesn't work. You have to finagle it and remove one of the "http"s.
post #112 of 133
just subbing to the thread for now. i just got the first of my enki stuff in the mail today and i can't wait to get into it!
post #113 of 133
Well, my understanding is that there's the early education guides and their curriculum starts with kindy. Some people use the kindy with those as young at 4. I'm planning to wait until next fall, when dd is 5. There are the Early Education and Foundation guides that I'm planning on purchasing this fall.

I believe they only have curriculum packages through grade 3, but someone correct me if I'm wrong.
post #114 of 133
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Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
Hmmmm... I'm not sure if this is 100% correct, but I was able to put an item in my cart and go to checkout without being "told" that I need to buy the Foundations Guide.

BTW, your link doesn't work. You have to finagle it and remove one of the "http"s.
Thanks! Fixed the link.
post #115 of 133
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Originally Posted by Berty View Post
I ordered my K curriculum yesterday - can't wait to get it and start reading!!

just ordered the K package too! can't wait to get the materials!
post #116 of 133
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Originally Posted by earthhugmama View Post
just ordered the K package too! can't wait to get the materials!
Oooh, I'm jealous! I just can't wait to order this! Soon ...
post #117 of 133
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Originally Posted by lakesuperiormom View Post
the waldorf home educators yahoo group has files of free curriculum to use. i think purchasing seven times the sun or checking it from the library would be comparable to the enki movement........
Where are those curriculums at? did you pay the membership fees for that forum?
maybe i was at the wrong website?
post #118 of 133
subbing- I need to get to bed, I shall return. This Enki sounds pretty good.
post #119 of 133
i'll post the link later...i'm exhausted at the moment. i've been working on a mercurius co-op an am tiiiiiiiiiired! there is no fee to join it's waldorf home educators and marsha johnson is the mod....pm me if i don't get back on for awhile.
post #120 of 133

enki for sale

Hey,
I have a complete Enki kindergarden curriculum that I am wanting to pass on. I LOVE all the materials, and will be sad to part with them. We have decided to put our daughter into a waldorf school in the fall instead.
I have had the package just over the 60 day period when I am technically allowed to resell, but I think it is still o.k.
If anyone is interested please send me an email at birthrootmidwife@gmail.com
i would be happy to answer any questions.

jennifer
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