Bumping this thread. Anyone out there? I'm looking at Enki, Live Ed and Christopherus and would love to read (even) more.
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I've been using Enki K for about a year. This will be my son's last year of K (turned 6 in Nov) and I have a daughter turning 4 this month. She was along for the ride for our first two years of homeschooling, taking in early childhood type stories along with her brother. At the beginning of this school year I found them to be in different developmental places and shared an early childhood (Enki) story with them in the morning and told my son an older K story from the Enki K curriculum as I settled the children in separately before quiet hour. As winter approached I started noticing my daughter seeking repetition with the early fairy tales I had shared with her, and I began to experiment to see if in fact she was more nourished by these early fairy tales. Yes, it was true! So, now I've been taking a completely different approach to next year's planning than I expected. I'm going to be using the Enki Gr1 curriculum (core stories) with both children and adapting our school work to meet the two different age children where they are developmentally. It has been so helpful to me to be part of the Enki online community to learn how others have used a single curriculum to meet multiple ages. In fact, the concept had never come to me before reading about others' experiences and realizing that it might be the best fit for my family. I'm in Colorado. Looking forward to being a part of this thread!
I did want to clarify from a post by lilysmama that in the first step of the 3-fold cycle, it is important to take the new learning into the sleep cycle (overnight) and that is why you don't work further with the martial the first day.
A great way to learn more about Enki before making a purchase is to join the Enki Experience Google Group (previously on Yahoo). https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/enki-experience
The folders there contain a lot of information including comparison to other curriculums. You can post questions there to be answered by others using Enki and/or the Enki leadership. A great way to learn if Enki is a good fit for your family is to do a pre-purchase call, you will see this folder in the Enki Experience Google Group. Be sure to send your join request from a computer, I've heard that page doesn't work from an iPad. Once you join, it can be accessed by an iPad or mobile device.
I have two kids (first and fourth grade) and I've been using Enki since the older one was 4. Initially, the 'schooling' was limited to myself learning a whole lot about child development and the basics of Enki (how to establish a daily rhythm for example - just this has saved my sanity countless times over the years.) and as the kids grew to be 'proper' school age, we have organized our days with my growing understanding of Enki and with the help of the Enki materials (lots of them there are).
I have always been interested in how people learn (I used to teach ESL, as well as study techniques and brain/memory development skills before I had kids) and Enki has provided me with a great framework to observe and learn more about that than I ever thought I'd get from teaching 'just' my own two kids. I love this curriculum and all the background information that it lays out - fortunately there was enough nuts-and-bolts stuff there in the early grades (step-by-step how to's and schedule ideas ... that does not have to be followed but provides a very manageable shortcut for a mother who does not always have the time to plan from scratch) to learn 'on the job' so that now (the support materials are not yet available for fourth grade and beyond) I feel confident and immersed enough to pull together my own material while still using Enki methodology. We'll surely continue to do so for the future.
I can wholeheartedly recommend using the Enki curriculum and only wish it were available in German so I could treat my sister and friends to the richness of this resource.
The only thing to remember (and remind myself) is that not all ideas must be realized - the Enki libraries provide so many that you'd go bonkers trying to do everything. In all fairness, they give fair warning (do not attempt to read all of these stories...) but the quality of the material is so high that it's often hard to leave things out. (Good thing I have a second child. She'll get to do all the crafts, stories, etc that were not selected first time around.)