My oldest will start kindergarten next fall. I'm not one to make hasty decisions so I've been researching my options now. I'm looking for opinions from people who have used any of these curricula.
First...my early childhood philosophy is more of an "un-preschooling" philosophy, so to speak. I do intend to be somewhat structured from k and above but I think kindergarten should still be fairly light on academics. If I were to send my kids to traditional school, I'd be looking for a half day kindergarten.
Right now I'm leaning toward CHC (Catholic Heritage Curricula). I already have the preschool/kindergarten lesson plans and a few of the books. My biggest concern is that it will be *too* easy and laid back for my ds, especially the language arts. Also, the lesson plans only include language arts, math and religion, so if I want to do any other subjects I'd have to come up with the lessons myself. I don't think it would be a big deal for me once I have a few years under my belt but as a newbie I'm wanting a little hand-holding, so to speak.
With Seton my two options are to 1.) buy the materials but come up with the lesson plans myself (which again, I'm feeling like right now I need help with having lesson plans laid out for me, even if I don't follow them completely), or 2.) enroll in the program to get the lesson plans, but then I'm accountable to them. I'd give up some flexibility and also have more work to do (submitting things for grading, ect.)
I've also been reading a little about classical education and like some of the concepts. I don't feel completely drawn to it though, mostly because it seems a little overwhelming to me. I also like the idea of literature-based curriculum. I've looked at Sonlight but to be honest my biggest concern, other than the cost, is that it would be too much reading for *me*. MODG (Mother of Divine Grace) seems to be more literature based than CHC or Seton, and they allow you to purchase the lesson plans without enrolling in their program. So I was thinking that maybe I could go with CHC for the basics (religion, math and language arts) and then using MODG for some of the supplementary material.
Thanks if you have read this far, lol. I'm trying to work this all out in my head and would appreciate any input. Thanks!
Mom to DS March '05 and : DD Feb. '08