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#1 of 27 Old 04-11-2010, 05:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
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www.globalvillageschool.org/k8-curriculum.html


A cool idea anyway. I like their living books approach.

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interesting!

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any one?

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watching - i've not used it but i've looked at their website several times...

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Very interesting approach, I really like it. I would use it but we follow a similar path already.

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I just came here to post and ask and found this. Anyone have experiences?

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I am seriously considering this as well, but I would love to hear about some experiences as well. They had a booth at my Unitarian Universalist conference and a friend told me about talking with them.
I hope someone pipes in!!

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Wow, I'm just checking it out--it looks fascinating & very in line with our liberal Quaker values. I would also love to hear from someone who's used it. The curriculum samples they offer are helpful for review.
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It looks really interesting. I think it would really fit our family well.
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okay since nobody here amazingly has used it i email them asking for a contact current or past family that has actually used it so i can get a feel for it,.

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Awesome, thanks!

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onyxravnos - Thanks! Please do let us know what you find out. From what I could tell on their website the high school part has been in existence for awhile while it seems like the K-8 stuff is new. I'm really tempted to get it, but I'll be watching to see what you find out.
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wow, can't wait to hear more.

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Has anyone heard anything yet?

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This looks awesome, I love the whole idea of it - can't wait to find out any more info - thanks for posting this!

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Anybody have reviews of this from actual users yet?

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very interesting and i live like 30min from them. We are just starting homeschooling this year and I am researching the best options for us.

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Looks pretty interesting... can't wait to hear reviews if there are any!

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It still seems as if no one has used GVS...but I wanted to mention on the thread that they're switching from the first edition to the second edition. If you order the second edition in July you get a $20 early bird discount. There's a note at the top of their K-8 curriculum page that mentions what's different between the two editions.
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lol...sorry, me again. I s/w a mom that has used the curriculum for about two months. She said that she likes it, but that it took a little bit of getting used to. She classified it mostly as a big book list with short descriptions of each book. They do have suggestions for lessons/activities, but it's not step-by-step or specific lesson plans as it were. No math curriculum included, but they do give suggestions on what you could buy.

I do have another contact that GVS gave me and I would be willing to send the family an email if anyone else is interested. I think I got the information I needed from the one contact I have. HTH!
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Has anyone used this yet?

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poking around more on other forums I got some info. although it doesn't seem like many people have used it.. It does seem to basically be a book list with a handful of activities... Which is sad because it really looked so promising. for the $$ it doesn't seem like much.


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I have just registered my children with Global Village and I love it!!! There are various different ways to use it--one is to simply order their curriculum guide. It is not a stand-alone curriculum, but a guide that lists tons of awesome books that jibe with their philosophy--earth friendly, peace-striving, diversity-supporting. Works quite well for my crunchy family. Their approach to homeschooling works well for unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, etc and they won't try to force you into a particular curriculum. It's just resources and subjects that you might not have thought of on your own. But then again, maybe you have :)

 

We registered because they will do regular portfolio reviews and generate transcripts or assessments for you. Because we live in the UAE and there have been suggestions that there may be a law passed about compulsory schooling, my husband and I just decided it would be a good idea to have paperwork proving our kids are being educated. I love their philosophy, I love their curriculum guides--I have ordered quite a few books off them (from BookDepository--they don't sell the books themselves)-- and I love that they don't try to tell me how to homeschool, since I've been doing it for a while (though they do have gentle suggestions about schedules, etc. for newbies). They also have a couple of other interesting services.

 

When you register with them (which is different from just ordering their curriculum guide and much more spendy) they have your kids take a "learning profile" assessment which helped me a lot. I already know how my children learn, but it made me realize some things about them that I didn't know. For example, I knew both my oldest need silence to work in, but I didn't realize that my oldest son really wants to be alone in his room when he's studying, but my daughter needs to be with people. It also reinforced my curriculum choices--my son's is much more eclectic, my daughter likes it to be organized and planned out for her.

 

Also, for folks who need this (I don't, but I see how it could be useful) they have a curriculum personalization service which I think does lay out step by step and subject by subject what work the child should do.

 

So here's the thing--if you're already homeschooling, are happy with your curriculum, you're in the US and you already have your ducks in a row as far as your state's requirements, then you probably don't need to them.

 

If you want an earth-friendly, crunchy, peacenik list of books divided up into subjects like "Whole Child/Literature" and "Science/Eco-Integrity" and "Citizenship/Service Learning" (as well as Math and Language Arts) then only order their guides. Their book suggestions are really great, and I wouldn't have known about a lot of them otherwise.

 

If you need someone to generate transcripts/ proof for you and don't mind paying for it, then you can register with them at various different levels of support. I did the least hands-on one, which is quarterly reviews of your kids' work.

 

If you are new to homeschooling, really like their philosophy, and need a lot of hand holding and reassurance, then go for their full package. You won't regret it because I really can see that they take school-minded folks and gently lead them to a more child-led way of seeing education.


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