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DharmaDisciple's Avatar DharmaDisciple 07:45 PM 05-18-2007
I am looking into getting a curriculum to start with my dd in September. She was 7 in March, so will be 7 1/2. Here in the UK she would be in year 3.

I have tried devising my own stuff but, I have Rupp's book. But whilst I can come up with ideas of things to learn about, it is the delivery; or how shall we do this that I struggle with. Maths education is another struggle- trying to cover the details but making it fun.

So here is what I am looking for:
~ Holistic, addressing the spiritual nature of children.
~ Academics being introduced similar to when her peers are learning stuff. (I tried the Waldorf approach with reading and dh is not happy that she only started last Sept). I.E. not as laid back as Christopherus, but not as fast paced as TWTM.
~ Using a variety of methods to teach info (with paper work/ worksheets being least favoured)
~ Not rigid- flexible.
~ Help with topic ideas and how to do them.

Does such a thing exist?

MyLittleWonders's Avatar MyLittleWonders 08:49 PM 05-18-2007
Have you looked at Oak Meadow? It sounds like it might fit the bill.
kittywitty's Avatar kittywitty 09:50 PM 05-18-2007
Sounds like Oak Meadow would be a good bet to me, too.
UUMom's Avatar UUMom 10:10 PM 05-18-2007
I'd say Oak Meadow as well, or an eclectic mix.
Kindermama's Avatar Kindermama 11:03 PM 05-18-2007
Oak Meadow is not flexilble. Enki is all those things you listed and flexible
mags's Avatar mags 11:28 PM 05-18-2007
Lol, I was thinking oak meadow and enki (maybe a combo of both, this is what we are thinking about doing) sounds like what you are looking for. Looks like everyone here was thinking about the same thing.
MyLittleWonders's Avatar MyLittleWonders 12:55 AM 05-19-2007
Actually, there's quite a bit of flexibility built into Oak Meadow - it is definitely not what I'd define as "structured" especially in comparrison with most of the "structured" curriculums out there. We use both OM and Enki here.
dharmamama's Avatar dharmamama 01:16 AM 05-19-2007
Enki currently only goes up to second grade. Not sure how that compares to year 3 in the UK.

I think Oak Meadow would be a good fit.

alima's Avatar alima 01:37 AM 05-19-2007
School in the UK starts at age 4, with no kindergarden year, so year 3 would be equivalent, probably, to around grade 2.

My family is all in Northern Ireland, and I do know that learning is accelerated there, my parents were appaled to know we weren't learning division until, gasp, grade 4, and my mom spent part of my grade 3 spring break teaching me long division.

You might then, Mand, not be totally happy with a grade 2 curriculum. Depends on how much you want to keep to the same timetable your dd's peers are doing in school.
DharmaDisciple's Avatar DharmaDisciple 06:37 AM 05-19-2007
I think dd would be in grade 2 this September if she were in USA.

I love the look of Enki, but it concerns me that it ends at grade 2, what are you supposed to do then? I wish it went all through the grades!!

I looked at Oak Meadow (sale on right now!!) and it looks good, the maths side in grade 2 however seems to be too easy for my dd though, not sure whether grade 3 would be a better fit. How does Oak Meadow teach mathematical concepts?

It is so hard to choose and then I wounder if I should just pull my finger out and use all my Christopherus/WTM/Rupp stuff to plan for next year during the summer buying in resources I need : But that would be so much work!! The one downside to the Waldorf stuff is that dd seems to find the whole drawing and colouring in laborious.
illinoismommy's Avatar illinoismommy 06:13 PM 05-20-2007
this is free and you can look at it,
L&IsMama's Avatar L&IsMama 09:56 PM 05-20-2007
Originally Posted by Mand View Post
I looked at Oak Meadow (sale on right now!!) and it looks good, the maths side in grade 2 however seems to be too easy for my dd though, not sure whether grade 3 would be a better fit. How does Oak Meadow teach mathematical concepts?

Does Oak MEadow let you advance a level in math? I *think* that you can do that, don't quote me on it, though.
Heavenly's Avatar Heavenly 10:46 PM 05-20-2007
This is why I'm assembling my own curriculum. There is no one curriculum that suits the needs of my children in all subjects. It just doesn't work. Check out, it has tons of books and curriculums available. I did a lot of research before I decided on the different things we are using. We are using Explode the Code and various little readers for phonics, A Reason for Handwriting for printing, Horizons for Math, ScienceWorks for Science (plus the Usborne book of Experiments), and Story of the World plus the Usborne Book of World History for history. We also have a Bible curriculum I've made up for the summer (during the year they go to AWANA which is a Christian kids club and we follow their books from there). It really isn't that hard to make your own curriculum and you are able to fit it to what your child needs. What if your child is really ahead in math but behind in reading? You don't want to buy a grade 2 curriculum and make them do math that's too easy for them or reading that's too hard. I started doing that but then realized that the beauty of homeschooling is that I can tailor it to suit their needs.
L&IsMama's Avatar L&IsMama 10:52 PM 05-20-2007
Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
Check out, it has tons of books and curriculums available.

Rainbow Resource is awesome. Their catalog is bigger than my phone book!
DharmaDisciple's Avatar DharmaDisciple 05:18 PM 05-21-2007
Thanks for al your help. I agreel, that the beauty of homeschooling is you can tailor it to your child. I tried some pages of Singapore maths with dd and she found it boring. Then I did a Waldorf puppet show to tell her the story of the maths processes using 2 teddy squirrels and an owl and she loved it, she is still talking about it a week later. It seems the more fun, imaginative hands on it is, she lights up and loves it.

I think I will use Rupp's book for a guide as what level to pitch things at and this also gives me some kind of systematic progression that I am looking for. So when I see a concept that I feel we should cover then I will dig out my resources such as Peggy Kaye, Marylin Burns, Christopherus books for ideas on delivery.

So far:

For Literacy we are doing Handwriting Without Tears, Jolly Grammar and Peggy Kaye's Games for Writing. Reading Reflex and reader books.

For Numeracy I am unsure what I am going to use- Rupp for a guide what to cover then lots of maths with manipulative's. Concrete stuff first, real life maths and games (Kaye's games for math and some of Burns' books).

History is either Story of The World or Rupp's schedule.

Geography - Rupp's ideas

Science - Projects- I am guessing Rupp and lots of fun experiments.

I just need to lay enough down in a plan now to take me to the summer then use the summer to plan for the new academic year. Sometimes I feel like a teacher
boatbaby's Avatar boatbaby 03:17 AM 05-22-2007