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There are three curriculums that I know of that are literature based, but if their are more, please let me know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
They are FIAR, AO, and Sonlight.<br><br>
Sonlight seems to be the most expensive if buying the complete newcomer package, but from what other mamas have said here their are ways to make it less expensive.<br><br>
FIAR is probably next on the list in expense. Again their are ways to make it less expensive if searching for your own books in libraries or buying used.<br><br>
AO seems to be the least expensive. The curriculum is free and the # of books needed seem to be less then other programs. At least the younger grades are. I don't know what the older grades look like because my oldest will only be in year 1.<br><br><br>
So am I correct in my thinking that AO is the most affordable way to go? Is it the best as far as education? Affordability is very important with cost of living for my family nowadays, but I also want to look at how good an education they will get. Is Sonlight a better educational experience? Why is it better?<br><br>
And if their are other literature based curriclums out there that you think are phenomenal, (sp?) I'd love to know why you think so.<br><br>
I know for sure that I want a literature based education for my children. Theirs nothing better than them having a love for reading! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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I recently found out about this one using the American Girl books<br><a href="http://www.gatewaytoknowledge.com/us7.html" target="_blank">http://www.gatewaytoknowledge.com/us7.html</a><br><br>
According to the couple of people I know that use it, it would be easy to leave out anything religious/creationalist for those of us who are secular/non-Xitan.
 

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FIAR is the only one I have experience with. We bought the book used for like $10 and can get almost all the books from our wonderful library. There are some books out of print that I can't find but Ebay or Amazon, but we're just not doing those books. I'm going to substitute other books and make our own plans for those.
 

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Charlotte Mason style learning/curriculum is literature and hands on based. Somewhere floating around here is my reply to a post on CM education. Maybe I can find it for you. In it I listed some good websites.<br><br>
I know off the top of my head two of them are:<br><br><a href="http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/started/" target="_blank">http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/started/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/curriculum.htm" target="_blank">http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/curriculum.htm</a>
 

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The cheapest way is to put it together yourself. I do that for history using lots of different booklists, Learning Through History Magazine and various websites.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are three curriculums that I know of that are literature based, but if their are more, please let me know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
They are FIAR, AO, and Sonlight.<br><br>
Sonlight seems to be the most expensive if buying the complete newcomer package, but from what other mamas have said here their are ways to make it less expensive.<br><br>
FIAR is probably next on the list in expense. Again their are ways to make it less expensive if searching for your own books in libraries or buying used.<br><br>
AO seems to be the least expensive. The curriculum is free and the # of books needed seem to be less then other programs. At least the younger grades are. I don't know what the older grades look like because my oldest will only be in year 1.<br><br><br>
So am I correct in my thinking that AO is the most affordable way to go? Is it the best as far as education? Affordability is very important with cost of living for my family nowadays, but I also want to look at how good an education they will get. Is Sonlight a better educational experience? Why is it better?<br><br>
And if their are other literature based curriclums out there that you think are phenomenal, (sp?) I'd love to know why you think so.<br><br>
I know for sure that I want a literature based education for my children. Theirs nothing better than them having a love for reading! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:</div>
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I have an AO secular book list. There are Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculums, too.
 

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We're doing AO's Year 1 this year with ds7. Much of the booklist is found free online and the total amount I spent on the purchased books was around $35 (gently used, lol). The free reading books I will buy new as we need them (none more than $5) and we also have some inexpensive math and language arts workbooks he likes to use. Other things we purchased are things like sketch books, art supplies, foreign language CDRoms, and math manipulatives.<br><br>
(We're also doing Year 6 with dd11 and spent about $80 on her books)
 

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imo, FIAR is the cheapest literature based for sure. you can get most of the books at the library or buy them used at amazon for pretty cheap:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFive-Row-book-list%2Flm%2FQZFQEBEXCRGE" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Five-Row-book-...m/QZFQEBEXCRGE</a><br><br>
i've also had good luck at thrift stores.<br><br>
also, you can utilize these free resources to aid in the FIAR units.<br><br><a href="http://www.homeschoolshare.com" target="_blank">www.homeschoolshare.com</a><br><br><a href="http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/fiar/" target="_blank">http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/fiar/</a><br><br><br>
anyway, that's what i would do if money was a factor. hth.
 

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There is also <a href="http://www.oldfashionededucation.com" target="_blank">www.oldfashionededucation.com</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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