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Mandallyn
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February 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Hi ladies, so this is my 2nd year homeschooling (he'll be in 1st grade) and I've come to the conclusion I need a planned curriculum.  So my question is: Have any of you ladies tried any of the following and how did you feel about them.  

One I found that looked great was Timberdoodle, I saw the science was based on religious lore, and I'm curious how much god is the science book, if its avoidable, and if there is an alternative that won't cost too much since it's just the one subject.

Another I'd like your opinion on is Global Student Network.  We have 3 children, and the price is fairly hefty, I'm worried about the eventual cost, but curious nonetheless what your opinions are.

And the last I'd like your opinion on is the Christopherus First Grade package.  This looks very child-friendly, but I haven't found many reviews of it.  

I want to be careful and avoid the religious elements as much as possible, so I don't mind Timberdoodle if I can substitue the science, unless its found throughtout the lesson plans.  I'd love any and all opinions.  We're trying to get a package rather than order subjects seperately, unless he needs a specific program due to his learning style.  It just seems easier that way.  I'm just not organized enough to do this without a pre-planned curriculum yet.  :o/

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  • RockEducation
    February 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    You might check out Calvert. It's secular and goes up to 8th grade. Everything is all planned out for you.

    I think Oak Meadow is secular. Both of these are complete curriculums. From what I've read in the forums, some people think that OM isn't meaty enough and that Calvert is very thorough.

  • Mandallyn
    February 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Calvert looked awesome, but next year I will have another K homeschooler, and we couldn't afford them both to use Calvert.  Paying for the tuition of one would be pushing it.

    Quoting RockEducation:

    You might check out Calvert. It's secular and goes up to 8th grade. Everything is all planned out for you.

    I think Oak Meadow is secular. Both of these are complete curriculums. From what I've read in the forums, some people think that OM isn't meaty enough and that Calvert is very thorough.


  • RockEducation
    February 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

     

    Quoting Mandallyn:

    Calvert looked awesome, but next year I will have another K homeschooler, and we couldn't afford them both to use Calvert.  Paying for the tuition of one would be pushing it.

    Quoting RockEducation:

    You might check out Calvert. It's secular and goes up to 8th grade. Everything is all planned out for you.

    I think Oak Meadow is secular. Both of these are complete curriculums. From what I've read in the forums, some people think that OM isn't meaty enough and that Calvert is very thorough.


     Calvert is definitely not cheap. You could easily piece your own curriculum together and make yourself your own schedule. For a lot less money, too.  PM me if you want to chat.

  • Silverkitty
    February 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    With the one I hightlighted, you can contact them and they can switch out the science for another science and such.  I've heard they are really good to work with and people enjoy their curriculum.  I love the looks of it, but my daughter doesn't always learn best that way so I've not used them.  I've thought about it for my son.

    The other two I've not done much research on.

    Quoting Mandallyn:

    Hi ladies, so this is my 2nd year homeschooling (he'll be in 1st grade) and I've come to the conclusion I need a planned curriculum.  So my question is: Have any of you ladies tried any of the following and how did you feel about them.  

    One I found that looked great was Timberdoodle, I saw the science was based on religious lore, and I'm curious how much god is the science book, if its avoidable, and if there is an alternative that won't cost too much since it's just the one subject.

    Another I'd like your opinion on is Global Student Network.  We have 3 children, and the tuition is fairly hefty, I'm worried about the eventual cost, but curious nonetheless what your opinions are.

    And the last I'd like your opinion on is the Christopherus First Grade package.  This looks very child-friendly, but I haven't found many reviews of it.  

    I want to be careful and avoid the religious elements as much as possible, so I don't mind Timberdoodle if I can substitue the science, unless its found throughtout the lesson plans.  I'd love any and all opinions.  We're trying to get a package rather than order subjects seperately, unless he needs a specific program due to his learning style.  It just seems easier that way.  I'm just not organized enough to do this without a pre-planned curriculum yet.  :o/



  • blueyedbaker
    February 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I used Calvert for my daughter when she was in 4th. It was very overwhelming. There was so much to do so many different books. It was a lot to pack into one day. It was nice that it was all together but it was difficult to use, and the answers were in 2 separate books, it was just hard to use. I didn't buy it again for this year because of that. The price was steep but I was willing to pay it because the planning was all done for me but like I said it was to confusing. You do get a month to look it over and return it but for me it took that long to try to get use to it and realize it wasn't going to work but then I was stuck with it. The books are nice, very colorful and explains everything well that was a plus.

  • blueyedbaker
    February 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I've been looking into Oak Meadow too. Not sure if I like it. It is almost the opposite from Calvert even though Oak Meadow is a planned curriculum it's not as strict at Calvert.

  • RockEducation
    February 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

     

    Quoting blueyedbaker:

    I used Calvert for my daughter when she was in 4th. It was very overwhelming. There was so much to do so many different books. It was a lot to pack into one day. It was nice that it was all together but it was difficult to use, and the answers were in 2 separate books, it was just hard to use. I didn't buy it again for this year because of that. The price was steep but I was willing to pay it because the planning was all done for me but like I said it was to confusing. You do get a month to look it over and return it but for me it took that long to try to get use to it and realize it wasn't going to work but then I was stuck with it. The books are nice, very colorful and explains everything well that was a plus.

     I haven't used Calvert myself, but I heard one mom say a lot of what you just said. That there was ample work and that she felt overwhelmed.  Then, there was this other mom that said she had used it for years. Definitely works different for different poeple, that's for sure.  

  • AutymsMommy
    February 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had heard that Timberdoodle doesn't come with lesson plans - only the books?

    On that note, Oak Meadow is secular and rigorous - for the upper grades; it is woefully lacking (in my opinion) in the lower grades.

    You can find Calvert packages (including lesson plans) used on Ebay right now, for great prices. Yes, Calvert can be overwhelming but just remember, as in anything homeschooling, take from it what you want and discard the rest (in other words, you don't have to do everything listed).

  • BramblePatch
    February 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM
    I am not a fan of the Waldorf approach, so I do not recommend Christopherus. What about Moving Beyond the Page? You can combine them in 5-7 or 6-8 but keep their own math. It full secular :-)
  • blueyedbaker
    February 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    It is a nice curriculum that's for sure but there is a lot of it. I think that if it was just one kid it would be easier but I have a 6 year old too. If I used Calvert this year I'd never have any time to be with my 6 year old all my time would be focused on my 10 year old because there is so much work!

    Quoting RockEducation:

     

    Quoting blueyedbaker:

    I used Calvert for my daughter when she was in 4th. It was very overwhelming. There was so much to do so many different books. It was a lot to pack into one day. It was nice that it was all together but it was difficult to use, and the answers were in 2 separate books, it was just hard to use. I didn't buy it again for this year because of that. The price was steep but I was willing to pay it because the planning was all done for me but like I said it was to confusing. You do get a month to look it over and return it but for me it took that long to try to get use to it and realize it wasn't going to work but then I was stuck with it. The books are nice, very colorful and explains everything well that was a plus.

     I haven't used Calvert myself, but I heard one mom say a lot of what you just said. That there was ample work and that she felt overwhelmed.  Then, there was this other mom that said she had used it for years. Definitely works different for different poeple, that's for sure.  


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