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A Story Of Curriculum Choices

Once Upon a Time

This is the story of a mom who tried really, really hard to love a curriculum. She really did. She tried her hardest to make it work with her daughter, a feisty six-to-seven-year-old who loved doing things her way. And even though the mother worked and pleaded and tried to make lessons shorter and easier, somehow that little girl began to hate school. The mother was an understanding mother and hated to see her daughter, who loved learning, hate the method and the means of education in the home. It became a battle that wasn’t worth losing.

Now, this mother was also wondrously resourceful and never let problems keep her down. She knew that if she kept looking and searching, eventually she would find a better fit for her daughter. This time, it took much less time than it had in the past. The mother took this to be a good sign.

This new curriculum was full of well-written literature and wonderful stories. It has poems, fairy tales, chapter books, history, and even science! Yet it was written in such a way that the mother could add or subtract what she wanted to do that day or even that week. It was enough and not too much. Just like Goldilocks, she had found the “just right” means of education for her home!

Reality of Curriculum Choices

This scenario has played out more than a few times in our home. The latest version of the story has me realizing that the pace of my beloved Ambleside Online just isn’t quite right for my oldest. Not yet, anyway. I have tried to keep a slower pace in general with her, but sometimes it’s easier said than executed. Many mothers have opted to wait for their children to catch up developmentally to the program, especially those whose children have ADHD. However, my children need a form of routine to their days, and I have a hard time coming up with one on my own.

Enter Pathways. The author of the Wayfarers curriculum wrote this slower paced curriculum for preschoolers and younger elementary children. With the well-written literature selections and the slower pace, I think this school year might actually be redeemed! I’m looking forward to when our books arrive and I can sit and read to my three children at once. I’m also looking forward to spending less time per day on lessons.

Yes, I know that Charlotte Mason suggested shorter lessons anyway, but even with shorter lessons, my daughter starts spacing out and losing concentration halfway through the day. Even with alternating riches and core lessons, too.

The New Curriculum Plan

I’m a planner. I can’t really explain it, but planning something gives me lots of energy, much more than actually implementing it. The plans for the rest of this school year (and possibly into the next) are to start with Bible (always). From there, we will read from the Pathways reading plan for 3 days of the week and then work on phonics with Logic of English and math with Ray’s Arithmetic for the other 2 days. During the afternoons, we will spend time outside, do some Nature Study, enjoy Art Lessons, and listen to Classical Music.

It’s still very much a Charlotte Mason kind of method, but the means are not as strict and packed. I am hopeful that after a year or so of this, we can ease back into the Ambleside Online curriculum. We just need to ease into it first. ^.^

Logic of English Review

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When I started looking at reading programs for my oldest, I searched Facebook groups for answers. One program kept coming up: Logic of English. Not only was it highly recommended, but those who mentioned it almost always talked about how much they absolutely loved it. After hearing so much about it, I started looking through other reviews. I was not disappointed.

After some research, I tried out the first 5 lessons with my daughter. She absolutely loved them! We flew through two in a day because she didn’t want to stop! That settled it: we had to get our hands on the Logic of English: Foundations program! And we did!

Now, I do not live in a delusion. The Foundations program is one of the more expensive programs out there, especially for homeschooling. However, the only consumables are workbooks, and those are $15 a piece. With only four needed per child, it’s not much more than other programs that require many more consumables. I have also found them on eBay and homeschool curriculum pages on Facebook, but those usually go pretty quickly. You really have to keep an eye out!

Why would I be willing to spend a pretty penny on a phonics program? Because it works.

1. Phonemic Awareness

The first half of the first level mostly deals with phonemic awareness: hearing the sounds, understanding the phonograms, and differentiating between similar sounds. There are exercises that focus on segmenting words and exercises that focus on blending them together. Before she even read one word in a lesson, my daughter was practicing blending sounds together!

2. Spell to Read

At first, I was skeptical. Would spelling to read really help her read? Is it really better than reading to spell (a method I still employ)? Simply put: yes! My daughter was struggling to sound out words at all, always guessing them instead, but having taken the time to practice phonemic awareness and then spelling to read, she is already well on her way to reading and spelling well! We have had 5 whole lessons with spelling to read, and she was more than ready to tackle the first reader when the time came.

3. Readers Without Pictures

I was so excited to see that Logic of English uses this method! The children in Foundations A read the reader and then glue each picture in its correct place. And then they can read it over and over after that! My daughter enjoyed this activity and was so proud that she could actually read it! We were proud, too!

4. All. The. Phonograms.

Not only do you learn the first sound that each letter makes, you also learn any other possible sound. Like when s says /s/ and /z/. While the first level does not get into why or when to use them, later levels go into depth. (In case you’re wondering, the first level just uses the first sounds. Easy peasy!)

5. Games and Activities!

These are optional, but they are so much fun! From matching to a game of Dragon or Slap It!, there are plenty of fun games for kids to practice their phonograms! The activities are also fun. My daughter thinks she’s getting to play games, but really? She’s learning the building blocks of the English language. She looks forward to the workbook exercises, too! Our reading time is one of the highlights of our school day!

There are other reasons why Logic of English rocks. Did I mention that it’s based on the Orton-Gillingham method and works great for dyslexics as well as those struggling with dysgraphia? Yeah. There’s that, too.

Because it works well for any kind of learner, I know I will be using this program for my other two daughters. And when my oldest is finished with it, we’ll be moving on to Essentials. It’s just that good!

You’ll notice that there are no pictures in this post. There’s just too much to share! So instead, click on the link below to watch me vlog all about it!

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