Higher Up and Further In
Another online booklist/curriculum VERY similar to Ambleside except for what I mentioned above. Here is what she says about the differences:
I am frequently asked how our curriculum differs from Ambleside.
The major differences between my schedules and AO are that I integrate Bible readings with ancient history and the children also learn US history during the early years rather than British History. They do the British readings, just later in fourth and fifth year. Also, in fifth year, we spend a whole year studying other non-European cultures-Africa, Middle East, Australia, Antarctica, India, etc…using great literature (places AO doesn’t cover). I also changed many of the readings because they weren’t spread out evenly and easily for children. I also added a few more items we found helpful.
She has homeschooled for many years and had wonderful success with it. Even if you don't follow her curriculum suggestions, the website itself is a WEALTH of information! She explains very simply how to do things like teach cursive and how to make copywork and dictation lessons simple and relevant to your readings. All in all, she makes it all seem VERY gentle and simple. The only problem is that the "Years" are individual. I mean, I guess you could always tweak (like we all do), but the idea on the website is similar to Ambleside in suggesting that your children each do their own year. There is a yahoo group where you can ask questions directly of Linda Fay (the writer).
I'm torn between a couple of ideas.
1) Do American History with my girls together and then decide what to do from there.
2) Do "Year 2" TOGETHER with my 1st and 3rd graders and if/when the need arises to separate and let my older one "have at it", do so. Maybe read aloud Year 2 and Year 3 and then let my older one go on her own while I continue to read to my younger one if need be; maybe even do Year 3.5 from Ambleside with her ...
3) Do separate years ... not likely, LOL. If they were old enough to do their own reading, separate years would be ideal, but I do not see myself reading aloud two different years to children who are only 20 months apart.
Honestly, I feel like I am set on doing my own thing this/next year (American History, reading the D'Aulaire bios and other books & American Geography using Holling C Holling books) and then starting Ancients when my girls are 3rd/5th grades. BUT ... then, I keep thinking about this HUFI thing and I get confused.
Why oh why can't I make ONE decision and JUST STICK WITH IT???????????
Blessings to each of you. Enjoy your coffee, Erin. At a minimum, like I said, the website has a TON of helpful information! I've learned a lot from it!