Morning families! My name is LaDonna and I am the mom of two wonderful boys ages 11 and 8. We have homeschooled from the beging, and like allot of other families starting with a boxed crlcm, only to find out it doesn't fit either right away or after a while:). We have been using a literature based learning crclm for the past two ys, this being our third and we use Teach textbks for math which they both seem to be comfortable with. This year was a real struggle for me as financially what we have been using was quite a big commitment for us, but I chose to go with it as it gave me the structure with layed out daily lessn plans that I think "I" need, and the boys seemed to do well with it. That brings me to this year:). Although I still was fond of the daily plans layed out for me, and also that fact that it was layed out as a 4 day school wrk wk with one day open for field trips or other educational pursuits (in our case a CBS Bible study class). However, one thing I am having a hard time with is both the cost of the crclm but also the pace it has us going at. My oldes is techncly 6th grd, and the crclm has us going thru Land animals of the 6th day which is zoology and taxonomy. I feel as though we are covering so much so fast that there isn't enough time to absorb or enjoy the ride. I Am having trouble taking it all in at 42yo, I am wondering how I can read 4 or 5 pages of latin taxonomy names and animal facts and then ask him to narrate when I can't even remember all that was covered:) It has also been a similar experience with there covergage of Egypt. Lots and lots of info with al of the different kings/pharohs names as well as name changes at a pace that didn't allow us to absorb some of the more "kid appealing" egyptian facts like tombs and mummies and things that are mysterious and get a kid to go "wow" I wanna know more abt King Tut! I know there are times when learning may not be as "Wow!" as others, but... I am asking God for direction (if any of you would like to pray:)) and looking at SCM to see if we would transition over at some point. I will say up front, I am not a person who has any background in teaching, in fact I am always very doubtful of my ability to do this as my grades in pub school were questionable, but I love my boys so much, and I want them to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength and I feel they have the best optty to be trained up in that regard at home where character and Christ are King. Sorry for the long post, but it will help introduce our family. Has anyone used SCM in the higer grades of 6th, 7th, plus? Do they get what they need in order to graduate or if your state requires testing? I looked at the planning guides, and was wondering how it works in reg to books you read. Do you divide up books accrding to the number of school days required? Thanks for your patience and putting up with my long post here! I look forward to getting to know you all and reading thru prev posts for wisdom.
Blessings to all!!