thanks for all the links to the past responses to this. Even they had links inside them and I ended up reading about 8-10 different threads. Wow am I so glad!! Much of Bookworm's reasoning for not liking a canned curriculum is exactly where I am at. I feel so boxed in and I think we are definitely going with the SCM organizer. We have HST, but I just don't think it will do for me what the Organizer will.
We also love doing history together. I mean we just love it and I think I was looking at the AO lists and going - my daughter will NEVER get this. History already isn't her thing, but she enjoys it when we discuss things and have interesting reads. History is my son's thing for sure, he wants to be a history teacher or prof. But, history is one of those subjects that can easily be taken on in a humanistic viewpoint and we have to keep our worldview in check. I was looking at many of the AO books and thinking "uh, uh!"
He wants to dive in deep to history this year and so, I believe we are going to give him extra reading as well as have him do Starting Points.
Thanks ladies!! I believe we will make SCM our "home", but will incorporate more reading. If I don't push it on them, they totally get soaked into reading.
I also have a Kindergartener this year and the htought of having 3 different years going at once was over the top. In 2011 I'll have 4 in school and likely a new baby. In 2013, I'll have a senior, and probably 5 in school. Ack! We'll stick to SCM and doing it "our" way. :)
I did order the SCM all day CM seminar including laying down the rails and I'm soooo excited. Hoping it comes early next week. A friend is coming over to watch it with me.