It was on this forum I originally heard of HUFI, thus I’m reaching out here.
I would be grateful to connect with families utilizing, having utilized, or considering Higher Up and Further In as their primary curriculum, despite Lindafay retiring from this ministry. Please assure me I’m not the only mother glancing longingly at HUFI, but fearful to dip my toes in for lack of camaraderie and continued evolution of the curriculum. Please let me know you exist!
I have been using HUFI for the past 2 years. I’m ready to start Year 3 with my son this fall. I love it!! I particularly appreciate all the practical advice she gives on “how” she did things. I’m planning to use her advice for teaching cursive this coming year. I’m hoping to use it all the way through with my 4 kids. I do, however, use the delectable education scheduling cards/template as the basis for planning my days and then use her booklists/suggestions from there so I do cut some. The upper years (7-12) are pretty similar to AO so I figure I can get extra help on the AO forum at that point. You’re probably looking for someone with more experience so I’m not much help. I would love to hear from someone who has used it long term. Oh….and I don’t have the schedules for the upper years either so I may end up adapting more to AO, using her booklists as my selections….
@maltajoy, lovely to meet another HUFI-enthusiast! And someone with a few HUFI Years under her belt. 😉 My thinking is similar: if I can scrape together enough information to reconstruct the Lower Years of HUFI, I can always default to AO for high school if need be.
Do you happen to have any HUFI schedules for Years 1-6? I was sent a schedule for Year 1, Term 1, but for the remainder I’m still up a creek without a paddle, haha. I believe it was you I tagged in a related thread a moment ago.
Thank you for letting me know you’re out there! 🙂
Every HUFI file I’ve ever acquired I’ve now uploaded to a Google Drive folder. Hopefully we can amass more and reawaken the HUFI curriculum!
Please let me know if this link works for you: https://tinyurl.com/HUFIcurriculum
Got it! Thanks so much!
Update: I uploaded a simple HUFI history rotation chart to a sub-folder, should anyone be interested: https://tinyurl.com/HUFIcurriculum
@ mommyshortlegs…..I don’t have any daily schedules for HUFI, but I can tell you what has worked for me these past couple of years. I follow a very basic daily rhythm which has worked well for our family. Other than Bible time, which we always do first, it usually works to schedule 2 readings per day in the first couple of years (looking ahead to next year, it will jump to 3). I follow this basic format (for the first 4 days…the 5th day is a lighter day with a focus on nature study):
2. first reading
3. group loop (picture study, composer, folksong, mapwork)
5. circle time…..(read a poem, french vocabulary, play break)
6. reading lesson
7. hands-on activity loop (drawing, painting, sloyd, handicraft)
8. second reading
I try to follow Mason’s principles of alternating hard and easy subjects and it’s really worked well. Since I have 3 younger children, I also save the second reading for naptime. I really didn’t worry too much about page counts….just inserted the books I was using for history/science/etc. and used a time limit. At the end of the year, I was amazed at how much we had covered.
Just a little encouragement to any new CM moms reading this. I first learned about CM when my oldest was 5. I was expecting my 4th baby in the fall so I planned to keep his “kindergarten” light anyway. I used that year to learn all I could about the method and all I did with him was basic phonics, a little math, and lots of read alouds. My youngest was born with several medical problems….he spent the first 76 days in NICU and ended up getting a liver transplant a year later. Needless to say, there were plenty of challenges and interruptions. But I just stuck to our schedule when we were able and since it felt so natural with reading lots of good books and spending time outside, it was very enjoyable. I’m not saying I did everything perfect (at ALL), but I am very thankful with the “fruit” I’ve seen so far. My eldest has a real enthusiasm for learning and an interest in lots of subjects. The biggest area of progress has probably been his interest in nature study. I also didn’t push him with reading and he really took off this year (around 7.5). Anyway, that’s just an encouragement. I had (and continue to have) multiple health issues to deal with with my youngest but it really is possible. I feel like in the midst of one of the hardest things that ever happened to me, God also introduced me to one of the best things that ever happened to me (homeschooling)….