Topic | Higher Up and Further In

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  • dmccall3
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    Are any of you familiar with Higher Up and Further In at charlottemasonhelp.com? If so, what are your thoughts? Have any of you combined things gleaned there with portions of scm?

    Thanks!

    Dana

    missceegee
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    Yes. I used hufi for 2nd and part of 3rd for dd12 before coming to SCM for history. It is a terrific resource, the site and the curriculum. Next year dd12 will do year 6 of hufi, ds9 will do parts of 3/4, and dd5 will do year 1. I love how Lindafay explains things so simply, the same as dear Sonya from SCM. The site is full of practical helps.

    dmccall3
    Participant

    Yes, she does. I was drawn in by her explanations because I’m such a linear thinker. I’m not following how you’re combining the two though. You will use SCM for history and hugi for everything else for these upcoming years?

    Thanks!

    Dana

    missceegee
    Participant

    I combined previously by using SCM history modules and hufi for everything else – lit, bible, etc. next year, I’m separating my kids’ history studies because our needs have changed a bit. So next year, our only family subjects will be fine arts, Shakespeare, some Bible.

    I will use the hufi plan as my framework, but substitute a few books from SCM as desired. I love almost every SCM history choice and plan to pick and choose a bit more than I’ve done in the past.

    HollyS
    Participant

    I discovered this curriculum recently.  I really enjoy reading their explainations of CM methods…it gives a slightly different perspective than SCM and by reading the two, I usually gain a few more ideas on implementing a new method.  The author posts a wonderful example of nature notebooking over 10 years by showing samples of her DD’s drawings.  I found it very inspiring!  

    As far as the HUFI curriculum, I’ve been using it to get ideas for next year.  I love how the family rules are worked into memory work.  For K, she has them keep a year-long homemade calandar…I was thinking of having my 6yo do this (and maybe even my older two).  I’ve also been getting some ideas for independent reading for my older two.  Right now I have a list of 15 or so books for my 10 and 8yo to make independent reading selections from (I’m not planning on having them read through the entire list, but use it to help find an appropriate book).  There are also lots of ideas for independent Bible studies.  

    I’m not planning on switching over…I need everyone combined as much as possible and the SCM guides just really “click” with me.  However, I think it’s a nice resource to get more ideas of possible living books to add into our studies.  As long as you don’t add too much in (which can easily be a problem for me), I think it’s a great resource.  

    lnosborn
    Participant

    I’ve been looking at LindaFay’s site recently too.  I like her suggestions and how-tos on a lot of the subjects and even scheduling, she really lays it out simply.  I’ve also been trying to figure out how to combine elements of both HUFI and SCM because I really like them both.  I only have one who will be in first grade and no other school-aged so I don’t have much experience with actually using either of them, but I have used some of LindaFay’s suggestions for K, like keeping a calendar and handwriting letters.  I like her suggestion of having them “narrate” about their week and you writing it down and keeping it for them…though I haven’t really done that like I wanted to!  I also bought the SCM history guide to use with year 1, trying to see what else I want to incorporate from HUFI.  Maybe I should start making a book list!  Sorry, not much help probably, but I understand why you would want to combine the two!  I recently purchased the Planning Your CM Education from SCM and I haven’t delved into it yet, but I’m hoping that will help me figure it out.

    dmccall3
    Participant

    No, actually that is helpful. I have one going into K and a baby too! I’m going to start the calendar idea today! I love her suggestions! πŸ™‚

    Thanks!

    Dana

    erin.kate
    Participant

    We love HUFI over here! I do something similar to missceegee yet HUFI is our framework and we sub our own history (though next year with my Yr 1 daughter I am thinking of HUFI Yr 1 as written, mostly). I prefer HUFI to AO but the SCM history/geo/Bible modules are outstanding for pulling the family together for some lessons. Linda Fay has wonderfully practical appliction suggestions for many of CM’s methods. HUFI has a warmth to it, much like SCM.

    my3boys
    Participant

    I visit her site frequently for different ideas or and have found some to be very helpful (I’ll be implementing some this coming year.) I think it would be wonderful for someone that doesn’t like the idea of picking and choosing but is not into a box curriculum either.  Everything is pretty much laid out and if you’ve already read a book or studied an artist/poet, whatever, you could easily substitute.  I’m having my ds read through a list of books that are recommended before high school (or is it Jr. High, not sure). The ones he’s read we’re skipping and some will be read this coming year for history (SCM guide). 

    The only thing that I can’t quite understand, or maybe I don’t care for, is the set up of the discussion forum and not being able to discuss substitutions to the curriculum (unless they’re OOP).  I “get it” but that doesn’t make it very helpful to me.  I love this forum specifically for that reason.  Like I said, I get it, she owns it, so I’m not trying to make waves, just adding my .02. 

    I think most books/sites that are dedicated to CM are extremely helpful and am thankful for them.

    erin.kate
    Participant

    I agree completley with my3boys. I love the candid and secure converstations on this board more than any other.

    HollyS
    Participant

    That has bothered me too.  I’ve had a few questions, but am too scared to asked them.  lol

    dmccall3
    Participant

    I haven’t quite gotten my mind around what all is included in her curriculum. Which pieces are part of HUFI and which are up to us to put with it (such as science, math, etc.) I’m sorry if this is obvious to others. I’m just not seeing it. What I have grabbed onto so far is the K schedule and instructions since I only have one school aged child so far and he’s beginning K lessons this fall (maybe earlier.)

    Thanks!

    Dana

    missceegee
    Participant

    HUFI has a full curriculum (all curriculum is a servant not a master remember) for grades K- 11th, including science, etc.

    i believe that Lindafay has asked that her forum be limited to the books and things suggested in her curriculum because that is what she is familiar with and is suggesting. She does not want to investigate other options as the ones suggested work for her. You are free to take or leave her curriculum suggestions, of course, but by limiting the scope of her forum she isn’t inundated by requests for substitutions that work. I don’t think it’s so much that other things can’t work, but rather protecting her time without making her seem rude by avoiding those requests. It’s her site and what works for her. I can understand that. Though I do appreciate the openness here, too.

    dmccall3
    Participant

    Oh I see. So if I go to her site, click on “free curriculum”, go to the year we’re in, and follow the instructions for each subject. Her suggestions are various books I’d need to buy, not curricula she’s written herself, right? Are there more books to buy with HUFI than SCM? We live in Africa 4 years at a time so that’s a big consideration for us.

    Thanks!

    Dana

    missceegee
    Participant

    Dana, she has schedules for each year too, but no guide. There are lots of books no matter which you choose. You might consider Heritage History ebooks and guide with an ereader to save lots on shipping.

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