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Questions about SCM and AO
- This topic has 9 replies, 7 voices, and was last updated 13 years, 8 months ago by Doug Smith.
I’m very new to CM in fact I’m still in the planning stages, although I have started my son on the nature walks which he loves. I’m registered for the Friday seminar in San Antonio but have to work Saturday so I ordered the seminar on DVD.
My main question is what is the difference between SCM and AO? Just curious, because I’m reading that some of the books on the list AO may be inappropriate.
I’ve been looking at both booklists also. I think there are some great choices on both sites, but I like the book selections here better. I’m going to do about 80% SCM, 10% AO and 10% me . I went to the library to look at some books, asked the librarian when I couldn’t find some (they are an amazing resource) and also read reviews on Amazon. There are some of the same books on SCM and AO, so you can’t help but “do both” sometimes.
I wish I could meet you. I work part time also and I live in Central Texas (near Waco). Family birthdays will probably prevent me from being at the All-Day Seminar the whole weekend, but I can try to come on Friday.
I would love to hear what others say who actually have experience with both of them.
If you get the chance to come to the Friday meeting let me know. I would love to get together and talk.
I used AO for 2 years before comeing to SCM. For me the main reason was because I wanted my children together. AO does not advocate this, SCM does. For me I am teaching 2 children 3 years apart. AO duplicates what CM would have been using in her school, where SCM uses CM methods with many types of living books, old and new. Does that make sense. This is my 2nd year using SCM, I have brought a few things from AO, but for the most part completly SCM. I love it here and feel like my children are doing well. AO is very good, just not for us. Hope that helps.
It was so encouraging to read your post! This morning I was seriously contemplating sending my boys back to school! I started homeschooling 3 or so years ago (they came from private school) and we jumped right into The Well Trained Mind (it was the first book I had read on homeschooling) and after 6 months we were burning out quickly! Then I read about Charlotte Mason on the internet and thought so much better. My first experience with CM has been AO over the past 2 years. My boys are in years 3 and 5! They now dislike school again, hate reading (no exaggeration there) and we are all terribly frustrated. I was attracted to AO because of the great literature and the way it is all presented, but I find that honestly the books listed are just way too difficult for them…after reading to them and asking to narrate they look at me with blank faces most times! Plus as you said with 2 children 3 years apart in age it is too overwhelming to try to do all separate subjects.
I am now planning on making the switch to SCM (a shame I bought all the AO books for this year already though) any advice would be great!
I felt that it was an easy transition. When I switched I went with the History that my oldest was going to be doing, then I looked at the resources that SCM recommended for that year. A lot of them can be found at the library so you don’t have to put out more money. (I even found Yellow and Pink, YEAH!!) Another thing I did was to see what I have on my shelves then check with the living bookfinder here to see if it would work. So all that to say, that you could use some of your books from AO and not feel like you wasted your money.
I completely understand the deer in the headlight look with some of those reads and asking for narration. Another reason for me choosing to come here. My oldest was doing good, but my youngest (boy) was not “getting it”. Narrations have been good since the switch with him and he feels accomplished that with some of the books that are listed for his age are thinner and look “doable” for him to finish. I feel like we are actually reading more books over time because we are actually finishing them still reading in short increments.
Feel free to private message me if you have any questions. I know that there are more women here who have made the switch, maybe they would have more insight as well.
Thanks for the information, it’s very helpful. I’m excited to get this going, so far all the information I’ve picked up along the way has been very encouraging.
I also wanted to point out for new forum members, that this particular topic comes up a LOT. 🙂 Many of us have experience with both AO and SCM. I used to give out a bunch of links to past threads when someone asked, but I finally clicked on “Ambleside Online” in the tag cloud on the left-hand-side of the Forum main page, and all sorts of conversations popped up. So you might try that for some more information.Heather H.Member
Thank you for posting this as I too was wondering myself the differences and where I should start. I will post an intro in just a bit because I need help and lots of itDoug SmithKeymaster
There is a bit of text at the top of the main curriculum guide page that explains what some of the differences are. Rather than a compare and contrast with any particular curriculum, though, it’s a list of a few main points in how we approached it. You might want to have a look if you hadn’t noticed it before.
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