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Has anyone used this series? It has 2 levels; the first being for 6-8 and the second being for 8 and up. My boy will be 10 come Sept. and although I like the topics covered in Level 1, and I think he would benefit from them, is the lay out childish?
Is it real workbooky or in short lessons that can be done mostly oral? I’m interested in the Shultz series, too and don’t know which way to go. My son doesn’t like to write, but he needs the topics from Level 1 to be strengthened in him. I’m not big on a “curriculum”, but would rather use a book study.
So anyone’s experience with this series would be helpful.
Rachel, We’ve used this first book, and we currently have the second one. The first book might be a little childish for a 10yo. Each lesson was 2-3 pages of big print. Lessons would start out like “This is XXXX (I can’t remember the boy’s name) and he has . . . ” Cartoony drawings. I think they definitely have the age pegged for the 6-8 recommendation. The lessons are mostly oral, with some “real life practice” type assignments–I don’t recall any writing. My current 10yo will be doing the second book this year. We did the first one I believe the year before last and it was about right. For my 10yo, the first book would be too babyish, and he himself isn’t really quite ready to benefit the most from the Schulz books, which we also have. All kids are different, though. I know one of my sons read one of the Schulz books at 11 and had no problem.
Bookworm, my son’s a ‘thinker’ and analyzes things he watches and reads. Both of mine do, but he does with gusto. Definitely, the cartoony style would turn him off and large print would probably strike him as “babyish”; using a term he used to describe the Heller books.
Do you think the Shultz books covers the same material, just in a more mature fashion, from a heart perspective? I already have something else in mind to replace this “Gentlemen’s Series” Level 1, but do you think that Level 2 can be covered independent of Level 1?
I’m certain Level 2 can be used independently; there does not seem to be anything in it that would require having done level 1 already.
The Pearables is a little bit more “direct” instruction–directly addressed to the child. The Schulz books are more like telling an anecdote and then drawing a lesson out of it, but it is less “obvious” I mean, it’s still clear, but it’s just different than directly saying “This is good, you should do this” Obviously many things covered are going to be similar–but there might be a few differences. It’s been awhile since I read Boyhood and Beyond, although I kind of remember Created for Work, so I’m not 100% sure that all the content is the same.
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