Friday, July 1, 2016

Four "Open and Go" Boxed Homeschool Curriculum

For the new homeschool mom, an "Open and Go" curriclum can be the best way to get your feet wet.  You don't do the planning, just open your teacher's manual and go!  That said, I am heading into my 5th year of homeschool, and I still use an "Open and Go" curriclum, and I love it. Small Warning  for any boxed curriclum, remember your teacher's Manual is not god.  Our current curriclum, My Father's World, has more than enough to fill our day, and we tend to leave out what we don't need, or is covered in another aspect of your day.  For example, my kids attend Awana, so we don't use MFW's Bible memorization.  We also don't do their art or music.

I asked around for recommendations and below are 4 of the the best "Open and go" Christian curriculum , in order of costs, including their homeschooling style, link to their site, and some short pros and cons based on mine.


Styles-Traditional for the most part,

Pros-
  • No need to add any other subjects, like language arts or math.
  •   Very child directed, they log in and do their assignments for that day
  •  Very good if your child is going back to public school some day.

Cons-
  •  Online, if you are doing more than one child, you need more than one screen. 
  • Lots of screen time for the day  (you can cut back on this by getting books from library instead of them reading them online)




SMALL COST- Heart of Dakota- About $100- $300 (depending on supplements)
Style-Charlotte Mason

Pro-
  • SUPER easy to implement, teacher guide very easy layout to use and implement.
  • You can keep your kids in separate programs or combine them into one (combines up to 4 grade levels with supplements for adding older kids to each grade).
  • 4 day week, with 5th day for catch-up.

Cons-  
  •  If you combine more than 2-3 year gap in ages, you have to buy separate supplements packages for older kids.
  • For older grades (above 1st grade) You have to buy and teach Math and Language Arts separately, depending on ages (they have recommendations on their website for those subjects or you could do math & L.A on Easy Peasy free website).  
  •  You would also have to go to library once every few weeks to pick up books from book list. A lot of writing in a notebook (pro if your child likes to write)




MIDDLE COST- My Father’s World- $200- $400 
(I use this and we use the least expensive basic package and it is still plenty to do)
Styles-Traditional, Unit studies, Charlotte Mason 

Pros-
  • Easy teacher guide with subjects for the each week. Easy to skip activities you don't need or don't fit your child. Example-We made homemade tortillas when learning about Mexico, but never made any of the global art projects suggested. We also skip all their Bible memorization because the boys go to Awana.
  • Best for a family teaching several ages together. A multi-age classroom, you teach only ONE geography, science, and history lesson to all your kids, no matter their ages.  
  •  4 day week, with 5th day for catch-up.
  • Majority of their profits go to Bible translation around the world.


Cons-
  • For older grades (above 1st grade) You have to buy and teach Math and Language Arts separately, depending on ages (the have recommendations on their website for those subjects or you could do math & L.A on Easy Peasy free website).  
  • You would also have to go to library once every few weeks to pick up books from book list.
  • There are several hands-on activities with the units which can require more planning (we skipped a lot of these on busy days), less writing and copywork (could be a pro if your kids like hands on)


HIGHEST COST- Sonlight $900 for a full grade package
Styles- Charlotte Mason

Pros-
  • Open and go, easy to implement. 
  • All books are included, so no need to ever run to library, or sub a book that isn’t at your library.


Cons-
  •  Not a multi-age progam.
  • You have to buy and teach Math and Lanagues Arts separately, depending on ages.

No comments:

Post a Comment