So what do I see as the "pros" you may be asking?
- I think if you just want someone to tell you what to do and when this would be great. "open and go"
- If you would like a combo of Charlotte Mason/Unit studies this would be a great idea. *However Charlotte Mason herself was against Unit Studies where all the connections are being made for the child and I see this quite a bit with this curriculum*
- If you want God to be commented about in everything than this would be for you.
- Uses CM method of copywork for LA
- It's more like a Hybrid Unit Study that's planned for you. This is nice because you won't be overwhelmed with planning like what happens when you first start doing Unit Studies
- If you want more hands on activites planned out for you but don't want to be building canoes this would be for you
- You don't have to use what they have scheduled for skills (3R's) content See #10 below
Cons so far:
- Can't combine easily in content areas (science, bible, history etc)
- There is no scheduled bible reading
- Uses Rod and Staff for language arts which is not a true CM method. Yes they add copywork etc but I'm curious as to why Emma Serl's Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons wasn't used.
- Uses textbooks as "spines" for history not "living Books". Living books appear to only be used for read alouds and readers. You could just use a child's encyclopedia as a spine and get the same results if that were the direction you were going for Unit Studies.
- Doesn't have a missions focus
- Would be very difficult to use secularly - this isn't an issue for us but could be for someone else
- Some of the connections between books is really a stretch. It would be better to just read the textbook as is rather than jump around to make connections with the "spine"textbook
- There are better Unit Study type curriculum out there like Christian Cottage Units that are planned which you truly could combine all your kids with.
- If child's skills (3R's) is above what your guide uses you are forced to run 2 guides for one child!
- You don't have to use their suggestions that are planned out for skills BUT that is almost half the guide so now you're paying for stuff you are not using and that would make this an expensive 1 year history unit study.
So I'm finding this curriculum to be slightly "schoolish" meaning each child has a "grade" just like in school which for me isn't what homeschool is about. Like I've said before, yes you have time in the afternoon for other pursuits (if you have 1 or 2 kids) but I can't imagine what it would be like for moms with 6 kids trying to do this.
That's all for today :)