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July 31st, 2010, 04:29 AM
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Hey girls! I've posted on this board a few times with questions but I'm officially starting preschool with my 2 year old (turns 3 in October) September 7th so I felt it was time to actually start posting if you all will have me I'm using a free online curriculum for now but once we start kindergarten we plan to get actual curriculum. From the beginning we always assumed we'd use Abeka. I used Abeka and was LIGHT YEARS ahead of the public school system when I had to go back for high school (my mom got sick, almost died, long story. She's still unwell.) I've just been researching different curriculum because I wanted to see what else is out there. One that caught my eye was Horizons. From what I hear, there isn't a lot of Bible teaching in it so I'd buy a separate Bible curriculum, most likely Abeka. Does any one have any info on Horizons and how the curriculum is? The style of schooling I'm interested in would be traditional, classroom style but with some hands on activities and visual aids. Also, I was on Abeka's website (I know I can get the stuff cheaper on Ebay) but I was wondering, would I have to buy the entire kit or could I skip all the flash cards, ect? What is your favorite curriculum and why?
I'm full of questions aren't I?! Thank you for taking the time to read this and reply!
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July 31st, 2010, 08:03 AM
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Hi Lisa!
Does any one have any info on Horizons and how the curriculum is? Horizons only have a few subjects. upto 2nd grade on some stuff, but you would still need to purchase history and science elsewhere. I LOVE THE MATH!!!! I use Abeka everything else except for the math!!! I am also homeschooling my pre-k kid and next year will either use Abeka or Horizon Preschool curriculum
would I have to buy the entire kit or could I skip all the flash cards, ect?I only buy the main things from Abeka. For my older kids, I did purchase the teacher manuals/keys. I learned my first year of hs that is is much easier and quicker when grading I have purchased the same subjects of the flashcards for $1 at Target
What is your favorite curriculum and why?My favorite is Abeka. I used other stuff the last couple of years and really like Abeka now. I use Horizon Math, but next year will have to find something new because it only goes to 6th grade... I also use Christian Liberty Press for Bible, Spelling, and Writing. really affordable and my kids like it. I really like Abeka Science
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August 1st, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Welcome!

We use Horizons secularly and love them. The only one that I feel had substancial relgious content was Spelling 1... we have Phonics and Reading K (which we won't start until January at the earliest) and Math K, which we are starting tomorrow! I especially like the math and I think DD is going to enjoy it so much!

We also make use of Targets $1 section (and even the dollar tree sometimes as they often have fun pre-school - 1st workbooks, and other manipulatives.)

What free curic are you using now? We are currently using Progressive Phonics and LOVE it! I printed all the books out and slipped the pages into protective sleeves and put them all in a large three ring binder. It keeps them so nice and organized. It's simple to just sit down anytime with DD, open up to a book and read! I also printed off all the workpages and games and put them in a seperate binder.
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August 1st, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Right now I've printed out all 26 lessons of the preparatory curriculum from LetteroftheWeek.com (and made up a few of my own which makes it 30 weeks worth of studies). I've also made up my own Bible lessons for every week. We're slated to start Sept. 6th and end April 1st. I just hit the $1 bins at Target yesterday and went into Michaels today and got a TON of great deals! I'm so nervous to start home schooling and I'm really hoping it works for us
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August 2nd, 2010, 06:55 AM
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Horizons (at least for math anyway) is even more advanced than Abeka, so if you're trying not to get too far ahead, you'll need to work a grade level behind.
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August 2nd, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Ok thank you! Right now I'm still leaning toward Abeka. I was taught by it myself and know what to expect. Just making sure there wasn't another curriculum I'd like better but so far I keep coming back to this one
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August 2nd, 2010, 08:08 AM
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Good Luck!! Sounds like you have things planned out nicely!
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I don't really have a whole lot of answers, as we're new to homeschooling, but I just wanted to say that I went through A beka as a kid too! It's what we're using in combination with Classical Conversations this year. I started with it because of being familiar with it from my childhood, but am wanting to branch out and just see what else is out there as well.
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