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Old 02-10-2013, 10:27 PM   #7
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Re: Who uses Ambleside online or Charlotte Mason?

I use AmblesideOnline level 5 for my sixth grader. He is an excellent reader, but the material at level 6 was blowing his mind mainly due to deficiencies in his non-homeschool education over the last 2.5 years.

Originally Posted by iris0110 View Post
Does anyone here use Ambleside online or Charlotte Mason? Kearnan is about to complete his 5th grade year and while we have done well for 1st-4th this year was rough. It took us over 12months to complete and I think we are both feeling a bit wiped out. I've always liked the idea of Charlotte Mason or Waldorf and I am using something very similar to this with my youngest already just naturally because he forced me to. My fear with this program is how religious is it? We are a secular family (atheist with some pagan leanings) and I don't want to constantly have to constantly change the curriculum.
It is not overly religious. We are very religious (Seventh-day Adventist) and I looked for a curriculum that I could mold to our unique beliefs. You would leave off the daily Bible work and there would be a few texts that you wouldn't buy (Christian Liberty Nature books, Child's Geography of the Holy land, and the missionary bios come to mind). For science you would just use a normal secular text book. Some of the living texts will mention God and religion's role in the history of the world. But that is part of history and can be taken as just that I suppose.

Originally Posted by iris0110 View Post
Also how complete is it? Do you feel your child is getting a good education?
Any curriculum is what you make it. DS1 is getting all the basics plus a lot more. I think he is being better educated than the high school students I teach. I am guilty of skipping some of the extras sometimes because I am too tired when I come home to work on them (art, music, Shakespeare, mythology, King Arthur, etc.).

Originally Posted by iris0110 View Post
How much time does it take? I want to have more time to just relax and enjoy our time together but I feel like we spend all day "putting out fires" and figuring out how to get through our school work. No one is happy.
DS1 is very independent. He gets up early to do his farm chores and then does most of his work before lunch. It is A LOT OF READING! So if your child hates reading this will be hard. I spend a good deal of time working on his lesson plans. More so than if I had bought a packaged curriculum.

Originally Posted by iris0110 View Post
If I can either make it work so we are all doing mostly the same thing or so everyone is done in just a couple of hours and we can enjoy some nature walks, baking, documentaries and crafts I would appreciate that and so would they.
It is not really possible to link grade levels together with AO except for a few areas. The forums have more info. DS1 and I have a lot of non school time together.

Originally Posted by iris0110 View Post
My last question was, what math program do you use with it? It mentions math but I didn't see one. Maybe I didn't look hard enough though. I'm using Saxon for him right now but it takes him an hour to complete and while it is thorough and he is doing ok with it I think it may be part of the problem. I would like to shelf it for a year and just try something else. I was considering Math Mammoth or I have a subscription to Complete Curriculum that I could use the math book at. But if there is a math program here I would try it. Anything else you can say about it?
DS1 doesn't know his times tables (one reason I pulled him back out of school!!) so we are doing Timez Attack until he catches up. He used Saxon the past two years and hated it. There are excellent free math (secular science and history) books at CK-12 foundation.

Typical Monday for us:
Acts of the Apostles/Bible reading
Timez Attack
This Country of Ours (US history)
Cursive practice
King Arthur
Mad Libs
Intermediate Language Lessons
Spelling Power
Listen to the Composer
Recite/Read/Research the Poet or Poem
Practice our Hymn
Read Plutarch
Free Reading
Narration (usually after any independent reading)
Book of Centuries (as we work through a text)
Mapping (as we work through a text)

I can PM you an entire week's schedule if you are interested.
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