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18 Responses to Home
  1. Kristie Carter says:

    Good evening:)
    I am interested in learning more about you monthly
    Plans if curriculum. Please advise…
    Thanks so much!!
    In Gods love,
    Kristie

    • kara says:

      Hi, Kristie! You can find the current sample (for the month of January) here. Click on “here” or “month” (the words in red) and it should open up for you. Enjoy!

      If you have questions, you can look at our FAQs. If you don’t find what you are looking for there, let us know!

  2. carol olafson says:

    I would like to try one of your sample months, not a Christmas oriented month, perhaps last years February lesson.

    Thanks, and God bless from Canada
    (contrary to popular belief, not all of Canada is iniundated with snow-we live on Vancouver Island, it is mid january, and as is typical, we haven’t seen snow yet-my oldest son prays for snow!

  3. Julie says:

    Kara,
    Should I have gotten next Month’s cirriculum? We had trouble last month, if you recall. Please advise whether to enroll again.

    Thanks again. We are so enjoying your material!

    Julie

    • kara says:

      Yes, Julie, the March curriculum went out on the 15th as scheduled and you should have received an e-mail receipt with your link on it. (Grr . . .) I will e-mail the link to you right away. Your card was charged, according to my records, so my assumption is that there is a problem with receiving the link. I might have a solution so this doesn’t keep happening that I will e-mail to you.

  4. Melaina says:

    Would it be best to start this curriculum when the new books are first being used? I would hate to invest in the “year long resources” and only use a little of them…if so, what month are the new “year long resources” first used? Also, I see you have a blog…is that only accessed thru this website or is there an email subscription offered for the blog articles? Thank you!

    • kara says:

      The “new year” begins in September. We try to make sure that the year-long resources are the types of resources that folks would want for their home libraries. Even if you only use them for one month, they are worth the purchase. There is often overlap from year to year, as well.

      Right now, the blog is only on this website, but as we have time and savvy we hope to offer other choices. Thanks for asking, Melaina! (And that’s a pretty name.)

      • Melaina says:

        Thanks for getting back to me and for the compliment on my name. I used to hate it as all through my life and even still people don’t know how to pronounce it…I thought I was going to change my name when I was able to.

        So, I feel like I have a million and one questions for you…I have read all through the website and just worry endlessly about switching again. I have only been homeschooling for a few years, but have switched curriculums several times. I thought I found the answer this year, but it too has made me feel stressed and inadequate. So, I was just going to pick and choose my own from companies like Apologia and Queen’s…and was all set to order some things, when I came across your website.

        I was wondering if you could perhaps email me privately. I hate to pour out my questions on a blog…ha ha ha. Thanks, Melaina

  5. Melissa says:

    I am wondering about if/when you ever repeat books? Meaning, I see some on the January sample that I’d like to read with my children at some point, but if you did them this year, does that mean you won’t again? I’m talking like Aesop’s Fables, Minn of the Mississippi, things like that. Also, it appears that you did the Old Testament this year, will you be doing the New Testament starting in September? Will you publish a sort of outline of the upcoming year? Do you follow any sort of flow with regards to history (American and World) or just read random books? I am Charlotte Mason influenced, but the ease of yours looks nice. Also, it looks like they only do copywork once a week. I’m used to “daily”. Is once a week enough? Would a 2nd grader do dictation? My understanding of CM philosophy has dictation waiting til 4th grade.

    Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks for you help.

    Melissa

    • kara says:

      Thanks for the good questions, Melissa! We have not (intentionally) repeated any books yet, but I’m pretty certain that someday we will need to because there aren’t that many wonderful books in the world. :) When we began OH, I planned the first three years without any repetition, so I guess I’ll see where we are when we start our fourth year. Aesop is a different story (no pun intended). We do some fables every year as well as other “classic” literature stories that we want to be a part of our mental furniture.

      In Bible, we will pick up in Sept where we left off in Aug. We don’t try to get through a time period in a certain amount of time. Rather we work steadily through the book. In Sept, I know for sure that I will be adding at least one other non-chronological Bible book.

      I am considering publishing a list of topic for each month. Some of the topics are month/season/holiday related so they don’t take much guess work, but I understand a desire to see where it’s all going. :)

      We do not follow a chronological timeline and if I can find the post, I will post a link that includes my (lengthy) explanation for that.

      We are also CM influenced, but far from CM purists. The way I suggest teaching language arts is the method I have used (adapt from Ruth Beechick) with my children. They enjoyed the variety of copying one day, writing the same thing with help another, and finally writing it without help (dictation) the next. The great part about this way of practicing language is that it gives them a sense of accomplishment and is accessible at the level where your child is–a word, a phrase, a simplified sentence, or an entire passage–all drawn from material that is meaningful to them. I give you suggestions, but often my children choose their own word/phrase, etc.

      Let me stress, though, this is only one way to use natural methods! It is the one I have personally seen work, but there are as many variations as there are families. If you want to delay any dictation until 4th grade, do. Use the suggested passage (or a portion) on the first day. The second day finish the passage or choose another from your reading. There is no wrong way to learn. The important thing is that your child is interacting with interesting, well-written English, and that you keep it as simple and stress-free as it should be.

      I’ll look that that history link and post it below . . .

  6. Melissa says:

    Thank you, Kara. I actually ended up reading a lot more AFTER posting my questions. I found the 4 or 5 post series on you answering Malaina’s (sp?) questions and I’ve found that very helpful.

    What I’m gleaning is this ~ Keep it SIMPLE. God first, always. Read aloud and read silently. Do something (write, math, type, draw, etc.). Play something (games, act out a story, etc.). LIVE (bake, clean, go places). GET OUTSIDE (nature walks, parks, nature study, bike, walk, beach, play, etc.). Enjoy (art, music, poetry, etc.).

    Simple. No need to plan the next 12 years in an outline. JUST BE.

    Thank you so much! I’ve been an over-planner and an under-doer. :) I need to plan less and do more. It’s that simple.

    I have plenty of living books here that I’ve bought and planned but haven’t read yet. So, for now, we just need to keep reading and doing math and some copywork. We’ve already established a love for classical music, so my girls put in CDs of Beethoven by choice to clean to (love that). I just need to quit thinking we have to plan our “Composer Study” and read every book about the composer or make a notebook page, lol. Just ENJOY it.

    I believe I will be picking up with OH in the fall. Thanks so much for all of your insight.

    Melissa

    • kara says:

      You’ve got it, Melissa! Amazingly, as we faithfully fulfill our calling to be godly mothers (faithfully, not stressing out or expecting perfection, but depending on God’s grace), the Lord blesses us. “Seek first His Kingdom and all the other things are added!”

  7. Edwina says:

    Our son is 9, diagnosed with autism and reading delay. I was wondering if you know of any other families who children are diagnosed with either or both diagnosis who have also been successful with your program?
    How do you set up the various grade levels? Since our son is behind in reading but at grade level for everything else, will that be a problem with your program?
    Also, do you consider using any of the classics to use with your program? You know, like Mark Twain, Louis Carrol, Charles Dickens, or Louisa May Alcott? A lot of them are available for free download on the internet, do you try to use books like that with your program?
    Besides Reading, what other subjects are included on a weekly basis and how often? If I would prefer our son to do more of a subject and less of another compared to your program, how difficult would it be for us to do that kind of a change? For instance, because our son has reading delay (Dyslexia) we have been doing reading more than any other subject. Will that be a problem?
    Edwina

    • kara says:

      Edwina, many of your questions will be answered if you look over the sample. We teach reading and math individually and take a mastery approach. I don’t care what “grade level” you are; I want to know what you know and what the next thing is that you need to learn. We have several children who experienced reading delays and that is one reason I taught/developed OH was so the late-bloomers weren’t “stuck,” limited by their reading level. There is at least one other family using OH with an autistic son. She could speak to the subject better than I can.

      Yes, we do include classics, but Dickens would be beyond the scope of the intended grade levels. When I know of an on-line, free text, I draw your attention to it. However, OH is not a “classics” curriculum. Although I like to help reduce costs, I find on-line reading and printing out e-texts cumbersome so they do not comprise the majority of our reading. If that is what you are looking for, Ambleside Online would be a better curriculum choice for your family.

      I wish I would have known about LibriVox.org when my second son was struggling. (Was it available then?) We would have used it extensively, letting him read along while the reader reads aloud. You can learn more about the OH approach to reading here.

  8. Kelsey says:

    I tried to ask this already but I can’t figure out where I sent it so you may have already answered me somewhere…

    Anyway, my question is-

    How soon do you send out the book list for the following month? So if I am going to reserve at my library or order books, how much time would I have to do that before that month’s studies begin?

    And

    Once we subscribe, do the documents come to our email or is there a place to login and access that month’s plans?

    Thanks

    • kara says:

      Hi, Kelsey. Thanks for asking. The plans come out on the 15th of the month before, so on July 15 we will send the Aug curriculum. The first month you subscribe, you will receive the link to the current month immediately. After that, the link is on your receipt.

      The receipt comes as an e-mail with a link to the PDF. You can use the curriculum as a PDF on the web or you can save the PDF to your computer (which is what most do). I recommend saving it since 1) We cannot guarantee that the curriculum will always by located in that exact place on the website and 2) In case you ever need to show a record of what you have done in homeschooling (this is very rare), it is easier to locate an electronic document than to keep reams of paper plans. :)

      I believe this is all explained in the FAQS, toward the bottom of the page.

      Hope this helps.

      His,

      Kara