Planning the Logic Stage Prequel

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After my original post I realized that I had not discussed how or why I choose the curriculum that I use. Several years ago we wrote our Homeschool Distinctives which define our homeschool. The homeschool distintictives finally helped to reign me in and my wild homeschool expenditures  & curriculum flip flopping finally came to an end. So I will briefly go over our homeschool distinctives but if you want an in depth explanation please go to the Homeschool Distinivies page.

 

Using Homeschool Distinctives for Planning the Logic Stage

Our homeschool distinctives in a nutshell:

  1. Christ Focused
  2. Independent Study
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Classical
  5. Frugal
  6. Building Relationships
  7. Volunteering

We seek to use curriculum that allow us to live out our 7 distinctives and we use Teaching the Trivium as our guide through Classical Education as we are planning the logic stage.

Distinctive 1: When I look at a curriculum I consider is it Christ focused and/or is it written by a Christian this is the first thing we look for in curriculum.

Distinctive 2: We then I determine if the children can do it independently or can it be modified to be completed independently. For example, for Math we use Christian Light which is a wonderful self-teaching  curriculum. We decided to use Saxon for 5th grade and up,  we use Saxon which has a teaching DVD available. I choose the DVD that works out EVERY problem. Thus I can act as a tutor and the child can work independently.

Distinctive 3: We avoid complicated curriculum, when planning the logic stage, no matter how wonderful they are, it just seems to  me at this point in history I have so many curriculum choices that we can find things that are easy for me to use.

Distinctive 4: We tend to use things that utilize the Classical Method although we still have a bit of Charlotte Mason in our homeschool. We use Teaching the Trivium by the  Bluedorns as our guide through an easy and very fruitful Classical Education.

Distinctive 5: We seek to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, accordingly we value frugality. Now by frugality I do not mean the cheapest curriculum I can lay my hands on. Instead I mean we seriously consider the price, is it reusable, does it meet our distinctives etc.  An example of a frugal pick is that we bought the complete Hardback Edition of Saxon 7/6 (including the DIVE CD) for $25, because it was the hardback that is reusable. We (hopefully) will never again need to buy a math book for a kid at this level. Mystery of History is a curriculum I can use from K-12th although it may be a bit more expensive we won’t need another history book. Additionally, we try to buy used & we try to avoid consumable curriculum. Non-Consumables can be resold and some of their cost recouped.

Distinctive 6:We value our family relationships and actively work to develop them and avoid curriculum that might hinder my relationship with the children by being complicated, boring or tedious etc… Additionally, we put relationships ahead of schooling so during our current move we have not been “doing school”. We’ve been reading and listening to audio books, doing informal math etc but we have not cracked open the books during this stressful time.

Finally, Distinctive 7:We want to volunteer as a family but this also means we cannot be struggling with school until 5pm at night. This means we need to get don e quickly so we can move on with the rest of our day. This also means the curriculum is not master and that we have must carpe diem!

A Quick Example

So quickly let’s evaluate  Mystery of History by Bright Ideas Press and you will notice that it fits all of the curriculum distinctives except it is not independent. You are correct although there is some independent work to be done this is definitely not an independent curriculum. However, it is a wonderful curriculum to help strengthen family relationships through reading, projects & field trips.

So I hope that helps you understand why I have chosen certain curriculum  when planning the logic stage and not others.As we move into the logic stage I am wanting them to experience more academic rigor but not to just fill their time with work. Finally, just a reminder just like curriculum isn’t your master, neither are your families distinctives. Our master is the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Aspired Living

Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

12 thoughts on “Planning the Logic Stage Prequel

  1. LOVE those goals!

    You know, I’m realizing that the longer I’m at this the more I like the “keep it simple” guideline. There is so much more time for other things when I’m not trying to cram our days full of every program that looks good.

    I really hadn’t thought about volunteering as a family but that sounds fabulous. You should do a post about that (actually I think you should do a post about each of your goals – that would make a great series… hint… hint…). 😉

  2. We have decided to begin homeschooling our three kids in the fall, so I am beginning the process of deciding on methods and curriculums. It’s a daunting task, but I really like your directives- I can see how that would make it more focused! Thanks for the insight! Joining from the Making Your Home Sing blog hop. 🙂

  3. Interesting, I hadn’t thought in terms of distinct traits of my homeschool. Dh and I have found our way into curriculum that works well for our family through trial and error, but knowing our distinct traits could help in the future. Thank you for the thought provoking post!

    1. For instance I was dead set on getting All About Reading but it failed our Homeschool Distinctives test. It’s too labor intensive and it is secular etc (it failed 5 of our requirements)… That said it looks like a great curriculum, I’ve read a lot of great reviews and my friends love it. But it’s just not for me and our homeschool and I can see that without having to try it out. This saved us nearly $150 bucks! Again, I have nothing against All About Reading.

  4. I look forward to hearing more about what you choose for the logic stage! We are still finding what works best for us. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to fit two students in for the first time. I know most families have to do that, but it’s new to me =) Handing my daughter a page to color just isn’t cutting it anymore lol!

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