After some thought and consideration we decided to buy into the ABCMouse.com program for our littlest children. Perhaps you’ve seen their ad on our website (it is currently at the bottom). The system is designed to bring your child to what would be considered the 1st grade level.
I am not putting an age on this, because I feel that age is mostly irrelevant. Let your kids figure out that pace.
The system does have a cost, but we believe it is well priced. Our 1 and 2 year old children love it. The system is well rounded and in-depth. It brings fun and learning together.
We will be doing a much longer review in the future, but know this: When the website loads it plays a sound – call it a theme song if you like – and it makes both of the children spin their heads around and look at the computer, each eager to see who gets to go first that day.
If you want to give it a try, click our link and you can try the first month of ABCMouse.com for free.
Here is my personal testimony: ABCMouse.com is not a scam. It has a LOT for a child to do and learn and is fairly priced. It is a complete course for young children and your children will LOVE to learn while using it.
“Grade 1” and up Children
We believe that if we can focus on reading and arithmetic that the other “core” subjects will either fall in to place or otherwise be sufficiently covered while working the farm.
Nothing beats a book and a dictionary. We teach them how to use the dictionary and if they cannot figure out a word they look in the dictionary or, of course, ask us. The only problem is staying stocked up on fresh books! With 5 children, we max out the number of books we can check out at the library nearly every time we go.
As for mathematics, we have decided to use the Life of Fred course. Book-based materials are fairly expensive, so we took a long time making this decision. However, after the research and consultation with other local homeschooling families was done, the decision was made.
And these are not workbooks – any writing is done on loose leaf paper (or whatever) – so the books are reusable. No need to spend a lot of money on each individual child. Share the books!
Again, it has a cost, but you can choose to buy 1 book, a series of books, or the entire course – so it is up to you how much to invest at a time.
Since these are new to us all I can advise you is that other homeschooling families have provided positive comments about the course. We liked the method behind this mathematics course – it uses stories (not word problems) to teach mathematical concepts.
It fits very much in line with our “let the farm teach” type of mentality. It does not beat a topic in to your head and make you repeat a thousand problems to prove you know it. Rather, though stories, it gives you a conceptual practical understanding of how math is used in everyday events.