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High School Levels
comments: 12 | views: 1379 | last updated: 4/25/2016
Do you have current plans to develop and eventually offer high school levels of Moving Beyond the Page? Are there any plans in the works? We'd love to continue on with this awesome curriculum beyond the 12-14 level. MBtP is a perfect fit for our f . . .
looking into using Moving beyond the page for next year
comments: 1 | views: 221 | last updated: 3/11/2016
next year my kids will be 5 (kinder) and & (2nd grade):will it be ok to use 5-7, will it be challenging enough for my 7 y/o???
Problems with Science Kits
comments: 8 | views: 383 | last updated: 3/8/2016
I am at wits end! This is our third year using Moving Beyond the Page, and we've been mostly happy with the curriculum -- except for the science kits. Regularly I spent more time trying to figure out which supplies are supposed to match up with whic . . .
Finish first half this year and second half next year
comments: 10 | views: 534 | last updated: 2/10/2016
This is my first year of homeschooling and we are only into the 2nd concept. We struggled through the writing in the lessons and I did a lot of supplemental work with holidays and everything. Also we had a long process of testing for our 7 year old s . . .
Mix and Match from different age ranges?
comments: 2 | views: 292 | last updated: 1/28/2016
Hello, we are relatively new to MBTP and this is our first year homeschooling. I am struggling a bit to create a fit for my asynchronous child. She is precociously gifted in some areas, yet is still emotionally not ready for some of the LA pics i . . .
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Dynamic Planet: 12-14
comments: 2 | views: 31 | last updated: 4/26/2016
We stumbled upon a TedEd lesson to perfectly supplement this unit called "Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body." It's worth checking out! Website:
12-14 in High School
comments: 9 | views: 970 | last updated: 4/23/2016
Does anyone have any thoughts about using the 12-14 level for the first year of High School? We're not in High School yet, but I'd really like to do both the 11-13 & 12-14 levels. The only hitch is that we're we're almost through 7th grade. I'd . . .
Consumable revamp
comments: 2 | views: 100 | last updated: 4/4/2016
Good Morning, Have your consumable packages been updated to include all question from the back of the books? Particular;y for the 9-11 curriculum. I am weighing the pros and cons of purchasing the consumable package since it actually cost more tha . . .
comments: 6 | views: 119 | last updated: 3/31/2016
I'm considering using MBTP next year for my son who will be in 8th grade. He is an exceptional reader and he excels in science and does well in math. He, also, enjoys history. He is quite weak in writing and he is immature, in some ways. He strug . . .
considering MBtP for next year
comments: 1 | views: 134 | last updated: 3/11/2016
next year my kids will be 5 (kinder) and & (2nd grade):will it be ok to use 5-7, will it be challenging enough for my 7 y/o???
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writing troubles
comments: 14 | views: 3187 | last updated: 11/3/2015
Do you have suggestions for a child who gets easily frustrated when writing? My daughter loves a story, and used to even love to write them, but now she gets tired and overwhelmed from the get-go. And loses her cool. I do emphasize ideas, not gr . . .
Online Organization
comments: 4 | views: 1240 | last updated: 4/20/2015
(Sorry if I'm posting this question in the wrong area) So we have purchased 2 age levels of full-year online curriculum. As we wait for the shipments I figured I'd start printing and prepping what I can. My questions: -I'm confused on actual layout . . .
gifted with severe anxiety and depression
comments: 7 | views: 3585 | last updated: 9/26/2014
My 7 yr old has severe anxiety and also suffers from depression. He was officially diagnosed with Selective Mutism and OCD at the age of 3 1/2. This is our first year homeschooling and I am so happy to have found MBTP. We are having some struggles . . .
Unsure of which level to start with
comments: 2 | views: 1664 | last updated: 8/1/2013
Hi there, Our son just turned 6 years old in June. Last year, we spent a lot of time just figuring things out. ,started with the online K12 public charter school and it did not go well at all! Our guy has Asperger's, and he tested on a gifted leve . . .
Asperger and MBP
comments: 7 | views: 2089 | last updated: 3/25/2013
My son is a 10 year old with Asperger's Syndrome. He is gifted in reading wich is not a problem. The really hard situation comes with writing. I do not know in which level start with MBP. Also, he is very visual..does the books for reading are colorf . . .
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Order of the Concepts - what is it?
comments: 6 | views: 88 | last updated: 4/12/2016
Does anyone know what the logic is to the order of the concepts in the age 4-5 curriculum? The concepts are each based on a letter of the alphabet, but I can't seem to make sense of the order they have chosen. It is not alphabetical... Thanks!
Just wanted to tell you
comments: 4 | views: 1209 | last updated: 8/6/2015
How much we loved A is for Musk Ox! The book makes me laugh and laugh. The whole family thinks it is funny. I even had my husband read it aloud to me one morning. Just to me. I REALLY like the activities for this curriculum. The baggies of the cr . . .
Is 4-5 thematic?
comments: 2 | views: 792 | last updated: 5/29/2015
Hi I'm interested in this curriculum but I am wondering if it is thematic. I know that peak with books was with groupings such as basics, traditional tales etc. Now I see a more letter of the week bent. Are there over arching themes over a few weeks . . .
I noticed you guys utilize ABCDARIAN reading program
comments: 5 | views: 1404 | last updated: 4/27/2015
What are your thoughts about Logic of English along with Moving Beyond the Page plus Right start ? Too much for a mom with lots going on already?
Love the curriculum, but a few editing and manipulatives details to fix
comments: 6 | views: 1456 | last updated: 2/24/2015
Hello! I just wanted to say how much I love this curriculum, it's exactly what I was trying to do with a curriculum I had to use as a bilingual teacher in Honduras, and what I wished for when I was in high school! I have found the curriculum to be ea . . .
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comments: 5 | views: 1244 | last updated: 4/29/2016
This is our first year with MBTP. My daughter was 4.5 when we began the 5-7 program in the Fall. I am struggling with getting the work done. She is very bright but it is a battle to get her to do the work and I am getting discouraged. Can someone w . . .
Request for Book list for 5-7 Concept 4 Change Unit 3 History
comments: 11 | views: 1259 | last updated: 4/7/2016
Does anyone have the supplementary book list for: 5-7 Concept 4 Change Unit 3 History ? The materials list on both Lessons 4 and 5 say "suggestions provided on the Book List" and my book list says "none". Thank you. Lynn
Unit and supplies question
comments: 2 | views: 265 | last updated: 12/3/2015
Hi, we are currently using the 4-5 curriculum with our 4 year old and LOVE it! I am starting to look into next years curriculum (5-7) and noticed that it was different. Does it not have the holiday units and all the supplies included like the 4-5? . . .
Occupying younger siblings
comments: 4 | views: 740 | last updated: 8/16/2015
I'm hoping some of you can help me brainstorm ideas. My advanced 4yo is ready to start MBTP 5-7 now, i believe. We just did a sample lesson and it kept his attention for a full hour. The problem is, my just-turned-2 year old is very needy, and its to . . .
What a day looks like
comments: 8 | views: 947 | last updated: 4/20/2015
Im a little confused, I have all of the 5-7 curriculum. Do I do one of the lessons from the red books each day? or one from each book? Please help, thanks!
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Does it get better in 6-8?
comments: 4 | views: 216 | last updated: 3/31/2016
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Age 6-8 Concept 1, Unit 1, Lesson 8 -- stars don't fit on the flag??
comments: 2 | views: 336 | last updated: 11/10/2015
I know it's not a big deal, because I can always print out a flag from somewhere else. But why have a flag for the kids to color and to cut out and place the stars in strips of five, when it's obvious that ten strips of stars are not going to fit in . . .
Advanced work?
comments: 4 | views: 788 | last updated: 9/19/2015
The huge jump from 6-8 to the 7-9 is so daunting when trying to combine curricula for my 6 (kinder) and nearly 8 (3rd) year old. My 6 yr old did well on the 7-9 assessment. She was not thrilled to write so much, and she writes phonetically, but I was . . .
Phonics/Reading Program Supplement
comments: 2 | views: 418 | last updated: 8/20/2015
Hello! I am considering doing this program with my 6 year old that is reading at a Level D, simple sentence picture books. He can write a sentence or two with many spelling errors. He just finished Kindergarten in a magnet school and his teacher s . . .
Still making up my mind....
comments: 2 | views: 671 | last updated: 5/27/2015
I have a 7 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. This is my second year of homeschooling my son (grade 1 level now) and the first year for my daughter (Kindergarten level). Up until this point I have created my own curriculum - utilizing any resour . . .
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Ah, Bill Cosby as an American Hero
comments: 3 | views: 122 | last updated: 3/31/2016
How did everyone cover this? I'm not sure whether I want to not even mention the lawsuits or skip him entirely or mention the lawsuits but avoid detail. Right now I'm thinking I will just say that what makes people great is that they can accompli . . .
Concept 2 Unit 2 The Water Cycle **Caution on Lesson 1 Activity 3**
comments: 3 | views: 244 | last updated: 2/15/2016
Activity 3: Making Water Well darn, against my better judgement I did this experiment with my daughter. We took a wide mouth 12 oz mason jar (I was trying to be careful to find a jar that can withstand heat). We set one of our stove grate over th . . .
Maple Nut Berry Popcorn Balls
comments: 11 | views: 1095 | last updated: 2/1/2016
Did anyone get theirs to stick together? We used real maple syrup and the popcorn came out very tasty, but it would not stick together in balls. Any ideas? Thanks, Jenn Paiva
Concept 2 Unit 2 Communities Change Over Time: Lesson 5 Cultures Around the World
comments: 3 | views: 350 | last updated: 11/23/2015
I felt like this lesson was extremely broad, and I was ill prepared for it based on the supplies list and getting started section. For a 7-9 year old to be expected to be able to do Activities 1 & 2 properly there needed to be more information, t . . .
Morning Girl-how many days for final project?
comments: 1 | views: 278 | last updated: 11/5/2015
I don't see where the daily division should be made on the final project. Shall I assume that the full unit is 15 days with 10 days of lessons, so I should divvy up the final project over 5 days? Will that leave me cramming in another unit?
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Age 8-10 does it get difficult as it progresses?
comments: 1 | views: 228 | last updated: 2/6/2016
Does this level, Age 8-10 get harder as it progresses? I am considering purchasing it for my twins who are 8 years old and are reading grade 4/5 grade books. They are both fairly good writers in terms of sentence structure, grammar and can easily wri . . .
comments: 2 | views: 640 | last updated: 5/11/2015
My youngest son is really enjoying the books and projects from MBtP. He is ten now, and we're just now half way through level 7-9. The reason for this is moving...lots and lots of moving in a short period of time. From the time he was 6 until now we' . . .
Multi-Level Use
comments: 1 | views: 653 | last updated: 5/3/2015
Hi! I have a gifted 9 year old and I also have a 6 year old. I am looking to get the 8-10yr for my 9 year old. Is this something that I can also use the science/social studies and the Read Alouds with my 6 year old? We have always done those subjects . . .
Early Explorers
comments: 5 | views: 791 | last updated: 4/28/2015
I have found Explorers Who Got Lost to be too difficult of a read for my 9/10 year old. I think it's more appropriate for a middle or high school student. I went to the library and had much more success with the Famous Explorers series. You can get b . . .
Must Science and Social Studies be combined?
comments: 2 | views: 700 | last updated: 4/24/2015
I need to know if it is pertinent, for the full understanding of the lessons, to have both science and social study sets at this age level. This year I decided to stick only with LA and Social studies, but ended up purchasing the entire consumable pa . . .
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Mature content - The View From Saturday
comments: 10 | views: 1710 | last updated: 3/30/2016
Hi, I have been a bit surprised about some of the content of this book. So far we have run into "making love to the same woman over and over", curse word "AS_" , female dog name "B", and mention of a "drunk monk . . .
Colonization & Revolution- FINAL PROJECT **Not Marked at 2 Day Lesson**
comments: 2 | views: 150 | last updated: 2/22/2016
As I went through planning my next couple weeks, The Final Project: Life in One of the Thirteen Colonies was marked as only a 1 day lesson, however as we got to that lesson it directs the child to taking 2 days on the lesson (2 activities on day 1 an . . .
Energy- Lesson 2 Light: Activity 5 Reflection and Absorption
comments: 4 | views: 393 | last updated: 11/11/2015
I looked in the IdeaShare section and couldn't find anything about the Activity on Reflection and Absorption. One question I have is, is there anywhere where it shows a sample of this lab? We could not make sense of these instructions, looking in t . . .
Colonization and revolution -too dry :(
comments: 2 | views: 334 | last updated: 11/4/2015
This unit ended up as the first totally disappointing one for us. Most of it is very dry and I feel that there are too many details and events covered for this age group. While the text selected is a good one, asking the kids to read an entire chapte . . .
Only Language Arts and Social Studies
comments: 2 | views: 391 | last updated: 9/29/2015
Hi there. We only ordered ELA and SS, no science. In order to keep the two matched up, content-wise, would I just do something else for history during the unit where we WOULD be doing Moving Beyond the Page science and then start up again the next . . .
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Life of Fred Math
comments: 3 | views: 57 | last updated: 4/13/2016
I ordered the Middle School LOF Math Package 2 which includes three pre-algebra books. However, I noticed in the MBTP catalog that only one of the pre-algebra books is scheduled/listed for the 10-12 level. Are the other two pre-algebra not recommende . . .
Molasses and Ginger Cookies (slavery and Civil War lesson 5 activity 3)
comments: 2 | views: 715 | last updated: 2/4/2016
Just wanted to pop on here and let everyone know not to skip this recipe. We don't often make the time to make all the recipes MBTP has within the curricula but my daughter really wanted to try these cookies. She made them all by herself and they tur . . .
Tuck Everlasting
comments: 1 | views: 239 | last updated: 11/27/2015
We did this unit last year, out of order. We are now trying to work thru the 8-10 package "in order" and since we did Tuck over the summer, are now looking for a replacement literature unit. to go along with Matter. Any suggestions? I c . . .
Slavery and the Civil War
comments: 2 | views: 252 | last updated: 11/20/2015
Just started this unit and our second edition History of Us Book does not include the map with production ratios between north and south required in the first lesson. Any suggestions?
BBC dinosaur link for ages 10 through 12 no longer available
comments: 4 | views: 657 | last updated: 4/10/2015
My daughter went online to view the videos today and found that they are no longer available on the BBC website. Is there an alternate link with alternate videos?
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Science Kit Lists
comments: 2 | views: 32 | last updated: 4/28/2016
We use some of the science and social studies units as a supplement to our school year. Is there a place on the website that I'm missing which has a detailed list of what is included in the science kits for each unit? This would be a BIG help in d . . .
Sensitive material? Good level?
comments: 2 | views: 826 | last updated: 3/30/2016
I have sensitive 12 year old. He's advanced in many areas but I want to be sure the subject matter is not too overwhelming for him. I'm looking at the titles for 10-12, 11-13, and 12-14, as according to the guidelines here he should be in 12-14....Bu . . .
Love This Curriculum
comments: 1 | views: 179 | last updated: 1/26/2016
I purchased Semester 1 Unit 4 for my daughter to try and we are in love with this curriculum. The activities have been highly engaging for her. She was so excited to create a website on diiferent ecosystems and created an absolutely hilarious video . . .
In Unit 1: They Hydrosphere, Lesson 6, on the activities page, the text states, "Choose one small part of the solution that can be tested and write your question so that you are looking at that one thing. Good examples can be found in your read . . .
skipping some of 10-12
comments: 1 | views: 404 | last updated: 8/27/2015
My daughter just turned 12 and going in 7th grade. I did not finish 10-12 last year and was thinking of skipping up to 11-13 as I feel she is ready for more of a challenge and want to be able to finish the 12-14 by next year. We also have a good la . . .
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High School
comments: 8 | views: 286 | last updated: 3/30/2016
My son will be using 12-14 for part of 9th grade, but where to go from there?! Has anyone found a high school program that is similar to MBtP as far as quality and extent of literature, as well as including numerous hands-on projects? Is it time for . . .
Science: Energy and Matter: Final Project
comments: 3 | views: 291 | last updated: 11/7/2015
This is a horrible project. Both of my kids made the "Wind Turbine" from the lesson, using the parts from the science kits, and it failed completely. My husband works with alternative energy and he could not make it work with the parts prov . . .
Suggestions for adding microscope activities
comments: 1 | views: 521 | last updated: 7/15/2015
Hi all. I had originally intended to use mbtp for lit and social studies but use another curriculum for science. This curriculum was full of microscope labs that my son was really looking into - but once I started looking at the mbtp science it was . . .
Concept 2 unit 2 science lesson 3 and Soc St lesson 5
comments: 3 | views: 734 | last updated: 2/19/2015
Broken links. My daughter is working on science this morning. The links 1 and 3 on the website are supposed to be a video about plant reproduction but a video about sex and dating pops up for both links. Don't think this is what was intended. Where d . . .
looking for suggestions for further study of "space-time" or "black holes"
comments: 3 | views: 703 | last updated: 2/18/2015
Our 11 year old daughter is intrigued with space-time and is also interested in black holes. She read about these subjects in the book for Unit 3 by Hakim, The Story of Science: Einstein Adds A New Dimension. Does anyone else have a student i . . .


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