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How do you space out your MBTP curriculum?

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Jennifer A
Colorado Springs, CO
1/22/2018
Hello! we're excited to begin the comprehensive curriculum but I'm curious as to how other families space the lessons? Some lessons have a number of days suggested next to them and others do not. I'm guessing a whole lesson should last a week or slightly more?
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Rachael W
Woodstock, GA
1/23/2018
Hi Jennifer, we use the "suggested days" as a guideline. Depending on whether or not we decide to skip an activity, or conversely, to delve deeper into a subject, the time it takes to finish a lesson will vary. In general, we try to pace ourselves so that we do not take any longer than 4 - 6 weeks per unit (we are on the year-round schedule). Along with MBTP, we also study a foreign language, math program, and other extra courses, so it is rare that we are able to complete all of the MBTP lessons according to their suggested timeframes. Additionally, you will find that it may take shorter/longer for certain lessons or activities to be completed depending upon your child's abilities (writing, reading comprehension, planning skills, etc.). One thing you won't have to worry about with MBTP is that your child will run out of challenging things to do--the program is chock full of enrichment and extension activities.
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Samantha M
Murray Bridge, South Australia
2/3/2018
One lesson per day is how it is designed. If the lesson has a day 2 etc it means its a longer lesson and goes over an extra day. If you do a lesson a week you will never finish the course in a year.
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
6/27/2020
I also like to make check marks as I complete the activities (some activities are skipped). I wish they had boxes for the lower grades. We have more than one person in our house (college student daughters) leading the lessons. So it helps whoever that is helping with leading a lesson know where the last person left off.
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Cherrye M
Lumberton, TX
9/22/2020
We are new homeschoolers and new to MBTP. I am following the suggested guideleines of one lesson per day and allowing two days when it is stated. It looks like at this pace we'll finish Science before LA. Is this typical or am I missing something?
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
9/22/2020
Yeah often you finish one subject before another. Not timed perfectly. At least that we have noticed.
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ANGELA B
LAMPASAS, TX
9/23/2020
Hi! The curriculum is designed to be three weeks per unit; however, there is a bit of wiggle room built in for things like field trips, days off, or if your students runs long on an assignment like a project or paper.

My family often takes that extra time to work on their final projects or have a light day to pursue other activities.
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Hilary W
Buckeye, AZ
1/13/2021
We are new to MBTP and it's still a bit of a struggle to get in one lesson per day PER SUBJECT. We are trying to stick with the suggested schedule in the book but finding it's taking twice as long to complete each lesson. I am working with 8-10 force and power semester and 11-13 atoms semester. I'm finding myself going back and forth between them all day helping them with lessons. It's more stressful than I think it's supposed to be! Should we set a timer and just stop wherever we are for each suggested subject or only plan to do 2 or 3 lessons per week in each subject alternating days? Help!
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ANGELA B
LAMPASAS, TX
1/13/2021
It's intended to be a lesson/day. However, you really can make it whatever works for you. It is recommended you try to do all the activities, but if you feel your child is getting the material and want to go easy on the number of activities you do each day, that's okay. Some activities are meant to be more fun and enriching than imperative. (ie cooking activities/art projects) If you find yourself out of time, you can do those as fun weekend activities as a family or skip them if you really want.

You may even think about combining science with multiple kids. Sometimes that's a fantastic solution.
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
1/13/2021
Actually the Age 11-13 can also be completed in a school year by doing four lessons a week per subject so there is a bit of wiggle room there as well. There is always a transition period where your kid will learn to work more independently. Homeschooling requires a much higher level of autonomy than a more traditional school setting. You may also want to consider the grade levels and if they may be too difficult (8-10 is fourth grade and 11-13 is seventh). If you need to talk this through feel free to call customer service as well. We are here to help.
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Hilary W
Buckeye, AZ
1/19/2021
Thanks for the info. The curriculum seems to be good for where they're at. It just seems to be a matter of slowly speeding up independent work and getting them used to the flow of the curriculum.
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Karina K
San Diego, CA
8/19/2021
Where is the suggested schedule for the 5-day schedule? I keep getting the same basic 1pg Unit schedule. Thanks!
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ANGELA B
LAMPASAS, TX
8/20/2021
Hi Karina! At this time, the simple 5-day schedule that you're seeing is what is available. Each unit takes about 3 weeks, so you can plan those three week blocks easily in that format. Please let us know if you have more questions.