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Lower then expected - 2 students

Alicia W
York, SC
I have been homeschooling my girls ages 9 and 11 for 3+ years and we have jumped all over the place in curriculum. The 9 year old has ADHD and dyslexia and the 11 year old has ADD. They hate reading books and do not know how to write a proper paragraph or even a sentence really. I am thinking of using the 7-9 year old curriculum from MBTP for both of them to get them on track to learn how to think which all of the other curriculum has not done. My concern is they will be 21 before they graduate high school at this rate. Thoughts?
Angela D
La Grande, OR
I understand your concerns and you are certainly not the only one to try a bunch of curricula in search of what you need. I have been using Moving Beyond the Page personally over 4 years for my now 10 and 12-year-olds. (I have only worked for the company for about 9 months). Considering the challenges your children present, the fact that they don't love reading and that they are not yet writing complete paragraphs, the Age 7-9 curriculum is the appropriate placement for them.

I would encourage you to not get too stressed about "catching up". The beauty of homeschooling is that we are able to meet our children where they are. Ideally, our goal should be to instill a love of learning and to encourage our children to think of learning as a natural part of day-to-day life. It is possible to use our curriculum through the summer and without using the extra days that are incorporated into the schedule to make up time. But please don't do this to the detriment of your children's enjoyment.

Children do not develop in a straight line and following some formula as to where your children should be will only cause stress to you, the parent. Children do not perceive of this unless we teach it to them. So why not let them grow at their own pace.

I would like to let you know that we have a fairly rigorous curriculum and even if your children complete the Age 12-14 curriculum at a later age, they will be well prepared for what is to come. In fact, the Age 11-13 and 12-14 curriculum surveys all of the major subject areas covered in high school. They could be ready to rejoin children their age after its completion.
Heather P
Porter, TX
Hi! I share your concerns as my son who is mild to moderately autistic just turned 16. He and my almost 12 yr old daughter will soon start Level 8-10 (yellow). Mine also hate to read and are very vocal about it. Having been at this for many years, I can echo Angela's thoughts concerning meeting your children where they are at, not where we wish them to be. Just be consistant and take it day by day. Perhaps you will be able to combine some days. We choose to school year-round as this gives us over 200 possible school days a year. You will be amazed at what your kids have accomplished at year's end. I know it is hard to feel like your kids' are 'behind' and they will never catch up. But behind whom? Catch up to whom? Those are false constructs created by brick and mortar schools to move kids along the conveyar belt of 'education'. It is so much more important for kids to learn to learn, even if they never enjoy it!

Also, try not to stress about high school. I have two 'graduates' who never did high school for me. Both went directly to community college with no high school diploma required. Perhaps this is an option where you live? High school is not big and bad and scary, really. It can look so different based on your child's interests and goals.

I would encourage you to just focus on this year for now. Take the leap. See where you land.

Best of luck finding what works for your family.
Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
Plow thought a level in MBTP and just do it slowly if needed. It is the consistency that keeps them moving forward. Slow and steady wins the race. Rather than think of catching up, gauge learning by asking: Did they enjoy it? Did they have fun? Did they learn anything new? Did the lessons spark some conversations or interests in new topics? Is the level of knowledge more sophisticated? Did they make any new connections by applying what they learned or did to something personal in their life right now?

Once that spark in learning is made, it is easier to start pushing for more "skills retention." The brain seems to need a lot of different connections from different subjects when something just clicks and the child sees the point of reading or writing. Sometimes it is hard to make connections with reading or writing without a lot of knowledge or experience so one doesn't have much to write about or have enough background information to make sense of what is being read. There is no motivation. So just keep plowing through and it will click. Also I have learned my kids enjoy a good conversation than a project sometimes. We have gone on many conversational tangents as a result of their lessons.

I love Moving Beyond the Page because connections are made everywhere. The kids will read something in the literature section and it will connected historically and scientifically in the social studies and science section and then there are previous connections from other Concepts and Age levels even.