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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.