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Online Curriculum

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Jennifer L
Livonia, MI
10/14/2020
I just ordered the 7-9 Math Curriculum and see I have an online option for now. Does the online option include the parent guide as well? Thank you.
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Angela B
College Station, TX
10/14/2020
Hi Jennifer! Yes, the /Online version of the curriculum has everything you need including the parent guide/overview.

The Difference Between the Online and Hard Copy

SHORT ANSWER
They are exactly the same.

LONGER ANSWER
Whether you choose online or hard-copy curriculum, you complete the same projects, activities, and readings. The choice of hard-copy or online just determines whether you read your lesson plan in a hard-copy book or whether you read about that same exact lesson plan on our website (and you print your own student activity pages). That's really it.

Don't worry too much about making the right decision. If you choose the online curriculum and later wish that you had the hard copy, we will upgrade you for the difference in price. We don't want you caught in something that is not right for you.

Here is some help in making the decision:
1) If you like to take a marker and write all over your lesson plans with your own ideas and possibilities, by all means get the hard-copy curriculum. Write on it to your hearts content. Bend the pages, scratch things out, and add your own flair. Hard-copy curriculum is for you.

2) If you like the feel of paper in your hands and prefer to have your hands on the curriculum you should obviously use hard-copy. You would be surprised at how many people state this as their reason for choosing hard-copy. Sometimes you just have to have it in your hands.

3) If you already read all of your news, books, and magazines on your phone or ipad and you really love not having the clutter of an extra 20 curriculum books around the house, you should consider online. You might really like it.

4) If you are struggling with the choice, choose hard-copy. About 2/3 of our customers use hard-copy curriculum, so you will be in good company.

Please note that when you buy online packages, the literature and manipulatives are still in hard copy form. We do not provide electronic books.
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Megan L
Wheaton, IL
11/2/2020
Where exactly on the site do I find the parent resources. I don't see a link for it.
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
11/2/2020
There are different locations for resources that you may be looking for. IdeaShare has information that may be helpful from the writers and other parents on the units you may be working on. Links contain updated versions of all of the links used to supplement our curriculum.

If you are looking for more information on the parent guidance here is our "official" information:

In the Age 4-5, 5-7, and 6-8 curriculum, there is a separate parent and student book. The intention is that the parent will be using the instructions to teach from their book while the child has their book open to the appropriate page.

In the Age 7-9 and 8-10 levels, we are starting to transition students to working more independently. At these two levels, the curriculum book is combined and addressed to both the parent and child. The guidance, instructions, and worksheets are all integrated within one curriculum book. The intention is that the parent and child would sit down together, review what they will be working on that day, complete the readings, and look over the activities to be completed. Then the student will be able to go work on their own with a parent available for questions. Work should always be reviewed together at the end of a workday.

At the Age 9-11 level and above, the curriculum is addressed directly to the student. At this level, most students should be able to work independently. if you prefer to maintain a more teacher-centric homeschool during these age levels, you can still do so, but you shouldn't have to. In the back of each hard copy curriculum book is a Parent Overview section that tells you what to discuss with your student, answers to problems on the worksheets, and rubrics for evaluation of the papers and projects. (Some parents find it convenient to remove these pages for their own reference). In the online version, the parent overview can be turned off or on using the toggle switch on the grey toolbar on the table of contents page. It is important to remember that a parent/teacher should still be taking time to review and discuss the student's work even after they are working independently.