Moving Beyond the Page Reviews
Parents love Moving Beyond the Page homeschool curriculum. Don't just take our word for it. See for yourself what parents and educators have to say about Moving Beyond the Page - in their own words and on their own websites.
The following review was originally posted to our forum, and I am including a copy of it here as well.
My twins got into UC Berkeley and full rides to private schools and they have used Moving Beyond the Page (Our charter school funded it). I have homeschooled them since 4th grade. I homeschooled older kids too and they just graduated college (University of Arizona and Cal State East Bay). I have a strong sense of what is needed to get into a decent college. The kind of critical thinking asked in this curriculum is required for higher education. My 16 years old daughter who was special ed (I thought she was going to be a trade school kid or straight to career) did one year of Moving Beyond the page and bumped her into college prep classes and now is on college track if she so chooses. Her global perspective grew widely in that one year along with her reading, writing and critical thinking skills. My 10 years old son on the spectrum and adhd is now able to understand a simulation of the stock market and read stock market articles on the internet along with being able to write a well thought out paragraph or two. It has been a long journey for him. My 7 years old diagnosed with autism, apraxia and epilepsy and was not talking until he was 5 is starting to read and can discuss and ask questions about a wide variety of topics regarding different types of animals and the ecosystems or the plot or characters of a story. It took us over three years to get the preschool program done but we plowed through it. Of course it was not done without the help of speech, ot and resource and other supplementary activities and curriculum but Moving Beyond the Page is our foundation. Even if you choose to use parts of Moving Beyond the Page or use it one year or one concept, it will give you an idea of the kinds of questions to ask when reading a book, the type of activities to stimulate the mind of a child on a topic, the kind of writing that is expected at a certain level and the type of books they should be reading. I choose to use it fully because I do not have the time to reinvent the wheel constantly. Some people are good at planning lessons and units. Not me. I tend to want to do everything and overwhelm myself and the kids and we end up getting little done in the end. This program comes with everything. The lessons, activities, books and even some of the supplies. It is like a private school education with additional hands on activities at a fraction of a cost which is an average of $88 a month. You seriously cannot beat that.
I love it. After doing a lot of research online for homeschooling curriculum options I found this one and love what I see so far. What could be better? Great lot of literature options. Also I purchased both the basic 4-5 level and the high school level at the same time. But why no math? This is the only drawback of the curriculum. Overall however I prefer this one as I think it could potentially work well for my three. I wanted a non secular curriculum as I wanted to cover all the subjects. Highly recommended. I use the pictures to start a discussion. I also create a short list of discussion questions based upon the texts to ask during the ELA lesson.
We pulled our son out of public school half way through 6th grade, for a multitude of reasons. I looked diligently for a curriculum that would fit well with his learning style. He is a gifted and self motivated learner who needs to be able to tick off boxes. We decided to go with Moving Beyond the Page after digging through lots of curriculum reviews and information, settling on the Age 11-13 package. It has been wonderful! The way the curriculum ties the subjects together has opened our son up to higher thinking and asking more philosophical questions, extending outside the classroom. The Science curriculum is very hands on, Language Arts is well rounded, and Social Studies ties back to both subjects while bringing in current event topics. It is very well done. Another thing we like is that most assignments have two choices so you can pick the one that best relates to your child's skill level and learning style. Any enrichment I added was only for fun and not because anything was lacking. We also use Life of Fred for Math, and our son has been devouring those books with great retention of the material. My son says he loves Moving Beyond the Page, because he finally feels like he is learning again.
Cathy Duffy released a very thorough review of the Age 5-7 and Age 6-8 Math programs. A short excerpt is included below, but you can read the entire review by following the provided link.
From the review:
MBTP Math combines some of the best features found in other programs, but all in one place. It uses interactive methodology that adapts to the child to some extent. It uses multiple methods to convey each concept, so if a child doesn't grasp it the first time, other methods of presentation might be successful. Finally, manipulatives and games play a major role as instructional elements, a feature that is critical for some students and makes learning fun for others.
I wanted to share feedback about your program, and how it is working for our 8 year old son so far. He seems to be loving it, and is responding very well to the method of learning it involves. I'm not sure if it is a result of maturity between last year and this year, or if it is the program itself, but he doesn't complain at all anymore. Completing any kind of curriculum in the last 1-2 years has been like pulling teeth with him. So, as a last resort (before making the very hard decision of putting him in school) we tried MBP. I am so glad we did. It is still early in the school year, but so far it seems to really align with his learning style.
The people that work at Moving Beyond the Page have been amazing to me and my family. Hyper responsive to email inquiries (within 1 hour response times) and very accommodating to our situation. Definitely a company I am happy to work with and get all of my homeschooling curriculum from going forward. Not only are they amazing to communicate with, but the material is fantastic and the concept is so simple, learning through literature. Absolutely love this company and my decision to buy my curriculum from them this year
A user of Moving Beyond the Page posted this review on the website for the Davidson Institute. The fact that she was using our Age 11-13 level curriculum with a 9 year-old is quite exceptional.
I am using MBtP 11 to 13 for the first time with my son. I am so excited to see a whole unit dedicated to African geography and current events! I have picked current even topics that are more light in nature. They have led to some interesting conversations, and I love that they are now interested in world current events not just the ones in the US!
We just received all of our curriculum for MBtP (6-8, 4-5) and I have to say, all of our friends are jealous! It was extremely helpful that we could also order the ABeCeDarian and LoF in the same free shipment as well. My kids have never been so excited about learning!
Hey, just wanted to share something that encouraged me so much in using MBTP. A few weeks ago, my son finished the Level 6-8 Cinderella Stories from Around the World unit. He picked up a baby board book that was laying around and read it. Afterwards, he exclaimed, "This is not even a story! It only has one event and NO problem! It is terrible!" Love that mbtp is teaching a six year old to be a literary critic! We have used used mbtp for 4 years, and I am continually impressed with how and what they teach.
I recently ordered MBP and it arrived quickly to our home in Australia.
This is the most comprehensive and vigorously prepared curriculum we have encountered in our 15 years homeschooling. It goes beyond the goals of the Australian Curriculum.
In my experience with six children, a very effective way of engaging learners is to have them research by using reference materials to find the information, rather than hand it to them in a text. My children are stimulated by this method, and really 'own' their findings, and love to share them. They tend to go beyond expectations and keep researching, very much extending themselves. Once 'switched on' to seeking and finding information, they become life-long learners who delight in delving deeper in many areas they would never have explored. This is an excellent curriculum, thank you to all who have contributed to its making.
I am currently using the age 4-5 curriculum for my just turned 4 year old, as an introduction to letters and number. We are choosing only one activity per day as his attention span allows, and he is engaged by the literature. I appreciate that this level includes the complete materials kit, and I am planning to use this level again next year and do the complete, more in-depth lessons, but for now we are enjoying this introduction to homeschool.
Love the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum. Very disappointed with the Singapore Math and feel the version sent with the package is a little bit of a slap in the face. I have been using Singapore for years, this is the first time it was purchased with MVP. It is not the full curriculum, and is awful. Typos, no tests, no answer keys, no teacher manuals. I'm trying to use the reviews as tests...some of the questions are completely different than the material taught. And, some of the questions are missing information all together. For the full market price that I paid for this curriculum, I would have been much happier with the full Singapore program instead of this watered down, soft covered, incomplete, and inaccurate one.
I would be remiss if I didn't take the time to let you know how much I appreciate the curriculum created by Moving Beyond the Page. I homeschool my three boys — Michael (11 y/o), Chris (9 y/o) and Charlie (7 y/o) — in addition to caring for my 2 year old daughter. I believe that one of the curriculum benefits critical for our family is that it's largely self-directed. So many other curriculums fall short in this category. Not only does it free up my schedule, it teaches my boys to take responsibility, read instruction, develop self-teaching abilities, and carry through on an assignment without being micromanaged — critical tools for future success in life! While I homeschool 100%, I am associated with a local charter school, which provides, among other benefits, the ability to monitor my students' progress. They recently participated in a lengthy state exam — without preparing for it or taking a practice test. The results were even beyond my expectations. Michael performed at a high school level on all subjects. Chris and Charlie tested two grade levels higher in math, and at a middle school to high school level in all remaining subjects. I personally do not put a lot of weight on these state tests, but it provides peace of mind to know that they are performing way beyond state requirements.
My boys have enjoyed the variety of the curriculum — the special assignments, the fun experiments, the creative approach to learning new concepts — and it's this interest that motivates them, and increases their willingness to learn. Education should be enjoyable, and MBTP makes that a reality! I am sold on the idea of a literature based curriculum, with supplemental research sourced from encyclopedias, the internet, and library materials. In comparison, textbook and worksheet curriculums seem canned and limiting. There is something brilliant in the design of MBTP's approach that has my boys evaluating, deducing, and creating at a level beyond their years; I am simply amazed at their progress.
Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel for the impact that the creators of Moving Beyond the Page has made on our family. I hope you find satisfaction in knowing the difference you are making in the lives of those students participating in your curriculum!
The writer of the Learn Something New homeschool blog recently tried out Moving Beyond the Page, and she blogged about it with pictures and descriptions. She works through the unit on February Celebrations.
The review is through and should be read by anybody looking at the early levels of our curriculum.
We (My 6 year old and I) are now on our 3rd concept with Moving Beyond The Page. We began a "trial" using the 5-7 Patterns concept, and by the end of the first unit, I was so impressed that I went ahead and purchased the last 5-7 concept and the entire 6-8 year. Throughout every concept we study, my son is quite literally "moving beyond the page." he is consistantly discussing and applying the lessons learned in school, to his daily life "outside" of the classroom. So many of the projects presented are meaningful, memorable, and things I would have never thought to have him do. (Like when my son was asked to interview an immigrant about their life outside of America) Having everything organized and ready to go has taken so much stress off of my shoulders, that I am able to enjoy teaching and focus on the execution over the planning. We will absolutely continue to use moving beyond the page for as long as it is available to us, and I am looking forward to my youngest son starting K so we can give the 4-5 level a go!
I am using the complete curriculum (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science) with my own 3 children this school year and find my kids to be thoroughly engaged, self-directed and enthusiastic throughout each unit of study. They take pride in their work and look forward to demonstrating the knowledge and skills they have learned through the unit final projects. Their writing skills have improved tremendously as they are writing on a daily basis and completing creative assignments that are so enjoyable, the kids take on the challenge with little complaint! They also appreciate that the curriculum offers options, giving them choices in which assignments they may select for various activities. National standards create a framework for this literature (both fiction and non-fiction) and writing-based, critical thinking curriculum—a perfect match for the new rigors of the Common Core standards! As a teacher and librarian, I endorse this curriculum wholeheartedly as a program that creates knowledge and positive learning patterns for lifelong education!
I have so many wonderful things to say about this curriculum but don't even know where to begin. I am using the level 6-8 for my 6 and 8 year olds in 1st and 2nd grade. They both daily ask when we are going to do our work and even will ask to do more later in the day. My 5th grader is doing the 9-11 level. She just completed her final project and made a memorial for Timothy from The Cay. This project actually had her and her older brother collaborating together (and cooperating with each other I might add) on it. It was amazing what they came up with and how they put it all together with no help from mom. She said she likes the different projects in it and its not boring. My oldest is in the 7th grade, he is completing his last concept in the 10-12 level. When reading his last book, The Giver, he had a hard time putting down. He really enjoyed reading it. He was very excited to talk about what he had read and help me to understand what was going on in the book. He was a very reluctant reader in his early grades and took awhile before actually liking to read. Now I have to tell him to go out and play instead of reading. He was just going through a list of books he had read and enjoyed with MBtP. He said "I liked almost all of them. The Giver is my all time favorite and even a book I would read just for pleasure."
I had my older two in public school up until my oldest was to enter Jr. High. It has been a journey homeschooling all 4 but being able to use MBtP has made the journey so much easier. It is rich with critical thinking, research, hands on learning and challenging enough to not burn them out, but to keep them interested. I love what I am learning along with them. And to see the improvement they are making when I read their writings. I am constantly amazed by the hands on projects this curriculum has. A very high quality curriculum you can't go wrong with. We Love It!! Can't wait to find out more about plans for the high school level.
Can I just say that Man, we ended the month of November with the WORST attitudes and complaining and bad behavior...I was ready to quit this whole homeschool thing (not really....but needed change desperately)...
We just switched to Moving Beyond the Page about 2 weeks ago, and it has helped tremendously! Between the curriculum change and moving wake up time up by 2 hours for my middle child, life has become amazingly good again! They have great attitudes, they get finished in half the time it used to take with the other curriculum we were using, and the best part is that they actually look forward to doing their work now!
What a huge blessing Moving Beyond the Page has been for our family in just 2 short weeks! SO GRATEFUL!
This review was written by a mom that used Moving Beyond the Page. She starts off with this great endorsement about how her educational philosophy lines up with ours: "Make your learning active, engaging, meaningful, relevant AND show how various subjects can compliment one another." Click the link to read the entire review.
We chose the MBTP 10-12 online curriculum with Life of Fred math after reviewing many options. This is our third year homeschooling, with our prior two years being in a much more structured, public school based online system. We were looking for a strong curriculum that provided schedule flexibility.
We are very happy with MBTP! We find that the depth of learning is much greater than our previous program. The style of learning is enjoyable. The literature selections are excellent and lead to great discussions on a variety of topics. The projects are well planned and help reinforce the reading/activity pages.
Although our daughter has always been a strong math student, we have seen an increased level of engagement with Life of Fred. She finds the math books entertaining, looks forward to the lessons each day, and often shares various tips that she's learning for solving more difficult problems.
After reviewing many curriculums, our family decided on MBtP. We couldn't be happier with our decision so far! The books chosen are awesome as are the assignments. I only wish that they made their own math curriculum. My daughter enjoys being able to go at her own pace and that the assignments allow her to be creative. I don't think our transition from public school to homeschool would have been so successful without this curriculum. Thanks so much!
I wish I could say that I am 100% satisfied with our 4-5 and 9-11 curriculum's, but we are not. I will say that the customer service has been prompt to respond to questions and concerns, not always polite or thorough, but quick nonetheless.
Pros on the 4-5;
-There is a separate parent manual.
-There are plenty of prepackaged crafts.
Cons on the 4-5;
-Daily lessons are very repetitive.
-Lessons and sight words are a bit simplified. i.e instead of a daily sight word, we look for one word the entire week.
Pros on the 9-11;
-There are options for some of the lessons; a basic assignment, or a more in-depth one.
-The units and literature all correlate nicely.
Cons on the 9-11;
-The parent overview is in the back of every unit book, which means there is a lot of back and forth flipping through the book, or you will have to pay to have it removed and separately bound. (at a price of over $800 for this curriculum, I find this highly inconvenient)
-The questions are setup to be answered vaguely, so there is no real way for the parent or the student to determine progress. (this is very frustrating to my child who likes to see a grade)
-For each lesson, the student must heavily rely on the internet or an encyclopedia instead of learning facts through the curriculum.
-When asked, my child cannot list one feature about this curriculum that she enjoys.
Overall, this is a nice literature based program that would be a great approach if one were to start from a very early age. However, it is definitely NOT for students transitioning from public school who are not completely independent workers. I would not recommend this curriculum to family or friends who have never home schooled before.
We used MBTP for four years, grades 4-8. My son and I cannot more highly recommend this curriculum. If I could have designed my own program, MBTP would have been what I would have created. I first found out about MBTP from my son's advisor at Columbia Virtual Academy, where they have many students who use the curriculum.
MBTP is an outstanding literature-based program which respects the needs of students and their individual learning styles and utilizes an active learning project-based approach that makes learning fun and meaningful. I appreciate that this program is cross-curricular, research-based, closely aligned with state and national standards, requires minimal parent prep time, and has excellent parent-teacher instruction. With each increasing level, the student becomes more independent until by middle school the lessons are written directly to the student, which my son really liked and it helped him develop into a successful independent learner. More importantly, he ALWAYS looked forward to his lessons, which was not the case with any other curriculum we encountered in ten years of schooling at home. As a parent, I felt empowered as I became the facilitator of daily discussions and critical thinking seminars and the co-learning participant in a great variety of cool activities and science labs.
I also only have good things to say about the level of professionalism of their materials and their customer service. Whenever I have emailed, someone has always gotten back to me within a day or two and usually in less than a few hours on weekdays.
The only issues I have had are the occasional backordered item, or, this year only, delay of materials since it was the first year that the Age 12-14 level curriculum was available.
My only caveat for recommending MBTP would be that this is not a program that has daily spiraling review of concepts, like Saxon. So if someone has a child needing that extreme level of repetition to learn concepts, then the parent would need to use the provided Unit Review pages for supplemental instruction. Also, in every lesson there are two options for most of the assignments, so parents wanting more review could utilize the unused student pages for later reinforcement. For my son, who needed a lot of review with higher level grammar concepts, we created a grammar section of his L.A. folder where were kept the MBTP Writing Handbook and additional handouts that he encountered throughout the year, and he then reviewed these concepts before Unit Tests.
Also, here is some feedback that I sent to MBTP when my son first started using the curriculum:
'For the last month my just-turned-12-year-old son has been using the MBTP level 9-11 online curriculum. We both LOVE your program! Also, my son has produced the best written work EVER and we've both really enjoyed the readings, discussions, and learning activities. I think he's learned more in the last few weeks with MBTP than he's learned in the last two years using a rigorous classical unit study curriculum. Furthermore, my son, who has always hated doing "seat work" and finds writing excruciatingly difficult, is now ASKING every morning for everyone else to get off the computer so he can do his MBTP lessons INDEPENDENTLY! Astoundingly, he has completed the Language Arts and Social Studies written study pages without complaint and composed many different poems for his Poetry Unit. Integrating the writing assignments, activities, and projects with the correlated readings has allowed him to grow as a learner and really helped him to understand the material and make connections across the curriculum. And I've been able for the first time to accurately evaluate his comprehension and skills because he's doing most of the work by himself. Best of all, he is finding great joy in his studies and is very proud of his newly discovered abilities. He has already decided that MBPT is the curriculum he wants to use for the next three years of middle school and he has told me, "I'm so happy I get to use this fun curriculum that really makes me think!" I am absolutely stunned by his transformation!'
The literature selections are top grade. The teacher manual is to the point, organized and thorough. The student activity sheets are engaging. The projects align perfectly and are memorable, fun and simple. The customer service couldn't be better. I am able to open, teach, laugh and feel proud as a new homeschool teacher. I see my son being pushed to think and he enjoys the challenge and is proud of his work. It is all I will ever use for LA, S, and SS. It is so refreshing to have Kim in the classroom with me holding my hand every step of the way. You instantly become an educator. An excellent one. I love that it lowers my stress level and allows me to enjoy the experience of being able to homeschool my son. We have so much fun. I learn new things daily! Thank you Kim, Keith and their team.
I just wanted to say that my family has used MBTP for several years, and between three children, we've used every level available so far. My oldest is now beginning high school, and though we are sad to leave this curriculum for a new adventure in home schooling, I just had to share some recent discoveries I've made. In preparing a literature curriculum for her high school years, I have studied the educational standards of a variety of states, including the recent (and hotly debated)Common Core. I have found that my children (even the rising 3rd grader) already meet nearly every English/language/reading standard listed for high schoolers. The levels of comprehension and critical thinking that they have learned and are still learning through MBTP is simply astonishing. Yet even on our toughest days, it isn't a struggle. In fact, we sometimes find ourselves wondering if we really are learning enough because the curriculum is so accessible and well-planned that it feels so easy! But our standardized test scores and the learning standards we meet beg to differ. My children are not only consistently meeting every standard in English for their grade levels, but are most often above their grade levels by a large margin. So, thanks, MBTP. You have made school fun and rewarding for us for 5 years now and we are looking forward to even more in the future!
Just a quick note to say how much we are enjoying MBTP. This was our first week using the curriculum (levels 5-7 and 8-10). The literature used couldn't be better for us- my oldest told me he loves the book Holes and even read more than was assigned the first day. The Environment concept in the 5-7 level offers some great discussion with my 6yr old that has continued in our home long after lesson time. I think you guys really nailed it when it come to topics and literature selections for your curriculum.
I really wish we would have started with MBTP sooner. This would have been so much more engaging for us this year. We're making up for lost time and planning to continue through the summer.
This is not a review exactly, but this page shows a number of Moving Beyond the Page related posts from this family over the course of 3 years.
This is from a parent that used us for social studies and language arts. *Note: At the time this review was written, we didn't offer science and social studies separately. We now offer these subjects separately beginning with Age 7-9.
This review includes a look at the literature and writing components of Moving Beyond the Page in the Age 7-9 level. Includes videos of the work and a helpful link to use when scoring your child's writing level.
An indepth look at the pros and cons of Moving Beyond the Page. We have addressed the editing and answer key issues that she raises, but it is by and large a well-balanced look at the curriculum.
Hi there! I just had to take a few minutes and write a comment. My son is 12 yrs old, but is developmentally delayed, mildly autistic, and severely epileptic with functional brain damage from seizures. Let's just say finding a curriculum that works for him and with him is no small task. Last year we used the 7-9 level for a period of time, but I felt like he was missing something so we stopped and moved onto another option. Well about a year later, I became clear on what was "missing". There was no fighting, no complaining no stress, that is all that was missing. I thought because he was willingly doing his school work for the first time ever that it was too easy. In hindsight it was that he was engaged and enjoying what he was doing. Needless to say I ordered the 8-10 level for him a couple weeks ago. We ordered the online version and I couldn't be happier. A few days ago the kits and books came in the mail and I am just so impressed with the quality and simplicity of the materials. None of this is busy work. It is all meaningful, enjoyable "work" for him. He is once again engaged and not fighting with me about his work. I am so very glad and thankful to have this option for my amazing son, so thank you for making this available! This curriculum has been life changing for us and I am so grateful! My son just finished drawing a fishbowl as an example of an ecosystem. He is very delayed in fine motor skills, so drawing and writing are usually a fight, but he was happy and excited to do it and even made up a story to go with his picture!! Thanks again!
For our fifth year of homeschooling we decided to try MBtP and I am SO glad we did! My son loves it, I love it, and we can say with complete confidence we have found the program that works for us. I am really looking forward to continuing the program with my son, and starting my daughter on it in the fall, as well.
Just had to share. After using MBtP for 5 years, you'd think I would be complacent, but I am consistently impressed with the literature Kim (and
team) picks for the curriculum.
Here's the proof. My 10 year old son started A House of Tailors yesterday around 11 am. He read the first three chapters for the first lesson, then
completed his regular day of school ending around 3:30 pm. I didn't hear much out of him the rest of the afternoon and discovered around dinner time
he'd been reading more of the book. He completely finished A House of Tailors by bedtime that same night. He then wrote a friend to tell them about the book. MUST be a great story! I can't wait to read it myself.
Our "Learning Studio" is now bursting with completed research projects, rich vocabulary, and HAPPY boys. My past life as a teacher introduced me to dozens of programs. My current gig as a homeschooling parent, supported by MBtP, introduced me to real teaching and learning. Your program is set up exactly the way I have been trying to teach all along. Thanks to you, I am SUCCESSFUL and ENERGIZED! Before I found MBtP, I was just… simply… exhausted. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
My 11 year old son is using your curriculu. I have to say it is the best curriculum we have used so far! He really enjoys the hands on activities. We are having such a good time together learning about South America!..The books are so colorful and interesting to read!
At first it had been a little confusing skipping back and forth between 3 of the books that go together for a unit..but with help from my contact teacher..it has gotten easier. We just pulled everything out from the books and created a week long lesson plan...My days have been going so much smoother because of this..
We will definitely be using this curriculum again this fall..possible up until the last level!..
Thank you for such a great program!.
My crhidlen just asked me to order their curriculum this week. What a perfect time to read your article! Thank you.Annie Kate
For the last month my just-turned-12-year-old son has been using the MBTP level 9-11 online curriculum. We both LOVE your program! Also, my son has produced the best written work EVER and we've both really enjoyed the readings, discussions, and learning activities. I think he's learned more in the last few weeks with MBTP than he's learned in the last two years using a rigorous classical unit study curriculum. Furthermore, my son, who has always hated doing "seat work" and finds writing excruciatingly difficult, is now ASKING every morning for everyone else to get off the computer so he can do his MBTP lessons INDEPENDENTLY! Astoundingly, he has completed the Language Arts and Social Studies written study pages without complaint and composed many different poems for his Poetry Unit. Integrating the writing assignments, activities, and projects with the correlated readings has allowed him to grow as a learner and really helped him to understand the material and make connections across the curriculum. And I've been able for the first time to accurately evaluate his comprehension and skills because he's doing most of the work by himself. Best of all, he is finding great joy in his studies and is very proud of his newly discovered abilities. He has already decided that MBPT is the curriculum he wants to use for the next three years of middle school and he has told me, "I'm so happy I get to use this fun curriculum that really makes me think!" I am absolutely stunned by his transformation!
What a joy to find seomnoe else who thinks this way.
Good point. I hadn't touhght about it quite that way. :)
Before Moving Beyond the Page, everyday was a struggle with school. My girls would complain, and whine. During school it would be worse, with lots of tears. Now, we are using Moving Beyond the Page, and you would think I have different children. They are happy to start school. They love their assignments. School is the best part of their day. I love how easy it is to use. We went with the online curriculum, and it has been great.
Thanks so much for a great curriculum!!
My son is 6 years old and we have just finished the first unit in Moving Beyond the Page. This curriculum has been such a blessing to our school experience. Last year we struggled through many tears and fits to make it through a typical school day. I was frustrated and wondering how I was going to make it through the next twelve years of this. This has all changed thanks to Moving Beyond the Page. My son and I not just make it through the day without tears, but we are loving it! My son has learned so much and I have really enjoyed the fun and exciting conversations that have been born from the curriculum topics. We are now laughing and learning together each day, bring us closer together through school, rather than something we just have to make it through. My son even thanks God in his prayers daily for his fun school days.
What a blessing this has been. Thank you for a bright new start to my child's education. I would recommend this curriculum to all kids, gifted or not. All children could really benefit from the down to earth, real-life education that Moving Beyond the Page provides. I am looking forward to the many years of school ahead.
Moving Beyond the Page has made our first year of homeschooling more than I ever thought it would be. My oldest daughter would "act up" in school and when I asked her in front of her kindergarten teacher why, she answered, "Mom, I'm bored!" Although her teachers considered her "gifted", this same scenario played out in first and second grade until finally with a lot of prayer I decided to homeschool. I attended last year's CHEA conference and I believe the Lord led me to Kim's workshop for teaching gifted children. I cried in that workshop because she was describing my child to a tee. My two oldest daughters have been fully engaged in this curriculum, as have I. We have discovered a love for reading due to Kim's insightful selection of literature. My oldest daughter fell in love with Mr. Ocax in "Poppy" and my younger daughter who was struggling to read at the beggining of the year is fluently reading. Even my 1 year loves to grab a book and her chubby pencils and flip the pages while we homeschool. Thank you Kim for all your creativity!
Thank you so much for developing this curriculum! My daughter (who is very much a global thinker) used to say that if she could have one wish it would be to love school. I have tried just about everything in the past five years to find a way to interest her in school work, but nothing worked. She usually had a good attitude and was willing to try, but nothing grabbed her. Now,after a month and a half of Moving Beyond the Page, she says she loves school! She even likes the parts she used to hate. This program understands global thinkers much better than the other curricula I have tried, and it gives her a chance to use her unique gifts.
We have started using the Interdependence package and we are having a great time at it. My 10 year old daughter asks to do it just about every day, and I love how organized and easy to get into. We're not traditional homeschoolers, and tend to be very in-the-moment, but we have already pulled the books off the shelf several times when we're ready for "projects"! Also, it is so easy to use between different ages: my 10 year old and 5 year old want to be a part of each other's projects, and each one will get right into what we're doing. I don't have to do anything separate, as they both enjoy both curricullum!
My daughter and I have enjoyed Moving Beyond the Page so much. I just knew in my heart there was a better way to teach her. She is smart and bright. The thought of having her sit in a classroom all day was killing me. She hates to do worksheets. This couldn't be more perfect.
Thank you for having such an amazing curriculum! It is the first one we have found that we truly love. This is a big complement coming from a former teacher who used exclusively constructivist and hands-on techniques!
I really appreciate the multifaceted projects that get the kids writing, creating, and thinking without much effort on my part! The project ideas are fresh and are natural extensions of the focus area, etc.
Anyways...just wanted to say great job and I wish I had known about this program two years ago!
I loved everyday of the culture unit and expect this next one to be just as wonderful.
I feel like I have found the curriculum that finally meets her needs, draws her in, and really engages her mind.
We have Moving Beyond the Page and love it!
I LOVE that it requires critical thinking and creativity.
This is my first time using unit studies and I was worried that I would have to supplement a lot of the lessons but the plans are very comprehensive!
I have spent many, many, many hours poring over samples of curriculum and spent so much money trying to find something to challenge her and engage her. Then I found this and it really has been a blessing.
It is VERY easy to use and very well laid out. It really is open and go.
A lot of thought and knowledge about teaching the gifted learner went into Moving Beyond the Page.
I just didn't see this level of creativity and problem solving in any other curriculum we have used.
It is their favorite part of the week.
Thanks again for creating such a wonderful curriculum. It is GENIUS!!!!
We started the patterns concept today. It was GREAT! My Kindergartener loved it and my third grader sat in on it too. It's fun to notice them talking about patterns throughout the day.
I am having a wonderful year of homeschooling! I absolutely LOVE Moving beyond the Page! It is so fun.
It is right up my son's science alley.
It’s like I have found someone who thinks like I do, but has already created the footwork to go with the philosophy. Thank you!!!
Moving Beyond the Page meets the standards in a fun and challenging way!
I was SO happy to find your curriculum for use with our son. keep up the great work!!!!
She is excited about learning and wants to do so much more than the minimum requirements.
I also love that it takes only a few minutes the night before to prepare for the next day’s lessons.
I looked at dozens of different curricula over the summer, trying to find one that was open-ended for my gifted 6 year old, yet had some structure toward state/national standards. . . I couldn't be more pleased with your work.
I am new to homeschooling and used your curriculum for ages 7-9 last year for my son. I have to say I was very skeptical. How could this curriculum prepare him to do well on a SAT? How would he compare to his peers in school? Well we just received his standardized test results back and WOW!!!!! Not only did your program prepare him but he did amazingly well, scoring 3 grades higher on average and he even had a grade equivalency in 3 categories of 9th grade! He's only 8! Thank you so much for providing such a great curriculum! We cant wait to do it again this year and next year and the year after that!
I purchased almost all of the curriculum for my daughter who is 8 going on 12! I use the curriculum to supplement and she loves it! As a certified teacher for high ability/gifted, the curriculum takes so little time for preparation. We are currently finishing up the 7-9 age level and am starting on the 8-10 since she is reading/writing at 4th-5th age level. The 7-9 level dealt with weather. She enjoyed making most of the weather instruments and interviewing a meteorologist. For social studies, she loved researching about Helen Keller and making musical instruments. For the 8-10 she has already read the Lion Witch and Wardrobe and is looking forward to learning about physics and force. The science kits are wonderful and they are truly hands on. It's worth the time and investment with this curriculum. Hope this helps =)
We started with 6-8. It is so much better than a worksheet based curriculum. Cobey my son loves it. There are lots of projects and hands on activities. It is teaches your child to think.
I have been using this program for two years ever since my daughter was in kindergarten. We will be starting the 7-9 program in the fall. I absolutely love it. Everything is laid out so that you can complete the lessons in the time shown. We have had illnesses and field trips and a few days when we didn't get to school for whatever reason and we were still able to complete everything in 36 weeks. My daughter is definitely a gifted, hands-on learner and speaking as a gifted student myself, it's a great program. There is little to no prep time each day. I can just open the lesson and go.
we used the 6-8 ages curriculum exclusively when my son was in first grade. we completed the entire course for that year (even with delving in deeper here and there). for second grade this year, we've tried some new curriculums (not working) and are supplementing with some of the MBTP 7-9. when i was preparing for the start of second grade, i reviewed the standards for our school district for second grade. based on what we did for the 6-8 curriculum, we had already covered ALL of what the second graders in our district would be covering. completely ahead of the game!!!
I love the curriculum's content and organization. Kim does excellent work so that I can do what I enjoy about schooling at home: spending time with my children sharing the joy of learning.
This has been our first year of school at home, and Kim's curriculum has made it seem way too easy and fun! I highly recommend this as a full curriculum!
I love this program for many reasons. My top reason is that it keeps my children engaged, and they love to learn about the topics of discussion. THe projects are fun and not expensive on my part, yet they help to solidify the topic of study in a hands on way. FOr multiple students I was able to incorporate the 2 years because the concepts run consecutively, getting harder as the age progresses. I had to do a bit of creative rearranging, but it was feasible. Also it is a no-brainer for me which I need with 4 children being schooled. I don't have the time it takes to put together a creative and fully comprehensive curriculum. The format of the lesson plans allows me to pull out the book on sunday and prepare for the week in about 30 min. That right there was enough to sell me. I tried one year with no curriculum and put everything together on my own, but i was always wondering if i had missed something they needed, or I was lacking in creativity, or not enough work. THis program simplified it so that everything they learned was broken down for me so I could just show my husband this is what they learned-so easy! THere are so many ways to use this curriculum, you never have to feel boxed in.