Thursday, March 31, 2011

Curriculum Review

Today's review is going to be pretty short.

Bob Jones

I grew up doing their Bible and Spelling. As a student I liked it well enough. My kids used it in their third, and last, time being in a private school. I think it is very similar to Abeka. It's great for a classroom, but not so much for homeschool with multiple grades. They learned a lot while using it. I didn't find much objectionable with it. I think I probably don't like all their pictures, but nothing horribly offensive I guess. I like the way they do the curvy printing so that it's easier to switch to cursive when they're older. I did end up using their history for part of one year at home. The reason I stopped using it...My children were failing the tests! I was like "Didn't you guys study?" They were telling me that the stuff on the tests wasn't in the book. I checked it out and sure enough, it's not in the books. I'm not sure where the extra info was coming from, but it was not in the textbook. For some of the older grades there were some extra workbooks that go along with it and I wondered if some of it was in there, but we couldn't afford to get it at the time. We did end up just reading through the books and not doing the tests and the information was good. The kids all enjoyed it actually! The other reason for not using it, is the money. It's quite pricey! Definitely not within our budget. So while I have very few complaints, I do not recommend Bob Jones for larger families such as mine. I think it has the same problems as Abeka. I do really like some of the reading books from BJUPress though. Not all, but a lot of them I read as a kid and love to have my children reading them and enjoying them now!

Blessings, ♥T


Wasatch Wife said...

Hubby and I actually decided yesterday that I will drop all curriculum next year and make my own!!!! I'm a little nervous, but I'd have to buy a huge hodge podge of stuff to get in what I really want to teach, and I just can't afford to do that for each child.....SO.....I'm going to make my own. I think this will work out even better as I have 6 months to get lesson plans done, and I can teach what I want them to learn. Some of what they are using is so babyish! :) I have loads of friends who use Bob Jones b/c they think it is more advanced?? I've never tried it so thanks for the review!!! :D Love to you--S

Twinkle Toes said...

WOW! That's gonna be fun! I am not organized enough right now to do something like that. My mom is always telling me with my personality and my family size I should do unit study type school, but right now it's just not feasible. Plus I like workbooks. I know what you mean about a lot of curriculums being babyish too. Bob Jones, like Abeka, is "advanced". But I have noticed over the years (it varies in different parts of the country) the gap between Abeka or BJ and public schools is getting smaller. The academics are good! The usability for a large homeschool family is not good. But what works for some may not work for others. Every family needs to find and do what works for them! :D I just wanted to provide some feedback. I was hoping others would comment with their different experiences and feelings about different curriculums too! Blessings, ♥T

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