This year we are using Bob Jones University DVD curriculum. What does this mean? It means that the kids get one on one attention from a teacher (all of whom are excellent by the way) and I don't have to actually teach the classes. This is great for us for several reasons.
1. There are huge demands on my time, and I couldn't do a thorough job of schooling the kids if I had to prepare and teach the lessons every day.
2. It's easy to keep the kids on schedule even if we have to go somewhere else. Their stuff (potentially) could be packed up and brought with us if necessary.
3. I have the time to prepare my lessons for the classes I teach on Sunday morning, Wednesday night, and prepare the music for Friday Bible Clubs.
4. I have the time to wander back and forth between the classes (Cinderella is in 2nd grade with Sleeping Beauty.) and see how everyone is doing.
And did I mention I don't have to do the teaching? Last year was difficult for me because things were so new here, and because of everything else going on. So this year it is great! Back when Sleeping Beauty was in kindergarten, we used Abeka DVD. I wasn't crazy about the teacher (No offense Mrs. Baer but you're a little demanding) or the setting. Abeka DVD shows actual kids in a classroom. That's ok, I guess but SB sat there while students answered aloud and did activities.
Anyway, I am not singing the praises of BJU over Abeka, because I think Abeka has them beat hands down with how their materials are organized, etc. BJU has so many separate papers and folders etc, that it's enough to make even the most organized Mom go a little twitchy. "Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up." (In pictures and captions. Fancy!)
Let's go a little more in depth into the K5 stuff, shall we? And then you will see why I say that there are just WAY too many folders and stuff. First up: the Mom's Minutes Stuff.
Folders I Actually Use
So that's our stuff. I'm glad you've seen it. Maybe you're thinking about using BJU's stuff. I HIGHLY recommend it. If you have the time, I would go through everything a week or so before school starts and cut out all their little manipulatives and organize them for the whole year. We didn't have our things before hand, so I am doing it every morning. Which is fine.
The kids are loving it, so we are VERY thankful!! And thanks to our friends who brought all this stuff to us when they passed through on their way to Zambia. You have no idea how huge that is.