- Reviewed on Friday, January 25, 2013
- Grades Used: 6-8, 9-11
- Dates used: August 2011-Present
I'm not sure how I feel about MBtP. On one hand, my son really took off on his own with some of the topics and enjoyed what he was studying, on the other hand, it was very parent intensive, and too much to manage when working outside of the home. Also, we had absolutely no luck with any of the science experiments. I'm not sure if I'm going to try to use up our curriculum and give it a fighting chance this year, or move over to Oak Meadow.
- Reviewed on Thursday, May 31, 2012
- Grades Used: 6-8, 7-9, 8-10
- Dates used: 2008-2011
We have had great experiences with Moving Beyond the Page, but I think we use it a little differently than most. Aside from age level 6-8, which gives you no choice but to include the science and social studies, we have only used the literature units. It works perfectly for our family to use the literature unit guides as a "super duper" study guide. Not that I dislike something like Progeny Press, but you would never get all of the creative activity choices in a study guide like that as you get with MBTP. I think it makes the literature stick with you. We have a separate grammar, spelling and writing program, which is ok. We check out all literature from the library, so our only cost is $15 for each literature unit guide, which is no more expensive than something like Progeny Press. When our cost is so low, I don't feel badly about not completing ALL activities as we have other writing that must be done as well.
- Reviewed on Saturday, April 28, 2012
- Grades Used: 5-7 and 6-8
- Dates used: 2009-2011
I used MBtP for two years. I was extremely please with it the first year. For my first grader, it was challenging, exciting. It encouraged thought and creativity.
I like the comprehensive nature of the lessons. Jean Piaget, in his research on learning, believed children learn best when they are active participants in the learning process.
I believe this curriculum encourages that active learning process. I, also like that the lesson incorporate different standards under the same core subject. From my educational background, I realize how beneficial this is to learning.
I like that it made thought processes necessary and not just wrote repetition and regurgitation.
Using it for second grade was a slight challenge with the level of hands on activities. I knew the curriculum was full of them and my son LOVED them.
We used the borrowed book feature the second year to keep costs down, and ended up purchasing a four or five of them because we enjoyed them so much.
I left MBtP and used a different curriculum this year.
I missed the connections made by MBtP.
I have and would recommend this curriculum to those who would like a creative, challenge for a learner.
- Reviewed on Monday, February 20, 2012
- Grades Used: ages 7-11
- Dates used: 2011-2012
I'm satisfied with MBtP, but not estatic about it. Our family moves regularly, so we purchased the online version with the borrowed book option. This is a great option for us because I don't have back issues of readers or instruction manuals.
However, I find that we pick and choose assignments. The writing assignments are a bit difficult for my reluctant writers. They don't want to "just invent something right out of their heads." Also, there is no talk about proofreading, final copies, or improving assignments.
The Science/Social Studies covers great areas of study, but the information is vague. I find myself adding to the study with videos, websites, and extra books.
The positive side of the curriculum is that its a good overview of subjects, and an outline for teachers who want a direction but want to create their own classes. The price is comprable to other curriculums I've used; another very important factor.
I will probably not use this curriculum for our next school year because I just want more in-depth information about the subjects we are covering.