- Reviewed on Thursday, December 5, 2013
- Grades Used: 1st 2nd 3rd 6th
- Dates used: 2013
This is our first year of homeschooling. We had taken our tow older kids out of the public school three years age, and sent them to a Christian School, witch they loved. We love the Curriculum it had but it got to be to much to pay for. We had our younger two in the public school witch we hated. My Husband got a new job and got put on 2nd shift and he though it would be better for the kids and us to home school. We liked the Abeka curriculum but it is to pricey for us. We heard of an online school called Ohdela and the had a program the you can teach you kids with the curriculum calvet for free. We have found out just two weeks into it, it is not for our family. The teaching is false and we tell our kids the right, for one they teach millons of years, and the world is no more than 6000 years. Our 6th grader hates it our 3rd grader says it is dumb. This is our first year and last year with this junk. (If your a Christian Please do not get this).
- Reviewed on Thursday, July 25, 2013
- Grades Used: Pre-K, K, 4, 6
- Dates used: 2006 off and on to the present
I said good-bye to Calvert forever this year.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
When my husband and I began our homeschooling journey, we imagined all the things we would do better for our children, as compared to a public school....more sleep, one on one learning, more hugs, and better nutrition due to staying home, a safe environment for my severe peanut-allergy son, protection from the extremely materialistic and sexed up culture found in public schools, protection from bullying, and a much better childhood experience overall...more flexibility to enjoy family time together and take vacations when relatives visit, more freedom of expression, more freedom of movement, more exercise, fresh air, sunshine and old fashioned playtime, less academic pressure...I could go on.
Something which seemed obvious to us, and was therefore rarely discussed, was the fact that we wanted our children to have a Christ centered, Godly education and would also therefore by default be an education that valued the conservative values of freedom from government control, tyranny and intrusion.
When we began homeschooling 7-8 years ago, Calvert had a headmaster who had been there since the 80's. He valued the old Hillyer texts. They actually still used the Beatrix Potter curriculum to teach second graders reading and literature. All the spelling books were written by Calvert. And they either still used, or still sold A Child's Geography.
Now, increasingly, they have sold out. They have allowed the big market of Charter School Money to influence the curriculum more and more. Somehow the best Education Counselors they had, have disappeared off into the sunset. They sell books which say that the Christian God is the same God as the Muslims and the Jews. (Just ask any one of those groups and we will tell you clearly: that is not the case. And it is so offensive.) Their 6th grade geography and history focuses on evolutionary people for 2 entire months before spending any time on history. They have replaced Anne of Green Gables, the Swiss Family Robinson, and other wonderful classics with books like "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" which is not even interesting, let alone a Classic.
They have announced on their blog that "changes will have to be made to the K-8 Curriculum to align with the new high school curriculum." When you call and ask them what these changes are, the only answers you get are vague nonsense such as "We are not aware of specific changes at this point," or "I don't know of any changes to the literature in the K-8 programs."
When you ask them about all their advertising about Common Core, they state that they always exceed standards and have only had to tweak a little here and there to meet the standards (they wrongfully assumed that I think the COmmon Core standards are a goal that I want them to meet.)
The price has increased 300% since we started with Calvert. It was about 500.00 per package when I started. Now it is about 1500.00 per package. The reason? Plain economics. The majority of their customers are now through Government Public Charter Cyber Schools. WHen something costs nothing to the actual consumer (the parents), then the Business (Calvert) will increase their prices dramatically because it's paid for by a third party (the government).
We haven't used Calvert every year because I wanted to make other Christian programs and methods work. I found that I do in fact need a little more guidance than just totally piecing together my own thing. But I want to turn my homeschool back to the roots that God would have- the roots growing deep into the soil of God's Word- the foundation of my life and my all. Jesus Christ promises joy for all of those who walk in obedience to HIm and he promises to say to those who didn't truly follow Him, "Depart for I never knew you."
I stand corrected and convicted- The Lord Jesus Christ is zealous for His Church and His people. He is zealous to protect the minds and hearts of my children. I must and I will obey HIs call.
We will finish out this year except for the offensive 6th grade history and geography. And He will provide something that aligns with Who He is next year.
- Reviewed on Monday, May 20, 2013
- Grades Used: 6th Grade
- Dates used: 2012/13
Due to medical related issues with our son we found it necessary to find an alternative to the public school system which was not designed to work with situations out of the ordinary. After a great deal of research, we chose the Calvert School Curriculum. At the time, both my husband and I worked full-time out of the house and we needed a thorough and detailed program. Although my background is in Secondary Education, at the time, my schedule was not open to having to spend a great deal of time on lesson planning and such. We needed something that was layed out and user-friendly, not only for us, but for our son.
The information we found online, combined with attending an informational webinar, Calvert came out as the best choice for us.
I have found the pros of the Calvert Program to outweigh the cons ten-fold. The curriculum is laid out precisely and detailed so that it can be followed step by step OR adjusted as needed to work around the particular circumstances. The Lesson Manuals are written "to" the Learning Guide as well as "to" the student, so depending on the level of the student, he/she can work independently with guidance as-needed from the Learning Guide.
The Lessons are well-organized and laid-out so, other than reading the daily plan, a great deal of prep time is not required. At the same time it is set up in a way that if you feel the need or desire to add you may AND suggestions for enhancement activities are included.
The complete curriculum is mailed directly to the house and includes absolutely everything needed other than the items one would expect to acquire on your own like pens, pencils, etc and a few things for Science or Art projects.
The cost is a factor, however, there are payment options available and we have found that the inexhaustible resources provided by Calvert are well-worth it. We use the Advisory Teaching Services option and between the constant support of the Calvert Education Counselors, Calvert Staff, online resources which include the complete Lesson Manuals, Grade Book, instructional videos, e-Textbooks, e-Library, BrainPop, webinars, and the Student Community, we find the cost to be quite justifiable.
By using the Advisory Teaching Service we are able to send tests in for evaluation and not only negate the need for home visits and review by the State, but also providing invaluable feedback for our son.
Having an English background, I find that the Grammar Course could be put together a little better. I get lost in it at times.
I would also like to see a more active Parent Community.
All in all we have been very happy with the Calvert Curriculum and will continue to use it. We have been very excited by the arrival of the upcoming high school curriculum being added.
- Reviewed on Monday, April 29, 2013
- Grades Used: 3rd & 4th grades
- Dates used: 2011/2012 school yr
We used the Calvert curriculum last yr & will be going back to it next yr after trying OHVA and not liking it. I wanted to let those of you know that are paying for the Calvert curriculum, if you live in the state of Ohio you can get the Calvert curriculum for FREE. You have to go through the online school called BOSS (Buckeye Online School for Success), they have their own online curriculum or they have the Calvert curriculum which is not online. The only difference in going through them & getting it yourself is that you have to send things in every 3wks to be graded & you get report cards & your child is enrolled into an online public school so u don't have to mess with sending letters to your school district & you don't have to be concerned if your following state standards or not & they prepare your child for the OAA testing & provide a place to take the test. I hope this was helpful to someone that lives in Ohio & is paying so much for Calvert Curriculum.