4 Stars Out Of 5
Fun curriculum, tied together well
February 21, 2015
After my sons and I were feeling burned out from our "same ole" workbooks and textbooks, I decided to switch mid-year to Paths of Exploration (w/2nd and 5th grader) and it was just the shake up we needed. We all like school now. Gasp! We are only in the first unit so I am not able to give a seasoned review, but we really enjoy the way topics are tied together in a way that doesn't feel like we are doing specific subjects. We aren't sitting down for grammar or writing or geography, we are just learning and it flows well. Very little prep each week which I love. We have not done enough science for me to comment, but my gut feeling is that we won't love the science, but that's okay because we were using a science that I really didn't want to give up anyways. It is new this year by Dr. Jay Wiles and it is called Science in the Beginning. It's great and I think it can be easily added to our school day because POE doesn't take very long. My boys are usually done in about 2. or 2 1/2 hours so adding math and science really isn't a big deal. I am also going to continue IEW for writing with my 5th grader because he is doing so well with it, but again, it can easily be added and the school day still doesn't drag on. I wasn't sure how I would feel about using a Charlotte Mason type approach, but to see the way that my children are enjoying learning, I am sold. I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 because I haven't used it long enough to say it is "excellent" and there are a few things I would possibly tweak.