I'm back, with yet another question. Ha! One of these days, I'll be able to pitch in on answering other people's questions! ;)
We are starting homeschooling this fall. I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old (he'll almost be 5 by the time we start school). The 6 year old will be in first grade and I'll start kindergarten with my youngest. He will be ready. If we stayed in public school, he would have to wait another year.
I was planning on making my own modgepodge of different curriculums and using those. I've started the 4 1/2 year old on All About Reading (which I love!), the pre-reading level. I have Singapore Math materials for the 6 year old. I was going to get Singapore Earlybird for the little one too. I was planning on doing AAR with the 1st grader too. Then, we were going to use Elemental Science for science.
I've recently been looking into Heart of Dakota though, and it looks very interesting to me. It seems very gentle and not so "school-like", which is great. My three main problems with it:
1) I'm worried that it won't be advanced enough in some areas for my 6 year old. Looking at the samples online, the math part does not seem advanced enough for him. He's pretty good at math and I think he needs to be challenged more. So, I'm thinking maybe we would still need to do Singapore with him. But then, does that defeat the purpose of HOD by adding things into it?
2) We are not religious. I know I can leave out the bible studies and readings, but I'm also wondering if I edit out the religious stuff, will it make it weird or choppy? Especially for the younger one. They really need to have separate levels and the younger one seems to have a lot of focus on religion. For example, the history is biblical history and the science lesson I saw had you turn off the lights and talk about how there was no light on Earth until God created heaven or something like that.
3) I see it not working out for us to combine very well. Not at this point. My 1st grader has a solid foundation in the basics of math and reading and my kindergartener will be just getting into it. So I'm wondering if it's worth it for me to try it if I'll be purchasing two levels of HOD and then still Singapore Math and anything else I feel like we might need to suplement with?
I just really like the IDEA of it, but I'm wondering if it will logistically work out.