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Friday, March 16, 2012
Eagle's new curriculum arrived!!!
In an effort to always do what is truly best for my children, I have made the decision to make a curriculum change this late in the year. While I have always loved the k12 curriculum, it was just no longer working for Eagle. He struggled with it last year and we kept trucking along...this year has been really hard for him. He has either been too bored by a subject, not challenged enough or too rushed to learn a concept. The curriculum which we have always used is very fast paced and I just don't see him retaining enough of the material to make me happy. I thought about struggling through the rest of this year, then making a switch next year, but in all fairness I felt that by doing that, he would almost be losing this year.
As you may know, I have become an extreme Calvert lover, since using Calvert for the first time with Macaw this year. I have seen such an amazing difference with this curriculum and we have had so much fun with it! I've watched Macaw succeed in a way I know would not have been possible with the other curriculum we have always used. Immediately, I wanted to use this curriculum for Eagle, but at the time it was not a feasable option for us.
Finally faced with the opportunity to get the Calvert I so badly wanted, I've decided to make the switch! This decision did not take much thought, but I did make the decision with some level of hesitance. Calvert would not allow him to start at the second semester as we originally thought and getting the paperwork and school records in order proved as quite a challenge! I also later learned that Calvert is very heavy with writing composition (something that Eagle is not very strong in, although this is one of the things I felt he was lacking in our current curriculum). I was warned that starting in 4th grade (next year for him), all students in Calvert have to take a 4th grade placement test and many students start 4th grade at the 3rd grade Calvert level. Even students who just completed Calvert 3 have to repeat that year in the curriculum if they do not pass the 4th grade placement test. This doesn't cause them to be "held back" a year, as they still progress by grade. That was the decision maker for me! I felt that if he was going to be starting next year with Calvert 3 anyways, then it would definately be more beneficial for him to start with Calvert 3 now while he is still in 3rd grade. My hope is that this will enable him the skills that he needs to progress to Calvert 4 next year. Even though he is starting this late in the year, with careful planning and lots of hard work, he could still progress right on schedule! He does have an entire year to complete the Curriculum, though we plan to be finished by the end of August and even if we don't progress as planned, he will still advance to 4th grade when we do complete it (even if by some chance he doesn't pass the 4th grade placement test for Calvert).