Thursday, July 10, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page Review

Moving Beyond the Page Review

If you are looking for a complete literature-based homeschool curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects, and supports different learning styles, then look no further!!

Moving Beyond the Page may be that complete literature-based curriculum that is perfect for your family!

Moving Beyond the Page has a lot to offer.  I received the Language Arts Package - The Wanderer and the Science Package - Weather and Climate.

Once you arrive at their website, you can shop for complete packages or individual units by age or by subject {science, social studies, language arts, or math}.  Funny Bunny and I chose her review selection by age.  If you need help with choosing the appropriate age range, you can read more at Choosing the Right Age Level.

Funny Bunny is 11 years old, so she and I browsed the titles available in her age range.  In the 10-12 age range, she selected the Language Arts Package - The Wanderer and the Science Package - Weather and Climate to go along with it.

There are 12 literature units included in the 10-12 age range. They are made to go along with one of the 6 science or 6 social studies units that make up the complete curriculum package.

All units are broken down into daily lesson plans. When you begin lesson 1 of a science or social studies unit, you will also begin the first day of the corresponding literature unit. 

You can read more here at the 10-12 overview {there is an overview for each age range}.  Scroll down and you will see the corresponding units. 

Here is how we used it:

We received the Weather and Climate Science Package in the mail, along with the The Wanderer chapter book.  The Language Arts Curriculum was provided to us as an e-book.  Included in the Weather and Climate Science Package was

* Weather and Climate Curriculum
* Weather by Brian Cosgrove
* Weather and Climate Science Kit

Each day after we began a lesson in the literature unit, we began the corresponding lesson in the science unit.  Everything was well laid out and all the instructions were very clear.

Below are a few samples from the literature unit.  Since 
Language Arts Curriculum was an e-book, we had to print the worksheets.  I think that's a great idea if you have multiple children working in the same unit, but I would have liked the physical workbook so I didn't have as much printing.  It's nice to have both options though.

We LOVED the Weather book and Weather and Climate Science Kit!! The Weather and Climate Curriculum was well laid out and easy to follow. All of the worksheets were in the booklet and everything needed for the experiments were in the Weather and Climate Science Kit.

Below you can see Funny Bunny made an anemometer to measure the wind speed.

Thoughts of an 11-Year Old:  For Moving Beyond the Page, I chose the book The Wanderer which went with the Weather and Climate science book. 

The Wanderer is a book about a girl named Sophie who boards a ship bound for England called The Wanderer and sets sail with her three uncles and two cousins, Cody and Brian. Along the way, each cousin learns about friendship and each otherThe three are constantly having to learn and try new things, such as sailing terms, radio code, and working together. But when a rough storm hits The Wanderer hard, they start to wonder if they'll ever make it to England. 

I really enjoyed reading The Wanderer, and it's one of my favorite books now. 

The Weather and Climate Science Kit was pretty cool!  The Weather Book has a lot of neat pictures, and there were some interesting things in it!  I think the best part was that I had read something strange in The Wanderer, and I thought, What is that?  Then I read about it in the Weather Book two minutes later, thinking, Oh, yeah! I just saw that! So that's what it means! 

The experiments in the Science Kit were really easy to do, and they were fun. You know, sometimes you do an experiment, and it either doesn't work, or you think afterwords, Huh. What did that do? But not only were these easy and fun, they worked in real life and I can use them! 

I think when I picked The Wanderer and the Weather and Science Kit I made a great choice!    

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Moving Beyond the Page.

The Language Arts Package - The Wanderer is $19.92 and includes the physical chapter book and curriculum e-workbook.  The Science Package - Weather and Climate is $50.28 and includes the Weather and Climate Curriculum, Weather by Brian Cosgrove, and a Weather and Climate Science Kit.  

The entire 10-12 Full Year Package is $842.58 and includes hard copy curriculum, literature, and manipulatives for science, social studies, and language arts.  Make sure to check out the curriculum samples and these helpful Getting Started and FAQ pages.

Shop for complete packages or individual units by age or by subject.  Available for ages 4-14. 

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