Argh, I’ve hit a brickwall. Can’t decide. I’ve been researching cirriculums and I’m leaning heavily towards Seton, but have some reservations. Could use some suggestions/input etc. I’ll start off by describing my kids. I’ve got two “high-achiever” girls, grade 3 & 6 (next year). The oldest is sort of a perfectionist, as in does not like to get one point under 100%. They are both very smart and motivated.
8th grade son is very smart, but he’s more of a hands-on, “mechanical” interested brain. He’s also academically unmotivated and tends to be lazy. He’s more than happy to skate by with a “C”, since that means being ungrounded.
Soooo, I really like Seton’s materials. Most of them. Not crazy about their science book, though. It looks bland and boring to me. I know DS needs an engaging science program. He loves science, but it needs to be fun and interesting.
I love how Seton incorporates Catholicism into every subject. I like the price of their materials…very reasonable to some of the others I’ve seen. What I’d really like is to just buy the materials and skip enrolling because #1, I added it up last night and it would cost me about $700 in materials for all 3 kids, but $1400 to enroll all 3 kids. Not really worth it to me when all I really want out of enrolling are the lesson plans! It is irritating that they won’t sell them seperately! I feel comfortable doing this next school year, but what about high school?
I’m also concerned that a lot of people say the program is hard, time-consuming, frustrating. Would that aspect be mimized by skipping enrollment? I don’t want to stress my kids out, especially ds. I want him to enjoy this not hate it like he hates school now. But I also want them to get a good, solid CATHOLIC education that prepares them very well for college and the real world.
On the other hand, I want them to be challenged and come out of this with a solid, complete education where they can easily succeed in college.
I’ve done a lot of comparing to the Catholic Heritage program, which looks good (and affordable) but there seems to be no way to really see their materials before buying and I’m just not comfortable with that at all. I’m also concerned that they won’t be challenging enough for the high school years that are approaching.