Yes!! We are doing TOG again. We tried it a couple of years ago, when redesigned was still pretty new. Soon after starting it, I got pregnant and lazy. And after they raised the year-plan prices, I decided there was no way we were going to be able to continue using it in the future. At that time, I was buying all of my books.
Fast forward 2 years to now. We have been doing the textbook thing for a while now. We changed back out of necessity. We weren't getting much done doing unit studies because I was taking care of a baby and that didn't leave me a lot of time to put studies together and organize materials. So I figured a pre-planned, step by step boxed curriculum was our best bet. That way I had a scope and sequence and wouldn't have to worry about any "gaps" I might overlook.
We have been bored stiff. There are subjects I don't want to even teach because the books are so boring. So I started looking at some different unit study, multi-age curriculums on the net. I checked out My Father's World, Time Travelers History studies (Homeschool in the Woods), KONOS, and a few others before I decided to check out the TOG site. When I did I made an amazing discovery!
TOG has gone digital!! Which in itself is great, but what makes it even better is that the individual units are $15 LESS than the pre-printed plans!! Ok, I thought, maybe this will make it more affordable. I decided to download the Year 1 Three-week sample to get a better look at it. I found all but 3 of the recommended books at my local library.WOW! I began to seriously think about using this curriculum again. IF I could use the library for the great majority of our materials, that made TOG affordable for us! I got out my old booklists that I had printed from using TOG before and looked up the entire contents at my library. For the second unit of year one, I found every book (or it's recommended alternative) except one! That was it, I was hooked on the idea of giving this awesome classical, Christian, multi-level, multi-subject, chronological curriculum another go. So I talked to the hubs. He was skeptical. "What ,makes you think you will have better luck using this time?", he asked me. OK, fair enough question. I went through my list of Pros and Cons. He said, "Sounds good, but how much is this going to cost me?" I informed him of the fact that the plans were now cheaper thanks to the DE versions becoming available and that I could get all the books except a few at our local library. I told him I would sell as much of our other curriculum (that DE would replace) as I could to make sure to make the change-over as painless as possible. He said, "OK, but this is it. Once you change to it, you are stuck with it. I am tired of you changing your mind. You had better find a way to make it work." I also told him that I was planning on doing the plans half-pace, doing only two units per year, at least until we get through the first year plan.
Now I just had to figure out what to do about the subjects TOG doesn't cover:
- Phonics and Reading
Science was another issue altogether. SO I decided to follow the 4 year cycle recommendations from the Well-Trained Mind. And since they are in different grades, I decided to allow them to choose a topic to study and we would just continue afterwards with that area of science and move through the cycle as we wish. They chose to study Electricity. This worked out great for us financially, because I already have a project kit for an Electricity study I picked up at Target on clearance a while back. All I had to do was get some kind of guide to help me make sure to study the correct areas, so I bought a lapbook from Hands of a Child. We are renting books and materials from the library to learn more.
So now, I have sold quite a bit of curriculum through online classifieds and have made enough money to purchase:
- TOG Year 1 Unit 1 DE
- Year 1 Unit 1 Lapbook DE
- Spelling Power
- Easy Grammar 3
- Walk with Y'shua Through the Jewish Year (a book my library did not have)
- A lapbooking kit for our Unit Study on Electricity