I’ve decided to ditch KONOS, a unit study curriculum that I blogged about awhile back. I purchased it secondhand at a homeschool curriculum store; it didn’t set me back much.
As we’ve waded through our first year I’ve used things that worked for our family and things that haven’t, which I’ve discarded. Some of it I may come back to at a later date; other things I won’t. KONOS just isn’t where we’re at, grade and age-wise – especially family size-wise. I feel that it is better geared to large families, older students, junior high and high school, not so great for younger elementary kids and families who are just starting out and have but one student. Sometimes it felt as though the lessons were way out in left field and were tangent to, not a part of, a lesson. For instance, I could care less about naming every single piece of armor worn by a knight; all Liam cares about is whether they used their swords to lop off bad guys’ heads. I kept phasing out more and more lessons until I got to the point where I thought “This is ridiculous.”
I put the book back on the shelf almost two months ago and last night I packed it away in a moving box. Maybe in the future. Maybe not. I like that I have the freedom to keep the things that work well and ditch the things that don’t; I’m not bounded to the state to keep a certain curriculum if it’s ill-suited to the task.
I’m still doing my core lessons with ABeka, with which I’m thrilled. We’re phonics-heavy and one of my goals is to instill superior reading and analyzation skills and this curriculum is ideal for it. I’ve been supplementing the core lessons with things I’ve pulled off the internet; I’ve let the holidays and seasons dictate what will be the focus of a particular week’s lesson. It forces me to make learning more integral. It was an accidental goal achieved.
In the meantime, I have a rotten sense of humor. Forgive.