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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moving Beyond The Page Review

Our review for Moving Beyond the Page 

Moving Beyond the Page Review

 Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects and supports different learning styles. One of the best things I like about this curriculum is    it works well for hands on learning and I am all about hands on teaching-learning. No matter what type of a teacher you are, no matter what type of a learner you have. This curriculum is useable for any style learner or teaching method. All you need is your creativity and will to have fun while learning.

What we recieved for this review:

We recieved the full Language Arts & Social Studies material, including the online access for these individual units:
Who Is Helen Keller? (Ages 7-9)
Slavery & Civil War (Ages 10-12)

Helen Keller's unit is for ages 7-9 and included a thin physical paperback biography reading book on Helen Keller, a thin physical paperback bio book on Alexander Graham Bell and the online access which had the Unit Study.

Included in the unit study:

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Helen's Early Years
  • Lesson 2: Helen's Childhood
  • Lesson 3: Helen's Challenges
  • Lesson 4: Inventors
  • Lesson 5: Annie
  • Lesson 6: Helen Leaves Home
  • Lesson 7: More Learning
  • Lesson 8: All Grown Up
  • Final Project: Scrapbook or Interview

You can purchase the full physical curriculum which includes the literature and online access for $26.93 or your can purchase the full physical curriculum and literature for $22.87, not including s/h.


Slavery and Civil War's unit is for ages 10-12 and included a thin physical paperback reading book on "If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America", a physical paperback book on U.S History revised Third Edition, War, Terrible War 1855-1865 and a physical paperback Unit Study spiral-bound-book. Can I just note that I love the spiral bound booklets, they are easy to use...

Included in the unit study:

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Antebellum America (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Slavery (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Disunion and the Start of the Civil War
  • Lesson 4: Leadership and the Civil War
  • Lesson 5: The Soldier's Experience (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Major Battles of the Civil War
  • Lesson 7: The Homefront Experience
  • Lesson 8: Gettysburg & Beyond
  • Lesson 9: The End of the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Final Project: Remembering the Civil War (2 Days)

You can purchase the full physical curriculum which includes the literature and online access for $35.87 or your can purchase the full physical curriculum and literature for $39.93, not including s/h.

Also, after each unit there is a list of spelling words, spelling worksheets in a pdf file and a tab that allows you or others to share ideas of things you could add to your unit study to further your learning.

See More Moving Beyond The Page Curriclum Here

When we first got the physical material in the mail, I was pretty anxious to dig in to this curriculum. I'm a firm believer in hands on learning and hands on teaching and this material is great to use in hands on learning.
However, to be honest and explain, we have had a hard year already dealing with a family member and watching their health deteriorate slowly, that around the time of recieving this material we lost two different family members suddenly within a month of each other. Leading me to admit that I completely forgot about the online access that we had for Helen Keller. (I'm sorry). So we only read both bio's and discussed them together.

With that being said, I did log on to the online access and print off the information so that we could go back over it at a later time as a recap or fresh learner with my other two younger kiddo's. I am here to tell you that I love the "Ideas Tab" on their site when you login to your curriculum. The online curriculum also gives you downloadable pdf links (I'm addicted to pdf's - Lol) that go along with the lessons learned and they do look fairly short, I know the social studies units that we recieved in physical book were not long at all.

As I mentioned they have a suggest Ideas Tab. You can go to this section and add your ideas of what you changed or added to your lessons, any resources references or links and etc.

Below is a good resource that I seen noted in the idea tab.

It was also noted that you can get a FREE Braille Alphabet Card by clicking the attached link, Sign Up to recieve a FREE Braille Alphabet Card.

We were able to read both Bio's and discuss them the first week of use, then we moved over to reading some of the Slavery and Civil War unit. We read the book, "If you lived when there was slavery in America." I'm gonna note this, several years ago when lapbooking became huge in homeschooling, I had my oldest start a Civil War lapbook. Around here we have re-enactments from May-July and country fairs. So every year after we started the Civil War lapbook we would break the lapbook down in to unit studies, similar to this one and now it is one big Binder Book on the Civil War, President and other things around that time frame.  My point is, if you are looking for unit studies to use in lapbooking, Moving Beyond the Page offers a wide variety of Unit Studies to choose from and use in with lapbooks.

The Slavery and  Civil War unit study has 9 lessons that roughly make up use for 2 days. We was able to work 2 lessons a week as well as read some of the history book along with the lesson time. We really enjoyed these units, I think I may have used one unit study from Moving Beyond The Page before, But I'm not for sure. At any rate, I have bookmarked this site and will be revisiting them for more down the road. Thanks for allowing our family the chance to review for this material.

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