Julie L. wrote:Do you think, without using book basket, that a student at least gets a grade level's worth of history, other information etc a year?
I will use the book basket as much as possible, but due to family schedule I don't know how much we will be able to get to the library and I want to know if that will be a problem? Will my dc at least be getting the equivalent of a textbook worth of info. just using the deluxe package every year? I don't want to be sweating the library issue.
Yes. I do think it will be ok.
and in CTG last year and RTR this year (until the last couple of weeks that is), that's almost how it has been over here. After moving out of state, I had a lot of problems getting a routine back for library. It doesn't make sense really, as the library in my new town is right around the corner (on the way to exercise class), and if they don't have the book, they can get the book from another branch. Or, the "out of city library" (where I pay $50 a year for a card) will have others book, and I'm right by that library twice a week (near speech clinic). so.... other than just not wanting to do it because of emotional reasons from relocating, I was not using "book basket" all that much for the last 1.5 years when it came to history and science. (collective gasp on the internet!)
Before that, when I live in Indiana, I was checking out books once every 3 weeks or so. I'd just go on Saturday morning and pack it up. There were some weeks where my dh did it for me or picked them up from being on hold when he came home from work. Some years it was a once a week out of the house sanity break for Crystal to go to library without children around.
But, I have found that with the history content in the spines, that is at least as much as using only textbook approach would offer on history. Book basket is great to do. It's not that hard. And yet, when we weren't doing a good job with it over the last 1.5 years (wow, have I really lived here almost that long?) it has been fine.
It meant that my middle daughter had other fiction reading that wasn't as related to history study. Or we'd grab one of the internet links from the Ancient World and Medieval World usborne books in the package. (I'll even admit it.... we got the inexpensive version of that discoverystreaming online videos and watch horrible histories series. (giggle)
Book basket has several goals one of which is to enjoy reading -- so that element of book basket we were doing this past 1.5 years, but just with lots of fun books in the house, or getting something for middle gal with mystery books.
So, look for ways to make library use easy on you:
*going once every other week or 3 weeks (I did 3 weeks since that was check out time)
*ask dh to pick it up on way home from work, or to be the one to go on weekends and maybe even take kids with him.
If you have a week or two or a stretch of weeks without enrichment reading in history, it will be ok from basic package and even better with deluxe, and then all of book basket can be enrichment.
p.s. right now though, we have a lot of book basket on history.