Hi Dedra,dascott wrote:I plan to purchase CTG at the convention next month. My question is, should I invest in the Deluxe or use the Basic? I would appreciate any opinions and/or suggestions anyone might have. Thanks so much.
I suppose that the "correct" answer is you will have a rich and full year either way... but I am one of those who bought the basic package, and then regretted it and went back for the deluxe items once I actually had the curriculum in hand.
Maybe it is just a personal preference, but my kids and I have really enjoyed the additional music and the read aloud's especially. I originally thought I would put together their music time on my own, and just use some classical cd's we already have -- that would have been fine but I would never have actually gotten around to it. Having it listed in the TM makes it very easy for me to just pop in the cd and go. Even my 2yo likes it (who knew?!).
And the r/a's are priceless, imo. Some of the best read alouds we have done; and I thought they wouldn't tie in to the curriculum at all, but (at least for us) they have. For example the book Tanglewood's Secret has so much to do with shepherding and who the Good Shepherd is, and in the basic package the kids spend several weeks studying Ps 23.
Just some thoughts from our experience.