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Schoolhouse Review: Moving Beyond the Page

Moving Beyond the Page is a complete curriculum for ages 4-14. It promotes critical thinking skills, engages the child in their studies which makes the subjects more meaningful, and it supports different learning styles. For those who enjoy reading great literature to children who are more hands on.
As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was able to review two units from Moving Beyond the Page. They sent everything I needed to get started for their Poetry-Concepts 1- Relationships:Unit 1 and Immigration~Diversity and Interdependence: Unit 2. Recommended age for both units: 9-11.
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Both units can be purchased with the student schedule and activity sheets as an online version or physical book.
With the Poetry Unit I received ($61.86):
  • Online access to the unit activity sheets and schedule
  • Physical book: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
  • Physical book: My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Physical book: R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young 
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Immigration Unit:
  • Physical book which included the schedule and activity pages
  • Physical book: If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
  • Physical book: Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
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(I also purchased the online version to use with multiple children for $12.93. I was able to print copies for each child)
Here is the table of contents for the poetry unit and below for the Immigration unit. The online version does expire after 90 days.
Table of Contents-Poetry
Immigration Table of Contents
Each unit can be used by the child independently. If using the online version the child can check off each assignment once it’s completed. All activity sheets may be printed in advance or when prompted in each lesson.
If using the physical book your child will just move from one page to the next and will work their way through the workbook. Both options are very organized.
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For each unit here is a list of items that will be helpful to complete each course:
  • Thesaurus and/or dictionary
  • Watercolors, paints, scissors, glue, and other craft supplies.
  • Timeline (social studies)
  • Internet access
Prerequisites for the poetry unit:
  • Child should be able to read at a 5th or 6th grad level.
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic.
Prerequisites for Immigration unit:
  • Your child should be able to read and comprehend at a late 5th or 6th grade level.
  • Like the poetry unit your child should be able to write multiple paragraphs.
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Each unit can be used by your child independently. I decided to use both units with Caleb, Brent, and Ethan (grades 4th, 5th, and 6th). We did this as a group.

I read the books and poetry to the children. Then I’d pass out the worksheets for that day. They would answer questions, write definitions and so forth. All this can be done orally as well. I chose to have them write because I feel my children need more practice in this area. This is one reason why I wanted to review Moving Beyond the Page, to have them do more seat work. I believe orally answering the questions are fine but I think I’ve done this too often and both my husband and I want the children to write more and move to more independence.

The units are set up to be completed in about two to three weeks unless you decide to take some rabbit trails or linger in a certain area. I know with some of the poetry we took a little longer than a few days and thus stretched it out.

Overall we really enjoyed both units. Caleb found out he enjoys poetry. Brent loved learning about immigration. He’s my history boy. Ethan, well he doesn’t like school period.
I thought the units covered many subjects including spelling and vocabulary. One can easily add to the units if desired by including lapbooks, flipbooks, coloring pages, and notebooking pages but the units are very thorough and are great as is. I know many homeschoolers who really like to dig deeper and add to programs.
I would have liked an answer key for the parent to be able to check the child’s work. Especially if children are using the units on their own. Because I used Moving Beyond the Page in a group setting with my children we were able to correct and discuss the answers together.

Moving Beyond the Page has many samples and to read more about the online benefits, which are many. I’m usually a physical, hardcopy, book kind of homeschooling mama, but with this program I really preferred using the online version as I was able to print multiple copies.

If you’re looking for a full curriculum program or would like to pick and choose a few to try or maybe need something to teach over the summer that won’t take all summer, then I’d highly recommend giving Moving Beyond the Pages a try.
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1 comment

  1. I agree that both of the options of this curriculum are very organized! Just stopping by from the crew to say hi!
    ~heather v.


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