For the last couple of months, Mr. B and I have been reviewing Mosdos Press Literature, Gold 8th Grade, for Timberdoodle Co. We received the complete set which includes 2 spiral bound Teacher's Editions (Parts one and two,) a Student Text, and a Student Workbook. All of these arrived in one box, and they packaging was excellent. As soon as the box arrived, I opened and got to work! I couldn't wait to get started! This is part of their 8th Grade Curriculum Set.
Now, in my world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with a lot of components to a program, but I have not at all felt overwhelmed with this one at all. I like that the Teacher's Edition is split across two, easier to handle books, rather than in one larger book. It is a very nice resource to have on hand because it gives an overall summary of the lesson, gives the "moral of the story" so to speak, and summarizes what is found on each page of the student text. There are answers, and suggested activities also in this Teacher's Edition.
The Student Text is exactly what you'd think it is. It is the heart of the program, and is the book the student will use the most as it has the reading passages, lessons, and even questions within the pages. It is hardbound, and I would say it is more traditional to what I used in school.
The Student workbook is great. Here you'll find activities and student work for each story read in the book. There's vocabulary, writing, and reading comprehension.
We started with the very first story, and I was very excited to see Mr. B eager to read it. We went back and forth reading out loud, because that is a skill we are trying to work on at the moment. We used the bold face vocabulary words as our daily spelling and dictionary challenges, and we have great fun with that. The Student Activity book has your child use these words in a variety of sentences, so the glossary in the back of the Student Textbook is invaluable for those activities. I use the Teacher's manual daily to plan the next day's lessons. I also keep this handy while he works on his daily lesson, so that if I need it it's easy to grab.
We work on this 3-4 days a week, but he generally does more than one day's worth of work. We have finished a whole week in just 2 days. So the lessons aren't too terribly long, and with only student they don't take a long time to complete. We usually spend about 30 minutes on this, but I also incorporate some Language Arts into it, as well.
The illustrations are nicely done, and match each story. The border around the pages also matches the story, and really adds to the overall experience.
Before each story, there's the overall lesson that is being taught. I really like this. It helps Mr. B focus on the story, instead of reading while wondering what he is supposed to be learning.
Mr. B also has a difficult time identifying the keywords or vocabulary words, so having them listed in a word back before he even gets started is GREAT!
We both really like the activities within the book. Some of these are directed to multiple students, but a single student can still tweak these to work for them.
We use the Quick Review as an oral discussion.
Vocabulary work within the workbook is nice.
These activities really help Mr. B make sense of things he may not understand.
Overall, we really like this! I am so very, very thankful we received this as a review item. It is fantastic, and works well within our homeschool. Mr. B really enjoys it. It is challenging for him, but not so much so that it hinders the learning. The balance is perfect. I really do highly recommend this to others!
Does Mosdos Press Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
This is a physical set, so you are free to move around as needed. I do not think the lessons so much a build upon one another so that you can't skip if you need, but we are choosing to not skip anything. You can take a break, as we have done since you can work at your own pace, more or less. It is designed to be completed within a school year, so you may want to take that into consideration.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
There are NO hidden fees. This is a physical product, so you are locked in with that respect. This is intended for 8th grade, and I would say that is a very fair assessment of the grade/age level.
For us, it is not boring. It is more traditional in style. You can certainly do your own thing with any added activity, etc. The stories aren't that long, and you can spread it out across the week. Sometimes I do that with Mr. B, allowing him to read half, then read the other half, with a sensory break in the middle. There's variety in the lessons each week, but each week you will do the same sort of lessons so there's some routine there, too.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
** I received this from Timberdoodle Co. free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own, or those of my family. I'm releasing this in accordance to the current laws and regulations.**