Moving Beyond the Page (MBTP) is a complete secular curriculum utilizing research-based educational strategies to bring the best out in each student. This curriculum fosters critical thinking and encourages children to develop their creativity. Challenging and engaging projects allow students to benefit from the integration of science, social studies and language arts. Students with different learning styles find the accommodations in MBTP make learning easy for them. Parents who are concerned about meeting national and state standards can rest easy. All the appropriate material is covered in each level.
Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade
Moving Beyond the Page begins with curriculum for preschool and ends in middle school. Since MBTP levels its curricula by developmental readiness rather than grade, it begins at the developmental age of four to five and ends at the developmental age of twelve to fourteen. MBTP Describes the characteristics of students in each developmental age range, making it easy for parents to accurately place their children.
The earliest level is very hands on, with accommodations made for children who are not yet nimble enough to begin rigorous handwriting lessons. As children progress through the levels MBTP adjusts to recognize student’s expanding abilities. At several points in the curriculum students become more independent. The authors of Moving Beyond the Page recognize independent learners are generally happier and more successful, and MBTP curricula is designed to foster growing independence at developmentally appropriate times.
The Constructivist Theory of Learning is the Foundation
of Moving Beyond the Page. “What’s that?” you might reasonably ask. The Constructivists believe we all learn by “constructing knowledge” as we go about the task of understanding the world we experience. For this reason the students acquire the content of the curriculum in MBTP through active engagement in the tasks of each unit study. Higher-order thinking is an essential part of each school day, as children perform activities which integrate science, language arts and social studies.
As a practical matter, what this means is that a typical unit of study starts with a good book, with questions and further readings in nonfiction topics relevant to the story. There are inevitable science and art projects designed to deepen the students’ understanding and enrich their experience. This style of study best supports
Different Learning Styles,
because students are able to explore the subject of the unit in ways that play to their strengths. It is also the style of learning best supported by the theory of multiple intelligences. Within each unit study there are opportunities for students to explore their special abilities and develop their gifts. While this curriculum was developed with gifted students in mind, it can be beneficial to any student who likes to read, question, explore new ideas and engage in hands on learning.
Each Curriculum Set Includes
The parent/teacher’s manual, all materials the child will need and all the literature for the course. There are options to break this up so that a family can purchase materials only or acquire the literature on their own. (For a frugal family that doesn’t mind getting their books from the public library system, this last idea has merit.)
I did a little price comparing with regard to those aspects of the curriculum that could be purchased elsewhere – mostly books. The prices at Moving Beyond the Page are in keeping with the prices on Amazon and Christianbook.com, two sources which tend to be lower than practically everyone else.
I general, when parents buy their curriculum, materials and literature pack from Moving Beyond the Page, the first year with MBTP costs about four hundred and fifty dollars and climbs gently each year after that. In the late elementary years the price reaches eight hundred seventy dollars, and by the end of middle school the price is one thousand fifteen dollars. But obviously that’s not all. As smart parents, you must certainly be asking,
What About Math?
Like a lot of literature-based programs, Moving Beyond the Page outsources math. They offer three reputable math curricula: Right Start Math, Life of Fred and Singapore Math. Each of these curricula have their strengths. Right Start Math is what MBTP suggests for the elementary years. It is very hands on and engaging. Life of Fred is what MBTP suggests for the middle school years. It is multidisciplinary and very good for independent learners and students who like to read. Singapore Math is a typical homeschool math curriculum, which is to say that it is one among many highly successful mastery-based curricula. It is neither hands on nor multidiscipline in its approach, but it does have an excellent track record.
The three math programs vary significantly in cost. Right Start Math costs between ninety-five and two hundred sixty dollars a year. Parents who are truly committed to the program can buy the entire elementary curriculum for six hundred forty-five dollars. This last option does save about two hundred dollars and might be particularly helpful to parents with several children. Singapore Math runs from seventy-eight to forty dollars. Life of Fred runs from thirty-two to eighty seven dollars each year. Both Singapore Math and Life of Fred are readily available on the second-hand market.
Moving Beyond the Page is Unique
All-in-all, this is a curriculum that deserves careful consideration. Parents looking for a secular program that fulfills national and state standards without once resorting to boring workbooks or mind-numbing exercises should be pleased. Moving Beyond the Page is a very good fit for children who love learning or fall somewhere on the gifted spectrum. It is also a good fit for many kids with learning challenges who nonetheless need a challenging hands on program to keep them focused.
Moving Beyond the Page
With its adherence to national and state standards and the addition of any one of three excellent math programs, Moving Beyond the Page (MBTP) is a complete curriculum. It is fully multidisciplinary by design, and its support for different learning styles and multiple intelligences is unsurpassed. MBTP was designed for homeschool families from the start. It is not an institutional model adapted to homeschool use, it is a homeschool program tailored to the needs of homeschool families. MBTP fosters the independent learning model in developmentally appropriate incremental stages. Moving Beyond the Page is used by cooperatives which do unit studies together and has been used successfully for in literature study groups as well.
Moving Beyond the Page is one of the more intriguing curricula on the market today. Developed by expert teachers to fulfill the needs of hands-on learners, it is breaking new ground and growing in popularity. I enjoyed studying this curriculum in depth for this review, because it uses many of the ideas I loved when I developed my own children’s homeschool. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do. Please reach out in the comments to let me know how I’m doing. Rate the curriculum if you’re familiar with it, and ASK QUESTIONS! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hearing from you and I ALWAYS respond in less than eight hours.
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