If you've used Preparing, please vote!

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What age did you use Preparing?

8-9
11
24%
9-10
24
53%
Other
10
22%
 
Total votes: 45

MomtoJGJE
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Joined: Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:20 pm
Location: Gastonia, NC

Re: If you've used Preparing, please vote!

Post by MomtoJGJE » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:01 am

Jayden was 9 the entire time we've done it. Actually she might have started when she was 8, but not much... We started out going half speed for quite a while, like 10 units. Then we went two days half speed per week and one day full speed (5 day weeks). I'd say she really hit her stride with it at about 9.5.

She is the only one who has actually done it.... however looking down the road at my next two...

Grace would not be capable of doing it now. She just turned 8 in January. The readings would be too much, the independent work altogether would be to much. And the amount would be too much. Not to mention the content.

However, Julianna will be fully capable of it at 8. I'm not sure when she'll actually hit Preparing... what age she'll be. But if she's not doing it by the time she's 9 we might have to add in extensions for her. But I think that would be an odd occurance. I do not think she is a typical child.

I really can't tell with the other two yet ;)

As far as their abilities... I think Jayden is very bright, but average where the work is concerned. The content would have been fine for her at newly 8, but the work involved would have been too much. Grace is beyond Jayden's abilities where comprehension and understanding is concerned, but she's more of a free spirit ;) So the actual amount of work is just too much. It's going to be too much when she gets to it, but she'll be 9 or close enough to it and I think it'll be time to buckle down a bit more. We'll go half speed as long as it takes. Julianna however is way above most kids her age in just about anything. She absolutely amazes me every single day with everything about her. THAT child will do great things. My others are going to do well in life... she's going to be a "great" person. It would not surprise me if she was being read ABOUT one day. This is why I think that if we don't hit preparing by the time she's 9, she'll need extensions. I just haven't done the numbers to see where she'll be farther down the road.

Overall I think Preparing is a perfect "4th grade" level. As written. I haven't used the extensions so I can't speak to that. I might change that after testing this year ;) I know Jayden has really grown a lot.... but since she's my oldest I"m not sure if it's the school/church stuff or just age.

melissamomof3girls
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:36 pm
Location: Michigan

Re: If you've used Preparing, please vote!

Post by melissamomof3girls » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:20 pm

We will be starting it this fall. My daughter just turned 10 in Feb so she will be 10 turning 11. We switched over to HOD this year after 4 years with MFW and I didn't want to get in over our heads since I felt what we were doing was, IMO, going to be so different than what HOD would be like for them. I would much rather beef up a program than try to widdle it down to what works. :)

It ended up being the perfect decision for us. My 2nd daughter will be 9 turning 10 when she does Preparing.
Melissa mama to
13 yo dd
11 yo dd
9 yo dd
6 yo ds
2 yo dd
Always torn between MFW & HOD ~ Love both :)

snadig
Posts: 170
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:05 pm

Re: If you've used Preparing, please vote!

Post by snadig » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:39 pm

I did preparing with my 11 year now 12 this year, I was bit worried too, but I wouldn't change anything. It has been a great year. I heard a talk about having your kids run their own race. God gifts each of them differently. I have stopped saying we are behind or my kids are below average. God has them right where He wants them. So I try to remind the kids to run the race God has before them, and to not compare themselves to anyone. When they start to look to the side and compare then their focus isn't in the right place....doing what The Lord has in store for them.

Now if I could always remember this too :D . My daughter has gained so much confidence from not having so many hard things to do, it makes my heart smile. Not everything this year was easy though. :)

Keep running the race ladies!
blessings,
Stacey
Stacey in Co

Married 21years to my best friend
my wonderful kids:
19-dd-College student Aug 18
17-dd-US 1 Histroy -Aug 18
13-ds-MTMM - Aug 18
Finished:Beyond,Bigger,Preparing,RtoR,RevtoRev,CtC,MtMM,WH,AH1,AH2

lucsch
Posts: 70
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:46 pm

Re: If you've used Preparing, please vote!

Post by lucsch » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:10 pm

I voted other, as my dd is 10years 2 mo and we just finished Bigger and will start Preparing soon. She will be just turned 11 when we finish. We will be using the Extensions.
Lucinda
Wife to Gary for 31 years
Mom to ds26, ds21, ds19, and dd11
Grandma 4yo, 1yo, newborn
dd11: CTC
Finished BLHFHG, BHFHG, Preparing & DITHOR 3x

mrsrandolph
Posts: 717
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:21 pm
Location: Cartersville, GA

Re: If you've used Preparing, please vote!

Post by mrsrandolph » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:08 pm

I am using it with my 9 and 10 year olds.
Shannon Randolph LOVING HOD & Running 4 Guides & DITHOR
Mommy to 4 Precious Blessings
Cassie (15- World Geography),
Will (14- Rev2Rev,
Ellie (12- Res2Ref), and
Jack (10- CTC)

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