Just wanted to introduce myself and say we're starting Monday. Most of the stuff is here, just waiting on the student pack, craft kit, and timelines. I've been comparing the IG to the project pages of TT to see if there were things they left out that I wanted to do. So far I'm thrilled! There were only a couple of things, as in one or two in Explorers and one or two in CL that I had wanted to do that they didn't include. The one that surprised me was the mapping, which I think is pretty important. So I haven't decided if I'll use the TT maps on acetate or the KQ maps cd I have, but definitely I want her to do the mapping of the explorer routes. They left out the straw ticking and rope bed activity in colonial, which I thought was too cool to skip. They didn't include the penmanship pages for CL, and I was thinking about using them for our handwriting. I'm undecided there, so we'll see. But overall, I was just really pleased! I bought the student pack to make my life easy with the new baby (or not so new now, 3 months old?), and I was afraid they were going to make my life hard and skip things I wanted to do. Other people had posited that on threads here, so I just wanted to say that's NOT the case! I went through it painstakingly for two hours last night, through the 1st and 2nd cd's worth of material, and they've included all the things you really want to do, skipping the ones that to me would have guilt-tripped me but weren't really stuff you wanted to do or needed to do (handwriting, that sort of thing). And I LOVE the way they've specified you to put everything into the notebook rather than lapbooking it. Do you realize how much time that will save? They've just done a great job of turning something that for me was overwhelming (TT) into something I can actually implement.
On the books, I'm more thrilled with them by the minute! We'll see how dd does with them, but I keep having to pry her away. We'll see how it goes and whether I end up adding things. (Like all junkies, I own the entire SL3 core, Hakim, the VP cards, and more, hehe.) This is a really great place for us to start. I'm allowing 1 1/2 hours a day Tues-Thursday and one hour on Mondays, so we'll see how it goes.
I'm tossing around this idea of doing the WP timeline pages (the pretty ones) in a different way, like hanging them on the wall or taping/accordian-folding them or something. Maybe I'll be zany and string a clothesline and hang them up? I don't know, just tossing around ideas. I think I'm going to have her do 4 small (1") notebooks with her TT projects rather than putting the projects between the timeline pages.
Well that's all for now. I just wanted to post here a little, so people could follow our progress and see how it goes. I know I read the forums here quite a bit before deciding to start and even my initial handling of the materials has shown me some of the concerns people had are not at all the case (that they would skip things you want to do in TT, for instance).