(This article is a real blast from the past. I posted it on my other blog on June 29, 2005! So it is a bit dated in terms of the references I have to that particular school year. But it is a good article none the less!)
We have completed our 5th year of homeschooling. And we have five children. We use KONOS as the spine of our school. I was first drawn to KONOS when I read about it in Diana Waring’s Abundant Life Homeschooling. After I read her review of it and looked at the KONOS web-site, I talked to my husband about it. When it was time to go to our state homeschool bookfair, the KONOS booth was one of my first stops. I talked to the rep, and then I left to walk around the bookfair. That night I spread out all the information I had gathered on my hotel-room bed, and I compared everything I had looked at and written down. I prayed about what God wanted us to use, and I felt that He was leading me to purchase KONOS. I was drawn to two major factors about it. The first was that it is a curriculum based on character traits from the Bible, and the second was that I could use it multi-level.
The next day, I went back and purchased the first volume and timeline figures. The only other curriculum decisions I had left was our math program and language arts program.
Now that we have used KONOS for the past 4 years, I have to say that my children and I all love using it. We love reading and learning together. And you cannot beat the hands-on learning that takes place. My youngest ones also participate. They love the dramatization and experiments! They can remember so many of the people they have dressed up as and re-enacted scenes from their lives.
They love it so much that they have asked to study the Civil War this summer while we are on our break from school. Next year, we will enter a new level of KONOS as our oldest begins KONOS, “History of the World 1 – Ancient Times.”
I am also very blessed to be a part of the KONOS on-line community through yahoo groups. It has such a family atmosphere. We share our joys and our trials. We are able to share and ask questions. My family was privileged to attend the first KONOS Retreat in Oklahoma. It was one of the highlights of our school year this past year.