|Poor, sick baby girl|
|She's now an intel gal like her dad.|
|Too bad the message we were given was bad to start with.|
As an add-in, we did some code cracking with the Spy Science Kit that we bought through Winter Promise. The kit was great, the notebooking pages that Winter Promise puts out to go along with it, not so much. Part of the message was fine and the rest made no sense.
This wasn't the first problem we've had with their notebooking pages. Some of the quality wasn't good and I found a few historical errors. I had wrote the company about the errors, with references, and hadn't heard back from them. I figured that it was something they'd fix in upcoming editions. I don't use the curriculum, I had just bought some of the hands-on stuff and notebooking pages, so I wasn't sure if was an issue with the actual lessons. And not everyone has fabulous customer service like Sonlight. In the event that we did something wrong with our "code cracking skills", I checked the forums. What I found was some complaints about the same errors and quality control issues that I had written them about. Only these complaints were three years old. And in those three years they hadn't fixed the issues. To say that I'm disgusted is the understatement of the year.
The ironic thing is that I was planning on holding off on Sonlight's Core 5, because of the massive increase in workload, until 6th grade. So I ordered Winter Promise's Children Around the World program for next year. Now, I'm not so sure. Now to be fair to Winter Promise, I haven't actually seen the program because, although I ordered it almost a month ago, I haven't received the bulk of it. To date, I've received some maps, 1 book, and some stickers for the maps. All came separately, with no notice that they'd be coming nor did I receive any packing slip with the packages.
So I can add "great service" to their list of accomplishments. (Please note my sarcasm.) I may or may not keep it. I'll give a thorough look if it ever arrives. I'm sure the books are fine because they weren't published by them. If the like the books, I can always dump their notebooking stuff and come up with my own. I've also considered using COAH Expedition Earth program to replace Winter Promise's pages. It covers a lot of the same topics, although it might be a tad too young for Mackenzie. So that's up in the air.
Maybe I'm just too picky? That and Sonlight has spoiled me. But what a let down. It's just disappointing when something doesn't live up to your expectations. I'm still holding out hope that it will work out.
If not, I can send it back and do Core 5 over two years to ease up the work load. We shall see. But I really don't want to have to go to haul all this stuff to the post office.
Be sure to check out the other wrap-ups over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.