- Are there teacher manuals?
Nope! Each person in the family gets to have their own journal and learn together. Everything is built in to each journal. We didn’t write these for children; we wrote them for the whole family. All black font gets read out loud among everyone. All different-colored font is for that particular age group only.
CORE CONNECTIONS: What are they?
Within the Appendix of our units are our BONUS (as a courtesy) Core Connections. These are not full “core unit lessons.” These are suggestions of ways to connect to your core school subjects to encourage passion and application of what is learned in different school subjects. For instance, with “Through the Eyes of | A Volcanologist” being a science-heavy unit, we teach and share in the “Core Connections” how you can tie in all of your other subjects. IE, Language Arts: volcanologists often have to write research reports for land development and Emergency Action Plans, so we give the students that option and guide them through it; math: we share with the students slope intercept form and how that would tie into the equation that a volcanologist would use with lava flow… even history, geography, art, and social studies can be easily connected [there is SO MUCH of all of that when you go into Pompeii, studying different volcanoes, their origins and the people’s responses to them in the land]. So, we provide these “Core Connections” for you and your family to connect all areas of schooling and life to what the family is most passionate about. It creates a passion about learning other school subjects, as well. Obviously Core Connections are catered to particular age groups and will be adjusted appropriately. This is a courtesy add-on and there are different Core Connections for every lesson throughout the unit. They will be found in the appendix and are completely optional. We only started including these in 2021.
- Since the journals are similar except for the different-colored font, do I have to print them all out?
-Hear our audio instructions for which journals to print and understand the layout by going here.
-If you’d prefer a quick bullet-point reading of the basic answer, go here.
Please note, these directions apply to most of the units in Year 1. However, our first releases (like “Through the Eyes of | ER Life” and “With the Skills of | A Camper”) were not color-coded and had a different flow before we adjusted things.
- Where are my print options if I decide I want to print?
- What if I have printing issues?
- How soon will I receive my digital unit?
After checkout, you will receive a digital copy of the applicable unit(s) to be downloaded immediately in PDF format (right after the checkout screen, as well as in your account page through the website). Every month a new unit will be released and it, too, will then be available for immediate purchase/download. Within each unit, you can print all the journals desired for children/self and put each person’s journal in his/her own binder (or opt to view electronically).
- How do I get my digital unit when I am a monthly member? Does it come through email or the website?
All monthly members receive “one credit” every single month. One credit allows you to download 1 unit (all journals, all age groups) directly from our products page. This setup allows you to scroll through our units and download your preferred one! Typically, a member would download the unit just released for the current month; however, if you were late to the game and were dying to go back to download a previous release with your credits instead, your membership allows you to do just that! You can also choose to save it for a future unit! When checking out, simply click “pay with credit” that’s all you have to do!
IS THIS A CORE CURRICULUM?
No. It is so much MORE than a core curriculum. Campfire Curriculums offers something that is completely missing in the homeschooling world: job shadowing, skills enhancement, and life awareness from home. High schoolers had no way to access anything like this before. Elementary children had nothing that could really and truly spark their passions as they shared with their family. We specifically made it open-and-go so that FATHERS could get involved, if desired, and bond with their children—just like in days of old as they sat around a campfire. There really is NOTHING else like this. We use REAL professional contributors, and we combine it all into a very Charlotte-Mason inspired approach (which means lots of experiential learning and lots of fun while you’re at it). Job/skill shadowing and life enhancement from home… there’s nothing else like it.
DOES A DAD HAVE TO BE INVOLVED?
No. We created these units with the intention of helping “Dad” to get involved. This is one reason why we have such a heavy focus on open-and-go, little time, little prep, and activities-based lessons. We wanted “Dad” to be able to come home from work and just join right in. When a father doesn’t know how to bridge the gap and bond with his daughter in the skills that she’s passionate about (perhaps because he doesn’t have the know-how or desire), he’s still able to open up one of our journals and join right in with her as they learn together (which is why we have some more traditionally feminine unit options, as well). It creates an immediate bonding. Or, when a dad has a son and doesn’t know how to incorporate meaningful “Dad lessons” after a long day at work, the units provide opportunity for bonding in just a little time. Perhaps he didn’t know how to fish or how to camp, and he and his son can learn together. SO… while this was our passion behind the creation, it’s still not a requirement. Moms can use it just the same. We have families who use it both ways.
CAN CAMPFIRE CURRICULUMS BE USED AS A HISTORY OR SCIENCE CURRICULUM?
Yes. Just the same as job shadowing a volcanologist or marine biologist would be considered getting a crash course in that field of science. Following through the eyes of an ER provider could certainly act as a science unit, as well. Could one of these units be used as social studies or history or geography? Again yes. You get a lot of that through our “In the Steps of | An Islander,” which could also sub as a science unit in many ways (it even has chiropterology included). You could use “With the Skills of | A Camper” to learn more about outdoor living and science if you were so inclined. Some use the units as their morning devotional and Bible lesson. The reality is, “life learning” and “skills learning” and even “job shadowing” are inherently going to provide an immense amount of learning with science, history, geography, social studies, and so much more. If that is the way you decide to use our units in your personal homeschooling style, go for it! We absolutely would not discourage you. A lot of our fun schoolers do that, and there’s no reason not to! Even though it is not the way our units were originally designed to be used, we have many parents who adjust it to fit into their core curriculum as they see fit. We also have many other parents who use it as we originally intended (as an extracurricular only), and the fathers are becoming more and more involved with children and passions as they learn about new careers and skills together!!! That absolutely warms our hearts when we hear so many testimonials!!! We are not here to tell anyone how they can or cannot use our unit studies. Each family is unique and will do it their own way. If you’re asking if there’s enough science and history and all the other stuff to make it work, the answer is yes, depending on the unit (we obviously wouldn’t advise you try to use “Home Defense” as a lesson in geography lol). If you’re asking if we created another “core curriculum” the answer is no. We created something MORE THAN CORE and for an entirely different reason.
- How did you come up with this curriculum?
The short story: we simply mixed a unit study setup with cross-curricular concepts and Charlotte Mason ideas, then emphasized a family bonding model and extracurricular topics… and then added in some expert contribution. …That’s the VERY short version. 🙂
UNIT STUDIES have existed for many years, allowing children of all ages to come together and learn about a particular topic without an “age” or “education level” barrier. In fact, using a unit study is one of our favorite ways of homeschooling our children, since it provides different activities for different ages, based on the same lesson.
CROSS CURRICULAR concepts have consistently been proven effective over time. Many homeschoolers, colleges, and other schools have seen great benefits from implementing this style of teaching. Personally, this absolutely made a difference and changed the way our own children learned. ……And then a favorite of many:
CHARLOTTE MASON techniques. Absolute brilliance.
…Each of these three concepts are uniquely different and yet equally inspiring…..
UNFORTUNATELY, even when joined together they still lacked two things: (1) a focus on bringing the family inward and encouraging family bonding (including and emphasizing a male role model, too!), and (2) a specific focus on dreams/skills/careers/aspirations. So we thought: why not join what we love together and then add in what was missing? (We also added one more challenging requirement to the list: contribution from professionals or experts across the country)
Insert: Campfire Curriculums™.
- What if I am a teacher or part of a co-op and want to use this?
If you are a teacher, co-op leader or part of a homeschooling group, please contact us as you will have different laws and licensing to abide by and different pricing for different licensing. We will actively monitor downloads and number of prints from a particular source, so please don’t skip this step.
- What is your return policy?
No digital product can be returned for a refund, since customers automatically receive files to download and we are unable to remove them from your device(s). All digital products are therefore final sale.
- Is this a Christian curriculum?
This curriculum is founded on Christ. In that way, yes, it is a Christian curriculum. If you’re wondering if it’s something secular parents can use, the answer is also yes. You can still have the other benefits of the program even if you choose not to apply the Faith Talk sections. Of note: our holiday units are 100% intertwined with the Bible and can be used as devotionals.
- Why are you only releasing 1 – 2 units per month?
Between interviewing/writing/shadowing/design/scheduling time with certain experts, it’s a bit time consuming! The reason we are not releasing more than 1-2 per month is because we need to practice what we are preaching and invest more in our own children and family. One of the entire points of this curriculum was to bring our family closer. Releasing 1-2 units per month allows us to invest in our children and also continue to (hopefully) help other families do the same, as well. This also allows us to take in new suggestions from customers and have the time to find properly qualified contributors, write the units, finish the designs, etc…. We feel strongly that doing any more than this would likely decrease the quality of product.
- What are your theological beliefs?
Please see our Statement of Faith, here.
- Why did you name it “curriculums” instead of “curriculum,” “curricula,” or “extracurriculars”?
For all of our grammatically correct parents out there:
We went back and forth between “curricula,” “extracurriculars,” and “curriculums.” Technically, depending on which circle (or country) you are in, all of the options can be correct. In the end, we chose “curriculums” because it was the domain that was available (true story) and the one we thought most would remember. 🙂