These books are written by one group of Mennonites, not Amish. We have used the Reading 2 (including Phonics 2) and 4 as Bible while using something else for reading. I love the way most of the TMs have reduced-size student pages, either with answers overprinted, or with answers and teacher helps in the margins and at the bottom. This makes it very “open and go”. Tests are usually reproduced in reduced-size with answers in the back of the TM, and worksheets are too. All their books are “chapter” format, also referred to as “mastery”, but there is plenty of review as well, both within a grade level and from year to year.
I’ve found the English at grade 2 to be a little bit below level, but grade 3 and 4 are just about right for grade level. Grade 5 begins to move up toward advanced a little, and 6 and up are definitely advanced for grade level. Grade 8 would do for high school, and 9/10 are more like early-college level, IMO. It’s very easy to do much of the English orally, and the written exercises are “reduced writing” very often too — this makes it easier for students who have difficulty copying out large amounts of material into a notebook. By “reduced writing” I mean that the instructions might say to pick out a word or some words, a phrase, or the punctuation marks only to write on paper, rather than copying the whole sentence.
I have only used the second grade of Spelling, which would be just fine for a real second grader, but I was using it for an older student with learning issues and it wasn’t quite enough for him.
The 2nd grade social studies is in a workbook that is an introduction to world geography, starting in Canada, then the US, then Mexico, then moving on to other parts of the world. It is about right for 2nd grade, but it definitely needs updating. I have also used the 5th grade social studies and found it good for an introduction to history and geography of North America (Canada and US) but some may wish to incorporate living books alongside for more depth. The mapping exercises included are very good.
2nd grade Health, Manners & Safety is also very first-and-second grade appropriate.
I like the science very much. The textbooks are attractive, and would give a good foundation in science topics (including life, health, earth/space, physical science, and chemistry) for a non-college-bound student through high school. Or, a student could complete all of them, then still have time to focus on one or two lab sciences (from another publisher) for the last year or two of high school, as desired. Most have been fairly recently updated, except grades 8 and up, which are in process. There is also an older 5th-6th grade set concerned entirely with life science and the study of various representative organisms. In grades 3 and 5, there are comprehension questions with every lesson, and various activities and projects to choose from for each lesson and chapter, that can be completed with readily available materials. There are chapter reviews daily, or the comprehension questions can be graded as a quiz, and brief vocabulary quizzes which could be used as quiz or review orally.