Hi! It's nice to meet you, and you ask a good question! Yes, I do believe there is enough meat in Beyond...! We used it last year, and my son is thriving this year with Bigger... Many skills taught in Beyond... are done in a rotating manner so that at first glance, you may miss the "meatiness" of the program in its entirety. This rotation of skills keeps them fresh and interesting to children, and provides the basis for deeper skills in the next curriculum. It also prevents school from dragging on forever, which gives needed time for children to be creative and imaginative as they explore personal interests.
My advice would be to be careful of the WOW factor. It's often "eye candy" that lacks much depth. For instance, my children are "WOWED" by the pictures in DK books, but when I read them to them, they often can't remember anything I read. The pictures are beautiful and wow me too, but the information is not written narratively, so it's quickly forgotten. That doesn't mean we don't use DK books at home - it just means they've become more like resource books, like an encyclopedia would be.
The historical people and events my son got to "know" last year in Beyond... are like well-loved, old "friends" to him this year. I give this example because Eggleston (which is what we're reading now in Bigger...) at first glance doesn't seem to have the "wow" factor. Actually, however, it does.. it's just not in a glitzy way. You'll find that Beyond... is a very balanced program that has tough skills in it taught in a simple, rotating way. Hope that helps some, and if there is a specific part of it you are wondering about, please ask some more questions, and I'd be glad to "chat it over" with you! Have a great homeschooling day!
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