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  1. Hi ladies, Anybody here doing MFW Ancients or MFW for the the later high school years or have prior experience with that? (Crystal, you don't need to answer~don't worry!) We are all set on doing SCM Mods 1-3 with the 1st-7th graders, but I'm torn about whether to put oldest daughter (starting 9th), in MFW for the ancients or have her stay with the younger ones doing the SCM Ancient mods.... My thought was that if she did MFW Ancients we would all still be on the same time period and there would still be good family discussions. She is very bright and loves to write. I don’t want to overload her and stress her out, yet want to make sure she is doing college prep study in case she ends up going that route. We supplement SCM with AO as well. Please share your thoughts and wisdom! Thank you and blessings, JFG
  2. It looks like DD REALLY wants to change plans and do MFW WHL before AHL. Don't want to go into the details, but for now it appears we may just need to put off the Ancients. DD is really excited about beginning 9th with WHL. Is there any problem with doing this out of order and either reversing AHL and WHL, or putting off AHL to an even later high school year? She is a very bright girl with strong comprehension and writing skills. :) Thanks for any and all help! JFG
  3. I am planning on using MFW AHL this coming year and hoping to use MFW WHL next year. I also like the idea of doing "Teaching the Classics" and "Windows of the World" combination. Do you think this would be to much on the already scheduled British lit.? As you can see I like to plan ahead. ;)
  4. We are missionaries and are planning at this point to use MFW. We don't have access to a library and have to buy any books for the "book basket" ahead of time and ship them back to Africa with us. I'm looking for ideas on how many books to get per year? Maybe that'll change depending on the child, but I just need an idea or an average. For example, how many books would you buy for a 2nd grader in the Adventures year (American history)? Or how many books for 4th grader for the Creation to the Greeks year, or for a 5th grader in Rome to the Reformation year? I thought about counting lists from TOG, BP, or Sonlight, but decided to ask y'all instead. :001_smile:
  5. I need to buy the "NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers" for MFW. On Amazon, though there are two Bible's listed--one with the name above, and one with the name "NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Early Readers." Outside of the words "young" and "early" I can't see a difference on Amazon between the two Bibles. Is there a difference, or are they the same Bible? :confused: Thanks for your help!
  6. I need help comparing and contrasting MFW vs. Biblioplan, and I am totally new to this forum. I had heavily researched TOG, but we are missionaries, and the cost to buy and ship all those books is too much. We plan to buy 3 years ahead when we're in the States next year, because shipping curriculum and books internationally is so expensive. I don't want to make a mistake and be stuck with a curriculum I'm not happy with. Could you help me? 1. I like 4-year chronological history. 2. I want to use the curriculum for all my kids. 3. I also want things more scheduled out for me. (vs TOG) 4. I want it to incorporate the Bible. How do they compare biblically? Does Biblioplan incorporate it into every year, or mainly just ancients? Same question with MFW. 5. I want to mix the history with literature from the time period. How do they incorporate literature? Would it be cost-prohibitive to buy the extra books? Does MFW have discussion/review questions for lit? 6. I would like to be able to solidify their knowledge somehow, especially with the older grades--have some type of evaluations. Does MFW have study ?'s,/sheets, tests to review the history knowledge in their 5-year cycle? Please help me if you have used these curricula. Thank you!!!!!
  7. How long is a MFW day? I realize there will be longer days and shorter days, so I am looking at the span of a week and the amt of time I should plan for. This does not need to include math, la, or any other add in subjects. I'm looking at doing ECC with a 10 & 12 yo. The 12 yo might do the 7th gr add on (reading, geography extras). We wont be using Apologia for science: Elemental Sci is a better fit for her:) 10yo will also do that sci.
  8. I have three kids. We are leaving TOG. I just can't do it anymore with working full time. I know we have discussed this at length on this board. My Junior son will be a senior this fall so he will finish out his year with MFW 1850 to present. My middle school 8th grade son who will be a freshman....finishing TOG yr 3. I would love for him to continue on but realize that is impossible. So I guess I will have to start him at Ancient History and Lit right? He is not my big writer like my oldest is. He is not my humanities kid either. He is all scientific boy. Should I consider having him do 8th MFW instead of Ancient History and lit?? Now I know this doesn't fall under this board category but those of you that ussed MFW with youngers that are here can help me. My daughter is 12 and has learning disability and HFA. She is doing math at 2nd grade level, reading 4th grade level but comprehension is shaky, doing WWE1 and FLL 2nd grade, Fulbright Flying creature book for science, SOTW along with TOG but she struggled even with this and in at lower grammar. I am looking at catalog online and I would like to start her at Creation to the Greeks yr 2?? Is this doable?? Also how do I cut cost with MFW? Meaning what do I really need to buy from MFW and then what I can buy 2nd hand or elsewhere? Going to cincy next week so will spend time in booth trying to decide. I am on a tight budget right now so I can't buy the kits. Thanks! Holly
  9. Hi! My daughter is entering 7th next fall and I can't decide what to do! We have finished SOTW (loved it with the activity book) and I'm wanting to choose something that will go from 7th through high school that has good literature as well. I've ruled out Sonlight, but I've heard great things about MFW. I like the look of Omnibus by VP, but worry that it's too heavy. I want to do some great books, but 50 a week might overwhelm us! ;) I want to be able to interact with her on a deeper level, but still have 3 (maybe 4 soon) littler ones to teach so it must be a bit self directed. Nothing too teacher intensive. I've heard Bob Jones' stuff is complete, but is it a bit dry? And I long for her to read great books. And finally, how in the world do you find something that meets all the credit requirements for high school / college bound kids? Do any of these cover all the different subjects required like world, us, econ, gov? As you can hear, I'm a bit freaked out as the older years look like a gaping pit of unknowns looming before me. I'd soooooo appreciate any advice, comments, or prayer you want to throw my way. Just for extra info, we'll be using: MUS, Writing Strands and IEW, Apologia Science, Rosetta Stone, Spelling Power, Easy Grammar, and Who knows What for Logic or Vocab. Please tell me what you use and what you love about it. Please? Rondi
  10. and I wish I had a pseudonym under which to ask this... But I am really asking for my own info NOT to be mean... Does anybody else think that MFW seems rather basic...Ie the 2-8 rotation seems way too basic for a 6-8th grader, and the high school rotation seems really basic for a high schooler. I realize that MFW is making full use of all the resources shown, and that they require depth of discussion and lots of essays in high school. But I still can't see, in looking at the samples, and in looking at the materials, that it's college (like university, scholarships, and maths and sciences) prep. ...OK there it is. Please be nice! I really really am looking at MFW for next year for my kids. I would really really like to find a Christian "full curriculum" that my dh could agree to and that I would not feel the need to tweak. And that is why it has to be rigorous...otherwise I will stick with my other plans.
  11. Well, I am leaning towards MFW ECC, but don't want to miss out on some of the elements that have drawn me to WP. So, could you all help me brainstorm and figure out how I can add the things I like from WP into MFW? I want to incorporate pieces from CAW and AW into ECC. Which resources do you think I could easily fit into ECC without much tweaking? I love WP's exclusives so I want to use them where I can in ECC. I am not very familiar with ECC. For incorporating AW, does ECC already focus on the animals for a particular region? One of the things the children really wanted to do from WP was the HIH. They were drawn to the construction of the hideaways. I see in WP's AW they have a book about animal habitats. Do you know if it actually consists of building habitats that could satisfy the need to construct something to play inside of? So, for those of you familiar with both companies, can you help me decide which parts of WP I can fit into ECC? This would be for a 10yo, 8yo, 6yo, and 4yo. Thanks so much!
  12. My oldest is doing ADV this year, and our plan is to do ECC next year. That being said, does that mean that all of my younger children will never do ADV? I don't know why, but that part is confusing to me. Won't they miss out on what ADV is all about? Besides the 2nd grader, I also have a K, 3yo and 9mo. Thanks for any help! Diana
  13. My question is two-fold, I guess. I am doing MFW ECC and am not completely loving it. I don't know if it is because I'm not good at marking off boxes on a chart and I don't like skipping around from book to book each day. :confused: I've ended up putting all of geography work two days a week and two days a week with science, instead of spreading it out. So here's the question. I already have MFW CtG purchased for next year. I've always been excited about it. Is it going to be different than ECC? Better? I've heard so much about the Bible integration and how it all fits together so well. But I just can't stand the idea of Streams of Civilization--having to read it ahead of time and summarize it for my kids who will be 5th and 2nd. I'm doing that this year with Properties of Ecosystems, and frankly, it's not getting done. My kids and I groan when we get it out.:tongue_smilie: Ever since I started considering MFW I've thought of using Mystery of History instead of Streams of Civilization and SOTW. I've asked questions on the MFW forum and am convinced that the SOTW choice for the other years is a good one, but I'm still not convinced about Streams. :001_huh: Please tell me why Streams is a good choice, or if I should try go with my gut and try to fit MOH into the schedule. (Has someone already done that?) Or should I just give up on MFW as something that doesn't fit with my teaching style and go with MOH, which has always drawn me, too. Any advice will be great, I'll take it all into consideration. Thanks for listening!
  14. My head is spinning :) Hoping for some input. Quick background: We switched to HOD this year. Part of the appeal was having a curriculum geared specifically to each child's level. I was running three guides: Rev2Rev (12.5 yo dd), Preparing (10 yo ds), and Beyond (6 yo dd.) I also have a 12 yo ds with special needs and HOD was not a fit for him so he's doing other stuff. Most days we are done by lunch. I thought HOD was just what I was looking for....but 7 weeks in, I am not impressed. I have already dropped Beyond, and am really considering dropping Preparing, too. My oldest dd works in Rev2Rev independently, so I will continue that until the end of the year. My options at this point are: drop HOD and switch to MFW Exp 1850s and combine my youngest three drop HOD and switch to MOH (we used this last year and everyone liked it) keep going with HOD and just get through the year (maybe it will grow on me?) Maybe my reasons for not liking HOD will help....basically, the history feels really choppy. I'm used to MOH where we really dug in and got a clear view of history. I feel like we are just reading bits here and there, and then ds is reading all of the extension literature....but there's no real framework. I don't like the science. I'm tired of the One Small Square books and it's only week 7! It just feels really light, even though we are doing the extensions and everything. There seems to be a lot of busywork. Ds is not an academically advanced 5th grader...and yet, I don't feel like we're getting much out of HOD. I want to make our school time count for him. He struggled early on and has a lot of catching up to do. MFW would be nice because we could combine again. I miss that. I also love the missions focus. But would it be any meatier than HOD? Would it be less choppy? Would Exp to 1850s be a good fit for combining an advanced 1st grader, a struggling 5th grader, and a 4th grader with special needs? Or we could go back to MOH which we love (and the price is better, too!) But then I'd have to figure out what to do for science....and do more planning.....and MOH isn't as good a fit for my 1st grader. I left MOH because it felt like we were doing so many disconnected things, and I wanted a curriculum that pulled everything together for me. Oh my, I've rambled :) Anyone who is still reading deserves a medal! I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions from those who have used these programs! Jen
  15. Hi Ladies. This is my first post but I've spent hours reading your threads gleaning wisdom from you all. This is our first year hsing. We are about to finish MFW K, which we used as a kinder prep over the summer. I am having trouble deciding what to buy for our official kinder year. It is complicated by a couple factors... 1. My son is 6.5. I decided to hold off any academic instruction until he was 6 (following a CM philosophy). So after his birthday we started MFWK. He has loved it, breezed through it & is easily reading the word lists (mostly CVC words). 2. We haven't supplemented MFW K math at all. It is very light & we will need to start at the beginning for kinder. I'm just not sure if I should continue with MFW and use their first grade program. I heard it's a big jump from their K to 1st program, but because of his age & how easily the reading is coming to him maybe it would work? Or should I choose something else? I was really considering HOD LHFHG. But would he just go quickly through The Reading Lesson until we reach information MFW had not covered? I like a CM philosophy & because I have 3 kids including a baby I am looking for as open and go as possible. I am wondering if you all have any advice? I am most interested in MFW 1st, HOD LHFHG, Living Book (not sure if I should pick K or 1st based on his age and reading skills), and WP Hideaways or Animal Worlds. I'd love some advice! Thanks in advance!
  16. The science in MFW Adv. is really light and I was wondering about possibly adding an Apologia book. Has anyone done this in Adv. or ECC? I know in later years they do incorporate botany and earth/space. I'm wanting to do the anatomy/physiology one. Also, if I did A/P with both of my girls, I'd really only need one textbook, right? TIA!
  17. Year Four U.S./World History: Exploration to 1850 Year Five U.S./World History: 1850 to Modern Times Has anyone put together schedules for these years, for them to be done independently? We thought using these for our middle school might work out, but since we wouldn't be doing whole families, as it suggests... they'd need an independent schedule...
  18. Hey There, We're in Oregon and are doing it with our two boys; if anyone is around here, we would be interested in perhaps doing it with another family, too. But, who is doing this by themselves or with a group? We will be selecting things to do with each other, as we are meeting only two days a week. :bigear:
  19. I've been using TWTM since we abruptly began homeschooling two years ago in the middle of my oldest's first grade year. I checked it out of the library and kept it the whole semester until the newest edition of TWTM came to my mailbox. It was a Godsend and I have been pleased with using it (and tweaking it according to what fits us), but my youngest child - my only boy and the one who has the strongest personality (highly structured and outgoing) is entering K this fall, and so I'm wondering it if I should try MFW. I'm leaning toward it because I like the idea of combining both WTM style classical with CM classical (esp. since my middle child is very hands-on), and because it uses the 4th book of the SOTW, which is where we'll be in the fall, and I really want to finish that series, since it has worked well for us...also, it has supplements for my middle child (since that period in history has more mature elements), which my K'er might even participate in (he's super eager to join us). My question is...how closely does MFW correlate with WTM? Would it work to combine them? I like looking up books from the library that are in the SOTW AG, so is there any overlap between MFW books and WTM book recommendations or would I just be creating more work for myself (which would defeat my purpose in making this change)? Another reason for the change is that we've been using Apologia science instead of doing it the WTM way, but it turns out that the Young Explorers Chemistry/Physics book isn't coming out until next year (which I had been planning to use this fall for our last year of the science cycle)...and MFW makes includes a chem/phy combo for the year we're using (it's their 5th year but since we're on the WTM cycle, I'm calling it our 4th year). I'm also wanting to be savvy about spending (which means I'll probably spend eons of time I don't have looking for used options of buying everything in MFW instead of just buying their packages), so any thoughts or tips on that are also appreciated. Thanks for any input on this from WTM loyalists who have tried or currently use MFW!
  20. We've been using WTM since I started with my oldest 2 years ago. This fall, I'll be bringing my son into the mix. I'd like to have him do more of a self-directed kindergarten like my middle child did, but his personality wants more interactivity and structure, so I'm wondering how to divvy up instructional time between the three of them, since none are really at ages where they can do a whole lot independently apart from reading. I'll be using SOTW 4 with my oldest (4th grade) and am thinking of dismissing the other two from school an hour early each day, so I can do that. After scouring the forums to research it (SOTW 4 is designed for upper elementary & middle school), I've decided to just not to do history with my younger two (I've had my now early first grader doing SOTW 3 with us this year and it's been a stretch, so basically I just make her listen to the reading and answer a few questions orally - sometimes she does the coloring sheet or copies her older sister's mapwork). But even if I it do that, I'm still not sure how to juggle the other subjects. I can keep them together for science, but for language arts and math, they will all be at their own levels. I am using CLE math for the older two, as it has been working great, so it's mostly the language arts and Kindergarten instruction that I'm concerned about. I wish I could have my oldest do LA more independently since she is gifted in that area, but CLE LA is what we have now and I don't care for it. The other LA programs are more hands-on, so not sure what do with the younger ones while I do that with her, as I don't want to shorten the school day that much with my 2nd grader. ...So what ways have any of you figured out how to balance instruction time with independent work using WTM or MFW or another classical type curriculum with this set of ages? That's another dilemma I have - whether to keep with WTM or use more of a pre-planned program - Does MFW spell out what to do with each age group while working with the other?
  21. I was this close to getting MFW and then found out it jumps around in SOTW. I really don't want to do that, especially since we've read books 1-3 as they are written, in chronological order. Plus my oldest really likes bouncing back and forth between countries, and I like keeping the narrative thread, even if it isn't always obvious. I mean SWB wrote it that way for a reason, right? After my bubble burst with finding out the above, I also realized I can't justify the expense of MFW vs. doing it the WTM way, esp. because I don't think I would even use all the supplemental (but required) history books, most of which seem to have an emphasis on patriotism, missions, and Bible. Still, I like the idea of having a pre-made lesson plan and a way to tie history together with other subjects in addition to literature, so as to help with teaching multiple ages. I'm guessing, though, that there isn't anything that follows the order of SOTW 4 rather than grouping by country, or what have you...but just in case I'm wrong, I had to post this.
  22. I've made some comparisons between MFW and TOG and wanted to share some of my thoughts. Maybe this long post (sorry) will help someone else! :D MFW spends more time on the ancient time period and TOG spends more time on modern times. Here’s the breakdown of what they cover: MFW : Creation to Christ Rome to the reformation (ancient Rome, middle ages, renaissance & reformation) Explorers to 1850 1850 to modern Countries & Cultures (a geography, cultures & missions tour around the world) TOG: Creation to the fall of Rome Fall of Rome to US Constitution (450 AD – 1787 AD) US Constitution review through 19th century 20th century to modern times Observations and experiences with MFW: Planning: I have enjoyed MFW RtoR and like that it is all planned out for me. That was just what I needed this year! MFW lesson plans include Bible, history, science, latin vocabulary (some years), read-alouds, art, and music appreciation. There are usually some missionary books and/or light church history woven into the plans. You have the flexibility to use your choice of math, spelling, grammar, and writing. This means that you need to plan how you would like to integrate your writing assignments into other subjects. Their book basket approach provides parents with plenty of flexibility on “extra readingâ€. Each week, there is a list of books in the appendix that relate to other things you’re studying. Sometimes my library doesn’t have some of the books, but it has been easy enough to find alternatives. MFW schedules activities such as maps, timeline, notebooking and hands-on activities. I don't have to spend time deciding which activity to do--it's just scheduled. This I like! IMO, it is not too much and not too little. All of the worksheets, maps and timeline figures are in one place which make implementation a snap. The notebooking is very open-ended, allowing parents and students to get creative! Teacher Notes: MFW has minimal teacher notes and they usually explain how to implement the assignments. There are occasional brief background notes. For the younger ages, I feel this is sufficient. I usually get more than enough information from the reading that I do with my children to provide them with explanations and connections across other subjects. MFW combines Charlotte Mason and classical education methods using a unit study approach. Everything that you do in a week ties together beautifully. This, of course, makes it easy to discuss and explain deeper connections with my children (especially since they are still young). I must say that I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed experiencing the integration of Bible, art, music appreciation, history, read-alouds and sometimes even science that is part of MFW’s lesson plans. Discussion Questions: The MFW Rome to the Reformation package does not have comprehension questions or discussion questions that are part of the curriculum. SOTW is assigned(almost in its entirety) during the second semester, so I have used the discussion questions from the Activity Guide. (SOTW is used for each year except for Creation to Christ.) I have often wished that I had more guidance in the area of literature. I don’t usually have time to read the books my boys read, which leaves me with the inability to talk intelligently with them about their readings. Read Alouds: MFW schedules historical fiction for their read alouds, which I like very much. Some of the books have been wonderful, and others were not hits with us. I am a box checker, so I have a hard time giving myself the liberty to just switch books, but I’m coming around. J Since there are no assignments/discussion questions, etc. that relate to the read aloud books, it is okay to substitute. My Observations and experiences with TOG: Planning: TOG includes history, literature, composition, read-alouds, vocabulary, music appreciaiton, philosophy, and government. Depending on the year, TOG also includes Bible or church history. TOG requires planning. It is not open and go. IMO, there is good and bad about this. If you don’t have time to plan, then it makes “getting history done†a little more challenging. But . . . when YOU are the one putting the finishing touches on the plan, then you have the ability to select resources & assignments that fit your family's needs. (Mama knows best, right?) J At first, the idea of planning seems daunting. I like idea of having the ability to customize your own school plans without having to do it from scratch! I’m discovering that I’m a tweaker at heart, so in that regard, TOG is appealing. TOG provides a nice list of books to choose from to flesh out your history topic for the week. In additon, TOG has its own writing program, the writing assignments are integrated with your other studies. Very nice! We’ve been using IEW, so it seems that we’ll be able to follow that model quite easily, while utilizing some of the TOG writing aids and assignment suggestions. One special thing about their program, is that a Biblical worldview is woven throughout all of your studies AND spelled out in teacher notes. I appreciate this a great deal! I also like having the ability to see resources that are suggested at the dialectic and rhetoric levels, because they could be helpful for me! As I guide my children through LG and UG assignments, I can easily read some of the dialectic or rhetoric assignments to get more depth. Or . . . if I don’t have time I can consult the handy-dandy teacher notes that are part of each unit. Teacher Notes/Tools: There are many tools to use from the TOG package: map assignment suggestions, map aids, evaluations, vocabulary lists, timeline lists, hands-on projects, dramatic conversations, discussion questions & notes, background information, and much more. The resources are seemingly endless. I don’t necessarily feel that I need to review the world book encyclopedia notes in order to present basic material to my 2nd grader . . . but I see a HUGE value in them for a couple of reasons: 1. Self education – I get great info from reading along with my children, but deep concepts and difficult-to-understand topics are usually not covered in children’s sources. At a very minimum, it seems that I can only benefit from having an awareness of the deeper concepts that are part of our past. 2. The notes contain commentariee that help me to flesh out and explore Biblical worldviews that I can, in turn, share with my children. I also appreciate the one page literature worksheets that are part of the program. At the LG and UG level they include comprehension questions, light thought questions, and light literary element "stuff" such as character, plot, setting, etc. The upper levels are in more involved and include lots of nice literary analysis. Discussion Questions: All of the discussion outlines have a Biblical foundation. This is absolutely wonderful. The discussion questions are for dialectic and rhetoric students, so this is not something I will use immediately, but I have enjoyed being able to read them. One tool that I may use for my UG son would be the evaluations. Rather than use them as a “pencil & paper†test, I may use them as comprehension/thought questions. Read Alouds: TOG seems to schedule about 2-3 books per unit, and not all of them are historical fiction. I tend to like the historical fiction much better than non-fiction during our read aloud time. I’d rather use the non-fiction titles for some of the in-depth reading. My bottom line: Both TOG and MFW are excellent programs. MFW is great for someone who wants to teach K-8th together, and moves the highschooler into more independent studies. For someone who doesn’t want to plan, MFW would be a great choice. MFW integrates Bible lessons, history, music, art and even some science together nicely. MFW does still have a little flexibility for customization in the areas of notebooking, book basket, writing, math, spelling, foreign language, and grammar. They also have a schedule that lends itself to 4 or 5 day scheduling. If you want more choices, detailed background information in the teacher notes, evaluations, or the ability to keep ALL of your children together (K-12th), then TOG may work for you. TOG may be a good fit for the person who doesn’t mind planning or for someone who wants lots of customization. They integrate a Biblical worldview into history, fine arts, philosophy, government and literature. TOG has more tools that you can use in your curriculum and MFW offers select assignments to help you to cover history. Both are great programs!
  23. I'm wondering if the MFW book basket books are non-fiction or fiction or both. We're looking at RTR for next year for my 10.5 year old son. He likes historical fiction a lot but he loves non-fiction books. I'd like to be able to use both (easily) without figuring it out on my own.
  24. We can't WAIT to get into it! :hurray: DD's perusing the manual right now... I've been looking through it in bits and pieces as I've had a chance since the box arrived yesterday. Oh my goodness, this is so fantastic! Looks like she'll be writing a paper about every other week, with 6 weeks spent on preparing a 5-10 page research paper, but there's a large variety of types of papers throughout the year, concluding with a resume and employment letter for a summer job. One of the papers will be on the subject of marriage and dating/courtship after having read Pride and Prejudice. That's not the only thing she does with P&P, but I thought it was pretty neat to see that particular topic addressed, and to have her write out her thoughts on it. The research paper is 30% of her English grade, the rest of her papers are 60%, and 10% is daily work/discussion with parent. She'll be reading through the New Testament and examining the four predominant views of the end times (no slant one direction or another that I can tell) as well as some of the many different religions out there and what they believe, going through the Experiencing God book, studying church history in-depth (one of the papers is a letter to the editor of the Wittenburg Times criticizing or defending Martin Luther), and reading about many different Christians of the time period... some of which I've never even heard of. Prophecy charts are 10% of her Bible grade, memorizing the names of the NT books is 10%, completion of work/demonstration of high level thinking, service project, discussion with parent, etc. are 80%. She'll start out the year in Week 1 studying Julius Caesar, reading and watching the play, reading in the book of Mark, and then math, science and foreign language or other electives. So for those of us who've done AHL, Week 1 in WHL subjects looks pretty light compared to Week 1 last year. Then she has her first writing assignment in Week 2. The Timeline Book is 30% of her history grade! Review questions from EWH are 10%, and quizzes are 60%. Oh, and there's a LOT more mapwork this year than last. If she completes all of it, she earns 1/4 credit in Geography. Then I believe she earns another 1/4 credit in either year 3 or 4, for a half credit on her transcript in addition to History. There's an optional reading and video list in the back of the manual similar to "Book Basket" that we had in elementary. Of course the list isn't nearly as extensive as the elementary Book Basket lists, because this one is geared ONLY to high schoolers. AHL had some extra reading options listed near the front of the manual, but it wasn't a very long list and not set up Book Basket "style". There's a Bible reading plan for the parent to follow (with check-off boxes) at the back so that we can stay on the same page as our student. In Weeks 3-10 there's no specific literature assigned because those are the weeks the student is working on her research paper. However, there are notes in the Introduction suggesting that strong readers add literature during these weeks as well. There are suggestions at the back for how to do Intro to Logic and Fine Arts if you don't already have a plan in place for these electives. I might post a question about Fine Arts on the MFW board, because most of what's suggested are things we already do! I can use the recordkeeping suggestions, though. They provide both a Listening Log and a Concert/Exhibition/Performance Log which will be helpful for me to keep it all in one place. DD would love to be able to start this *today*, LOL, but I won't let her. She's got a few loose ends from 9th grade work to finish up first (been dragging her feet), so WHL is her motivation to get it done. She's *almost* there.... I gave her a deadline of April 1st. ;)
  25. I've read great things about how MFW lines up history & Bible. Are there other programs that do this just as well? I know I need to print off samples of different programs, but I'd like some input from users, too. I've looked at TOG, SCM, Biblioplan, & TruthQuest. I know there are probably others I haven't even considered. I'd really like a chronological history curriculum that integrates biblical history & secular history with as much actual Bible reading as possible. Sounds like this is exactly what MFW does. But I'm not sure it will have enough flexibility, especially with science. I guess I could add or sub science. Anyone use MFW for history & Bible only? I've also thought about combining a couple of the others (SCM/Biblioplan/TruthQuest). And TOG looks great, but I'm not sure it has as much Bible integration throughout all years. But again, I could add in appropriate Bible studies. I don't want to waste time & money on a program then do lots of tweaking. And I'm afraid I'm going to be a tweaker. TIA for any input you can give.
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