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  1. To start with, I should acknowledge that I am not currently a homeschooler. I have a 7 year old son who just started second grade in public school (I also have a one year old daughter). He's had a lot of rough spots in school due both to his dyslexia (discovered at the end of kindergarten, and no great surprise given that both dh and my brother are dyslexic so it comes from both sides) and also to the fact that he's an active boy and sitting in school for seven hours a day is rough for most young boys. Anyway, we seriously considered pulling him out and I looked at a lot of curricula in depth and never decided which one would be best for sure. However, dh is really pro public school (both his parents are retired teachers), and, though I had a preference for homeschooling, we ultimately agreed to give public school another try for second grade. We'll reevaluate after the first quarter. All that said, I'm a compulsive planner, and would love to have a plan in place on the chance that we either pull out at some point during second grade or go through second grade but then decide to bring him home for third. After much research, I've narrowed my choices down to three pretty different curricula that I like for different reasons (and also dislike for different reasons, hence the lack of a potential plan :)). I'd love to hear anyone's take on these. 1) Moving Beyond the Page, starting with the 6-8 level (if started this year sometime) The project based learning looks like it's right up DS's alley. He loves to do projects. He also loves books, despite being able to read on only a very basic level, so a lit based program seems like it could be a good fit. I'm a Christian, but I'm very open to secular curricula. I figure I'm teaching my son about Jesus while he's in public school and doing a pretty good job, there's no reason I NEED a curriculum that helps me with this. I both like and dislike their approach to history and social studies. I don't feel like a classical history cycle from first grade on is essential (I know this is a classical board, but there seems to be some diversity of opinion on this :)), but it does kind of bother me that he wouldn't have any real history until 4th grade if I stuck with MBTP (which is when he'd hit the 8-10 package, covering early American history). Also, the 7-9 level is a big jump in reading compared to 6-8. Sure, he MIGHT make that jump this year (he's doing tutoring outside of school with Barton Reading and Spelling, currently about halfway through level three, for those who know it), but then he might not. 2) Oak Meadow, starting with second grade if I started this year. I love that creative, artsy things seem to be mixed in everywhere. I love the nature focus in the science, as DS is an animal freak and loves all things related to the outdoors. I also really appreciate that LA and math are taken at a slower pace and some see them as "behind." I think this could be a good fit for a kid like mine who struggles in these areas. It appears to slowly work its way to being pretty consistent with grade level (maybe not in Math, but you can eventually move ahead in that), and a slow progression could be a good thing for ds. Even though it's only Waldorf inspired and not true Waldorf, anything Waldorfy kind of gives me the creeps. I really think I'd like a lot of the practical aspects of Waldorf, but Steiner's worldview was about as different from mine as you can get, so I'm wary of things inspired by his educational program while at the same time liking a lot of what they have to offer. Just as with MBTP, ds wouldn't hit much history in the early years, though some of the ancient cultures studies look fascinating. 3) MFW, specifically Adventures I love that it hits history without delving into the violent parts of history that I think would be difficult to cover with this age. It seems like it would be a good balance of history exposure while still keeping the innocence of childhood. While I don't feel like integrated Bible study is essential, the Names of Jesus study looks really cool. I love that art and music are part of the schedule. These are ds's favorite special classes at school. I think their suggested LA (Serl's language lessons) could be a good fit for DS, especially since a lot of it can reportedly be done orally. Since it's designed for second or third grade, it could work to either start it partway through this year or the beginning of next year. It seems as if there's a fair amount of adjustment allowable based on a child's writing and reading levels, which doesn't seem to be as true for the other two potential choices. I could see following up Adventures with ECC, but I couldn't see sticking with MFW long term because of the strong young earth stance in their history and science. I lean more toward theistic evolution. I feel like I could probably tweak anything YE in Adventures or ECC, but it would just be too much to tweak starting with CTG. This doesn't mean I CAN'T use MFW for those years, but I'd love to just be able to pick a curriculum and use it for many years, and that would not be the case with MFW, whereas it could be with MBTP or Oak Meadow. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  2. I'm considering Beautiful Feet and My Father's World for high school history. My children work best with the literature approach, as opposed to the textbook approach. I would like to hear from some people who used the high school curriculum from these companies - what did you like and dislike about them? Also. . .what is the English like in high school with MFW? Is there actually grammar work, or is it all writing?
  3. 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:
  4. 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!
  5. 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. ;)
  6. Hello! I am interested in using this next year for my 13 and 12 yoc. I really haven't seen much review/comments on it and was wondering if anyone could tell me what they liked or didn't about it. I will also have an 8 turning 9yo joining in as well. I realize some of it wouldn't be appropriate for his age, so will use with discretion. I don't know if its just that not many have used it, or if it just is too new to have much discussion. Also, we didn't use year 4 MFW to lead up to -but another American history program. Will not having done that year's state/president sheets be a big problem if we just jump in? Thank you for any advice or recommendations!!
  7. I am doing ECC with an 8 yr old and a 10 yr old. We are not learning much from Properties of Ecosystems because it is so far above their heads. The vocabulary words are very difficult and after reading the selections for the day, my children cannot narrate much at all. I will continue with what we have this year, but are all of the other years of science in MFW just like this? I had planned on going through the cycle...
  8. I have been looking at this more and more and I am really starting to love this to the point I am considering it. I use alot of it already, and I have some other books that go along with it. So I am wondering how people like this as a whole. As of right now I am planning on using their history for my now 7th grader when she is in high school. Any thoughts on this? This would be weird for me because I am in no way a boxed curriculum person- although I guess this is a bit different. Thoughts? Thanks
  9. My dd will be coming up to high school in a year or so. (we homeschool year round) I have a friend who basically did nothing different for high school for her kids, not PSAT, SAT, or ACT. No writing of papers longer then a page, no algebra 2, nothing strenous. That was a little too lite of highschool for me. I don't really want to go that road, but my dd is not super motivated nor is she super academically inclined. More of a creative bent with piano and writing. I am trying to decide on a course of high school for her. We are currently using sonlight but I worry about rigor of core 300 and 400. She can't always "read between the lines" with some books and find the deeper meanings. I am also looking at MFW for high school which might be a little less overwhelming. The goal here is success and to do well. I always find it to walk the fine line of challenging without overwhelming and defeat. I would rather she do well with something a little less rigorous and be defeated with something just too hard for her. Her goal is to attend a Christian college but she isn't sure for what ...yet. Any ideas, any advice, any BTDT? Anyone with an average child academically?
  10. I am currently using TOG Year 1 with my DC(see ages in my signature). We love it. My only problem is that I am not sure that I can see myself using the program as it is intended for high school. I am feeling like we are learning lots this year, but I find that I am really only using TOG as a book list and I tend to do maps and notebook pages with the kids, with a few projects thrown in here and there. It feels like a really expensive book list. I can see the benefits paying off if I was to do the cycle again in high school(and I am being educated now), but I don't think that I am leaning towards that level of rigor in my history/lit studies. My children all seem to be a little more math/science inclined. I still want the basic components of TOG, but maybe in a little lighter program. Is this MFW? I would be moving into RtoR with them next year and would continue the cycle and finish it when my oldest is in 9th Grade. My oldest would go to the 2 year high school world history program with MFW and then I would cover Canadian history in 12th Grade. I would really like to find a program and stick with it, if that is even possible. :tongue_smilie:
  11. I am new to all of this. I am planning on starting homeschooling next school year (2011-12). My children are older, 9 & 10. My youngest is going to be 2. My older 2 will be 5th and 6th grade when I start. I am really interested in knowing if any families use the Abeka full curriculum, using the videos and books together. I know alot of families use part of this one, but I would like to use it as a whole. Another one I am interested in is My Father's World, as a whole. Please give any feedback that is helpful, neg. or pos., so I can weigh my options. Thanks so much in advance :001_smile: God Bless
  12. I love the multi level aspect of MFW. But I can't work out exactly how they cater to the different age levels from the samples online. Is it that they have chosen books and activities which appeal to a large age range? Or are there different student sheets for the different levels? Are they notes in the book basket list that indicate which levels each book might suit? My dc are still too young for both of them to do ECC but it looks like it would really suit them in a year or two when my younger dd is in grade 2. And it would probably suit me because it looks so easy to use ! TIA Jane ps I know about the 7th- 8th grade supplement. I am more interested in the grade 2 - grade 6 levels at this stage.
  13. I'm still debating. I know they incorporate some la within the program itself via summaries etc.... However, I'm not very keen on the All In One English for my 7th grader and Writing Strands did not work for him. Please share what you use alongside.
  14. Maybe it will all become clear to me as we get into it-- I've read this board for a few months; I've wanted to read WTM for a few years but haven't wanted to spend the $$. We've been using SL along with CLE Math, R&S English, and some other things--but don't want to use SL next year for a few reasons. Bit the bullet and bought Adventures in MFW for my K- and 2nd- grader to hopefully do together, and have seen references to it being "classical". And knowing that I need to find out what that means as we get started on that this fall. And I just ordered WTM off Amazon because I'm tired of wanting to read it but not having it in hand-- All I know is MFW looks great; I can't WAIT to get started on it. So just answer me this (and any other info you feel led to share, lol)--is MFW classical? Will reading WTM and jumping in to MFW suddenly clarify all this for me? Thanks-- Betsy
  15. Hi there, I am a newish homeschooler, well we've done this for two years now, but I still feel like I am walking around in cirlcles! Anyway we have four girls ages 7, 5.5, 4, 2.5 and then a boy 10 months old. Needless to say it gets crazy around here! I am very interested in using Adventures in My Father's World, but then I also think I like Story of the World (which I see that MFW does do later) and Mystery of History. I really like that MOH outlines everything by showing God's hand in history. But then I found out that it is not a complete set yet! Which isn't so bad for the first 3 years, but aren't there 2 more volumes to go? Someone said that it would take the author 3-4 years per volume to finish! So what would we do once we are done with 1-3? So because of that I have looked at SOTW. I hated history when I was in school, but I am really excited about a "story" and I think it would make it much more grabbing (for my short attetion span as well as the kids!). So I just wondered what you all thought. Also would it be just as easy and a whole lot cheaper to do SOTW or MOH and Apologia's elelmentary sciences with my girls rather than MFW? Just wondering! Thanks! Shannon Mallory
  16. I think we will finally be finishing up our cycle of History this year. It's been a messy and unorganized journey with lots of moves, public school, and a public school homeschooling programing. My oldest is in 6th this year although he really is more of a 5th grader due to Asperger's and problems associated with that. He can read well. He is intelligent. But, he is a stubborn perfectionist that struggles with writing and math because of the writing portions. We have a new baby due at the end of June. I'm considering TOG or My Father's World just so I have some sort of organization. We moved again this year and should be here for a few years. I'm tired, I don't really want to plan. I do want to see more getting done around our household. I feel like my oldest especially could use some consistency in the learning department. My dh is the only one working/in school right now. Our income is very limited and I don't want to purchase a ton of books or extra curriculum. We are very happy with MUS for math and I've been able to stretch out each years curriculum for all the boys. Any thoughts? As a side note...I'm actually a pretty organized person. I've managed to go back to school for the last 3 years and we homeschooled all but a 1/2 year for that time. I think I'm burnt out and I actually have some time to spend with my children yet everything seems like such a mess even though I have a lot less to do. (Well, until that baby gets here:tongue_smilie:)
  17. Could you post your blog here. This looks like an excellent program and I'm interested in have a list to share with some new hsers.
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