I have to agree with BostonMom about feeling blue... :(
I was so sad to see this year in Adventures come to a close. We have had a marvelous year! After enjoying MFW1 so much, I didn't think it could get any better. It thrills me to say I was wrong.
Some things we loved:
The focus on Jesus. As I posted earlier, this is just so rich. So many abstract concepts were given a concrete place in the hearts of my children, and that is just priceless. Having my children know the Lord is the POINT, our highest goal. MFW has been such a blessing in this area. Sometimes, wanting to communicate great truths to my children, I can overwhelm them with my words. Marie's explanations are simple & easy to understand, yet the meat is not watered down. Plus, there's plenty of room to personalize & infuse our personal take on things. In a way, I feel like I've received an education in imparting truth to my children by following Marie's example.
The "bridge." After doing MFW1, the pace of ADV was a perfect next step. I can see why jumping into ECC after 1st for a first-born would be a bit overwhelming. ADV warms you up to having the different subjects throughout the day, yet the lessons are short enough that a 7 year-old can do it successfully & even really enjoy school! Having looked at ECC, I know we're ready now. :)
The read-alouds. Can I just say wow? We have thoroughly enjoyed snuggling up with these books. We read at bedtime and what sweet time we shared. Sometimes we laughed & got way silly, other times we cried imagining what the character must have been feeling. We loved this so much...
The recommended add-ons. I know all families are different, but we enjoyed great success with Primary Language Lessons, Singapore Math, and Spelling by Sound & Structure. PLL was light enough not to be dreaded, but meaty enough to say we learned a lot! PLL was very easy to adapt to fit our needs. Singapore was a great stretch for this mom! I am not a math person, but my son is. We both enjoyed math this year. He has learned SO much & we both got a new way of thinking. ;) SbSaS was delightful! Having workbooks that mention God, Jesus, the church was so refreshing. Plus, the approach to spelling was, IMO, not too much, not too little.
The projects Whether it was science or history, or maybe even a recipe representing a state we studied, we have loved our projects this year! Floating aluminum foil ships in the tub, eating "plant cell" jell-o, making hasty pudding, building wigwams & tee-pees were just a few of the things we had fun doing in ADV. There are too many to list - but man! What a blast!
I could literally go on and on...it was a great, GREAT year!