BusyMom2Many wrote:I'm new here and curious about big families using MFW. I'll have 5 students in the 2nd-8th grade range and a couple younger ones. I was thinking of using ECC. We use textbooks right now and I feel like there is just too much going on with all the different books for multiple subjects. Will it help to combine a few subjects? Does using the recommended LA and math program fit better with MFW? Any advice on choosing this when you have a big family? Or tell me how it works better for your family. Thanks!
Dyan wrote:I am new to MFW, and will be combining MFW 1st and ECC this year. I will have a 5th grader, and two 3rd graders in ECC, and a 1st grader, as well as a 4 year old (learning to read), an ACTIVE 2 year old, and a new baby due in January! I called MFW, and the gentlemen I spoke to suggested that I do only the phonics/math/reading portion of MFW 1st with my daughter, and let her tag along with ECC if she wanted for the rest. He said it should take 60-90 minutes each day to do the 1st grade part, and that I could do it while my olders are doing independent work like math, language, and book basket. I have looked at the times given for each subject for ECC, and those seem to be the best blocks of time where I could work with my 1st grader, providing my younger two cooperate . The only problem I have is that the math I am using is not totally independent, and requires about 10 to 15 minutes of teaching/helping time for me for each grade.
We are using MFW suggested resources for everything except for language and math (unless MFW 1st grade math is better - opinions please?). Also using Spelling Power for 3 older kids for the first time. We are not doing a foreign language this year. My husband thought it would be too ambitious along with learning a new curriculum, etc.
For all of you who have done MFW 1st and ECC, does this sound like it will work? My main goal is not to have school drag on all day long, while we accomplish everything that we need to do. I want to be done by lunch because by the afternoon we are all tired. Am I being overly ambitious? Is is possible to combine the two programs and still be done by noon if we start at 8? I know that having my toddler and pre-schooler (and later a newborn) in the mix, and dealing with dawdling from all will slow us down, but I really want to make and try to stick to a realistic schedule. I would also like to incorporate my older kids rotating playing with the younger ones, but I can't seem to find a time to do that and have us all end school at the same time (since there are so many shared subjects).
If anyone has a sample schedule they'd like to share or any suggestions at all, I love to hear them!
Thanks so much!
dstj wrote:This is our 3rd year to use MFW - I really love it. We haven't been able to take advantage yet though of the family cycle:) We did K last year with 5 year old and oldest was in 8th grade. Now oldest is in 9th grade and next oldest is 1st grade, then have 4 year old, 18 mon old, and new baby expected in January.
I feel like if I do well with 1 then I'm neglecting the others. I started off doing my best with 9th grader - spent time keeping up with her work, going over her English writing assignments etc, science experiments, and algebra I corrections. While I was doing this the younger ones were left on their own and my 1st grader was just hit & miss - we would skip several days and then get another day done.
After Thanksgiving I've been focusing more on her and we have been much more consistent. I still feel like I don't do enough with my little ones and my 9th grader is completely on her own. I haven't checked any of her work.
I know it is supposed to be more independent. But I feel like I'm not doing enough. So I begin to doubt and think maybe she is better off in school. Then I hope that at least whatever she is getting on her own is better than nothing.
Part of me wants to just focus on my kids and getting ready for baby but then feel like I also need to keep working on our school.
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