Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:17 am
annaz wrote:I've been looking at another Biblically-based program that looks really good and looks to cover some of the same topics as MFW. Can anyone shed some comparisons on why you did or didn't choose Adventures or ECC?
We’re all different.
I’d like to point out some obvious, but important differences. It might be something that is a light bulb moment for someone. So here goes....
*MFW is preschool through high school. Some of us are already past the age for the other program you mentioned.
*MFW has ECC, which is a year long program devoted to learning geography and current world cultures. Let's not forget that people live today too and places still exist even if they are called something else.
*MFW teaches world history in more than one year to cover events from creation through modern.
Now the more subjective part of me.
This is *not* a comparison of MFW to any program. This is just why I like MFW. That seemed to be part of your question as well. Why do you like MFW? Or in my case, why have you stopped shopping for other programs? Maybe that was a different thread yesterday, but it is all tied in so much. You saw that thread, right? Content with the greener grass of MFW?
Anyway…. Since it seems to be a common question right now, here are some reasons that I continue to click with MFW and don’t really have a need to shop around.
*programs are piloted before release to the market. Thank you pilot families for working out the kinks.
*ECC as a foundational year before starting a cycle of world history. I liked that my child and I got to know about the people and places around the world and to develop a heart for seeing them through God’s eyes. I wanted a year program on that instead of a just blending geography and map work into history. I want to my children to know about people and places today as well as knowing about history. Both are important.
*I really like that the Bible is used as a spine and that other world history is taught alongside once they are old enough for secular history. With MFW, you’ll do more than just weaving Bible stories in and out of secular history. You read the Bible. You don’t just read “about the Bible”. I like that it grows with the stages of learning. In first grade, it is Bible stories in a phonics based reader. Then in CTG you read a lot of the Old Testament. Then in High School ancients, you will read the entire Old Testament.
*Low to no planning to do with a MFW teacher's manual. It is laid out for you. I like the design of a grid and then daily notes. Maybe 5-10 minutes per week to just glance over what we are doing.
*It doesn't bother me to have to add the occasional item to my grocery store list. 99% of the time what is needed is already in my house anyway.
*There is a simple materials list as part of the weekly design. Again, very low prep on my part!
*I like the detailed notes that Marie gives us.
*I don't mind going to a library and being able to return books. I like that MFW packages the required books for the program. But I like the flexibility of book basket.
*I like a combination of texts, living books, and hands on stuff. I like that it is a combination of learning styles.
*I like that it is about developing a Christian worldview, not just a program with good Bible stuff. You have inductive Bible study meets discipleship stuff, plus memory work. And seeing how people lived their faith. I like that.
*I like that the Bible in Adventures is integrated directly to the science in Adventures. Other years it is related to history.
*I like the State Study in MFW’s programs. And doing a large research project on our state.
****I like the missions emphasis in MFW because that helps to have discussion in our family about living for God. It is not just head knowledge, but service and discipleship. To me that is a key thing. MFW has helped our family to carry over all kinds of discussions to our daily lives. Talking about missionaries (and Bible translators) and how to support them was not a part of our daily lives until we were using MFW. Sadly, our family might otherwise just shove those things in a box and put God in one box and the rest of our school day in other box and then dismiss school. With MFW, that changed for the better.
*I like that the MFW Singapore daily lesson plan is a separate guide from the rest of the manual. Very convenient for families with more than one child in Singapore, or a child who starts in book B of whatever level, or moves through at their pace. It might seem “inconvenient” to some, but I think it is a blessing that way to have the math lessons scheduled separately.
*MFW is working for us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When everyone around me was buying a Honda minivan, it didn’t fit me. I bought a Mazda because it fit me. MFW continues to work for me and fit what I want to do. It is an answer to prayer. Because MFW feels like a gift from the Lord, I am content.
I need to stop now. After 5 years, and using the following programs: ECC and Pre K, CTG and K, RTR and 1st, EX1850 and currently in 1850-MOD, I can confidently say MFW is a really good program.