Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:44 pmJust Clay wrote:We are planning our for our first year of homeschooling. Our family consists of two sets of "like twins" (our children are adopted and very close in age). My older two (ds7, dd7) will be doing Adventures. I am still questioning what to do with my younger two.
DD will be 5 in July. DS will be 5 in September. If we were to do "traditional" school, I would hold DD back and they would begin K together in the fall of 2009. I am considering doing MFWK with them. I think they are ready for more than the preschool program and I like the idea of the additional structure in the K program. But, as I read the archives, I wonder if I am starting too soon. How feasible is it to stretch the K program into 2 years? Other ideas?
First of all - I feel an immediate kinship with you. Mine are adopted from Vladimir region of Russia. My first two are same grade/development spans as your two sets even though they are one year more between.
The only thing I really wish to offer in addition is that it may be probable that your second set would benefit by waiting to start together with MFW-K not just for your convenience and their delight to be together - but, my experience with my adoptees is they do tend to be a bit developmentally behind than "normal" even if they are usually just as academically bright. But, mine are from an Eastern European with a background of abuse and neglect - which just simply means they need lots of prayer and more specialized educational methods for them to reach their potentials.
My profile will show the similar plan that Crystal suggested - and I can tell you also from experience it worked.
My oldest then 7 1/2 ds was completing MFW-1 having started in the fall at the usual time. My dd was only 4 1/2 in the fall and only joining in on it until mid-January when she was 5 and 1 month more when I let her begin MFW-K then still joining in with big brother now 8 doing the second half of MFW-1 science, etc. I happen to have a third - who at this time was just happy to be toddling around.
The following year ds did Adventures, and dd did MFW-1 joining in with big brother Adventures science, etc. This year my third one began to stab at pre-K stuff from MFW to help him with his motor delays now being in OT as was oldest for sensory integration deficits.
The last two years we did ECC and I took time out to do remedial reading with my daughter (and to do this we tried an independent program with oldest ds with disaster and came back to ECC with great success), and a year of S-LT that she just finished and who turned out to have mild dyslexia, auditory processing deficits and ADD - and now we realize also has dyspraxia. [
Meanwhile my third continued with OT for a full year and will pick it up again being on the waiting list for his own list of labels (visual processing deficits, visual-motor processing defictis, and sensory integration deficits) to overcome, pre-K the first part of these last two years, then took the last year and a half doing MFW-K and still finishing with him.
I always seem to ramble - but, my point - it has been a very happy experience once I finally realized I was free to lengthen not only MFW-K, but also ECC as well to accomodate and specialize the homeschool needs of all three special learning needs children which is challenging enough. But, I think we are all free to lengthen according to any needs our children have as they make themselves apparent. I was reminded recently by a dear friend - it is one of the beauties of homeschooling.
To encourage myself - and now you - I read again the article by Pam Gates (she works for Diane Craft of HSLDA special needs coord. whose stuff I was re-reading) and how she took time out to do remedial work with her dd (who sounds very similar to mine) to encourage others that this is not taking away from the other children. I also re-read all my FRUA (Families for Russian and Ukranian Adoptions) Family Focus magazines I saved about how to educate with alphabet soup labels - and they all say the same thing. Academics are important, but they do not need to be done at any one particular pace. They are a balance of all areas the child needs to grow to his or her potential.
Point? Fly when they fly, crawl when they crawl - and in the end - both the hare and the tortoise will get there - the tortoise, as you know gets there first in the long run.