Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:06 pmJust Clay wrote:I was planning to order the Kindergarten Deluxe but the gentleman I talked to at MFW told me the Basic package will be sufficient. I was thankful for his honesty and understand that my younger two will be able to join my older two for science etc. However, several of the Deluxe items look very fun. Will I enter into the "this is too much" syndrome if I order the Deluxe? (I also do not want to accumulate unnecessary "stuff.") But, the butterfly garden, ant hill, rods, and classical music activity sheet seem more fun than work????
Thank you for sharing your thoughts,
What to get from the deluxe K package in your case?
hmmm.....First, you need to have the Lauri letters to use the basic program. Since some may people already have a set of textured lower case letters, MFW doesn’t include them in the basic package, but you need some kind of textured letter set for the K program. I’m assuming someone in the office explained that, but I’m saying it out loud anyway just in case it wasn't mentioned.
The other things... I’d pick and choose from the favorites and then just use them in a fun way. I agree with you that a lot of the things from the deluxe are fun. If you treat them as fun, then you can easily get them if you really want to buy them and are inclined to do so. But in order to "get enough to have school" it isn't needed between ADV and K.
The Ant Hill and Butterfly Garden are projects that could be done in the summer. Neither is really time consuming on a daily basis, but both are fun for the family. If you do them at a time of year that is separate from their K lesson, just remember to take pictures and review when you get there. When we did K that year, we did the butterfly in May and looked back at our pictures when we came to it in the curriculum (butterfly is lesson 21 or something).
There is classical music activities included in Adventures Deluxe package as well. I don’t know which one I would end up choosing between music in ADV or the one in K. But it is nice from time to time to pull out the K music in my house on a rainy day or cold winter afternoon to have something to do. So, it’s a fun extra for us to contrast with the composer study in the upper years.
The Cuisenaire rods and the book that comes with it … I think those are good to have from the deluxe if you are already inclined to want to get them. I use the rods for teaching math sometimes. The kids will play with them and the book from time to time. I guess I’d toss a coin and decide on that based on funds. One advantage with getting the rods and book is that it might be something that one of the 7 year old could do with the 4 year olds if you needed to work separately with the other 7 year old on an individual subject or something. But that depends on the dynamics of your children too. (don't overspend or buy duplicates of things you might already have)
If you decide that you want to get any of the deluxe package, just keep in mind that they are to add some fun to the day or certain lessons. Don’t overspend.