Chelle,HeyChelle wrote:I love that it is Bible based and the content. But I thought it would be an easier curriculum for me to deal with. We have homeshcooled from the beginning, but my dd-8 has allowed me to be a very hands-off teacher. She is smart, self-motivated, and works well independently. I can give her an assignment and she goes off and completes it, then brings it back for review.
I guess I feel like I can't teach her all the history b/c it is more teacher-driven and requires we actually sit down together? But why do I have to do it that way? (Thinking out loud here!!) What if I just give her the teachers manual and tell her to do it all on her own? lol - I'm sure that didn't come off sounding the way I want it to. I'm 'here' with her all day and she does most of her work in the kitchen. So I'm there, just not sitting beside her holding her hand and leading the lessons. The moment I sit down with her the littles pounce on us. And again, she actually works better independently. I could schedule the days work and make sure we get to the library as needed, or buy whatever books she needs, but then just let her lead herself through the history and basically through the teacher's manual?
I was hoping someone could help me flush out my issues. Either we need to adapt MFW to meet our needs, conquer these issues and move forward with MFW, or ditch it for something that would fit better. Appreciate the help!!!
1. Rejoice that you have an independent kid. Yay! I only wish. My oldest can do some things, but she needs me with her for much of the day. (I have a 4 year gap between her and my twins - she's in 5th, boys in 1st (6 yo).
2. As you get into CTG/RTR/etc. you won't want to just "hand over" Bible and history to your dd [with any program]. While my dd would be perfectly capable of doing the readings, I wouldn't want to just let her read those with out me asking questions and us discussing the topics (ancient Egyptian gods, Roman gods, Islam). My dd really struggled spiritually with some of those things, and it was good I was there.
So, maybe with Adventures and a mature/advanced 8 yo, you can hand over a lot of it for her to take care of. But, as you get into the rest of the cycle, realize that the younger ones will join in, and that you're going to want to be going through Bible and history with her to guide her through those topics. And maybe at this time of life it is okay. (And if your 5 yo isn't ready to sit still, wait until 6 to start K.)