I'll try to give a short answer.kellybell wrote:In a recent post I was of the camp of if it is "working" then you should stick with it, filling in any gaps that you see. Not everyone agreed.
I've got a general question for everyone:
When DO you consider changing something (a math program, a writing program, a total curriculum)? Do you change because you saw something that looks good? Do you change due to boredom (your boredom or dc's boredom)? Do you change when the tears flow (yours or dc's)? Do you change when the standardized test comes back with low numbers in a certain subject?
I'm interested in hearing others' philosophies...!
All in kindness,
We've been homeschooling for 2 years now. Initially I tried to mimic everything my son had been doing at his former school. It is a private Classical Christian school. I picked a couple of different things, but for the most part have been chained to their ways - and the classical model was my bible.
It wasn't until the beginning of this school year that I began to question things.
* It started with a desire to teach the history cycle "together" with my children. That began the process of researching and looking at other options.
* My daughter was being made to recite facts that she didn't understand.
* My son was reading all the time, but not really understanding what he was reading...everything was a list to be checked off.
My son (will be 7th grade) had done well in the "school" but I knew deep down inside that I wanted to do things differently for my daughter (will be 3rd grade). He'd done grammar since 1st grade - geez!
There are way too many things to write about in this post - but the main thing is that God worked in MY life to refine a lot of what I was thinking had to be taught...methods, curriculums...and I was missing what was important with my kids! He gently brought me to realize that it is their hearts I need to be most concerned about. The academics will be placed firmly on top of the foundation layed by HIM.
I'm not sure when, or how, but I discovered MFW. I was intrigued. Immediately I knew MFW was for us. As a result, we are switching to MFW, doing ECC in the Fall and planning to continue through highschool. And I'm selling EVERYTHING else at our local curriculum sale next weekend.
God has confirmed over and over again that we are being obedient by choosing to use MFW. It's worth the switch, and the investment. I love that it integrates everything. I love that it will be flexible for both kids. I love that God is the important stuff! I love the layout of the TM.
So to answer your question - when do I switch?
* When I see holes in the learning...
* frustration on my part and theirs from not having things gel together...
* and when I see that I need to be obedient to what God has revealed to me. In this case I was in bondage over using what a school uses - their "idea" of education - and I was missing the hearts of my kids. I pray that I will be diligent in using MFW and that God will bless our years of homeschool.
I hope I've made sense.