Do you plan to go to Memphis convention next month? It might be easier when you see all of it in person. take a print out of answers you get on both forums and take a look.jenniferblake wrote:I used MFW K and liked it OK. He was an older K (6) and is apparently gifted, but has dyslexia as well. I pieced together my own stuff for 1st or 2nd grade. We are looking to do some American History for 3rd grade, which led me back to MFW with Adventures. He's the only kiddo I have, so I don't need to worry about combining anything. He loves the living books, and is eager to learn anything about history and science and I need to present information slightly above his grade level to keep him from getting bored (his favorite shows are mythbusters, top shot, jeff corwin, pawn stars, time warp trio, time blazers etc.)
Here's my issues I'm planning to use whatever curriculum the Dyslexia Foundation recommends for our phonics/spelling/writing, which I won't know about until after our summer reading program. I'm also happy with our Math and our Bible curriculum. I'm also pretty pleased with our science curriculum. This leaves me just wanting something to tie in the more humanities programs- social studies/history, art, music, literature. I know MFW is designed for me to plug in my own math/LA so that is perfect. I don't remember the Bible part taking too long, so I should be able to still use my Bible 2x a week without him getting burned out. I LOVE that program! I know MFW uses lots of living books, which I love since I have access to a fantastic library system here in Memphis.
Here's what I like on the front end:
MFW- curriculum is "subject heavy" for 4 days, and a lighter 5th day which lets me have time for my co-op.
has hundreds of book suggestions (but I can do this on my own using a simple library search if need be)
hands on activities
incorporates overview of the 50 states
inludes classical music into the program
Things I am NOT crazy about on the front end:
MFW- does not include poetry, hymns weekly
does not offer different read aloud options
does not include reading program that ties in (with emerging readers or otherwise)
Anyone have suggestions for using MFW and adding in the poetry or a way to change out the read alouds? We've already read Farmer Boy and Plum Creek- which my son LOVED. Also any suggestions on using my own science etc. I don't have access to the Adventures stuff to look at it. I think I'd like to get a better idea- especially using the main "spine" book that is proprietary to MFW for the history. The website just includes one lesson and that doesn't show any of the student materials either. Thanks for reading my long rambling saga
Can ADV be used with all else you are doing and still be plenty for "gifted 3rd grader"? Well, probably.... you can use other books rather than ones in book basket. I know my oldest was a lot like that at that age. She liked reading all levels of books. Wanted more.. told her to read it on her own and learn other stuff. another crazy option is to do something like a video series or discovery education streaming to present more information. (we're liking Horrible Histories).
so for those dislikes of MFW.. here are ways to turn those around and tweak....
MFW does hymns in EX1850, and 1850MOD. Then Sings My Soul is used. You could use it in Adventures. How? here
that's the order in year 4...
Poems.. well, MFW's poetry is done in the recommended language arts. Not always 100% unit study themed. The first thing in my mind is the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - that will be a nice poem for history. I know it's in the EX1850 program. too lazy to see if it is in ADV too.
reader tie in -- well, MFW does reading in lots of ways. Book basket thing - independent reading, and very tied into the study. Then, a list of other classics in children's that will be at many levels.
Art - do you mean you don't want to use the art program in ADV deluxe?
other read alouds... this is my advice, take it or leave it, ignore at will... yada yada yada..... I can list some other books that match... if/when you do something like EX1850 in the future, it is ok to re-read them and then add in a jr. high study like Progeny Press. I never have regretted with my advanced oldest the opportunity to re-read a book later on. Johnny Tremain. (that's a book title) and instead of other Little House Books - maybe Bound for Oregon. (again... if you are using MFW in later years, it's ok to re-read them.) I'd encourage you to read and enjoy the other books in ADV. Mountain Born - that's going to be tie in with names of Jesus theme. Some of the others -- it's ok even when our smart kids hear at age level.
Science - I'd recommend doing ADV science if you do ADV. It ties in with understanding names of Jesus and helping to think of our Creator when we do science. Then, you can easily add in more science. It's a "get done with science" and then "play more science". Suggestions based on what I did and worked?
Janice VanCleave books. Memphis is showing about 53 of her titles. Wolf River system showing 34 titles. I might start with something as easy to implement as her book Science Around the Year. Then, as your son develops other topics in science that he likes... she probably has an experiment book on it.
don't overlook doing things like going to Lichterman Center for nature walks etc.
oh dear.. you mentioned Memphis... I got carried away telling you about places and libraries you already know.. stupid me....
When my oldest wanted more science, we added more hands on in small ways that we could return to the library and get another one. Also, if you go with ADV, use the internet links in the one book in the science package.
At this age, they are going to get a lot from science from experiments and repeating them again in different ways. (My dh works downtown at a children's research hospital.. so we're big science geeks around here. With gifted label, it's just as effective to let them learn how to set up and clean up and do it again in different ways... at least in my opinion from that label on me as a child.... )
wow.. I sure am babbling .