Quick answer to the states question, as I'm off to get our own schoolwork going, but it's NOT "a state per day". There are only 50 states, and Adventures is 34 weeks long. But there is a bit of repetition because, well, a state is a state is a state. Each state has a state flower and bird and a flag, so you have an information and coloring sheet for each one (included in the pack of Student Sheets). But then you also have many book and video suggestions in Book Basket to help round out your state studies as desired. You can pull up the state's capital city website, some historical sites for that state, or the state's official government site and get extra info from there. You can have them send you a traveler's pack of info for the state. I have a bookmark on the other computer that takes you to a site where you can hear each state's bird call. Just lots of fun extras that you can do with your state studies.erin.kate wrote:We LOVE MFW. Love, love, love it ... we've done K and we're in first right now. We are currently using MFW first grade for my oldest daughter, who is now 7. We are planning on using Adv next year. Our library is miserable, so finding the Appendix books is rare and the time it takes for me to find alternatives is sometimes more than I can devote. The biggest concern I have about Adv, and I'm hoping you seasoned Adv users can impart your candid thoughts here , is whether the study of a state per day becomes too cursory and repetitive and the kids lose interest. I want my daughter's first encounter with Amer Hist to be one that sparks a passion for history in her, not one that feels too brief and thus hurried.
Also, you're learning the states as they come up chronologically in context of the history of the U.S., so it all fits together.
You'll also have food recipes and hands-on projects related to the history of the states.
As to the pacing, you don't actually begin the state study until Week 12, and you cover 4 states that week. The following week is the stand-alone Thanksgiving unit which you can either do in order (if it happens to be near T'giving when you get to week 13 in your fall schedule), or if at a different time of year, you can skip the T'giving unit and come back to it at Thanksgiving time.
Then in Week 14 in the manual you cover 4 more states. Week 15 is 4 states, Week 16 is only 2 states, and Week 17 only one state.... So you can see it's the not the same every week.
You mentioned that you don't have time to devote to finding similar-topic titles if your library doesn't have the specific ones on the list.... But it shouldn't be too hard to find general topic books on each state as it comes up in the schedule, as well as children's biographies of key people from different states. Marie does have some Book Basket titles asterisked that she recommends for purchase, so you could do it that way if you prefer. For example, she has some Animated Hero Classics video titles asterisked for Ben Franklin and others. A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution is asterisked. She doesn't have It Happened in America: True Stories from the Fifty States asterisked, but you could buy that or any other anthology or non-fiction type of resource book for the states to have permanently on your shelf. I know I've gotten some beautiful picture books of the states, even coffee table type books from the library. I've seen them at Sam's Club and places like that, too.
So lots of ideas there... HTH. Now I need to get busy!