Hi, we have been homeschooling for 7yrs. We have used MFW on and off several times. I am at the point that I really need an open and go planned out guide for us. So we are returning to MFW.
I have 8 kids and as of this coming fall will be in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. We also have a 4 and 2 yr old and our baby is 3 months. Our 9th grader will be using MFW for HS. Our 7th grade daughter has asked if she can do ECC on her own. I know this isn't the norm. She and her 9th grade sister just worked through a core basically on their own so I am confident she can handle it. Just not sure it is the right way to go or not.
I would really love to do Adventures with my 1, 3, and 5th grades this year. They are all boys and I think they would really enjoy it. I know I would need to add in some things for our 5th grader.
Does this seem doable? Again I know it is not the normal route to go but it seems like what might fit our family right now. Our family has been through quite a bit in the last few years. I am looking forward to taking a year to just relax and truly enjoy our life.
Plan B: I could also do a condensed version of Adventures between now and fall. There are 27 weeks between March 4th and Sept 9th. I could combine a few weeks of Adv. and then we could all start ECC in fall together. That makes a lot more sense I think. I would love any feedback and ideas you guys can share.
I'll just give some thoughts I have and see if any of it helps.
I like the idea of doing ECC together. I think it is very valuable to learn about and pray for the different people groups around the world as a family. Not only will your children be learning from you how to have a heart of compassion for others around the world and how to pray for them, but also the youngers could learn from their older siblings how to care and pray as they model this for them. Even your high schooler could join in on this aspect of ECC (the praying for others around the world).
Another reason I like the idea of doing ECC together is the fact that your children will be learning about other world religions. I would want to be learning this alongside my children, including my 7th grader, to make sure they understood the difference between these other religions and Christianity and be there to answer any questions they might have and make sure there is no confusion between our faith/beliefs and the other religions.
I said in a past post that I thing ECC is a good year to tweak either way: for youngers and for olders. There is the fun, hands-on component for the youngers and it can be taken more indepth with the olders. There is also the 7th/8th grade supplements for the Jr. High students.
Your 7th grader will be independent in a lot of things starting in Jr. High. She will have her own math and science and writing. Also, there will be some components of ECC that she can do on her own.
We have not done Adventures, but it is my understanding that much of it is repeated in EXP1850 and 1850Mod. We are doing EXP1850 this year with an 8th grader, 6th grader, and a 3rd grader using the 2nd/3rd grade supplement. It has been a good year for all my boys.
I wonder if you could start ECC now and continue through the 5 year cycle. Then there is a possibility your 5th grader would be able to finish the cycle, including those last 2 years of history (or at least a big chunk of it), before high school. My oldest will not be able to do 1850Mod this next year, even though he says that that is his favorite time in history to study, because he will move into high school, but I plan on having him read some of the books in that program over the summer to get an overview before starting high school. He will get that time period in history in high school later on.
These are just some random thoughts. I don't know if any of it helps, but hopefully something does. In addition to any advice you get here, I would recommend calling the MFW office. They are so helpful!
Blessings to you as you decide.