I would encourage you to keep praying about it.hsmomof2 wrote:We are planning to start hs next Aug. with a ds in 1st (now in ps K) and a dd pre-K. A couple of weeks ago I asked for members' insight on whether or not MFW curriculum would be a good fit for our family. Thanks so much for the replies, I was especially impressed with the support on this forum and to learn that I can tweak MFW to make it more CM if I feel the need to do so. We are liking the idea of MFW for the long run. Mainly, the Bible integration with other subjects, chronological history, missionary focus with the ECC year, literature selections throughout teaching young ones about great moral characters (fiction and non-fiction), being able to teach 2 dc together for the 5 year rotation cycle through jr. high, and I love all the high school reviews/feedback I've read on other homeschool boards.
Before discovering and researching the MFW curriculum a couple of weeks ago, I had come up with a curriculum that is a mesh b/n some CM based online curriculum suggestions. I love the curriculum I set up pre-MFW-discovery.
It's not that I don't want to use MFW1, but with my ds not starting with the K program (specifically the phonics program that is continued from K till 1st), and with the above curriculum (which is almost free except the tutorial classes IF we do those), would my ds "miss out" on something big if I wait to start MFW with ADV when he is in 2nd grade? If I wait, my dd (then in K) could tag along on her level while I work with her on the 3 R's independently.
So what to do? Again, as I stated in my previous post, I know God will give dh and I the answer, but its still good to get insight from those that have walked the road before me . Blessings.
If I had to do it all over again, I wish we had started with MFW with our first. But to be fair, we didn't know about MFW back then and we made the best decision we could have made at the time.
We're almost done with MFW 1st with our 3rd child and almost 8 year old. I had started out his 1st grade year with another curriculum, but after we found MFW I switched him over. It has been a blessing to us. My DS struggles with reading, and the phonics part of the program has helped him. Mainly, I appreciate the balance in the curriculum of all courses of study over the 160 day lesson plan. I don't have to worry that I'm missing some important point. There are many hands on activities scheduled that I would have never thought of. Making scrolls, baking Haman Hat cookies for Purim, there are too many to name them all. I have seen my son really grow since we started.
Hope this helps. I would say, based on your well thought out post, you obviously are very concerned that your child get the best home school education. I'm sure that you and your child will do fine whatever you decide. Again, the beauty of home schooling is that you can make adjustments as needed as you go along your journey.