Lisa,8shininglights wrote: I have just ordered MFW this past week. Yeah!! If you all remember, I live in Australia (we are from the US/Canada), but I am moving to Indonesia in 5 months. Yes....I get confused which country I am from and where my loyalties are!! Think what my kids think!!! We are missionaries, so we are getting used to it....... anyways....... I will be doing ECC with a year 5 and year 7 girls. My year 1 son will be joining in while doing phonics and math from what I have been using for awhile with him. My two high school children will be doing Ancients.
I am just a bit concerned that I will be able to get the "fullest" out of the curriculum because we will not have a library accessible. I have read on other sites that if you don't have access to a library, don't use MFW. Is this true?????? I would like to get some of the books from the book basket, but because of weight restrictions on planes and such, there are only so many books that you can bring (and afford!). I am coming to the US next month to bring my oldest to Bible school. I am bringing my books back with me. Oh! I just received the UPS shipping notification saying that I have 94 pounds coming from MFW!!! AHHH!!!!! I think I am going to have to pay for an extra bag on the airplane!!!! I am only left with 6 pounds for anything else! So...............what do you think?
Any advice on making the currriculum now...and in the future....work while living in a country like Indonesia? Remember, I have not physically SEEN any of the curriculum yet. I am going completely by what I have seen on the internet! We have prayed about this, so I know that I can trust Him that this IS what we are to do. I just know that I have to be wise and do the research and what is necessary to make it work!!!! So, how do I make sure that ECC is challenging enough and "full" without having a library? How necessary is a library with high school?
Thanks for your time and patience with me!!
(((hugs)). How frustrating it can be when you read cyber chat that creates doubt or concerns. been there... But I think you're doing the right thing by asking "how do I solve this problem when others didn't"? that way you can be encouraged that you are following what God has said, instead of discouraged.
Never been in your situation. But I know the authors of MFW have been. They were missionaries in Siberia for 4 years and Moscow for 4. I know they have thought about this and probably have ideas for getting books in places without English libraries with the books they want. I'm hoping Mum in Zion chimes in . She's an Ozzie in Israel using MFW.
I'm not the best qualified to answer on high school. But I'm thinking you'll be fine without too much. There is some extra reading (optional), but not the same way with book basket. Hoping someone in high school years verifies my understanding.
book basket serves several goals and is part of the curriculum design for those things. But you'll get all you require from the basic/deluxe packages. Book basket is to allow kids a time to browse different books, enrich the study, go further with a topic they like. And to enjoy reading.
in ECC there were times where my kids read from online articles, or using World Book computer version for more in ECC. and from God's World News magazine
http://www.mfwbooks.com/products/21/Lan ... #Magazines
If you don't have a library and want to use MFW, then buy/borrow some books or some other route. You don't have to have every book on the list. If you had one book for each country studied, wouldn't that be nice? Look for some of the asterisked titles on book basket, and get some of them. Like you said, there are the issues of getting them to you. There are the costs of buying (what about used books?) I'm not sure on all of that. But is there anyone else who might visit you and bring some extra books as time goes along?
How to make ECC challenging enough without full access to library: supervised internet articles, news magazines, maybe World Book on computer, find some ways to do craft supplies, some way to cook/enjoy meal from other places. (well, ok... you'll be fine there....) and, find ways to serve others for the kingdom. (oh wait..... you're doing that, so you're going to have a more full year than those of us with a library in the US) and buy a few books for reading time. You don't even have to have all of book basket at once.
just in a soap box revelation moment......
seriously... I haven't tried to get book basket since moving to Memphis 4 weeks ago. We have books around the house to read. We have time to do the art history and notebooking drawing. We had time to (gasp!)... correct that... we have energy left to read our family devotional thingys from our new church too including some teen books that I wouldn't have used otherwise. Academics aren't suffering. Even though I wish I could go and get books for math and science in first grade -- God found stuff for me to use right here and even fun games for my little gal.
don't get me wrong... I've used mfw since 2003 and love love love love love love book basket. I miss my library from Indiana and loved how MFW helped me use my library quickly and find good stuff to read for extra and fun. But I have found that GOD provides all things while homeschooling.
Lisa, if He called you to use MFW this year, you should have a blessed year in our Father's World.