I researched curriculum a lot at one point. One of the conclusions I came to was it is very easy to do MFW and bring in other resources for fun; but it is impossible to do their curriculums completely and bring in MFW for fun. The reason is that MFW is complete on its own! It has too much to it to use as a supplemental curriculum. Does this make sense? It doesn't need supplementing, but can be easily supplemented - if one wishes to do so - for fun. There is so much to MFW though it is very difficult to even consider adding it to another curriculum.JENinOR wrote:What are the benefits/disadvantages of doing MFW? Anyone compared or better yet used both and have an opinion? Trying to make up my mind! We'll be doing ECC either way and looking forward to it.
I did read many parts of MOH Volume 1, for fun, last winter to my oldest. He really enjoyed listening to it. I enjoyed it as a read-aloud. The following are the reasons though that MFW continues, and will continue to be our main curriculum:
1. My seven year old could answer the MOH questions without having to think. One of my main home school objectives, besides faith, is I want my children to learn how to use their minds and think and renew their minds.
2. MFW uses the actual Bible as the History spine for CTG. I rather pull the stories directly from scripture for the latter half of grade school, then to continue using Bible story type books - such as the Bible stories in MOH or a Children's Bible. For the younger ages I love these stories; but I still think scripture directly is best.
3. MFW ties Bible, History, science, writing, reading, hands on activities all together as a unit. I like this fact.
4. MFW uses a grid to motivate me to tie in different types of learning for one topic being studies, while also covering different subjects. I find this to be more motivating for me and see my kids learn a lot from these methods that Marie uses. MOH - felt too segregated to me. A section of read-aloud, a section of questions, a section of suggested hands on activities. It wasn't motivating enough for me as a teacher. I could see myself doing minimal.
5. Again, I enjoy MOH as a read aloud. I enjoy the fact she focuses on Jesus, but so does Marie. So I have kept the books - they have survived my home school curriculum research and were not sold. But I will use them as fun book basket books rather than as a curriculum. Marie TM is so valuable for me!! I hope this helps.