Stephanie,mom2wonderfulboys wrote:Hi. I am new to MFW. I just received the catalog yesterday and I am just thrilled with what I see so far. I feel it is my answer to prayer. Some questions though. I have two boys, 5 and 7. This will be my second year homeschooling.
My question is how and when do I combine their schooling? Or will my oldest one always be ahead? I am pretty sure I've come to the conclusion that I can't combine the two this year, but I would like to eventually. Is this possible? If so, how?
I am also due in a month with #3. Is MFW too much for two and an infant, meaning too time consuming, especially when they're not combined?
Welcome to MFW :o) You'll find a lot of enthusiasm here for how MFW has solved just such problems in our families.
I wanted to explain the idea of stages of learning, which is not new but is clarified for families in the MFW program:
1. Pre-reading - all those learning games you are doing with your kids
2. Learning to read - each child goes thru at their own pace
3. Learning to love to read - the family can enjoy learning all together from about 2nd to 8th grades
4. Learning by reading - the child will break away & start doing more independent learning in high school
Every child will need to go thru the Learning to Read stage on his or her own level, so off-and-on over the years you may be teaching more than one program at once. But you will have one "main" program & just add a "small" program for K and/or 1st - and it will likely even be just a partial program (reading/math).
Once out of that stage, they will fully join any siblings who are in the learning to love to read stage, which extends thru about 8th grade with most kids. You will not "start over" for them, but just welcome them into the group (they will have picked up a lot along the way already). All the 2nd-8th grade programs in MFW are designed for all your kids to learn together!
Have fun in MFW! Julie