Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:14 pm
pjssully wrote:...we might move. I am now recosidering MFW--wondering if i could do it-the projects/hands on stuff...
I don't really think this is a MFW issue. Whatever curriculum you use has to be "usable" in everyday real life. Unfortunately, real life throws us curveballs. For you it is preparing for a move, for me it is traveling back and forth to Indiana to help care for my father, and for someone else it is caring for a chronically sick child. All of us go through seasons where it is difficult to homeschool. (I actually haven't gotten to a season yet when it has been easy! :) )
The same reasons that led you to purchase Rome to the Reformation last week are still valid today. If I remember correctly, you said that your previous program "didn't feel right." I suspect that if you continue using it, it will continue not "feeling right."
Would it be easier to just read, read, read instead of reading and doing some easy hands-on with MFW? My guess is not. It all takes time. If you are currently experiencing a time crunch, you are going to be crunched no matter which curriculum you use. I'd rather be crunched doing what feels right than doing what feels wrong. (That is exactly what is happening in my little corner of the world right now.)
You are never going to know if MFW is right for you unless you implement it for a full year. Seriously. I think it is going to take a full year's worth of use in order for you to get a good feel for it. Using a new curriculum has a learning curve. I've had a strong learning curve with MFW, but that is because it is teaching me how to teach a child. That is a learning curve all in itself!
I also think that after using Rome to the Reformation (really use it, book basket and all) for a full year that you will truly be in the position to reflect on a YEAR'S worth of work and honestly evaluate your children's growth.
Give yourself and your kids time to adjust to MFW. Don't expect every detail to be perfectly in order right away. Realize that moving will interrupt MFW as much as it would SL.
I have to be careful not to make rash decisions in moments of frustration. I've learned that is not the way the Lord leads.
I'm glad you posted, btw. Don't ever feel embarassed about such things. I can't imagine anyone reading your post and not identifying with second guessing oneself.
Blessings to you!