Hi! Welcome to the board. I've been there with curriculum that's not working. It's really hard when you've spent the money and love the look of it yourself! My daughter and I are the exact same way that you described. She's the creative, artsy type and I'm the "tell me what to do and I'll do it well" kind of person.uscgwifey09 wrote:My older daughter will be 5 in a month. She has been doing some K work (a sampling of Abeka, Explode the Code, Christian Liberty, etc.) since she turned 4. It's just her nature. She is very mature and an over achiever. She thirsts for more so I let her have K work and go at it.
She started Sonlight K 3 weeks ago. She is not liking it. She sits there with her eyes glazed over until it is time to do a hands on science project or time to work in her math or phonics workbooks. She enjoys listening to the novels with me but beyond that, this is just not working for her. She is a hands on, crafty, artsy kid while I am the total opposite. I was kind of selfish in my choosing of Sonlight but we had to start somewhere. My husband was homeschooled but, of course, his knowledge of curriculum is a bit outdated.
Before I go and spend more money, does anyone think MFW K will be a good fit for us? I really I don't know many homeschoolers. I've felt strongly that this is what I should choose the more I've looked around. But I am scared to blindly choose another curriculum when we are not made of money. I would just love to hear some encouragement or experiences from anyone who has been here!
I can give you our experience: I really wish we had found MFW K for my oldest. I think it would have been perfect for her, AND because she's the oldest and I wasn't homeschooling my other littles at the time, we could've really dug deeply into some of the themes/hands on projects and had a ball.
But, we have used K with my son who is next in line and we loved it! The character traits that go along with each unit are wonderful...we still quote them sometimes. The butterfly garden and ant hill were a HUGE hit with all my kids. I loved the gentle approach to phonics. My son is an August birthday, so he turned 5 the day we started K. I feel like he really needed that slow, gentle approach. He is a math boy, so he devoured every math page and wished for more. We added a bit here and there for him in math.
The creation unit at the beginning is fantastic and not to be missed. I did that with my 7yo, 5yo, and 3yo at the time and it was a wonderful and fun start to the school year. They still ask how long it will be before they can do it again! (This fall with #3)
It sounds like your dd may be advanced for her age. If that's the case, K is still so crucial for laying a good phonics foundation, but Marie has loads of great suggestions for "beefing it up" for kids who are reading already (or close). Best wishes!