MFW is richer.3froggies wrote:We have down MFW one year. We did ECC, which we really enjoyed at first, but I had a hard time halfway through the year making the games and getting to the library. We also had a baby halfway through the year, though.
I am trying to decide whether to use the Veritas Press cards next year or MFW RTR. I definitely want to do multi age teaching for history. I would not use mfw for science or language arts, as we already have plans for those subjects. I will have a K, 3rd, and 7th grader, with a 2 year old in the mix Please, could I have your opinion on why MFW might work better for us than using the Veritas cards and using different resources for my different ages? I am leaning more towards MFW RTR simply because of the biblical worldview and scripture that are integrated into the teaching of history. I'm not sure I would get this as much from Veritas cards and books. If the goal is to reach my children's hearts and instill a love of learning and love for the Lord, MFW should be a no-brainer, right? (sorry, I'm thinking outloud here )
I think my hesistancy is the amount of work for me as mom required (reading, doing the hands-on activities) in addition to having younger ones and a household to run (and a chronic illness). I would love to sit down and read these great books to my older kids, but is that going to be a reality with little ones? (especially my youngest in his terrific/terrible twos )
I have friends who LOVE MFW, but I just don't know if it will be a good fit for us. I want to stick with one curriculum long term, instead of hopping around. Why is MFW a good fit for your family? Thanks for any input!
The above is my short answer. By richer I am referring to depth of the Bible. Veritas & MFW use some of the same books, but the Bible in MFW is much more dominant as a main curriculum source.
My children are 7,6,4, & 2. I used MFW1 for the last half of K and first half of 1st for my oldest. Then we floundered with ADV; not quite ready for that as a first grader - at least for him. Then we tried different things. One thing I tried during this winter/spring (of his 1st grade year) was the Veritas cards. We did most of the first set. There is a lot I like about it. Chronology. Green Press Study was very good. Victor's Journey through the Bible (used later in CTG) is very good. We of course enjoyed the story Bibles.
If I was to compare the first set of cards to MFW 1 I would say that MFW 1 was so much richer. I am not sure exactly how. I think it is the fact that the Bible really is used as History in the MFW curriculum. Or perhaps it is combining hands on activities with reading with drawing, etc..etc. that brings it all together for me. I feel like they covered more ground in Veritas (as far as extensiveness of material & a larger number of facts - that I don't think they necessarily remembered), but learned much more in MFW 1. Does this make sense?
As far as younger children. I Understand! My greatest challenge in home schooling, thus far, has been trying to do it with my younger children. I want my pre-schoolers to have more of what my older children had for pre-school and I want my older ones to have more of what I want to give them for school. I have to give up a little on each end to reach somewhere in the middle. I often read to the older children during nap time. I am trying to motivate myself to have all craft supplies & science on hand this year at the beginning of the school year. My biggest challenge was finding time to gather supplies. I think it would be easier one day, with DH home; even if it took all day.
I hope this helps a little. It is only my opinion, based on my experience. My children seem to only take in so much material, and Veritas sometimes seemed long for them. As well as too repetitive. The same story 6 different ways wore on them a bit at times.
I agree with choosing one curriculum, and staying with it. It feels a bit to me like choosing a school. I wouldn't want to school hop every 6 months, or even every year. I choose MFW (after two years of research - and trying things) for two main reasons: #1: Bible is the foundation of the curriculum & used as a History spine and #2: It works. I actually do the curriculum with consistency, and they learn a ton with the methods Marie uses. As a teacher I really do think she knows much more of what she is doing than I could ever do alone.