Author: Marie Hazellsara wrote:I was all set to use the Well Trained Mind curriculum, but since having my third son, I don't think I have the time to do the foot work. I am looking for something already put together like MFW. Any comments? My son is K so I don't need anything that challenging this year, but would like to chalenge him in the years to come.
MFW is a great combination of classical education, Charlotte Mason, and hands-on unit study, all with a strong Biblical foundation.
Our philosophy is to begin gently, so our kindergarten program is only 90 minutes a day. That includes all necessary kindergarten skills, plus strong character development/Biblical concepts. We focus on 26 science themes (sun, moon, leaf, etc.) and you can easily expand on these to add more "depth." The first grade is only 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day, but still covers all needed subjects. For K and 1 we focus on the basics -- God the Creator and his amazing creation (nature studies), the Bible He has given us, learning to read and write, mathematical understanding, and keeping the joy of learning! We think younger children need time to "be kids" -- to play outside, to make creations with scissors and paper and glue, to make a tent in the living room, to explore nature, to enjoy books, etc.
This is followed by our five year cycle. During those years, we cover U.S. and world geography in-depth, world and U.S. history in-depth, the Bible (both as history and to feed our spirits), and a broad range of science topics. So we ARE a very strong program academically. That is important to all of us. But more than that, we want to help families give their children a firm foundation in the Lord, to see God's hand in all of history, to see the world through His eyes, and to keep the joy in learning!