JENinOR wrote:How many hours a day does each 5 year history cycle take up, excluding math and grammar/language arts?
I don't know b/c I'm not a rigid clock watcher per subject. There is a suggested time box grid in the MFW manuals at that level. 4-5 hours to get about 10 subjects done on most days (2nd-6th).
For those family cycle programs..... It takes us about 4-5 hours a day to do ALL subjects from MFW and that includes math and language arts and those extras like art/music and being interrupted with life. and we're using MFW's recommendations for math/language arts. We might spread things out in the day, or do read alouds in evening. But I"m not really good at saying that from 8:31-9:02 we do math. so, I'll let the real experts help on that and step aside.
Is that four or five days a week?
MFW has a 5 day schedule: it is 4 "regular days" and 1 "light and independent day".
the K program -- is still a "5 day school week"... the units have 6 lesson days per unit, but no expectation that you go 6 days a week.
Do you feel that your dc has enough time to pursue their other interests with the MFW history emphasis? I LOVE history don't get me wrong, especially the way MFW approaches it. Talk about making the bible come alive! That's part of what attracts me to MFW. But, I just need to fully know what this is gonna look like day to day! We have a lot of other interests besides bible/academics/science.
Yes. b/c of the whole Charlotte Mason influence in the scheduling of MFW we have plenty of time outside of academics to do other stuff. Oldest - use to crochet all the time, now she is into computers and archery, and being on the youth leadership team at church. Middle gal - plenty of time to chase bugs, and have ballet and time to rot her brain on TV, and enjoy her Encyclopedia Brown books, and loves to be outside, enjoying being in the spring musical at church.
Youngest - well... due to her autism... I'm changing the subject.
but let's just say we do our best to get lessons in with her. But she's busy "cleaning the forest" (picking up sweet gum tree prickly pods from behind the evergreen trees in our back yard), or pursuing internet searches for Barney videos in Spanish.
edit to add: oh yeah... each kid is learning a different language. Oldest - Russian. Middle - Chinese. Youngest - spanish, and english (well she has autism, english is tough)
One of the most common "internet negatives" about MFW is that it is "too light" because it intentionally is designed to cover academics efficiently in order to allow time to pursue other interests.
an oldie but goodie archived post gives some ideas (julie was rocking in that post) for what to do with the "unstructured yet productive afternoons"