Non-USA - Using MFW Overseas (or in neighboring countries)

NicoleJ
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Re: Could I have the Book Basket suggestions...?

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You are all so wonderful and helpful!! That is really awesome, thankyou! I will have a look around and see if I can 'pick up' any books suggestions for the topic week before hand, and then just wait til I get my manual! :)
MFW-Lucy

Already thinking of next year :)

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8shininglights wrote:We live in Indonesia, and we did ECC last year. We found it difficult without a library. We lived in Australia part of the year, and during that time the program was great!

The high school program is excellent!
Lisa
Lisa, I am sorry that you did not find the curriculum complete without the library books. We have had many families living internationally use ECC and the other years without many additional books and found that they still enjoyed the year very much.

When the Hazell's were overseas they took a variety of books with them including books containing a collection of books, such as The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury (for younger children). For example in ECC having larger resource books that cover information on different ecosystems (rain forest, deserts, oceans, etc.) and different countries and their cultures would be useful. With this in mind, families may have some books already in their collection that will work for this purpose. The highly recommended books on the Recommend Resources List in each year for 2nd-8th graders will be marked. You do not have to use the exact books from the list in the Teacher's Manual and may use any good books including those on other topics that you may already own. If ordering books, Amazon will ship to almost anywhere or you may have friends or family who will be visiting bring books to you. We want to use many books to give our children the broadest possible exposure to many topics, but your children will already be receiving a broad education simply by being overseas.

You will also want to have readers for each student and these can be any good books (even those in the US often purchase these). They do not have to be connected to the time period that is being studied.

Hope this is helps!
Lucy
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New and Have ?s about RTR

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JoyinIndo wrote:Hi everyone, my name is Joy and I am a missionary wife living in Indonesia. I am mom to 5 little ones. Next fall I will have a 5th grade DS, a 4th grade DD, and a 2nd grade DS, with tag-a-long 4yo DS twins. We have used several different curriculums the past few years. I am very interested in using MFW for next year (I have to start planning now if I want to get all my curriculum in time), and I am hoping that you can answer some questions/concerns I have.

1. Can MFW be used and used well if I do not have access to a library, therefore not being able to use most of the book basket selections? (I am hoping to order some specific extra titles to go along with some of the weeks, and there are lots of books already here from other families).

2. Are most of the items that I will need week to week simple things, or am I going to be pulling my hair out living overseas and not having access to things, like say, a styrofoam cup or Borax (two random things I have needed for other curriculum in the past)?

3. My children and I love lots of readers and read alouds to go along with the history topic. Does the Book Basket/reading selections in the TM have plenty of readers and read alouds (longer chapter books) to go along with the topic?

Ok, I'll start with those. Thanks so much for your help!
Blessings!
JoyinIndo
No, you don't 'need' the book basket books. They are more for enrichment. You would have plenty of books especially if you get the deluxe package. But if time and budget allows you could also get a few of the books in the list marked with an asterisk.

As far as the household items question, yes occasionally there are items like that sometimes but you could usually try an alternative. You could also plan ahead and scour through the TM and try to get any items you might need or come up with an alternative before the beginning of your school year. I basically did that last summer with the craft projects by collecting most items I would need ahead of time because I didn't want to worry about trying to get something last minute. We live in a small town and the items are not always readily available. I just had to plan ahead. With the household items you would want to make sure you check the teacher's notes in the TM for each week. The items are usually listed before the Monday notes. HTH
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Re: New and Have ?s about RTR

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Hi Joy,
So cool to talk to someone over in Indonesia! I think I may have chimed in on another board, so I didn't want to jump in right away here. But it's a quiet weekend, so here I am.
JoyinIndo wrote:1. Can MFW be used and used well if I do not have access to a library, therefore not being able to use most of the book basket selections? (I am hoping to order some specific extra titles to go along with some of the weeks, and there are lots of books already here from other families that would be able to be used).
I didn't use the library much except in ECC. Otherwise, I used our own home library, books I chose from the MFW manual, or sometimes the internet.
JoyinIndo wrote:2. Are most of the items that I will need week to week simple things, or am I going to be pulling my hair out living overseas and not having access to things, like say, a styrofoam cup or Borax (two random things I have needed for other curriculum in the past)?
Like someone mentioned, everything is laid out in the manual. Do you need to order next year's supplies & manual at the same time? If so, I'd be willing to look through my RTR manual for anything odd. Here's an older thread when it was more current in my mind: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3509
The biggest project in RTR is making a Roman Arch out of pudding boxes. But the thing is, after collecting mine (twice), we never did it. Really there is room for skipping some things with MFW. Here's more about the arch:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... it=pudding

And if you continue reading through the RTR Ideas board, you will find many substitute ideas if you can't do an activity.
JoyinIndo wrote:3. My children and I love lots of readers and read alouds to go along with the history topic (think SL). Does the Book Basket/reading selections in the TM have plenty of readers and read alouds (longer chapter books) to go along with the topic?
MFW has three reading times scheduled.
(a) Read-aloud time. Those are at the bottom of the grid. If you scroll down to the *second* sample grid (page 13), you'll see one of them scheduled in the sample:
http://www.mfwbooks.com/downloads/pdfs/ ... rtr_TM.pdf
Four read-alouds are scheduled during most years. There is room to add more, and there are great ideas in the book basket list for this.

(b) Book basket time. This is where the long list of books comes in, mostly related to history but also to science, art, music, Bible. This is sort of like the vignette in history textbooks about the little girl who lives over in a certain country. Except you child can select whatever vignette he is interested in -- pictures, recipes, chapter books.

(c) Reading time. This is where your child is reading a chapter a day or whatever you require for reading time. You may have your own book choices, or you may glean from the book basket list or the general list of classic literature in the back of the manual. My son often did not want to read more history, so I was glad that this was not all structured. One year he read all funny books (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Pippi, etc.), and other years he was in a boys' book club, so he had the freedom to make those choices.

HTH,
Julie
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cbollin

MFWK, 1 AND ADVENTURES ???!!

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Lucy0477 wrote:Hmmm...so I thought I had it sussed and ordered K for my almost 5 year old and MFW 1 for my 6 and 8 year olds....everything arrived and looked just perfect. However, over the past two weeks something has 'clicked' and he is reading fantastically well.....loving writing...spelling has come on no end ....and now I think adventures ??? Will I go crazy doing 3 separate levels at the same time ?

Also we are in the UK and Adventures is very orientated around US history/geography right ? What have other UK mama done..do you just skip adventures ? Personally I quite like the idea of the boys doing it as I would love to learn more about the US ...anyway...thank for reading my waffle...looking forward to hearing any advice you have Thanks L xx
just wanted to say I enjoyed learning a new Brit word: sussed.
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Re: MFWK, 1 AND ADVENTURES ???!!

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Lucy,
You could just get the PLL, Spelling and Math to supplement the 1st grade material. But being a crazy mama who did 3 curriculum this year, I can give you some tips if you decide for the Adventures route. You will want to choose one of the sciences from the curriculums or else you will be doing experiments every day. If you're like me, when I did the kindergarten for the second time, I had a tagalong. So for the 3rd MFWK go a round I rarely did any of the crafts and science. I basically used it for the worksheets and the words to learn. My K'er tag-alonged for a lot of the crafts and science of first. I just separated math, and phonics. Definitely check out the posts that Marie has about doing k and 1st together and 1st with older programs.

Adventures is the 50 states and the beginnings of the US so it does have some British history in there ;) You could just expand on it alittle when you get to that part. You can think of it as an extention on ECC that will help your eldest prepare for the extra workload of ECC.
AnnieMarie

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Julie in MN
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Re: MFWK, 1 AND ADVENTURES ???!!

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If you go ahead and do all three, here's the thread that AnnMarie mentioned:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=191
Here's something about combining 3 levels:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1161

And I've read of a couple of non-USA folks who not only learned about the US in Adventures, but also followed Marie's pattern to pull in a few things about their own country at the same time. But I think it's very fun that you want to learn about someone else :)

Julie
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MFW for Australia

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KellyK wrote:Hi Everyone,
I have just stumbled upon MFW and 'love it'!

Only thing is we are in Australia - Can anyone see this as being a negative?
The only year perhaps I can see to skip would be Adventures?
Because it is mostly American History.

Thanks for your help - Kelly
Mummy of 3 - Noah 9, Flynn 7 and Amelia 5.
Hello there!

Yes, I live in Australia and have used MFW for a few years now. I did not use the younger years before the 5 year cycle because my kids were all year 2 or above. I would be glad to answer any of your questions!! Just message me, and I will help wherever I can. I live in Victoria; which state do you live in?

We thoroughly enjoyed ECC, yet there were a few minor changes we needed to make with our passport and beginning from Australia vs the US.

I have not done year 4 and 5 of the five year cycle, so I don't know how that would work either with memorizing the 50 states. I am not sure how "worth it" it would be to buy year 4 or 5 if you were going to eliminate the history section. It would be some wasted expense. Yet, if you wanted your kids to learn some US history, then it could be an option.

Glad to see someone on here from Australia!!!

Lisa
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Re: MFW for Australia

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erin.kate wrote:I don't really have any wonderful advice to offer, but wanted to say "welcome". I'm sure someone on this board will pipe in with advice. We've loved MFW immensely. Enjoy!
Thank you for the welcome Erin Kate- cheers.

Hi Lisa, I'm from South Australia, so not terribly far away :-)
I will message you.
8shininglights wrote:Kelly,
I sent you a message, but I am not sure if you have seen it.
Hope you have a great holiday, and feel free to ask any questions!
Lisa
Just got your message Lisa.
Thank you, I would love to have a chat at some stage shortly:-)

Hope everyone has a great Christmas- Happy New Year
I'm very excited about MFW, hoping to make it work for us.
Blessings Kelly :-)
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Re: MFW for Australia

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Hi all the way from Minnesota to Australia :)

I remember when I was doing year 5, I really didn't think it would be hard to adapt for other countries. Here's one of my posts on that: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 749#p69641

And I think the MFW office has experience adapting year 4 as well.

Fun chatting across the seas!
Julie
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cbollin

New to MFW and overseas - lots of questions!

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overseasmommy wrote:After several months of researching (there are too many options out there!) , I'm starting to think MFW would be right for us. Currently I'm homeschooling my son in K and he is reading quite well.

We do live overseas, so the book basket is an issue for me. I understand the book basket is not required but beneficial. How can I know what books are recommended if I don't see the list until I have the books? Since I'm overseas I have to choose early so I can get it ordered and brought to me.

Thank you for your help!
Welcome along!

I can try....

*book basket will have hundreds of titles. You don't need all of them. The list also has notes about the books, so it's not just a list of titles. The specific titles are not required to make the program work. The idea of book basket is beneficial and you could use anything you have - magazines, online articles, any collection of picture books.

I hope someone will the "official" help answer on overseas book basket chimes in. I know the author of MFW and family lived in Russia for 8 years without an English library. So they have helps/hints on that. And, they also have another staff member who is a "specialist" (in my opinion anyway) who probably has great helps/hints for homeschooling outside of US. That staffer recently returned from a missions trip to somewhere in Africa to encourage missionary families who homeschool (and don't always use MFW either)

But you dont' need the specific titles in order to make MFW work. Then, once you get the manual, you can go through and pick a book a week that sounds like it would interest you. So, even though it's a bit of a hassle and all of that to wait a little longer, there are benefits to waiting to have the lists of titles/descriptions etc. so that you can customize the list for your family. Then order at something like amazon, or other fav source for shipping. But again, if you only have one extra book a week, that's good too. I know I hear a lot of cyber talk from stateside folks who think MFW is too light unless you have 30 books a week, but I dont' necessarily agree with that.

-crystal
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Re: New to MFW and overseas - lots of questions!

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Welcome! I hope that you are blessed by MFW as well. :)

I second what Crystal said about waiting until you get the TM and then grab some coffee and go through the book list ... you can place one large order for what you need. With Adv this year I chose an extra book or two for book basket each week and most I bought in one swoop, since our little town of 200 doesn't have the best library and truthfully, bringing a 7, 5, 5 (newly adopted, no English, abandonment disorder), and 2 year old to the library is not always "educational" or fun, to be honest. :-) Someday ...

I said a prayer for you this morning that you find the clarity you are seeking. You're right, there is so much good stuff out there, but MFW is truly special. ;)
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Re: New to MFW and overseas - lots of questions!

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I can't offer a ton of help...but we rarely have the same books as the manual recommends and it works for us. I do try to find something that seems to fit what we are studying...but sometimes I just read what we have that they love or want to read. I think it's just more important to read together and enjoy that than it is to stay on topic all the time - and since there are budget constraints for me - and you probably deal with that more since shipping / storage or anything like that could be a problem for you - that could be very relevant for your family. I have only had a few of the books recommended, and we spend lots of time reading what we have. If I buy - I watch for super deals at used book sellers for our reading basket - because lots of moms and grandmothers that are no longer homeschooling sell books very inexpensively. Do you have family here that could watch for some favorite reads on a site like 'homeschoolclassifieds.com'? I've picked up a few recommends there and plenty of great children's literature books very reasonably. I've also found some amazing deals on ebay like..15 - 30 book lots for $9.99 from retired teacher's libraries...and we picked up some fantastic children's books. I don't know if this helps since I don't know if receiving pkgs is very easy for you - but if you have family or friends that could watch for some titles you are interested in it might work.
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Any International Users of MFW?

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albanyaloe wrote:I was wondering if there are any other international users of MFW? We're in South Africa, which is not "the middle of nowhere" but still, things are not the same here, so sometimes it's hard to get certain things, and some don't even exist here LOL!

If you're in another country, how has your experience been with MFW as a curriculum? Did you find some of the supplies really hard to get or unfamiliar?

Also, how was the shipping and did your items arrive okay?

Anything else that I should know?

Thanks so much,
Lindy
South Africa
I have used MFW in Australia and Indonesia. I did not have any problems because of my location. I think you will find the cost of shipping expensive (I had people coming from the US who brought me my books).

The only inconvenience that I found while I was living in Indonesia was that I would have liked a library to do ECC well. You can use the internet, but I think a library with good pictures books of the various countries would have been nice.

Some of the years will be more "US" focused, so you will need to evaluate how that will work for you. Yet, there are several of the years that work well no matter where you are. I have been very thankful for the curricululm!

Lisa
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Re: Any International Users of MFW?

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Thank you Lisa for you reply. Yes, the shipping is pricey, but actually better than most ;-) And I agree, the library is going to be an issue, we do have a great home selection so I am hoping we'll be ok.
I think for the first 3 years we won't hit the US history problem, if I estimate correctly, then I'll have to decide.

Thank you,
Lindy
Lindy,
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We're from Sunny South Africa!
cbollin

Re: Any International Users of MFW?

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Lindy,

I don't know if any of this applies or not. This is from MFW's FAQ section for adapting the program for those in Canada.
  • Adapting My Father's World curriculum for Canadian families
    What an exciting adventure your family can encounter when learning through My Father's World curriculum! Each year of My Father's World is created to offer complete, lasting and effective education for your students. Bible, literature, history and geography, science, art, and music are beautifully integrated, allowing families with varying ages to study together.

    My Father's World curriculum is easily adaptable for Canadian families. In many cases very little or no modification will be needed.


    Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade My Father's World programs are all-inclusive programs with a strong educational and Biblical focus. Canadian families need to make no changes to the daily lesson plans in these programs.

    Families Whose Oldest Child is 2nd or 3rd Grade: TWO OPTIONS
    Adventures in My Father's World or Exploring Countries and Cultures
    Adventures in My Father's World is a one year program only for families whose oldest child is in 2nd or 3rd grade. Science, art and Bible lessons can be taught as written. U.S. history is the main history focus for this year. Families may skim these U.S. history lessons and substitute Canadian materials or bypass Adventures in My Father's World and move directly into Exploring Countries and Cultures.

    Families with Children Grades 2-8: The My Father's World Family Cycle
    Exploring Countries and Cultures (Year 1), Creation to the Greeks (Year 2), and Rome to the Reformation (Year 3) are ready for Canadian families and require no modifications. Exploration to 1850 (Year 4) and 1850 to Modern Times (Year 5) have a world history focus with an integrated U.S. history component. It is possible to skim these U.S. history sections and add Canadian history easily.

    High School Students
    Ancient History & Literature (Year 1) and World History & Literature (Year 2) are ready for use by Canadian families as written. High school years 3 and 4 cover multiple subjects including Bible, English/literature, U.S. history, U.S. government and economics. Please contact your school's curriculum advisor to assure all high school curriculum meets Canadian educational requirements.


    In all, My Father's World has at least eight years with no U.S. focus, two years with world/U.S. focus, and only three years with a strong U.S. history component. We do not know of another curriculum that is as easily adapted for Canadian families.

    Note: Each year of curriculum, K-12, includes an extensive book list. Some books on the recommend reading lists may have a U.S. flavor because each list is comprised of books available in U.S. libraries.
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Re: Any International Users of MFW?

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Julie in MN wrote:There are some more random non-USA posts over here, just to encourage you that it can work!
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5480
Thank you Julie,
I think the current International users must be hiding away ;-)
That thread and the MFW comments from the catalog are helpful to understand how the curriculum can be used successfully overseas. It is encouraging, thank you.
Regards,
Lindy
Lindy,
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We're from Sunny South Africa!
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Does MFW send a "parcel shipped" e-mail?

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albanyaloe wrote:I was just wondering, sometimes when we have ordered from US companies, the company sends us an e-mail saying that the parcel has shipped. Does MFW do that? Should I expect an e-mail announcing that our order has shipped or did you just get an order confirmation e-mail?

We've just ordered our ECC and taken the plunge to trust MFW with their choices for the other subjects too. We ordered all MFW's suggestions, since we have been having such burnout in our homeschool and really need to change things. I am really praying that this will be the change we need. We have also ordered the cd set of the Hazell's talks, so I can understand it all a bit more. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from the authors, as I really do not know enough and have stepped out in faith. We just don't have access to any of their seminars here in South Africa, MFW is really "new" here. I hope the parcel will not take months to arrive, 6 weeks would be amazing, but we'll try to be patient. We're so excited! I had an unusual thing happen as I showed my children the samples of ECC, they were so excited. Each of them! This has never happened before.

Thank you,
Lindy
Just following up this post in case another international user ever searches for this. I see under "my account" on the MFW site, that my parcel has already shipped, which is wonderful very fast service, thank you MFW. I have not received a shipping e-mail, but that is no problem, since I can use this feature to follow up on any orders. I think perhaps it would be difficult to do a shipping e-mail, as Int customers parcels arrive at such varied times after posting, depending on location. Perhaps MFW decided not to e-mail Int clients, as customers may assume it means the parcel is due to arrive "tomorrow", when it is safe, but actually still going to take another 6 weeks, which is very typical, at least to Africa :)

Lindy
Lindy,
Our first year with MFW, doing ECC 2012, Our 7th year of HS'ing
Joel 11 yo, Emma-lee 8 yo and Shelley 6 yo
We're from Sunny South Africa!
MFW-Lucy

Re: Does MFW send a "parcel shipped" e-mail?

Unread post by MFW-Lucy »

Dear Lindy,

International orders are sent via USPS and they do not offer a tracking system for orders like UPS does. The only exception to this currently is smaller orders may be sent to Canada by UPS. You are correct that it would be difficult for a company to determine how long a delivery may take. It does depend on the local post once it is delivered to the country. It can take international orders anywhere from 2-8 weeks to arrive.

If you have further questions, please let us know.

Lucy
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Portugal

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Hi,

We will be moving to Portugal in September. I was wondering if there are any other homeschoolers there using MFW. I would love to hear from you.

Vanessa
Proud Mom ;) of 3 girls (13, 5 and 2 months)
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Re: Portugal

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Hi Vanessa,
Your post just looked lonely, so I thought I'd wave from across the sea!

Here is a thread with some non-USA families for you to feel in good company, although I don't remember reading about many in Portugal. http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5480

Of course, only a small portion of MFW families are online, but we keep each other company :)
Julie
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Portugal

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ferreira_v wrote:We will be moving to Portugal in September. I was wondering if there are any other homeschoolers there using MFW. I would love to hear from you.

Vanessa
Proud Mom ;) of 3 girls (13, 5 and 2 months)
Hi Vanessa,
Hallelujah, the Father has heard my Prayer! This week I had a terrible frustrating time in our Kids club, so I prayed again and the Lord gave me the thought of looking for christian homeschooling and as I typed into Google "christian homeschooling" I suddenly thought I better put Portugal there too, just to see if there is anything coming up..... kind of laughing about it inside, thinking that can't be possible....And the very first thing that comes up is your post in the MFW blog.

So I can only shout praise the Lord and I am so curious to find out about you. So here a little about us: I am German and have lived in Portugal for 21 years now. I have 2 children, a 20 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. My girls speaks mainly english, because her father is english. My 6 year old is home-schooled, but yes it is just the beginning and I so need help/community/exchange of experience etc from christian brothers and sisters. I am so alone in the wild here. We live in Central Portugal. anyway I will wait now for your reply which I hope to read soon.
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Re: Portugal

Unread post by ferreira_v »

Praise The Lord. I had given up on hearing anything from this post. I am so glad to meet you. We arrived in Portugal 2 weeks ago. My children are all girls, aged 13, 5 and 3 months. We've been HS for 3 years. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Wildflower
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2014-2015 Roll Call

Unread post by Wildflower »

I'm homeschooling our two kiddo's in Australia for the past six years.

Ds12 (7th) is using Creation to Greeks + Teaching Textbooks 7 & Living Books, Progeny Press and Writing Strands, Foreign Lang: French and Chinese Mandarin. Carter is interested in how computers work, motorbikes, ping pong, animals, inventing, working on his grandfathers farm and exploring the barn.

Dd6 (1st) is using 1st Learning God's Story as is - I love the flexibility with the booklist/basket each week. Faith loves art: drawing and painting, being read to, her kitten 'Peter' and cat 'Mae', cooking with mum, handicrafts like sewing or making soap, dance, all things pretty, cups of tea and Granma's pancakes.

I am so happy I found MFW. We've only been using MFW for just over a month but it has been wonderful, feeling very blessed. Previously I have diy curriculum with a CM flavour. It is lovely to be here and learning from all those gone before me.

Warmest Wishes, Renelle
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Renelle, homeschooling in Australia.
2014:
1st Learning God's Story
7th Creation to Greeks
hsm
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Aussie users

Unread post by hsm »

living.grace wrote:I am an Australian home educator of 6 children. I am looking at using ECC and possibly K for next year, but I have a couple of questions.

In the ECC package, are there any modifications that need to be made - in particular, the passport? Is it American or generic? Is it worth just making my own passports for the children?

Is the K package worth it? I would only buy the basic package as the butterfly and ants packs can't be sent and I don't have need of the other things in the deluxe package. I have taught four children at K level so far and wondering if I should piece together my own stuff again, or if the K package is worth the money for us. Please let me know the pros and cons of this program (to be used by 5yo and 3.5yo).

Thanks in advance,
Amanda
I am pretty sure the passport is generic. It is packed away right now, but I don't recall anything that said US on it. I do think ECC is definitely worth it and doable as an Aussie. It is a general overview of world geography and cultures. It isn't heavy on US information particularly. The missions focus is the heart of the program and my kids learned so much about the need to spread the gospel to others in the world. They learned the world is bigger than our town ;) . They learned to appreciate our easy access to a Bible in our language and our freedom to worship as we wish. And, as a bonus they learned so much about other countries and their locations which is something a lot of kids around here aren't aware of.

I did both ECC and K last year as my first year with MFW. I adore the K program! I can't say enough about it. This is what I loved:

-It is very gentle yet gets the job done beautifully.
-It is repetitive, which some may view as a negative, but I loved the consistency. My son loved the consistency. He knew what to expect and I believe it made learning to read so much smoother.
-My son can read quite well after finishing the K program.
-The bible truths are precious. My son learned a lot about the bible this year. He learned what the bible says about character and why those traits are important. I love this part! He still talks about these things.
-Hands on activities were very easy to do and were delightful additions to the program. My older children even enjoyed them.
-I am amazed at how much he learned with what seems to be a simple program.
-It was fantastic for my special needs boy. Like many boys he is very wiggly. For the most part I was able to keep him engaged and was able to adapt when needed.
-Some of his special needs are a hearing impairment and serious speech delay. This program improved his speech dramatically. He was going to a speech therapist weekly and his progress was so amazing even the SLP was stunned. She originally didn't think that he could be helped in only one session per week, but not only did he, but he "graduated" speech in only 6 months! She said the phonics work we were doing at home (in addition to the therapy) was instrumental in his progress.

I could go on singing the praises of these programs, especially K, but I think you get that I loved them :-)
Lori-IL
K/ECC, CtG/Learning God's Story
dd-12, dd-9, ds-6
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