hmm....here are my thoughts on this, for what it's worth....
hoosiermama wrote:Will DS really enjoy these unit topics? I see some topics that I think he would like (the sun, moon, Us, and maybe some of the animals) but there seem to be a LOT of weeks on individual animals. Will we really want to spend a week talking about goats? And octopi? And the other random animals? Will this get old after awhile?
I'll admit I've had my favorite units and units I am less excited about, but my children have both enjoyed all the units, and as Shawna said, you can generalize the themes to make broader, like we covered "space" with units 1-2, "ocean and water habitats" for units 9-10, and with units 12-14 we've been covering farm animals and the harvest as a general theme. We just finished up Thursday. So, no, I would not say it is boring.
hoosiermama wrote:Do the badges feel like busywork? Does anything feel like busywork?
Some things might seem like busy work, especially when working with the oldest, but they actually are good for a young child. Tracing the badge print outs, cutting them carefully and if you want, letting them copy the verse on them are all great skills to develop. So is coloring. If a child doesn't have good hand control, they can not learn to write letters. Working on fine motor skills at this age is still important. Let's see, we just cut out our badges and display them in our pocket calendar (one of those preschool types for the duration of the unit. I laminate them so they last and we then same them in an envelop. For Christmas I plan to punch a hole through them, tie some ribbon and hang them on our tree as Christmas ornaments. It'll make my dc happy and will be a good memory of this year latter.
hoosiermama wrote:Finally, are there any types of moms or types of kids that MFW-K *wouldn't* work well for?
hmm...I am a new homeschool mom and we have only used this program. It works for us and we enjoy it, but don't know how to answer this question...Maybe some more experienced moms might know? I can tell you what drew me to MFW K.
1) I liked that lang. went slowly and had repetition to it as well as the multi-sensory approach used to teach handwriting
2) Bible was integrated into the unit themes and had solid Biblical concepts, giving a good foundation for understanding the nature of God and Christian character
3) Hands on projects that are fun (I'm just not that creative
4) The unit themes- I really felt like they seemed fun for a 5 year old child
Some other thoughts I had:
Your child is only turning 4 this month right? And you have a younger child 2 years younger? My kids are spaced two years apart. I personally would not start your child in MFW K at 4 1/2, especially with a 2 1/2 year old and maybe being expecting / having a new baby in the house. I'd wait until he was 5, even if he seemed ready.
Instead, I'd use the index cards for the MFW preschool toys. This is what I do with my 3 year old for preschool: MFW Preschool toy, row a BFIAR book, do a page or two in a Rod and Staff ABCD (About Three's) series. You could, for more structure, add BFIAR and an age appropriate workbook and use the index cards for the MFW preschool toys, and maybe include the toddler for BFIAR and some of the toys. That's just my opinion and you know your child obviously better than me, but just to let you know, even though some posts say MFW K is more like pre-k on other boards, and it does start off slow and gentle, it's not. It will cover a standard K year and have them reading simple stories by the end of the year. Reading words kick in at about unit 11.
Another idea....you could stretch MFW K over 1 1/2 years to 2 years. A lot of people do this so they can start at 4 and use the first half as "pre-k" and the second half as "k". This is typically done by doing MFW K only 3 days a week (but that would be less than 2 years?). Not sure how it works exactly. One reader posted she did 2 days one week and 3 days the other week. Lots of variations though. Like, you could do 2 days a week for the first year and substitute BFIAR or FIAR and some fun extras on off days and do 3 days a week the next year and again, add in FIAR or something if you want more....
Anyway, ultimately you have to decide what's right for you. Think about why you want to homeschool and what your vision is for homeschool, and see if doing MFW K fits that for you.