I think you'll like MFW. It's gentle but it's also got a lot of good learning in it. I wouldn't worry too much about lining up the seasons to fit the curriculum. Instead, start when your son is ready and work at his speed.Guest wrote:I just ordered MFW-K for my son, and am excited to receive it and start using it. I will need to wait till the material arrives, and look it over, before I decide whether to jump right in and start it now, or wait till September.
I hope to start it now, but if it seems like the Seasons wont match up right with the lessons, I will wait till September. Looking forward to becoming part of the MFW family! This website, and message board, are both so helpful. Thanks!
When you start in the fall, you'll probably be able to visit the U-Pick apple farm during a-a-apple week, and while that is nice, it's not required. I found that it's just fine, in fact it's downright nice, to do some activities a bit out of order. Let's assume that you started in January and did a-a-apple in February. You will be able to do an apple taste test due to the supply at grocery stores and you'll be able to make a nice warm pie. Then, in September, when the U-pick orchard is ready for apple picking, you spend a day remembering the a-a-apple activities you did 7 months ago, maybe watch a video or read a book on apple orchards and the next day go to the apple farm. The review a few months later actually seems to make the learning "stick" more than doing it all in one week. Well, that's my experience. It will be just as special doing it a half year later if you spend a day (or a morning) reviewing what you learned earlier.
Also, if you hit b-b-butterfly during a cold month, simply wait until summer. You can say, "remember when we learned about butterflies? Well, now we'll see them grow!" You said your son is 6.5 years old, so why not give him a butterfly garden for his 7th birthday which is probably summer time? Order the caterpillars to arrive at his birthday and have fun!
We've hit some of these units at unusual times and have saved some activities for months later and have enjoyed reviewing what we learned. The kids were (and me too) delighted to realize they remembered what they learned months earlier.
So, start when your son is ready and go at the right pace for him and if you need to, schedule some activities based on the weather where you live.