Renai,Renai wrote:Has anyone added to this program? I'm not thinking of buying another whole program, but perhaps a package of books. Would I need a TG, or could I just add the books as I saw fit? I cannot imagine doing two or three separate programs.
A few facts on us: We did MFWK last summer and currently are doing MFW1 this year. We are not interested in doing two years of American History, i.e. MFW is our main curriculum and will continue to be. I am just looking on how to add more depth to these particular subjects as it intimately affects us.
I just wanted to respond to your topics, which are topics I also have given quite a bit of thought to.
When my public-schooled kids learned about Native American history at a young age, I developed a personal opinion that might go contrary to some.Renai wrote:I've heard that it is very light when it comes to - for example - Native Americans. Does anyone add to this?
My opinion is that young kids should meet modern folks of all nationalities first, ideally in their own neighborhoods, or at least on field trips. And then they should learn the history in conjunction with the history of all people. Otherwise they may develop the impression, as my older children did, that only Native Americans have a tribal history, and that Native Americans today are either (a) all dead, or (b) not part of our community -- because they couldn't possibly wear modern clothing or work at regular jobs.
I appreciate that MFW does not introduce young children to a lot of the sinfulness of man until after they have thoroughly immersed them in God's love for the world and His plan for salvation (in ECC).Renai wrote: How does it cover the topic of slavery, if at all? I've heard nothing on that subject so far.
After that, MFW starts at the beginning with the fall of man, and heads through all of history, including the spread of people across the earth, as well as many instances of man's sinfulness, although I haven't gotten to slavery in America so I'm not sure what is covered.
I do know that children need a certain maturity to understand the sequence of time. And MFW has allowed my son to slowly absorb mankind's successes and failures, while trying to see them through God's eyes and hold them up against the example that Jesus set. Hopefully by the time ds gets to modern history, he will be able to reflect on how the past still influences the present, as well as how the lessons of history apply directly to him and his citizenship in God's kingdom.
Perhaps more than you wanted to discuss, thank you for listening to a couple of my own thoughts tonight,