Hi there.skyline wrote:For background: I have 4 children - the oldest two will be 8 and 5 in the fall. I am set on using MFW k and really wanted to use Adventures too, but then I looked at it at convention and have some questions/concerns about it.
1) My children are all adopted and are all African American. I had questions about how slavery is addressed, how treatment of Native Americans is addressed - does it sugar coat everything?? Will we have to add in alot of our own resources to teach black history?
2)Looking through their sample notebook - I got the impression that it starts out with a strong American history focus and then begins to cover the States. Does it continue with detailed chron. history?? What year does it go up to? Does it cover through the Civil War?? Does it talk in detail about the war?? I couldn't tell
3)I really love that the bible and science are tied together. And I like the idea of learning the States. But I didn't know if it got confusing to follow the timeline of the history. My other thought was to get both Adventures and add another program to it. Has anyone else done this or would that we American History overkill??
Thanks for your input. I really want to love Adventures but I am not sure it is right for our family
Lately, I've been starting all my posts with big "disclaimers." Here goes...
DISCLAIMER: I've never done Adventures. Nor do I own it.
Okay, that said...
In the three upper level (ie. not K or 1st) MFW programs that we've done, MFW doesn't really "sugar coat" things but does provide resources that I think are age-appropriate for children and are very respectful of their young ages and innocence. I am guessing that Adventures is handled in a similar way. I know that some folks have had issues with OTHER (non-MFW) curricula introducing difficult subjects not only early in the program but also in a not-so-sensitive way. So far, MFW's resources are great for me to either use as an introduction (meaning, I'll get back to the gory details in a few years) or as a springboard (we'll have parent-led discussions based on the questions we have after reading the books).
As for our kids, they are different from yours. None are adopted; they are white kids with both northern USA and southern USA relatives. But, we must discuss slavery with them too. And, our message to them is probably the same one you give your children: with Christ we can be free indeed. And also "hate injustice."
I'm stepping onto my soapbox.
I'm wary about combining any other program with a MFW program. MFW programs are complete and full and adding another program might result in extra work for mom (as she tries to weave the two programs together and decide what to do or what to omit) or in a bogged down program (if mom tries to "do it all"). Usually, I just say to choose one program or the other, and not try to do two programs at once. It's tough with homeschooling because we've got so many wonderful resources. Sigh. What a great problem to have.
Then again, there are people that do the combining thing quite gracefully. I'm not one of them.
Stepping off my soapbox.
Pray about what to do! (I say that a lot too).