- Reviewed on Friday, January 17, 2014
- Grades Used: 9th and 10th
- Dates used: 2012 to present
Ancient History and Literature and World History and Literature
My son used the Ancient History curriculum last year (2012-2013) and is using the World History curriculum this year (2013-2014).
Both of these curriculums have been exceptional less the language arts. The literature is awesome and provides a wonderful array of classic books to read, but the grammar and composition are not enough for my liking. We use Rod & Staff English as a supplement. I have also added in 'God and the History of Art' for the fine arts credit--which has been amazing.
My son has thoroughly enjoyed both curriculums and that is saying a great deal. I took him out of public school after the 8th grade, because he wasn't completing all his assigned work, learning much of anything and his attitude was very unpleasant both at school and at home. What a turn around since we have been homeschooling! I feel confident that these curriculums have provided our son an excellent education in history, bible, and literature in an interesting, fun, and meaningful way.
My son and I highly recommend both of these curriculums with a note that the literature is definitely challenging, especially for those kids who may not like to read (They will need to read the original language in books like Caesar and Beowulf, however, an understandable English translation is on the opposite pages :) Good luck!
- Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
- Grades Used: 1st-3rd
- Dates used: 2012 - 2013
This review is for MFW Adventures. For our first year to homeschool I could not have been happier with our choice. I learnt a lot and it was at just the right speed for a newbie. However, once the year was over, I definitely wanted to make some changes and had some things I loved and also had some critiques. For us, the science was too shallow so half way through we switched over to Apologia. Likewise, while I loved the kids learning bible verses and the names of Jesus, we will switch off to a more in-depth bible study in the years to come. We did enjoy all of the read alouds and the book basket is really the crowning glory of MFW. I would order several from the library, lay them out and let the kids peruse and choose as they wanted. The book basket definitely helped peak their interest in the time period we were studying. I did find that about half way through when we switched over to studying state-by-state that the teachers' manual was a lot less informative and quite honestly we got a little bored of filling our state after state sheet. I made it more interesting by using printouts from the U.S. Mint State Quarter website and found a video that had 10 minute snippets about each state. I don't think the kids learned much about each state as it got overwhelming going over every single state bird, state flower, state motto week to week. But I appreciated the overview of US History. We'll see in the years to come what they remember and learned.
- Reviewed on Sunday, January 20, 2013
- Grades Used: 2nd
- Dates used: 2012/2013
This review is for Adventures.......I was so excited to start this new program. I don't know if I would repeat it with another of my 2nd graders however. The pro's are that the lessons are not very long. We can finish a week in 2 days if needed.The science is fun and engaging yet simple for your little ones to grasp. The 50 State pages where fun to color and the Art is great and really goes into how to draw and color wheels. Some of the read outloud books were great.The cons are that some of the read out loud chosen for this year were too long for some of the books. I love on the banks of plum creek but to read it outloud was too much for my 7 year old son. I finally gave up in the middle of Farmer Boy and found some books at the library from this author geared more to this age group.This happened with several of the reads out louds through the year. I spent more time in the read outlouds than we did with the schooling itself every day. On top of the read outlouds, you have other stories to read in history and in pioneers book as well. Then you have a book basket too. This is alot of time to read to someone. As the year goes on the teachers manual has less and less in it for that day. Which is okay toward mid year. I did not like that there wasn't a Bible devotion for each day of the week. Even a few lines would be okay come midweek but there would be some days that you would just go over the memory verse and that would be all for that day. Yes there would be other mention in other places but I like my Bible to be Bible time. We have 4 under 7 and it is tough to make the trips to the library for the books needed for the book basket. I would often just find my own to match what was being taught. Despite all of this I am going to order the 3rd grade year because I like that I can teach the kids all at once. I have also seen good reviews about that year as well. It looked to be better put together than this years.I am hopefully anyway :)
- Reviewed on Thursday, November 22, 2012
- Grades Used: 2nd-5th
- Dates used: 2012
This review is for Exploring Countries and Cultures , year one MFW. We have been using this wonderful curriculum this year. I am one of those Moms who had really tried so many curriculum with my 3 children, and yet failed to find something that really worked for us. Until we tried MFW. MFW has a philosophy of trying to get the best education in the least amount of time, with the least amount of stress. And so it has been an answer to us.
A bit of history- We are the kind of family that love unit studies and Charlotte Mason, so we first tried to put it all together alone, which was too much work for me, then we tried Weaver, which we really do love, only, I find it's not as "open and go" as I'd like and I still have to gather lots together to do it.
MFW has combined the best of these fun types of hands on learning, BUT made it all so much easier for the parent. I think the Teacher manual is the key to this.
With each level comes a Teacher Manual. I open it, and can look at a glance at the weekly spread and see what is ahead. On the right, are more detailed notes where needed, for each day. You order a pack of student notes (if you don't buy the whole Deluxe or Basic set) and these are marked with the day they are used. They are packaged chronologically by use, so the one on front is always the next worksheet we use. No scrambling around for notes or copying.
I think it is a good investment to order the Delux package. Do the calculations, even if you own a book or two, and it is usually cheaper anyway. We have loved all the books that we have used and have especially enjoyed the geography link to the Christian books included. Additional supplies that are needed are really not crazy, like I've seen in other curriculum, they're basic things. I also appreciated that the package came with the globe, and the map, because that meant no rushing around finding things.
Do not get too worried about the "Book Basket List" I really wished I had access to the list before I purchased, as I was unsure we would be able to get the recommended books ar the library. Honestly, I see the book basket list as an added extra, we owned a number of the books, and keep our eyes peeled for the others, but you can use any title related to the country or science that you're doing.
Our children have also enjoyed MFW more than other curriculum and asked if we could stick with it. That says something! I think some of the activities are a little challenging for my 2nd grader, but I use my discretion and omit the things I think she can do at a later level.
As a Mom who has an auto-immune disease to contend with, amongst the normal stresses of life, I have found MFW to be the answer. I can manage it, even on a bad day, or just assign some things for another day, which is easily managed.
Lastly, this review is not for the other subject material offered by MFW, such as Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons, Singapore Math and Writing Strands, but I would like to add that I think these choices mesh wonderfully with the MFW philosophy and have also been a big plus in our homeschool. I plan to review them elsewhere.