I woke up one day last week and realized:
We have just six weeks left in this school year. Six weeks!
Honestly, I sort of felt like this past school year would go on and on.
Well, I’ve been on my toes a lot this year! Yes, I felt like giving up a time or ten.
And here we are, wrapping up the school year. Which, of course, means I’m getting excited about next year. 🙂
I told you last year why I switched to My Father’s World Curriculum. I shared a little about our experience with MFW Kindergarten curriculum, and today I want to review My Father’s World for second and third graders.
The quick review:
What I Love About MFW:
- It’s eclectic and very Charlotte Mason-y.
- Many of the core books cover multiple grade levels (which means less books to buy in the long run).
- It’s very user-friendly for families with multiple children and various ages.
- It’s mostly literature-and-history based, with a strong Scripture core.
- Daily lessons are concise. No busy work or repetitive reviews.
- The subjects encourage hands-on, visual, and audio learning.
- It provides a beautiful balance of oral and written work.
- It’s a popular curriculum, so it’s easy to find used on ebay and Homeschool Classifieds.
What I Don’t Love About MFW:
- The “deluxe” curriculum packages can be overwhelming if you try to do everything.
- It can be expensive when you’re buying for several children. (Which is why I shop around for gently used curriculum, and generally don’t go with the deluxe packages.)
- The teacher’s manuals are way over-priced! (In my very frugal opinion.)
THE FULL REVIEW:
Adventures in U.S. History
My two oldest children are ten and seven years old, so I chose the Adventures in U.S. History unit. This unit is actually geared for second and third graders, but I started my fourth grader with it so we could enjoy a year of American history. My biggest concern was that it might be too simple for her.
And it was, a little. Miss A read all the recommended literature within the first two months, so my biggest challenge this year has been keeping her busy!
Miss A is super bright and extremely motivated, so she’s whipping through most of the lessons without any struggle. I’m letting her go as fast as she can go, just to keep it challenging.
My younger daughter, Miss E, has stayed right on track with the American history. Even my kindergarten and preschool age sons enjoy listening to the history lessons every week!
Spelling & Language Arts
My ten year old is doing well with Spelling Power. This book is a bit pricey (retail value is nearly $100 if you purchase the book and activity cards).
It’s also pretty complicated for a spelling book!
I’m a minimalist, so I get by as simply as possible.
My oldest daughter enjoys the spelling games in the book, and we tackle one spelling list per week.
Other than that, I’ve hardly scratched the surface of ideas and methods outlined in Spelling Power!
You can go as “deep” or as simple as you want to with this book.
I love old books, so I absolutely adore the Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons volumes!
These books serve as our language arts curriculum and cover second through sixth grade work.
The Language Lessons set explores practical and useful language art skills without being overly complex. We usually finish a lesson in about ten to fifteen minutes.
I love the fact that we can easily implement both oral and written work with these books.
My seven year old has hit quite a few bumps with phonics this year, so I ditched language arts and spelling with her and am simply focusing on laying a solid foundation for reading right now.
We switched to Reading Horizons last fall and she is gaining ground.
Both my girls are doing well with Singapore Math. I’m letting both girls take this curriculum at their own pace, since the books are pretty advanced. (I’ll share a review of Singapore Math later this spring.)
As we wrap up our first year with My Father’s World, I’m excited about continuing my children’s education with this curriculum.