Since my last post, we let My Father's World K fall to the wayside. We really struggled with getting back into the rhythm and groove of things after our overseas move, which, among other distractions, included leaving our special homeschooling space. Once we were down to doing school maybe once a week, I decided that we weren't getting as much out of it as we could, and that there was no point in forcing it. I realized that there will be plenty of time in the future when we will have to do school, and that at this point we're still ahead of the game. My advice to anyone contemplating doing MFWK with a 4 year old (or even a 5 year old!) would be to wait. Even if you think your child is ready. Even if you're excited about the curriculum.When we first started, Miss K knew her alphabet, the letter sounds, and could sound out 3-4 letter words. I had fallen in love with the MFWK curriculum, and I thought that in another year the material would be too easy for her. I definitely don't regret starting with her before she turned 5. If you've seen my MFW posts, you know that we've had a really great time with it! However, we've also had a great time unschooling over the past six months. We've focused more on simply having fun rather than on a structured learning time, and that obviously isn't to say that we haven't been learning anything. The girls have been studying nature and architecture (well, okay, they called it "building snail playgrounds"). Miss K has been studying math on her own volition, as well as creating her own copywork. We've been learning Spanish. We even took a 5km trip to outer space a few weeks ago. (Now that would have gone well with our Moon unit!) Through play, I've discovered that unit studies will probably be a good match for us in the future. I can also say with confidence that the material in MFWK will not be too easy for Miss K once we get back to it later this fall, and I may even push it back another full year since we have a lot of other stuff going on.
I'm also going back to school! But more on that later. Yes, I'm going to leave you hanging. I have to get to bed. For now, I'll just leave you with a picture of the snail playground...
We started O-o-octopus before we left, and finished it in Estonia about a month later. We had much more fun with this one, though it was still a bit hectic with the trip and holidays (and slightly disorganized with our supplies and so on). After the long break, it was a little tough getting back into the swing of things, but we're getting there.
The highlight of the octopus unit was definitely discovering the Indonesian Mimic Octopus! Wow!! I never learned about anything like this in school! Stumbling on amazing things like this and learning new things is such a huge part of why I love homeschooling!
We made our own underwater scenes with "finger octopi":
Miss K's masterpiece
...and Miss H's...
Ze artists at work!
Singing the "Short Vowel Song"
When I told Miss K that we are moving on to our next letter and unit today, she exclaimed, "What!? But we just started o-o-octopus! Why was it so short?!" I was able to console her by explaining that the next unit is W-w-water, so technically, we could keep exploring octopuses. We're looking forward to water, though, especially with all this snow on the ground! We even started our new week with a physics lesson, otherwise known as... sledding! :)