|Fun in the big city!|
The curriculum that stood out the most for me was My Father's World. They had a sample of some of the kindergarten work on display and it was just gorgeous. Interestingly enough, I already had one of their catalogs at home, had looked through it months before and didn't think it was for us. After seeing the samples of the Kindergarten curriculum work at the convention, however, I had to change my mind.
I spent the next few weeks reading reviews, searching through homeschooling forums and whatever else I could find comparing a few of the different curriculums I had seen at the convention. I fell more and more in love with My Father's World. It came up as our top recommendation using HomeEdExpert (free & personalized curriculum guidance, developed in collaboration with Cathy Duffy). I wrestled with the fact that I *know* I could do a great job teaching kindergarten material just unschooling and using the ideas in the Kindergarten Basics book I mentioned a few months ago, but having that little bit of extra structure of a set curriculum really won me over in the end, and I ended up ordering the deluxe package a couple weeks ago.
Miss K told me one day that she would like to start school when she is 5. She already knows her alphabet and letter sounds and is starting to read 3 letter words pretty well, and she is also doing some easy addition (i.e. I think she is ready for K), so I suggested that we start after my mom and stepdad visit us this summer. She then said that she would like to start when they are here. A few days after having this discussion, UPS delivered our MFW curriculum. While Miss H was taking her nap, we opened it up and explored the contents. Miss K casually said to me,
|MFWK Deluxe Package|
"Oh, is that so?" I asked.
"Yes," she said, "I want to start when (Miss H) is sleeping!"
I don't blame her; I think I am just as excited! As I read For the Children's Sake, I find that I resonate well with Charlotte Mason's ideas (I didn't know a whole lot about her philosophies before). I think that MFW will be a really good fit for us. It has the structure that I'm looking for, but is also flexible and incorporates lots of fun and creative activities. I love how Biblical principles are integrated into the curriculum, and I'm especially excited about the introductory Creation module. The included resources are high quality and well thought out. We are encouraged to use the library for most, if not all, of our reading material. I think that is such an important skill to have and foster! It's also really nice to have the support of other MFW'ers as well as share ideas on the My Father's World forum. I also joined a Yahoo group of families using MFWK this year. I'll keep you updated on our progress and post pictures of our projects once we get started!
Here is a great article with lots of tips for keeping a toddler busy while homeschooling older children! We're already trying to incorporate some of these ideas into our day in order to ease the adjustment.