As many of you know, we have been using My Father's World since Kindergarten. We really love them, and can't imagine using other curriculum. That said, there are always some parts of each year that work for our family, and some that don't. Please take these as just our experience. Your family may seem of our pros as cons, or vice versa.
- History We always love the History sections of MFW, and it is usually my favorite part of the teacher's manual. The Books Story of the U.S. and American Pioneers and Patriots were great living books, each week my kids asking to read more than assigned for that day. The many other History Living books, such as North American Indians, were very kid friendly and informative. The student sheets and sticker books were also fun. We also still use the placement in school, almost every day.
- Bible Learning the names of Jesus was informative, and always tied easily with s science lesson. For example, when we learned that Jesus was the Bread of Life, we also learned about yeast. The Bible Memory wasn't too daunting this year, like we have seen in later years of the family cycle.
- Science-First Encyclopedia of Science was very fun, and kid friendly. We also printed a list of Magic School bus episodes, found on MFW facebook page. We also enjoy the student sheets and the Bird Nature Study using Birds, Nests, and Eggs. We went on several nature walks, but were never that great about note booking. The Fun with Magnets set was also used a lot, but mostly in just free exploration.
- Language Arts- We like Language Lessons for Today. We really enjoy the gentle introduction to English and grammar. We tried a traditional approach on recommendation from a friend, and it was way too much repetition for us. Spelling by Sound and Structure has also been a wonderful curriculum that goes perfectly with our second grade workboxes.
- Music appreciation lessons focus on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker were fun, and went along with our field trip to see the Nutcracker (in the Deluxe Package). We listed tot he CDs while we colored the History Student Sheets. In the student sheets & on a CD, you get to learn some simple patriotic songs that were very fun.
- Art I Can Do All Things (in the Deluxe Package) wasn't for us.We did about half of the beginning lessons, and they were interesting, but we just never got that into these lessons. Granted,m we didn't have the DVDs. We stopped, and just did Draw Write Now , which my kids LOVED, and we ended up using all through third grade Exploring Countries and Cultures.
- Read-Alouds (The Courage of Sarah, NobleOn the Banks of Plum Creek, Sarah Whitcher's Story, In Grandma's Attic, Mountain Born, Farmer Boy) were also great, but we never seemed to get to them during the day, so I started a chapter at bedtime. When that didn't work on a consistent schedule, we got them them in audio book from the library and it turned them into a Pro! Farmer Boy was our favorite, especially if you have young boys. This was great for along car ride to our in-laws.
- Math We have never had great luck with MFW recommend Math. We use Math U See, you can see our review here.
- Science We did a very small handful of the activities are included in Science in the Kitchen and Science with Air. We also didn't use the Soda Bottle Bird Feeder, and just used Toilet Paper Rolls, with peanut butter and bird seed.
- Stack the States App -Inexpensive app that we used ALL THE TIME. My husband and I even play on it a lot!
- Scrambled States- Simple board game about America, so easy that 2nd graders can play easily without much assistance after first time.
- Liberty's Kids - The Complete Series- Great for sick days, and on those long winter days stuck inside!
|Draw Write Now with MFW Adventures|
|Second Grade Workboxes MFW|
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