A Look Inside: Why My Father’s World?
I’m going to start off by saying that choosing a core homeschool curriculum is NOT an easy task. In fact, you don’t even need a core really. As long as you follow the homeschooling laws set by your state, you can homeschool with pretty much anything. But, we thought it was essential that we find a way to bring our kids together in the classroom. So, we chose a core curriculum: My Father’s World.
First, let me make it clear that I have not been asked to write this post nor have I been compensated in any way either. I just wanted to share our thoughts with other families who may be considering My Father’s World.
In my search, I appreciated all of the reviews that I read about My Father’s World. They were a great help for weighing the pros and cons with some of the other great options available. We also looked at Sonlight, A Beka, and Heart of Dakota. However, I was most interested in the concept and presentation of My Father’s World. So, let me tell you why we chose it over the others.
6 Reasons Why We Chose My Father’s World
1. Biblical Worldview.
This supports the underlying foundation of our homeschool. We are raising WARRIORS for Jesus, so it just naturally makes sense to teach from a biblical point of view. MFW provides daily lessons about God, who He is, and how it relates to the student.
Since this is our first year with MFW, we’re starting with the Adventures in US History. In this set, the kids will be studying the names of Jesus and what they mean. It also includes memory verses and a new Discoverer’s Bible. This curriculum is rich in biblical truths and points to what we want most for our homeschool. We’re raising WARRIORS!
2. Easy to Use with the Whole Family.
This curriculum core has a set cycle for teaching the whole family. This starts when the oldest student hits 2nd or 3rd grade and enters into the Family Learning Cycle. During these years, they move through different times in History while siblings formally join in as they age up. So, each new 2nd grader picks up with the rest of the kids in whatever year they are studying. This makes it easy to teach all of the kids at one time. The lessons are also easily adapted for the younger students to enjoy history with the big kids too! For a better explanation, read what MFW has to say HERE.
3. Freedom in Math/LA.
Another aspect of this program that I love is that I was able to continue using our LA program. As the students progress, MFW does not include Math, LA, and Foreign Language. I love the LA that we currently use from AOP Lifepac, and I wanted to continue using it while it fits our family. I also wanted to start our kids using MathUSee this year, so I was able to do that as well.
My Father’s World provides a rich foundation in History and Geography, Art, Music and Science while allowing students to progress at their own pace in Math and LA. We need that because Pedro is a fast learner. He breezes through math, so I wanted to have freedom in that part of our curriculum especially.
**MFW does recommend Math and LA curriculum and offers it to supplement. I just chose to stick with what we already use! So, if you want something all inclusive, you can get it from MFW.**
4. Planning Made Easy!
Well, that’s self explanatory, right?! I LOVE this curriculum because it is already planned out and explained for me. AND because MFW knows that you will be using Math and LA alongside, it adds blocks for those into the schedule.
Everything in the set is accounted for in the teacher’s manual. There is also a list of required materials provided that you’ll need (like 3 ring binders) and how they will be used. PLAN AHEAD suggestions also alert you to later lessons that will require extra work (like putting together and alphabetizing the provided flash cards). The manual is already one of my favorite parts to teaching this year!
5. Charlotte Mason Approach.
Our style of learning is quite a mix! Between my structured approach to teaching and learning and the now four different styles of learning, it’s been difficult to find a set approach to homeschool. However, I’ve found that the Charlotte Mason Approach fits our family to include all of our styles. I absolutely love the idea that kids learn more from daily life than textbooks. I also believe that play, imagination and creativity are a vital part of the learning process.
MFW follows the Charlotte Mason approach in that it allows for all of those necessary things. It is rich in literature and history and incorporates what they call the Book Basket (explained in #6). MFW also encourages us to interact with nature and history which we will do through family vacations (field trips) and nature walks. I am excited to share the learning process through this approach!
6. The Book Basket!
Most of my family and friends know that I am an avid reader! So, when I came across MFW I was impressed with the use of Literature throughout the curriculum. I believe they have done a great job choosing books to use as learning texts for this program.
But, what I love most is that MFW also introduces the concept of the Book Basket. The Book Basket is a collection of books that I will select from the library and provide for my kids to read and look at everyday. These book selections are designed to foster a love of learning and reading while also expanding on the topics we’re covering in school. The teacher’s manual provides an extensive list of great book suggestions for each week. So, all of the guesswork has been done for me! I LOVE any opportunity to visit the library or bookstore, so I’m thankful for this Book Basket idea!
There are so many great options out there for curriculum, and the practice of homeschooling is starting to spread as more and more families decide to teach and learn at home. We are all super excited to start our journey with My Father’s World! Keep checking back to the blog too because I will also be posting periodically throughout the year to explain more about what works and doesn’t work in our home. I will also follow up at the end of the year with a final review of MFW in our first year!
Which curriculum have you found fits your family best? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment and let me know what works or didn’t work for you. Also, if you are a MFW family, add to this discussion with the reasons why YOU chose to use MFW! Happy New School Year!!