Thursday, August 25, 2011

It has ARRIVED....much to my surprise EARLIER than expected

I have to admit since we sent SL back and ordered MFW I was depressed.   Not because of my decision but because I had to WAIT.  I don't wait nicely.  I get anxious, depressed - really the Lord needs to help me here sometimes.  Last night I was talking to my sweet husband around 8 PM saying I was excited that MFW had been ordered and shipped and was wondering when it would arrive.   Thinking to myself....I ordered it on Friday,  it will probably arrive some 10 days later or so.  At least that is what the MFW website says, 7-10 days and we are always at the tail end if not past the end day.   So, it was 8 pm last night and I was in a funk because I wanted our books and wanted to get started....did I say I hate waiting?   I ordered it Friday and here it was Wednesday and I just knew it would be a few more days, probably past the weekend.     Bummed.

Shawn went out at 9 PM to put our hens up.   He comes in a few minutes later with a BOX.  I asked him, " What did you order now?".   He said, " nothing."   What??? Could it be?? Naaaaa....but what else could it be?  It was MY FATHERS WORLD.   It was here!!!!!   I screamed for the kids who were already dressed and cleaned up for bed and in bed quietly reading.   Everyone was so excited!   It was better than Christmas morning around here!  

This weekend I will purchase our supplies for the first 2 weeks.....we start Monday!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's like a kid waiting for Christmas!!!!

I ordered MFW last week and here I sit, excited as can be , for our box to come in.   I can not wait to get started learning about the different cultures of different countries this year.   So many neat activities and plans to make for parties with our home school friends.   Our first party - FIESTA - in week 3 and 4, I think, we will be studying Mexico , and we will be making all sorts of Mexican crafts and foods and at the end of our study we will hold a fiesta for our home school group.   Since we did Sonlight the first 3 weeks and just ordered MFW we are in limbo.   We are still doing our LA and math and Latin and Astronomy but being without our core I feel naked.   The core is always our favorite part of our day and it feels odd doing everything else we are doing,   

What else are we doing this year?
CLE Math 2 for Hannah

Teaching Textbooks Math 5 for Christopher

Our science is Apologia Astronomy

Prima Latina for Latin

Growing with Grammar f

Learning cursive with A Reason for Handwriting

I think that about covers it.    

So, while I wait for MFW stuff to come in we are keeping plenty busy.   I will continue to patiently wait for our core to come in, excited as a kid at Christmas time.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Starting the 2011-2012 school year over.....

Last year we used MFW - Adventures and we had a wonderful year!!!   I don't know why I didn't originally choose it for this year.   I have always wanted to try Sonlight.    So, this year I decided to go ahead and order it and since they have a 6 month guarantee I thought well, if I don't enjoy it and my kids don't enjoy it I will send it back.   We just finished week 3 and guess what? We aren't enjoying it like we did MFW.  It is just too much literature.   Don't get me wrong.  Literature is wonderful and my kids LOVE to read but it was at the point where reading was just not fun anymore.   So, I prayed on what to do and in my heart God answered go back to MFW, which I have done.   I placed my order on Friday and should receive it next week hopefully.  We will be starting the 5 year cycle MFW - Exploring Countries and Cultures ( ECC).  I feel so at peace now that it is ordered and that I know this will be what we are doing this school year, so I know it was the right choice.   I never had this same feeling with Sonlight.   Sonlight may be a great fit for some families but not for mine.   I tried it and even though it's not our thing we have gained some great readers from it, we decided to send everything back except the readers.   I think the kids have a whole year of books sitting here now and next year I can just sell them to someone else wanting to do Sonlight.     

This year we will be spending 2 weeks per country, learning about the culture of each, doing hands on activities - which my kids really missed with Sonlight.   I will be posting them as we go along~

Can't wait to get started!