It’s that time of year! Homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs are in full swing.
While we’ve added in a few supplements here and there, our family has enjoyed using My Father’s World since the beginning. We’ve enjoyed every single year and I especially looked forward to next year, when all three of my school-aged children would use one manual.
Recently, I’ve received several homeschooling questions which forced me to examine our own setup and current school year. Here’s the deal–it’s time for me to ditch my pride, forget the school year calendar, and meet my children’s needs.
We already started making tweaks this year but it wasn’t enough. My oldest son needs more one-on-one. As I’ve mentioned before, he has a spectrum diagnosis and is a very intelligent little fella who struggles with reading, writing, and processing speed.
So after a very turbulent start to our second semester, we decided that my oldest daughter would begin again with Creation to Christ from Heart of Dakota and is now entering Unit 5. The cool thing is we got to experience both the first semester of MFW’s Creation to the Greeks and now HOD’s Creation to Christ and it’s neat to see how the two compare! I can honestly say that these are both absolutely solid programs but they each take a different approach.
I was concerned about her repeating material, but she loves it! She’s enjoying HOD’s CtC immensely and since she’s a strong reader who thrives on independent work, she’s excelling. At the end of the day, she excitedly tells her dad about all the new things she’s learned.
Meanwhile, my son is working through the Emerging Readers Set from HOD, Rod and Staff English 2, and Science and Social Studies PACEs to focus on his reading skills. He’s already completed Teaching Textbooks this year, so we’re good for math for awhile. Once we feel his reading/writing/processing speed has improved, we will decide if we’ll move him into HOD’s Preparing or take a different route.
And my soon to be K4er will use MFW’s Preschool items (Our 4th time through!) with the About 3 Series from Rod and Staff/Christian Light Education. (Also our 4th time through!)
And of course the sweet toddler will be tagging along, and enjoying a few items from Timberdoodle.
I know that changing curriculum in March sounds drastic, but I feel good about the direction we’re going. I hope to update with a positive report in the future.
What about you? Have you ever completely changed curriculum this late in the school year?
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