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This is exactly where we are this year….trying to decide between MFW ECC and SCM Ancient Egypt. It’s been a year since these posts and would love to know what you each decided on. We have done MFW for the last two years, and this would be our first year with the family cycle, and I just feel really overwhelmed. I think I have figured out how to pare back, since my oldest is 3rd grade. In looking at SCM guides, it seems to simplify things, and I like the wide feast (my son loves classical music and art and I love the idea of character study and poetry done simply), and how the guides are already pared down for our grade level. I have also seen some things about SOTW that would be used later, that I am not so sure about.
My son is extremely visual, learns SO MUCH from video, and needs to sit beside me and watch the words if I am reading aloud to him. It’s night and day difference. I tried to read at lunch, and he retained nothing, but if he sits beside me and watches the words go by, he can tell the whole thing back to me in detail! So I worry a little bit about anything that is LOTS of reading aloud….
Anyway, in my search between the two, I came across this post, and was curious as to what your families chose and how it went.GraceParticipant
I actually just replied to your other post about leaving MFW. I can share more or answer any questions you have. I think SCM is a great curriculum too. But my son is also visual and he loves the hands on learning and the usborne books in MFW. I thought about adding them to SCM, but after looking at CTG thoroughly (I bought it and studied it) I realized how good it will be. I love to learn and I am excited to read Streams and summarize it for my kids. My main goal for them this year is to understand the OT and understand the Feasts and how they forshadow Christ. There is so much symbolism in the feasts that I think they help you understand God and the gospel in a deeper way. I realized after reading through CTG that I would add so many of the books to another curriculum that I should just use CTG. I should mention that I use the TM as a loop schedule. I don’t do a whole day usually. I have school hours and school M-Thursday and have a Fun Friday. We school year round.Reese23Participant
we are planning on using CTG this year as well. Can I ask, what is a loop schedule? Do you add anything else to MFW? Do you use it as written in the TM, or do you have to change it up to make it more CM friendly?CrystalNParticipant
The last two years of MFW we also did a loop schedule which made it waaayyy more enjoyable. Of course that means it took us 4 years to get their 2 of their “years”, but it was worth taking our time. I love a slower history pace.
Reese23 a loop just means you start on Mon and work through each day regardless of what day the TM says it is. So I may do half of Monday’s work on Monday but finish Tues., you just pick up where you left off regardless of the TM. At least that is how we did it. I pretty much ignored the days of the week on the TM. It took me several years to realize that was “allowed”. Lol. Once I took control away from the TM life was far more enjoyable.Reese23Participant
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Makes sense. I actually never thought of doing that lol.</p>GraceParticipant
It actually helped me to call the MFW office and ask them questions. MFW is very flexible and it does not have to be done as written but as fits your family. You can add whatever you want to it. You can take away whatever you want. I didnt like the art in ECC so we did very little of it and added more cooking from other countries which I enjoy. My kids are soon to be 10 years on down to baby. We do our loop schedule working down the grid and stopping at a certain time each day. We school year round and finished ECC in a calendar year even with having many littles and a new baby. But you can take it slower if you want. We do buy some books for book basket. I find bookbasket combined with MFW makes it very rich. I find deals on ebay but I buy only because having a home library is important to me. I used to just use the library and that was fine too. I would pray and then use what God leads you to use knowing it is what is good for your family.
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