Past of me is upset at myself for not keeping up with this blog throughout April & May, but the other part of me is just simply grateful that we made it through our school year and finished well!As we studied Australia, we didn't take any field trips or do much enrichment, however, Adelyn chose Africa as our final continent to conclude our year long World Geography tour and she completed her 6th grade Country Report, 21 pages long, based on Kenya!
I allowed her to use the Abeka Nation Notebook for tear-out pages; she read Quest For The Lost Prince (Trailblazer Christian book) for African reading.
Our last day of school was May 31st and it feels really good to now look back on FULL, THICK binders with all the work (notebooking pages, recipes, photos, reports, field trip brochures, etc) that the kids accomplished this year using My Fathers World.
For anyone considering using My Fathers World Exploring Countries & Cultures (gr 2-8), I just wanted to share what worked FOR US and what didn't, now that I can reflect on our year:
What Worked: MFW Units/Overall Concept
What Didn't: MFW Teachers Guide
I loved how the countries could be divided into 2wk-4wk units where the kids were immersed in learning about the food, clothing, history, language, government, travel, art, music, etc. The kids and I both feel like we "know" these countries better now. Not only where the countries are located, but what they're about.
I did NOT however, feel like the Teachers Guide was useful after about the first month. Once you see how the year is set up, and how to plan out learning for each country, I never really needed to refer back to the guide. I was able to find ALOT of better books, projects, crafts, recipes, by using local resources, apps and internet sites without referring to the guide, so it eventually sat on the shelf collecting dust.
What Worked: Notebooking
What Didn't: Coloring Sheets
MFW provides multiple coloring sheets for each country, found in the student lesson sheet packs.
Adelyn didn't mind coloring them, Judah was totally uninterested, and I felt like they were kind of a waste of time. We all much more preferred the NotebookingPages.com sheets that I purchased instead; they come with maps, templates, and sheets that can be used for writing/drawing/painting instead.
For as much FUN as we had this year (in spite of personal sickness and many, major changes for our family)
I am really not sold on continuing with My Fathers World for the future. Perhaps it's my passion for being creative, but for the cost of the MFW packages, I feel that I could have pieced things together on my own for much less money. I know God used MFW this year and for that I am thankful, but I am really looking forward to trying something new for next year :)