So, what curriculum do we use?

This post was inspired from another’s blog this morning. I decided it would be a good idea to repost my comment here, with a few things edited to make the transitions easier since the original post is not on top. This was to avoid confusion. I will link the original blog at the end so you cna check it out for yourself what inspired me 🙂

 

So, I tried Story of the World with my boys when I first started teaching at home. The story format was a nice approach, but it did not delve deeply into GOD’S story. God is the very reason we even have history (Clearly I am of a creationist mindset, hmm?). It just seemed TOO easy. Perhaps it would be better for younger children?

I’ve tried a variety of history ideas, all really not bad, but just did not fit my family’s needs and wants. After over a year of searching and exploring options, I came across My Father’s World Curriculum. I…love…it! The kids love it. I thank The Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay, Florida for being able to fully explore this option.

MFW has a cycles like Classical Conversations (Yes, I tried this curriculum as well!) but is taught to strengthen children in today’s world. I think Latin is awesome, but Spanish just seemed..practical? Yes, the curriculum covers Greek (and later Latin) roots and I think that is a perfect start.

I have also been using the kindergarten curriculum they have for my special needs niece. Very God orientated and she has been progressing very well. She could not read at all this past summer. I combine this with Bob book series (If your looking for a great beginning reader’s set) and the printouts to go with it from a wonderful mom’s blog called 3 Dinosaurs.

MFW is history based from a biblical point of view. It is relatively cheap compared to other full curriculums and the manual is easy to to utilize when setting it up for your children (I found CC’s a bit unwieldy). I also like that it tries to just present the words of the bible and leaves the deeper meanings for you to discuss with your children. It does not tell you what to believe the bible means, but neither does it leave you high and dry if your perhaps wondering just how to connect the dots.

I am in my second year of MFW cycles (Grade 3-8/ with 7/8 supplemented for Jr High needs, which they give excellent resources and ideas for right in the manual). I will be using their high school curriculum for the 2 eldest boys, while the youngest boy will go on to the 3rd year with Jr High supplementation. My niece will follow whatever will be appropriate for her based on her progress, but will still be MFW since she enjoys it so much.

Because of my experience with other curriculum and ideas, I highly recommend MFW for content, usability, and overall price. You can easily Google My Father’s World for their site. Either way, good luck with your current choice 🙂 Please post what you use and how it’s been working for you below!

Link to Proverbial Homemaker: http://www.proverbialhomemaker.com/2014/01/why-were-ditching-story-of-world.html

My Father’s World Website: http://www.mfwbooks.com/

Book Review: The Mageri Series by Dannika Dark

I’ve always loved paranormal romance! The hard part is finding one that does not degrade very quickly into a very torrid sex scene in the first chapter. In fact, I’ve been looking for ones that can touch upon the sensuality of a sexually charged scene that does not feel the need to get pornographic about it. This is hard to find in a book geared towards adults these days. I find myself delving more and more into books geared for the  “teen”  audience.

Teen genre books can be a tough area for a well read person to get into. Not all authors have a mature writing style. It can be over simplified or “dumbed down”. As if the teen audience is lacking the ability to read well. I think this is depressing. I know plenty of teens with very good reading comprehension. They do not need dumbed down versions of adult books. For me, the “teen” designation should be because of the subject matter. Such as: How far does one go when writing a sex scene? How much violence should I add to this book if my target audience are going to be teenagers? Is the subject matter appropriate?

I also think the teen genre is an excellent opportunity to attract adult readers that want a great story while still having integrity and morality used in the writing style. One does not need to be vulgar to attract a mature and well read audience. So, what does this all have to do with the series I am currently reading? I am most happy to tell you…so follow along 🙂

Dannika Dark has done an excellent job of writing a story line that is not only done well, but can get an idea across without being vulgar. Yes, there are some intense sexual tension on occasion, but it is done tastefully for the most part. You get some frank portrayals of what is going on that come across as pretty realistic without going so far that you feel you just picked up a horror or soft-porn novel.

While this series is not made for young children, I feel it is relatively safe for older teens and adults. In the end, as a parent, you should check things out for yourself if you are truly concerned if a writer is safe for your home. If you look through the book and decide it is not for you or your teen, that is your right and there is absolutely nothing wrong with your informed decision. Kudos to those who take the time to double check things of this nature.

As for the actual story in this series, I really hate giving out too many details. I want you to discover them for yourself. So, I will simply post the link you can find on amazon about the series: http://www.amazon.com/The-Mageri-Series-Boxed-Books-ebook/dp/B00BRP6FEC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390928833&sr=8-2&keywords=mageri+series+by+dannika+dark