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Christian Non-Traditional Homeschool Curriculum Review : My Father’s World

HomeschoolingOne is continuing the Non Traditional Homeschool Curriculum review of four Classical and Literature based curriculum on the market.  My Father’s World (MFW) is the third of these reviews.

 

My Father’s World

My Father’s World combines the best of Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, and Unit Studies all in one.  They segment their offerings by Discovery (younger ages), Investigate (through 8th grade), and Declare (High School).  In their Investigate series, they have a five-year curriculum series; Geography, Ancient History, World History (Rome to Reformation), US and World History to 1850, and US and World History from 1850 to Modern Times.  My Father’s World provides a combination of their curriculum guides and books from various publishers assembled into a package for their customers.  Following the general guide that a student may start with the geography segment, the Exploring Countries and Cultures includes books such as Heroes Tales, Christian Heroes Now and Then, Properties of Ecosystems, and Living World Encyclopedia.  They have a reading list available for the parent to use at the library to supplement the student’s reading at their level and ability.  Based on the five curriculum series for grades 2-8, a student would get through the series almost 2 times.

 

MFW does adjust for the student’s level of comprehension by adding in progressively more difficult language arts, writing, math, and science.  The language arts early years are based on an old text of Primary/Intermediate Language Lessons, Spelling Power, and Writing Strands. At 7th grade, the language arts changes to Progeny Press along with Spelling Power and Writing Stands.  The Math is based on Singapore Math until 7th grade when it changes to Saxon.  The Science is built into the basic curriculum through reading books until 7th grade at which it changes to the Apologia Science series starting with Apologia General Science.

 

Cost

MFW is very reasonable with the Exploring Countries and Cultures priced at $279 and 1850 to Modern Times at $351.  Although there are some reading books in their curriculum, they do encourage the parent to visit the library for additional books.  The prices do not include Math and Language Arts.  The parent would need to supplement this package with additional cost.

 

Author’s Opinion

We have never used MFW, but wished we had reviewed prior to this stage of our homeschool walk.  We like many of MFW concepts including the rich selection of books to enhance the understanding of history and the world around us.  It is interesting that the publishers offer Read Alouds and suggest going to the library to supplement the curriculum at the student’s ability.  They are aware of the price and trying to help the parent select appropriate material for the student along with not burdening with a high cost.

I agree with MFW in the Science selection especially at the 7th grade level.  Students at that level do need to be moving a little more into the higher science if they are headed toward a science degree in college.

 

Christian Non-Traditional Homeschool Curriculum Review : Memoria Press

HomeschoolingOne is continuing the Non Traditional Homeschool Curriculum review of four Classical and Literature based curriculum on the market.  Memoria Press is the second of the reviews.

Memoria Press

Memoria Press presents a combination of Memoria Press written Classical books and workbooks including Logic, Literature Guides, Latin, Composition, Christian Studies, and Classical Studies with other curriculum vendors.  Memoria Press provides full curriculum packages for each grade from K-12.

Many people are familiar with their curriculum through their Latin series, Prima Latin, Latin Christiana I and II, and First Form Latin series. While much of the curriculum is their own, they do use Rod and Staff Mathematics, market available literature, Story of the World, and various science books.  Some of the literature books for the Second Grade level are Little House in the Big Woods, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and The Courage of Sarah Noble.  The seventh grade literature includes The Wind in the Willows and Robinson Crusoe.

Cost

Memoria Press curriculum is reasonable with the 2nd grade priced at $370 and the 7th grade at $475.  This included everything you will need for the year.  One thing that was very nice about Memoria Press is that they offer a package for families who have already bought previous grades.  Therefore, you only buy what you need.

Author’s Opinion

Little House in the Big Woods, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and The Courage of Sarah Noble are all books that are well within the reach of an average 2nd grader.  In addition, The Wind in the Willows and Robinson Crusoe is also well within an average 7th grader.  For the family with avid readers, you may explore supplementing the literature with additional reading.

A side note: We used the Prima Latin curriculum and found it to be the perfect start to Latin.  Although I found the videos dry, my daughter enjoyed them very much and asked to do Latin.  While I do not like the price of the First Form Latin of $115, we will probably be purchasing this Latin curriculum this year.

The Bottom Line

Memoria Press definitely fits a need for many homeschoolers with their Classical approach.  There are so many great curriculum choices, Memoria Press is among the top choices.  They provide a full curriculum for all age and grade levels.  Take advantage of supplementing the reading with books from the library!

 

Update:

 

We bought the First Form Latin!  We can’t wait to get started on the curriculum! We found the curriculum for $109 at Christianbook.com and combined it with a free shipping coupon.

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