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What do you think? I've been looking at Sonlight, but My Father's World looks good too and it's much cheaper!! TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm using it and loving it! We are using K for DS and 1st for DD. This fall we'll switch to Adv. for DD and 1st for DS.<br><br>
They have an awesome and very helpful message board on their website. I really liked the idea of Sonlight, but it was soooo much more expensive and the science was a seperate component, that didn't necessarily tie in w/ what you were studying elsewhere. I like how MFW has it all integrated. They also have a yahoo group...MFWFamilies, I think. Lots of helpful mama's there, too!
 

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We switched from Sonlight to MFW a few months ago. I use Adventures for my 2nd grader and Kindergarten for my 5 yo. The Kindergarten is too easy for my 5 yo and we have dropped much of it, though I will probably keep it and use it for a preschool program next year for my dd. We LOVE Adventures! It's perfect for my 2nd grader.<br><br>
I loved Sonlight on paper, but in actual use it was a miserable failure for us. I have visual learners and Sonlight is all auditory. It was LOTS of reading and no hands-on. Many of the books were Usborne books, which we disliked for the information packed pages and cartoonish illustrations. Pretty much the day was tablework, then a pile of books where we read a few pages from this one, then a few pages from another, and another. I love to read but it was drudgery even for me. And it was information overload. Snippets of information from about 20 different topics a week, none of them seeming to tie together in any way. The science was the worst for this; a zillion topics and then an experiment on something totally unrelated. However, we did enjoy the read alouds and we still add many of these into our bedtime reading routine. But its liberating now; we can just pick the books that sound interesting to us and dump the rest.<br><br>
MFW is quite different. We focus on just a few topics per week (i.e. Ben Franklin, Jesus the Rock and Rocks and Minerals for science) and dig a little deeper into these. Yet, through studying less, the kids learn more. It's hard to explain. Everything seems to fit together. We use fewer books in the program, and then MFW incorporates a concept called "book basket" where they give you a list of recommended books for that week related to the topics being studied and you get these from your library. Your child spends 10-15 minutes a day going through them either independently or you could do it together. It is supposed to be intended as a "feast"; the child can try little tastes of this and that but isn't pressured into focusing on just one book from start to finish. This works really well and fosters independent learning. MFW also seems much more well-rounded than SL as it includes art, music, optional nature walks, and the schedule blocks out time for foreign language and such. There are several hands-on projects incorporated throughout each week. Also, course of study is a bit different. For my son's age he was studying Ancients with SL which was difficult for him to grasp, whereas now he is studying American History which not only makes more sense to him, but it's more interesting to him at this age. He will study Ancients in a few years when he's a little more mature.<br><br>
MFW has been a blessing for my oldest son. He has learned SO MUCH in these past few months whereas I doubt he could recall anything from our time spent with SL. MFW is very Christian, however, and it is interwoven throughout the program so it would be difficult if not impossible to remove that content if that bothers you. Also, access to a library would be a big plus. MFW is much less expensive than SL, yet seems to include more, because of all the library resources used. Oh, also I like how it recommends videos as well as books; these have been great learning tools for my children. Good luck with your decision; every child learns differently. I hope you find the right method for your family.
 

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Wow, thank you so much for all the info, you have no idea how much that has helped! It's good to hear real-life experiences from other mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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No problem; glad to help out<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I really like MFW. We are doing 1st and EX1850. I decided that I would prefer to own my book basket books so I have purchased 3-5 resources for each week. I labeled them according to what year MFW and what week each resource is used. I had a very nice assortment of books for the first half of the year. Much nicer than SL. I think that it cost around $200 for the books that I bought. Most were around $3-4. I'll run six children through each year of MFW so it is still economical in the long run.
 

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If you go to <a href="http://www.mfwbooks.com" target="_blank">www.mfwbooks.com</a>. There is a link on the homepage for message boards that are REALLY informitive!
 

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Thank you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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