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Old 10-23-2012, 06:25 AM   #11
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My Father's World has it all laid out for you, with what you do each day, craft ideas, everything. There is writing each week, but it isn't a lot, and at the beginning it is just 1 letter and 1 number each week. We are on week 7 and my son started writing words last week, but it was just his 1 letter, 1 number and then 1 word. The gradually increase the amount of writing each week as you go. At the back of the teaching manual are book suggestions for the week, usually like 10-20 different books ranging from easy reader to non-fiction, and I just reserve them at the library and pick them all up...we read as many as we want that week to relate to the topic of the week. We added in additional math because my son was already adding/subtracting stuff on his own, but the program includes all of that. We bought the deluxe set and we will reuse it for each of the other kids when the time comes.

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Old 10-23-2012, 07:33 AM   #12
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Do you mind sharing how much it costs?
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We use Lifepac K for reading/writing and Math U See for Math. 30 minutes to an hour a day
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #14
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The MFW K program cost $206 new. http://www.mfwbooks.com/products/M50/20/0/0/1 It includes everything except library books and the occasional household products for crafts. Sometimes they offer free shipping. If you want used you can probably find it on Ebay or a used homeschooling site. Keep in mind though that the teacher's manual was updated (I think in 2011) and the new version is MUCH nicer. You can reuse everything with future kids except the student sheets. THis is the program that we use and love, but I would suggest you look into a couple others before making a purchase. You want to make sure that you and your DD are going to be comfortable with the program and that you like what it has to offer. If you are wanting Bible based, you might also want to look at Heart of Dakota http://www.heartofdakota.com/little-hearts-packages.php and Sonlight (it's pricey!) http://www.sonlight.com/homeschool-c...?grade=k&tab=m If you can, I would also suggest trying to look at some of the stuff IRL. Maybe you know some homeschooling families or maybe their is a homeschooling group in your area that would let you look at their stuff?

As far as you DD not wanting to homeschool....you can gently point out how early she would have to get up to go to "real school" and how long she would have to be gone. And of course all the cool fun stuff that you will get to do together. It would also help if you could find a homeschooling family or two so she could have some friends in the same boat as her. Before long she will love it!
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #15
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We don't spend more than 90 min a day doing actual school work. We do crafts, fieldtrips and other extra stuff here and there but actual work takes very little time.
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IT was $206 for the Kindergarten Deluxe package and the basic package is $124. The savings for us will come when we use the same kit for the other 2 kids and only spend $40 for just the student pages since we will be able to reuse everything else.

http://www.mfwbooks.com/products/M50/20/0/0/1

There is also a message board on their website where you can read about what other families are doing/how they like the program.
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Thanks everyone! My younger ones are currently 2 and 4 mos. Does having littles make it harder to put the time in and do things like crafts, field trips, etc.
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Having younger ones can make it a bit more difficult but this is what I do. I have a 5 yr old, 2 1/2 yr old and 4 month old. I try and focus the sit down work when at least the 4 month old is napping.

With some of the crafts, I will set up enough to let the 2 yr old do the craft at the same time as my 5 yr old. She usually requires a bit more help, but she really enjoys getting to do the crafts. If the craft is something that will be too hard for her, then I set up something different...some watercolors and paper, something for her to cut up(we have some scissors just for her that only cut paper), etc.

If she wants to "do school" when I am teaching my son, then I give her a coloring book, or a little workbook that she can "write" in. It makes her feel included. When we sit down to read the books I try and read to the older 2 together since they both really like books.
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