After all of my research, and lots of prayer, I had no doubt in my mind that My Father's World was the curriculum for us. Here is why:
- They (and I am actually quoting their website here, because they say it better than I could -- haha) "combine the best of Charlotte Mason, classical education, and unit studies with a Biblical worldview and international focus." I LOVE Charlotte Mason. One of the first books I ever read when we decided to homeschool in 2001 was "A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning." It really helped me to see what was really important in homeschooling.
- The projects are EASY. I am not the type of mom who likes to work on a complex-almost-impossible-to-finish project. Ugh! I want things as simple as possible. MFW has done that for me. They are a no-nonsense company.
- Their mission's focus. LOVE IT! The stories of missionaries fascinate and inspire me! My older children love for me to read them aloud. They are special moments for us.
- Everything is explained so well. They almost make it too easy. I have never had to call the company and ask a question. I do sometimes glean some ideas from the message board.
- They are as "twaddle-free" as possible. I rarely feel like anything I am reading or teaching is a waste of time. I am big on not wasting my time.
- It works for all types of learners and learning styles.
- It prepares them for living in the real world.
- I can focus on Kindergarten and 1st grade, teach 2nd-8th grade together, and high school is done independently (mostly).
I have, however, switched to a more "design my own" approach. Not completely, however, as we are very much enjoying The Mystery of History, Learning Language Arts Through Literature, Teaching Textbooks Math, and living books. I also still plan to use My Father's World Kindergarten and First Grade. You can read more about our switch here.