All last year Griffin begged to do school. He wasn't satisfied with those little preschool workbooks. He wanted real school. So at barely 4 he's doing Kindergarten. We may have to repeat part of it next year (he's doing beginning phonics) but he is so happy to be doing school. I'm trying a new curriculum this year called My Father's World. Griffin is using the kindergarten program and 4 weeks in we really like it. It's just enough hands on to make him happy and enough structure to make me happy. :) My Father's World is a combination of classical eduction and Charlotte Mason philosophy, with a Biblical Worldview.
We do the main part of My Father's World Adventure together. It's an overview of American History for 2nd or 3rd graders who are the oldest in the family. Once two children can read well they share the same curriculum so mom doesn't have to teach on multiple levels. Right now, I do kindy with Griffin, the reading, writing, Bible and math portion of My Father's World First Grade with Ty, and Adventures with everyone for more Bible, History, Art, Read Alouds and Science. If we could do school uninterrupted (what's that- with a 2 yo and a baby HAHAHA) I could be done in less than 3 hours. Considering I have children on three different levels and music instruction, I think that's pretty good. :)
We have used Saxon Phonics in the past and while I think it's an excellent program that works well, we're trying MFW for Phonics. It seems to have a more "fun" approach that Ty really likes. There also seems to be less review in the beginning which I was a little concerned about but Ty hasn't missed a lick.