We finished MFWK about a month ago and it was such a wonderful, exciting, learning experience for our whole family. It really became a part of our lives, not just a few isolated moments of "school". We all learned about the life cycles of frogs and butterflies, or would watch videos/movies together that related to a particular topic. We sang the alphabet and vowel song at meals, all went on field trips, read the books aloud to everyone, and did many of the arts and crafts activities and science experiments together. The spiritual truthes became a part of our family devotions. As someone else mentioned about ECC, I was sad for MFW K to come to an end - however, I am really looking forward to starting MFW 1G - and am hoping that the same type of thing will happen when we start it.
We did not follow K exactly as written as was suggested by David when we first purchased it. Our ds was just turning 4 and was ready to do something, but I did not want anything too intense or academic. I "happened" to go to one of David's workshops and found that basically everything he was saying about their philosophy of education matched up almost exactly with mine (ie gentle learning in the early years, not too many worksheets, unit studies, biblical perspective, worldwide view, broadening as opposed to accelerating, missions oriented, chronological history - and I'm sure the list goes on, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head). I was literally bouncing out of my seat by the end of the workshop as I realized that both MFW in general and the K program in particular were exactly what I was looking for in a curriculum.
Anyway, back to David's suggestion...He suggested that, since our ds was 4, that we take MFWK slowly, perhaps doing it over 2 years. And that's exactly what we did and it worked perfectly for us. It was a gentle introduction to "homeschool" for both him and me. Doing K slower gave us the freedom to stop and take breaks so we could study other topics that were of interest to us, especially around holidays. We also took long breaks after the birth of a baby and around the time of a move. Because of the way K was set up (meaning the lesson plans), I never felt pressured to have to stick to their schedule since we were only doing it part-time. I also enjoy doing my own research and coming up with my own ideas for various topics, and I found that that was easy to do with MFW. Then at the times when I was extra busy and didn't have the time to do my own preparation, I could follow the manuel exactly and then would have to spend almost no time on preparation.
Math was informal and very foundational. Working with 100s charts and calender helped to give him a great understanding of the number system. By the time we got to Day 100 of the 100s chart he could count well past 100 and understood the gist of the way it worked. When we were about half way finished K, he had bypassed erything that MFW K offered in math, so I purchased a more formal math curriculum for him. In hindsight however, I probably would have purchased MFW 1G then, if only for the math portion at that point, in order to continue with the informal approach before moving on to a more formal approach.
Phonics also, I felt, was foundational and low-pressure. He is off to a great start in reading - and, more importantly, he enjoys it. And he enjoyed doing the drawing etc with the worksheets.
I'm sure it is not to hard to see that I think very highly of this program and that I am very thankful to have found it. It has been perfect for our family and we are looking forward to many more years of "My Father's World".