HSMom03 wrote:I think I am getting stuck on the idea that MFW K is "for a 5-year-old" but he will be 5-3/4 when we start MFW K (Sept. 2013), which is ALMOST 6. At this age 3/4 of a year can make a big difference... so is 5-3/4 too old for the program? I just don't know if I should think of him as a 6 year old next school year or still a 5 year old. If I think of him as a 6-year-old isn't that 1st grade age?
I personally think the wording on the website is unfortunate, because I am a died-in-the-wool better-late-than-early gal. And my kids are now 28, 26, and 17 -- starting abstract academics at a later age has only been a good thing in their lives.
But even so, your student would not be "allowed" to enter kindergarten until age 5-3/4 in Minnesota, because a student must be 5 years old by September 1st in order to start school. My youngest had taught himself to read before starting public school kindergarten, and in first grade they were not able to place his reading level because he could read all of their testing materials. That made no difference to the schools, they still admitted him into kindergarten at age 5 years 10 months, and he was a first grader at age 6 years 10 months. Therefore, I don't see how you could feel K was a wrong placement
I think MFW-K can work just fine with your 5-3/4 year old, as long as you will be comfortable starting him there and not worry that you are "behind" all year.
Those very basic "learning to read" lessons might seem "too easy" and it is easy enough to move past some of them and do more "spelling" and "reading" with a child who is already reading, and you might want to do that. But I do like to mention that, in fact, those simple lessons may be important, too. In fact, my youngest didn't get *enough* of the kindergarten lessons, since his teacher would set him aside to read chapter books while she taught the class. When I brought him home to school in 3rd grade, I found he couldn't alphabetize because he had no idea where any of the letters were -- he hadn't worked with the alphabet at all, besides singing the song. He also had been memorizing and had no idea of phonics patterns when approaching new words. Here is my learning-to-drive-analogy
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 131#p79131
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 979#p77979
Praying you find peace soon, as you worry your precious little one,