Angel in FL wrote:I am new here and am about to buy the MFW K program for my daughter. I think she will thrive with the program because it seems like so much fun. I am not good putting together hands on activities myself so I need a program that does it for me. I just have a few questions.
1 - My life is about to get more complicated because we are relocating my parents from AL to FL. I will be the main care giver. So, MFW will be planned for me and all I need to do is gather library books and get supplies for the projects? Do they mostly use household items?
2 - I'm not sure I understand the math portion. Will I need to buy another K math program?
3 - Is there enough in the program, if we use K and 1st, to teach my daughter to read or will we need to supplement? It is complete? I read different boards and it seems a lot of people add things. Do they do it because it isn't complete or do they just want more? I really don't want to over complicate the process.
I have homeschooled my three sons since 1999, graduated one in 2007, the second graduates this year and my youngest son is a junior at the public high school... he wanted to go back last year. None of them started homeschooling from the beginning though, so this is new to me. Thanks so much for any advice and information you can give.
1.((hugs)) as you enter into this season in your life. MFW is planned out so that you have to get library books, supplies and maybe spend 10-15 minutes per week looking over the unit so you have some familiarity with the lessons. I think to help cut down the library searching for those information books, you could consider getting an optional book from MFW’s ECC program called Complete Book of Animals. That will cover about half of the topics in the Kindy science with basic facts.
Here is a list of the supplies/items needed to help you know for Kindy. I had most of the stuff at home
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 381#p45939
Additionally, in the manual itself there is a supply list for standard school supplies needed all year.
2. Math in Kindy. You have the calendar activities and in that they are doing patterns and other things as well. It’s not just days of the week. There is an emphasis on hands on learning for place value. Then, when that place value is covered with 100’s chart – you go to a unit on money and coins and then add in a unit on addition and subtraction concepts.
The Rods and Book are there and suggested once a week for use for critical thinking skills in math.
I don’t think another math program has to be added. Some people prefer to use whatever math they want to use or strongly want a worktext based program. MFW K covers all standard Kindy level math goals in hands on informal methods and doesn’t complicate it.. Some of the math gets covered in the activities section in literature day (such as time and clock reading) or in other ways in the science lessons (charts, graphs, etc.)
Typical math routine each day in Kindy is quick, effective and is plenty in spite of it not being hard to do.
3. There is plenty in the program itself to cover all needed skills and phonics for learning to read, In K – short vowel and fluency in short vowel reading. 1st grade – all necessary phonics to cover the rest to produce an independent reader and works on composition too..
People tend to supplement or add just out of their desires, but there really is enough in the program that you don’t have to. It is thorough and yet will give you the time you need to tend to life without leaving behind academics.
Some times some children want to read more – so parents grab more library books. Or you get a child who is a tiny bit ahead of the curve and need something “more”. Given that you’ve been homeschooling for a while, you’ll be fine even if you haven’t done it from the beginning before.
I know I added to MFW K only in controlled ways that fit a specific need for my child, such as speech therapy (she has autism), or letting her watch videos on a subject, or playing games more.
And there were times I’d tweak a lesson in the phonics so she’d work a little longer than day on something. And then people change or add ideas just because their child has an interest in the topic or wanted more.
I'm sure I left something out of there to help you see the unseen. Looking forward to other answers too