kidswife wrote:My dd4 can read pretty well. I chose MFW-K due to the numerous posts I read on here involving how much people love it, and even children who can read and count, still reap many benefits from doing MFW-K. I looked at the 1st grade level. DD4 could read all the sample stories with no problem, but there was too much writing and drawing involved, and through this journey (of deciding which curriculum to go with) I've discovered that reading isn't everything. I love the strong emphasis on the Bible and God's truths too.
Now my dilemma. In reading through all the start-up involved, I feel overwhelmed. Should I even bother with all this alphabet stuff when she clearly knows it? And how about the reading? Should I go through it or skip it? These are huge portions of the curriculum, esp at the the beginning.
Popsicle sticks, raisins, ants, oh my! I realize all this stuff was on the website, describing how hands-on it is, so this shouldn't surprise me, but this is a far cry from my R&S workbooks where everything is... in the workbook! My shoulders are tensing up even as I type this, just thinking about it! They were more tense last night as I sat cutting out bingo cards for a half-hour wondering if I'd even put this to use.
And then there's my daughter to consider. After all, this is all just for her... not me. Truth be told, she'd love it. She'd love all of it. She'd even love going over the letter flashcards, I'm sure. She'd think it was easy, and that she was very smart. There's just no denying that fact. I honestly think she'd love the whole thing.
But what would be best? A burned-out mom and happy child? Will this stuff really burn me out? I have about an hour to devote to her in her schooling. That's the only time the little ones are napping and I can devote all my attention on her. Help! ---- Thanks!
First, don't fret about the raisins. Just eat the grapes and boxed raisins and do one of the alternative activities like make a weather chart for 2 weeks instead if you don't want to turn grapes into raisins. Our raisins turned out by mistake. We weren't in the Sun Unit any longer, but bought some grapes. My youngest hid one or dropped it by mistake into a cabinet or it fell off or whatever. anyway, about 2 weeks later I look in the cabinet and it was mostly turned to raisin even though it just was inside a warm cabinet. neat huh???? We put it on the top of the computer monitor were it was even warmer and it worked!!!!! so don't fret it too much. Learning is not all workbooks and worksheets. Put away most of that stuff for a while. She's 4. :-)
You can get a box of craft sticks from Walmart or craft store for "popsicle sticks" next time you are out. They are fantastic!!! for learning place value! Do it!
the cutting time is not that bad for MFW K. I got it done in about 20-30 minutes tops one day while slowing reading the instructions and being half distracted by kids. Yes, you'll play the Bingo Cards and your 4 y.o will have fun. It is about sounds and sharing time together with following rules and playing games. (you do still want to have fun with your oldest, right??? it's fun to play card games like Go Fish and concentration) The prep time is finished on that for the whole year. )
also, with the MFW K phonics worksheets, let your 4 year old do those "reading activities" except change it to letting her cut the worksheets to develop fine motor skills. she will need that practice to strengthen her hand for writing. So, yes, go through the worksheets even though they are not reading levels for her. They are fine motor exercises for her on the cut and paste stuff and copywork on some and spelling on others.
Take it slowly with the manual. Box Day should be a fun day. It doesn't have to be overwhelming. You're looking at a year's worth of stuff, but you don't have to get it all done today.
The set up of the manual isn't that bad.
You have the 10 day Creation Unit. Each day you do those 8 steps. There are variations on the steps in each day. For example, in step 1,you will vary what Bible verses you read.
then you have the 26 units.
The units are set up for each day
1.Do your math activities
2.Do the yellow sheets in phonics (it will be very easy for her, you can do it quickly and move on to the activities. But you'll want to use it for spelling lessons once you hit unit 6. Before that don't sweat it that it is easy.)
3.Then the activities section.
Ideas on what to do with the Creation Unit with an early reader:
In terms of the going over the alphabet names and stuff during the Creation Unit, you can work on just putting them in alphabetical order, and having her identify and tell you what letter comes before M, what letter comes after B? And then make a 2 minute game out of it. In other words during the 10 day Creation Unit, for steps 3-6, you can modify and just turn it into a game of putting the letters in order, making 2 rows of the letters A-M, N-Z one on top of the other and asking her if a letter comes in the "first half" of the alphabet or the "second half". This is a fun game for a kid and important for pre-dictionary skills.
So, I think it is worth it to go through the Creation unit and learn what happened on each day and to make the creation notebook.
That's probably just as overwhelming as Box Day was for you. But, hang in there. The cutting prep work is done if you did the Bingo cards and other things on the blue paper.