Warning...very long! :-)
I just finished K, and I also condensed it to 5 days. I started out using the 6-day schedule, but I soon discovered that 5 days worked better for us. I didn't always start each unit on a Monday. It just depended on when one unit ended. Sometimes we had some days off during the week. My daughter went to the zoo one day a month and learned about animals, so that was school for that day. Also, I did activities for the various holidays. For Presidents' Day, we learned about Lincoln and Washington and did read some books about the presidents. We had a Valentine's Day party with some other homeschool friends for Valentine's Day. We did different activities for Christmas and Easter. Etc. So, our units were not all packaged into one week. They flowed from one to the next.
However, as we began K, my daughter knew the sounds of almost all of the letters, so I was able to eliminate some of the things that taught the letter sounds, because she already knew them. And, later in the year, we usually did not do Blend Ladder-Part 1. We just went to Blend Ladder-Part 2, because that is what my daughter was ready for. So, if I eliminated some of the activities that she did not need, then I took the other activities and bumped them up a day or something like that. I found that it worked best for us to read the Bible verses on the first day, when I introduced the week's topic and Words to Remember. The Bible verses were the basis for the Words to Remember, and we made our badge and started learning our Words to Remember on Day 1 instead of doing the badge on Day 3. Eventually, we fell into a pattern that worked really well for us.
Our looked something like this, with variations:
Each day, we did our calendar, hundred chart, coin cup, etc., at the appropriate time for each to be introduced. Also, I usually integrated music several days a week (the classical CD in the deluxe package or some praise songs I found to go with our units). And, on certain days, we did the science or math experiments recommended in the manual. But this list is just the basics we did each week. Also, these plans probably reflect the last half of the year more than the first half.
Day 1--Introduce letter and sound, Picture Cards Page, A-a-Apple Song, Bible verses (usually recommended on Day 2, but we did them on Day 1), Words to Remember, introduce unit topic (sun, moon, etc.), read-aloud time.
Day 2--Short Vowel Song, Handwriting Page, Sound Discrimination Page, Cuisenaire Rods Book, Picture Box Activity, read-aloud time.
Day 3--Math Page, Cut and Paste Page, Letter Sound Bingo (now and then), read-aloud time.
Day 4--Blend Ladder--part 2, Blend Ladder Page, Letter Name Concentration or Letter Sound Go-Fish, read-aloud time.
Day 5--Word List Page, Drawing Page, Cut & Paste 2 Page or Story Page, read-aloud time.
I put the Word List Page and the Drawing Page on the same day so that she could read the words from the list and then choose her words to draw and draw them on the same day. Also, since my daughter knew all of her letters and almost all of the sounds, some of the extra letter practice and letter sound practice was not necessary for her, so I just eliminated that. This list does not reflect all that we did. We also learned the Spanish Word for our unit topic each week and we did various art projects and other activities.
School took anywhere from an hour to 2 hours each day, depending on what activities we did that day. We had school in the morning.
One thing I found is that Day 5 got a bit heavy with a lot of reading for her when we did the Word List Page and Story Page on the same day, so in doing it again, I would try to rearrange that a bit, I think. Although the Word List page words did prepare her for reading the Story Page, so it is not too bad to do it that way.
Also, I have a passion for children's literature, so we had a read-aloud time every day rather than just on Day 6. I have access to several libraries, so I found the books that were recommended in the TM on Book Day (I usually tried to use all of them), plus I found books on our science or theme topic for that unit. I usually tried to use children's books on our topic rather than using encyclopedia articles, so I would find several fiction and nonfiction books on our topic, and we read them throughout the week, with the most informational one being read on Day 1. We read at least one book each day toward the end of our school time.
So, my recommendation would be to start with the six days, following the activities as Marie has written them, but as you discover your child's abilities and needs, you can make adjustments as needed.
The way I did it is not necessarily the best way, but it worked well for my child and for our family. We had a wonderful year! I absolutely love what Marie and family have done in writing the MFW curriculum, and I highly respect them and appreciate all of their hard work!
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