sweetgrace wrote:Hello, our son will be 5 in September and we will be starting kindergarten with him. I like [what we are using] and have been happy with the book choices and have already purchased [the next level of preschool] in hopes of starting it in the fall. However, I keep thinking about MFW K and mainly because of it's focus on the Bible which is most important to us.
Will using MFW K give us a good feel for future MFW curriculum? Has anybody combined MFW K and [another program]? Would that be to much?
Sorry for all the questions! I really just want to pick the best curriculum for us. Thank you for your time!
I will try to answer the questions that I can. We used the first edition MFW K, so some things may be slightly different.
I found MFW K to be a full curriculum that gives a gentle start to "real" schooling. Adding too much might defeat this, but there are some families who add in other things (like Five in a Row). The MFW K package (if followed as intended ) really is enough for a solid K year.
I think that MFW K gives a good feel for the heart of the curriculum, shows the strong Bible focus (which continues), shows the philospohy of it and the hands-on nature of it. But K has more of a unit study sort of feeling than does First (which I'm currently doing and which is a chronological trip through the Bible). I loved the unit study feel of K and had fun choosing things to go along with each week, but that is just me! The other elementary programs are centered around a period of time, with the exception of Exploring Countries and Cultures which is about geography/missions/people groups. That one gives a basis for the later programs.
I like how MFW builds on itself in the lower levels:
K teaches about God's creation and Christian character.
First teaches about God's Word and living wisely.
Second teaches about US History and the attributes and names of Jesus
Third (ECC) teaches about other peoples and the need for missions/prayer
Then the student enters the history cycle to begin at creation and move chronologically through time.
It makes so much sense!
I hope that this helps in some way!
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