Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:40 pmvickie wrote:Does MFWK have to be done in letter order? The beginning letters used in the teachers manual seems to fit with fall. Also, my son wants to learn about "J for Jewels".
Thanks for your replies.
Generally it is better to do MFW K in the order suggested because the phonics portion builds on what you have already learned, but I think that the occasional mix-up of letters is no problem at all. We actually started with the Letter J for 2 reasons. One was that my ds's name begins with J and also because there happened to be a diamond exhibit in town at that time. In starting with J, we couldn't do the complicated phonics activities that come with that lesson (ie the spelling and blending) so we just focused on the sound and knowing what the letter looked like. Later on, towards the end of MFW K when J actually appeared in the rotation, we just did a couple of those extra activities that we had missed along with the next lesson.
My one thought is that if he is interested in jewels to just go for it while the interest is there. That may be what hooks him. So, go ahead, give J a try, and see if he wants to continue with the rest of MFW K after that. If not, give it a break for a bit.
Just as an aside. I have a relative who is doing MFW K very loosely (did I spell that right?) with her dd5. They are totally not doing it in order at all because her dd has no desire to read/blend or to sit and do much of the work, so they go by interest. They even change some of the topics to what is of interest to her dd. For example, instead of doing Insects for I they studied Indians and Pilgrims in November - and that was how her dd learned about the letter I.
Gotta go, crisis in the bath tub upstairs.