How to Teach Pre-K and K Together
If you have two children--one a four-year-old and one ready for Kindergarten--you can combine some of your teaching. (If you have a K and 1st grader, see this post instead.)
The first year you will use God's Creation from A to Z (MFW-K) as your base curriculum, the second year you will use Learning God's Story (MFW-1) as your base curriculum, the third year you will use Adventures in U.S. History, and then you will begin the multi-age Family Learning Cycle (Exploring Countries and Cultures, Creation to the Greeks, Rome to the Reformation, Exploration to 1850, and 1850 to Modern Times).
This method of combining allows you to teach both children in the morning and still have time to cook, clean, be soccer mom or AWANA teacher, etc., in the afternoon.
The First Year (K and Four-Year-Old)
1. Teach all of MFW-K to your K child. Your four-year-old will also do the daily activity (science/Bible/art/etc.) but will not do K reading/language arts or math. The year's focus will be the 26 science topics in K.
Note: MFW does not recommend teaching the kindergarten reading, handwriting, and math to your four-year-old.
If you have twins, teach the reading, handwriting, and math to each child individually to ensure success for both.
2. Consider adding the Pre-K Package, Voyage of Discovery, for your four-year-old.
3. If you are teaching older siblings (Grades 2-8), consider purchasing Student Sheets from the siblings' curriculum so that your younger children can participate with the older children.
God's Creation from A to Z--(MFW-K) Deluxe Package
Voyage of Discovery Deluxe Pre-K Package (suggested but not mandatory)
Student Materials from the older siblings' curriculum
The Second Year (K and 1st Grade)
1. Teach MFW-1 as written to your 1st grader. Invite your K child to join you in all subjects except reading/language arts and math. The year's focus will be the Bible stories and science topics in MFW-1. Use the Deluxe items in 1st Grade this year with both kids--Honey for a Child's Heart (to select literature), Drawing with Children, Enjoying Art Together, and Peter and the Wolf (CD).
2. For your K child, purchase a set of kindergarten Student Sheets and complete just the reading and math portions of kindergarten. (He participated in the other parts of MFW-K last year.)
3. If there are older siblings, consider adding Student Sheets for your K and 1st grader to participate with the older children.
Learning God's Story--Complete First Grade Curriculum
Kindergarten Student Materials
Student Materials for the Family Learning Cycle (suggested but not mandatory)
The Third Year (1st and 2nd Grade)
1. If there are no 4th-8th grade siblings, use Adventures in U.S. History as your base curriculum for both children. This is designed to take about 3 hours per day for all of your subjects. Do not expect the 1st grader to do any of the writing assignments in Bible or history.
If there are older siblings, your 2nd grader will join fully with his older siblings in the Family Learning Cycle, working at his level and omitting any "advanced" assignments.
2. For your 2nd grader, add Singapore Math, Spelling by Sound and Structure for Grade 2, and Language Lessons for Today. Let your 2nd grader practice reading with lots of easy readers from the library.
3. For your 1st grader, complete the reading/language arts and math portion of MFW-1, Learning God's Story.
Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package (However, if you are teaching older siblings, you will not use Adventures. Your 2nd grader will join fully in the older siblings' curriculum; purchase Student Sheets for the 2nd grader, recommended for the 1st grader.)
Language Lessons for Today Grade 2, Spelling by Sound and Structure for 2nd Grade, Singapore math
Student Materials for First Grade, The Complete Book of Math
The Following Years
Both children have finished phonics instruction and are in 2nd and 3rd grade and are ready to participate in the multi-age Family Learning Cycle. If there are no older siblings, they begin with Exploring Countries and Cultures and continue through the Family Learning Cycle together.
Math and language arts are always taught individually.
When you finish Year 5 (1850 to Modern Times) go back to Year 1 (Exploring Countries and Cultures) and cycle through Years 1-5 with all of your children who have not reached 9th grade. (An older child who has completed the five-year cycle will repeat, on a more advanced level, one or more of the years he was taught as a younger child.) When a child reaches 9th grade he is ready for independent work in our high school program.
If you are using God's Creation From A to Z, please share your ideas with us.
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