I don't know your son, but I am going to give my standard answer...Vic529 wrote:For next year, I'm thinking of Adventures for my 6 year old. Is this too early? He's going through the first grade program well right now. What language arts do I use with Adventures? I dont want to overwhelm my son at such a fun age, yet he is very advanced academically for his age. Any thoughts on what to do? Thanks.
Regardless of whether a child is advanced academically or not, I think it's best with MFW to have a child do the program (or one of the programs) designed for that age. This means K for a 5 or 6 year old, 1st for a 6 or 7 year old, and Adventures for a 7 or 8 year old.
There are a couple of reasons I say this:
1. MFW appears to me to be very developmentally appropriate. Whether or not your 5 year old is reading, he is probably enjoying the things in MFW-kindergarten such as singing little jingles, memorizing short statements, playing games, reading picture books, etc. MFWK (and first grade, and Adventures) seems to be the right amount or work, geared to the interests and abilities of kids that are 5 and 6.
2. While many children CAN do the K and 1st grade work at an age 1 or even 2 years younger than what they're designed for, they will "hit a wall" in a few years. For example, Adventures is designed for a second grader, a kid who is 7 or 8. The amount of work increases and the expectations are higher. The child needs to not struggle in writing down thoughts and needs to be able to do a little more abstract thinking. MFW is pretty easy stuff for little kids but it gets deep quickly. Kids can handle it when they are average (or better) kids of the recommended age for the programs.
3. I think many of us have seen homeschooling families (and others too) where a child has been moved ahead a year or two. The child often has a "big head" due to his precociousness. Most kids aren't mature enough to handle being "advanced." Honestly, I have one kid that is advanced, one that is lagging a bit, and two that are happily average. My advanced kid sort of knows she is advanced, but we try hard to make sure that she thinks she's pretty normal and that if something comes easily to her, then she is to give God the credit for gifting her in that way.
4. Do you really want a high school senior that is only 15 years old? It's just fine to graduate at 18 with your peers.
5. It's perfectly fine for a child to be advanced academically and not to be pushed to the limit in every school subject. So, if your child is ahead in math, well, just continue at a comfortable pace but don't push. Instead, thank God that math is easy for that child. Same for other subjects.
Just my ideas.