sweetgrace wrote:Should I also be considering MFW Pre-K for my 3.5yo come fall? If so that will put him at 4.5 to start K correct? That might be too soon perhaps? I'm trying to wrap my mind around trying to combine my two oldest, thank you!
If you can swing it I would get him the preK package and do that for at least a year. I feel like with the index cards, we've been able to really get a lot out of them. My son know all his colors, shapes, and can recognize and rotary count to 10. He's also getting a lot of fine and large motor skills control, so I feel he'll likely have an easier time than dd when beginning mfw k. They seem simple and fun, but you'd be surprised how much these activities prepare your preK-er for future necessary skills to be able to do k Lang & math. Plus, my son enjoys getting a set time to do school with just me. It's his time.
As far as what to do with a 4.5 year old. In my opinion, I think it's best to follow the public school cut off date in your state, so I would wait to do K at 5.5, but that's just my opinion
. You could start him I
at 4.5 in mfw k if according to the website he meets being ready and just do k a little early. Another option...spread k out over 2 years, completing 1/2 the first year and half the second. In fact, this could enable you to do the whole k program vs just doing Lang & math because you could spread each day over two. People spread it over two years in a lot of different ways, but skim the boards and you'll get some ideas
. If you search the board, you'll find some threads on this. I think at the end of this year you'll get a feel for what he will be ready for. I think the biggest indicator of whether to start k will be your child's ability to be willingly and cheerfully able to do seat work and a genuine interest in learning to read, write and learn math concepts.
Remember that a younger sibling can still be leaning and doing a lot because they'll join the older sibling on a lot. So, even I'd you do 2 years of preschool, he'll still be joining his big sister and that'll be the core curriculum for both. Also, the preK index cards vary in the challenge they present, so I can easily see my ds doing more challenging activities that we haven't tried this year.
I have a 3 and 5 year old and we are doing MFW K this year. This is what I do with my 3 year old...
He participates in the following with MFW K:
1) Simple language activities, such as singing alphabet, singing A-a Apple Song, tactile letter activities, tracing laurie letters and saying words starting with the unit letter, and alphabet match and bingo
4) Activity-to the best of his ability and with my help he is able to participate in most of the activity time. Each unit the activity time varies, but you cover art, science, social science, hands on math, geography, baking / cooking, and music regularly through out the year
5) All Book Day activities, which is why I don't do preschool those days
For his preschool time:
1) We chose I activity from 1 of the 5 section per unit, omitting this on book day, from the mfw preK package index card with corresponding preK toys. These our his special preK toys only for preschool time. The cover, Thinking Skills, Language Development, Math, Fine Mother Skills, & Large Motor Skills. It takes us about 5 minutes.
2) We do 1 work book page days 1-5 each unit. I use the About Three's Rod and Staff series, but anything for a preschooler that is simple would work. This also only takes about 5 minutes.
3) Before Five in a Row-we row a book a weekish, again, days 1-5 of each unit, so none on day 6; I pick simple activities to do with the book we row since he is doing other stuff with his sister, so this only takes me about 10-15 minutes. Occasionally, the book we row will go perfectly with the MFWK unit, and then we might do more, but then my K'er will join us.
1) K'er and I do math and more advanced language alone while my preschooler plays or watches a cartoon-this takes about 30-45 minutes
2) Preschool time, typically about 15-30 minutes, is done individually so we can work one on one and so big sister doesn't show off. This is her break time.
This year we spend about:
1)30-60 one on one with k'er
2) 15-30 one on one with preschooler
3) 30 mun- 1 hour together doing MFW K as core (mostly the fun stuff)
Most days days take us 2 1/2 hours, but we also do 15 minutes of Spanish (both kids together)
Hope that helps you get an idea of how you might be able to combine them together.