Hello Nicole,Ariasarias wrote:I am 99.9% sure that I am going to order MFW 1 next year for my dd who will turn 6 at the end of the summer. She is a very good reader -- one of those natural readers.
I think she will enjoy the MFW 1 next year, but I am wondering if there is anything I could or should add to challenge her a little bit. I know that the reading part will be good as review, but should I go ahead and start PLL or begin the R&S Spelling? Or is there anything else I could do to challenge her in different ways? I would be very interested in what you think. Thank you.
Well, my son is probably a lot like your dd. Anyway, he was reading by early kindergarten so he was comfortable reading entering first grade (which we started at age 6.5 or so and are just finishing now). Anyway, I found that MFW1's phonics review really helped explain the phonics he sort of learned naturally. It was a great review. As for "challenging" your dd, you'll have time to do that because MFW1 doesn't take a lot of time.
I'd recommend starting MFW1 without doing extra stuff so that you can get the hang of it and see what you might want to do extra. You can fill the extra time with hobbies, sports, a study of whatever interests her (horses, space, plants, etc.).
As for adding PLL and 2nd grade spelling, I've done both, but I waited until near the end of MFW1 to add them. We're doing them both slowly, doing a lot of the writing work in PLL orally. And, since we started them both "early" I know that we've got time to put them on the shelf for a while if they get too difficult.