Shauna,Shauna wrote:We are brand new to MFW, using the kindergarten curriculum for my 5 yr old and MFW 1st grade for my 7 yr old. So far so good.
I have been looking ahead in the 1st grade workbook and reading through some of the curriculum. I am amazed how far they will have gone by the end of the year. When I look at the front of the book and then at the end, I can't believe how much is covered, yet it seems to be so relaxed in the approach. This seems like magic. I'm not sure how this progression will take place, but I'm ready for the ride. I am so intrigued by this, which leads to a few questions.
Can someone please tell me where the end of the 1st grade has left their little ones in terms of phonics/reading? Are they at a point where they can pick up a book and enjoy reading? Is the end of MFW 1st grade the end of phonics? It almost appears so. I am still rather new at all this, last year being my 1st year of homeschooling. Thanks in advance for your insights.
MFW 1st grade covers all the rest of phonics past short vowels. In 2nd grade, or whenever the end of the learning to read stage is finished, children work more with learning to spell, and more composition skills. (move from decoding to encoding, to use fancy terms)
MFW does recognize that not all children learn at the same rate and that some will still be learning those "end of the year" phonics rules at the start of the next year. (Even one of the author's children learned to read later than the end of 1st grade and he is just fine.)
In terms of where they will be at the end of the 1st grade program, take a look through the end of the Bible reader at the new Ttestament stories. The phonics instruction ends with the last old testament story. The NT stories are where they will be at the end of the phonics instruction. That is around day 126 in the Teacher's Manual.
Also, around day 126, you find some additional notes about reading, and writing for the program.
Other tips: make sure you find the appendix of the teacher's manual. It starts after day 160. Several suggestions for reading, reading games, the extensive library lists for math and science (i.e. 1st grade book basket).