NJCheryl wrote:This is my second year of homeschooling with MFW. Last year I did Adventures with my 3rd grade daughter and K with my K son, so this year my daughter is doing ECC and my son is doing MFW 1. We are almost through week 3, and I am wondering if it is not a good fit for him. My son is 6 and he is very advanced most subjects. He is reading chapter books(reads better than his 9 year old sister) and he is doing simple multiplication. He often can answer questions about his sister's geography and science lessons when he was in the other room when we did them. I am wondering if I should just incorporate him into EEC this year and forget about MFW 1. The only thing he really needs practice with in MFW is his handwriting. He has said he is bored and he already knows everything we do in school. My concern with moving him up is what would I do with him once we are through the 5 year cycle? I think he would br board repeating the cycle even though he would be 5 years older. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
hmm... just an opinion here. I think that by allowing him the freedom to not do ECC in a formal manner is working. So, don't put him in ECC as the full program. Continue to invite him to join in fun activities, let him keep listening from the other room. Let him play the geography game, do cooking projects and crafts and fun stuff. Let him enjoy book basket too.
In other words, I'm in the mind set of invite the younger ones to participate in ECC and then use 1st grade for 3R's with any needed tweaks. For example: you have an early reading kid, so make sure in 1st grade that you use the opportunities of phonics lessons to become strong spelling instructions. There are some spelling rules included in the scripts in the phonics lessons. (even in the early days. Some of them are rules about when to double a consonant and plurals and things). Even for reading students, having them mark the vowels and see those spelling patterns has benefits for learning to spell. There is so much in the first grade program for improving handwriting both in regular composition and in character training.
So, I think 1st grade is a the right fit for character, Bible, handwriting, composition, spelling and probably even math. Even if your child is understanding the concepts of multiplication, there is a lot of good hands on math and workbook math in first grade that you don't want to skip. Even if that part is quick and easy and done really fast for the day, there are skills in there to practice and extra math literature books not to miss and all of the fun practical stuff in math too and real life math that can be tweaked for his abilities.
in terms of 5 years from now when he is in 6th grade and it's time to repeat ECC: he'll do the jr. high requirements. Some kids remember things 5 years later, others don't. But the jr. high version of ECC will add in research and extra readings. I really don't think it will be a problem or have to be boring.
Rejoice that he is learning from the other room. Rejoice that he is reading. And I think first grade can still be the right fit to meet spelling, composition, math, Bible foundation lessons, handwriting, character training, etc. If he is done quick and early in the day, continue to invite him to join in the fun of ECC with his sister. And if he needs more challenge? Here are some ideas: more chores, learn a musical instrument, crafts, foreign language, and encourage both children to find their talents and serve the Kingdom.
MFW first grade has a major Charlotte Mason influence. One of those influences is to allow unstructured time. So, if you need ideas on what to do with unstructured/free time.... here's an oldie on the board for many ideas:
and that's why I think that even for an advanced reading child who is traditional first grade age, that MFW first grade is the right fit.
just one opinion. You're the mom.