I think MFW 1st would be great for him!! How old is he? My son was an older 1st grader. He turned 7 only a month after we started. He was also a "slower" reluctant reader. It was great for him. The phonics was great for him and the copywork was really good. If the copywork is too much at first, you can break it up and do it in more than one day. I let my son do it in 2 days for a while and then he naturally just started doing the whole thing in one sitting...he would surprise me with me. He has made great progress this year. We have really loved the program!!tnsunshine3 wrote:We used mfw k and loved it, my little guy learned a lot about God that year. We didn't use the 1st grade the next year because I felt he was just not ready for all of the writing, so we switched for 1st. Now he is doing a bit better, he is occasionally able to copy short short sentences without a meltdown. He is not reading, but can sound out simple words. He can do basic math (addition/subtraction facts to 10). I am considering using mfw again for this upcoming year.
Since he is not reading and is still learning to write/copy would it be wise to use 1st grade even though 'technically" he is in 2nd? I try to not think too much in grade levels but what level he is on currently. I am really concerned about him not reading though. We have been using All About Reading and it has been slow going. He really hates school time, but loves learning about God. Worksheets cause many tears, so I try to avoid those. Is there a lot of drawing/writing in 1st? I know I need to get him to work on his writing skills but I also don't want him to hate school anymore than he does already. We both really like hands on stuff. Any input if 1st or Adventures would be a good fit for us would be helpful.
Also, he was recently diagnosed with ADHD and ODD, but we also suspect he may have high functioning ASD, and maybe even Dyslexia Disgraphia and are working on testing. Thanks for advice!
BTW - I had my son take a reading level assessment, he tested into 3rd grade reader (borderline 4th). And, he is more than ready for more writing and copywork/dictation.
One other thought is because he is older, you might want to get a separate math curriculum. MFW recommends Singapore from 2nd and up. We like Singapore. (We did that this year instead of the MFW 1st math, though we incorporated some of it.) They have a placement test for Singapore to see where he should start. Just a thought.