Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:17 am
my3boys wrote:Would First work for children that can't write well - sounds like a lot of writing?
If the student is at least "first grade age" and not younger, then it should be ok. It teaches both reading and writing. Before starting MFW 1st grader hopefully they can at least copy
or trace a short sentence along the lines of "The hen is red." It is not expected that they are independent writers at the beginning of first grade. But it does assume they have basic penmanship taught. Penmanship is reviewed at the beginning of the year.
One of the sources of writing in MFW 1st grade involves the Proverbs memory verse. That verse will be studied for 5 school days in a row, and is also used for handwriting practice on one of those days. It's ok to spread out that copywork over a day or two if needed. I did that early in the year and gradually my child was able to do the whole thing in one session. But in the early weeks, we spread it out a bit.
The other main writing lessons comes from composition in the notebook. The Bible notebook starts slowly with "copywork" and slowly builds as the year progresses. There is no online sample showing of that. It starts off with copying the title or a sentence from the day's reading. The early sentences are along the lines of "God made the world."
And it is expected that you will help your child learn writing.
Let me try to guide and talk you through the online samples
The online sample of the Bible notebook is taken from Day 111 out of 160 days of the 1st grade program, so don't let that get you overly concerned -- that's more than half way through 1st grade. And my kid's artwork would not
have looked that good.
The other writing that day is from the day 111 workbook sample -- it is a Word Bank style of workbook page.
But there is no Proverbs copywork assigned on day 111 unless your child just needs to finish it from earlier in the week.
If you look at the day 79 sample
you'll see the student is learning to put a sentence in the proper order and then copy the sentence. That's the writing for the day's worksheet. The other writing for the day is in the form of handwriting practice with the Proverbs memory verse.
So they try to balance it out for the day in the amount of writing you do.
And remember too, that you can call the MFW office for placement ideas. I know the Hazells had one child who was "a late reader".