I was here about the same time last year asking this same question. The advice I received is the same advice I am going to pass on to you. Let your K'er be a K'er.cookislandmommy wrote:Has anyone done MFW 1st Grade with a 5 year old?
My daughter is halfway through Hooked on Phonics K - she will have finished it all by end of the year. She is also doing HWT at the moment...
I have had a look over MFW K & I am concerned that it may cover educational stuff that she already knows & may get bored.
I have had a look at the sample of 1st Grade. The child examples look quite advanced in terms of the handwriting the child produced in the 1st Grade Notebook.
**I have been trying to decide between MFW & Abeka. But i really want real living books & I don't want her schooling to be too "heavy" & workbook based, that is why I have been looking seriously at MFW.
My dd was 5 1/2, could read cvc words, knew how to write all of her letters, had completed Explode the Code book 1 and Singapore Early Bird math 2A and most of 2B when we started MFW K. Even though K was pretty easy for her, she thoroughly enjoyed her K year with MFW. Now that she is in MFW 1st, she is really enjoying it as well. Her maturity level is so ready for it but looking back there is no way she would have been ready last year. I have not regretted my decision to just let her be in K and do all the fun stuff a K'er gets to do. There is more to MFW K than just the phonics. So much more.
BTW, if you feel you need to beef up K both Crystal (cbollin) and I have posted some ideas on how you might do that. Here's the link: