Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

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lea_lpz
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Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by lea_lpz » Wed May 10, 2017 9:02 am

Hello! I'm using mfw 1st currently with my ds7. He is my second oldest so is using it for first this year for math and Lang only and tags along with my dd10's core for everything else.

We are on week 21 and have had to slow down significantly as he has difficulty retaining the phonics rules, fluency and gets upset easily when he has trouble reading (I'm working on that heart issue to but welcome suggestions :) ). Recently we've limited our Lang Arts lessons (new material) to 25 minutes and stop at that time no matter where we are, but I expect him to excite his work better. For example I wanted to push through a full lesson, but his handwriting was getting increasingly sloppy. After reading more about CM methods I decided I'd rather have him do short lessons well then complete more work poorly. We also have been breaking when necessary for review days. Or days does narration for his history or science core we skip mfw 1st. He'd be overwhelmed doing both a Bible Notebook page and a science journal for example on the same day.

However at this rate we will not get through mfw 1st by the end of the school year, possibly the end of summer if we school through summer, but it's very possible this would carry into our first semester of second grade. This made me feel disheartened and wondering if I was doing right by him to keep him home and teach him. I have 3 toddlers at home in addition to my two school age kids, twin 1 year old girls and a just turned 3 year old (she turned 2 6 days after they were born). I wonder if this details his reading although I always make it priority on crazy days (which are frequent!) that we get some reading, writing and arethmetic in for both kids.

Anyway I remembered reading here that mfw 1st, back when I purchased it for my dd 3 years ago that it cover the 1st and 2nd grade sequence for phonics. He's already moved ahead in math and we are just going to go through the more advanced CBOM stuff and on to Singapore Math 1B in the fall. He actually tested into 2A but I'd have to read all the word problems / directions. So it would just be Lang Arts really I'd be using first semester 2nd grade. Is this true? I looked at some other phonics book samples online and did see some of the stuff we are currently or will soon cover in 2nd grade material. My friend has a dd in 2nd grade and skimming the end of our book said she thought it was second grade material towards were we are at on. Yesterday I had a meeting with our educational specialist (we are public school independent study students through a charter school for homeschoolers in ca). I asked her if she could skim the point we were on in the reader and phonics book and tell me if she thought it was acceptable for 2nd grade level and she said she felt it was. That she felt this would be fine for the first semester of 2nd.

Disclosure: he's not a young 1st grader. He's got a summer birthday and I actually started him in k at 6. He's turning 8 this summer. Struggles with reading but very bright and knowledgeable in math and memorizing info. Loves science and telling people amazing facts. Mechanically inclined and loves to remind me of how I ought to do something 😂
ds14, dd11,ds9, dd4.5, dd2.5, dd2.5 (yep twins)

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Re: Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by MelissaB » Wed May 10, 2017 12:29 pm

Hi, Lea ~

It's been a while since our family has done 1st, so I'm not familiar with the new version of it. However, I just want to encourage you, that YES! (and absolutely!) it's o.k. to continue 1st phonics/language arts into second grade. :)

Your little man seems to love math and science. I bet he will enjoy reading more when he gets older... probably his science books. ;)

Enjoy 2nd grade!
melissa
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Re: Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by manyblessings » Wed May 10, 2017 3:20 pm

Sounds like my third child. Her reading fluency didn't come till age 8 1/2, but she is a whiz at math and science. Her favorite reading material was Reader's Digest North American Wildlife-she wore the cover off that book :-) Incidentally, that same child is now a gifted writer, too :) Anyway, yes it's fine to do the phonics at his pace, take all the time he needs ;)
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Re: Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by lea_lpz » Fri May 12, 2017 9:52 am

Thanks for the advice. I know I'm on the right track but need some encouragement.
ds14, dd11,ds9, dd4.5, dd2.5, dd2.5 (yep twins)

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Re: Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by MelissaB » Sat May 13, 2017 11:25 am

We all do! :-)
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Re: Using MFW 1st into First Semester of Second Grade?

Unread post by Poohbee » Wed May 17, 2017 10:33 am

You are doing a great job teaching your son! Don't ever doubt that!

It's taken 10 years of homeschooling, but I have finally totally gotten over the idea that I need to finish something in a school year. I have had many times now where my kids are either ahead or behind and we don't finish in a school year: Saxon 8/7, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 for my oldest dd; Singapore and Building Spelling Skills for my middle. And, my youngest, who is autistic, took 1 1/2 years each for MFW K and 1st grades.

My son, just turned 8, after taking 1 1/2 years each for K and 1st, still had not finished all of the 1st grade curriculum. (I only do school 4 days a week for him, because he has ST & OT 1 day a week which leaves no time for school that day). But, at the beginning of May, he had reached the end of the Old Testament in his MFW 1st Bible Reader. He can read well, and he had accomplished all I had wanted him to for 1st grade, so even though there is only 1 month left in our school year before our summer break, I decided to start him in his 2nd grade materials. However, since we didn't finish the Bible reader and Bible Notebook (and he even requested to keep doing his Bible Notebook), we will continue using those resources for 2nd grade.

All that is to say, you need to do what is best for your child. If he is not ready to move on, let him keep working on his current program as long as he needs to. Use resources that meet his needs, and when he finishes one, move on to the next. If you get tired of using one or feel he is hanging there for too long, find something else to use to change things up a bit.

And don't ever feel like you are not doing the right thing by teaching him at home. You can meet his needs better one-on-one than could probably be met in a classroom setting with lots of kids the teacher has to worry about. If God has called you to teach your kids at home, He will equip you to do it! Just wanted to encourage you today! :-)
Jen
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