Hi there!fearnot wrote:I think I have complicated things by adding in phonics. I don't know if I should just use one of them. I love the Bible reader in 1st grade! I believe I can use the Bible, music, art, and I can use the science interchangably with ECC science. I wanted to make sure I will really use what is in MFWK and 1st (phonics or not) w/o too much overload from ECC...
Thanks again for sharing your experiences with me! ~Angie
There's a super post about teaching K and 1st together ... it may ease your worry a bit.
I would encourage you to teach MFWK and MFW1 as they are written, including math. In hindsight, I wish that I had stuck to the guides for math. The math is just perfect in the guides, especially if you are focusing a lot of your energies on reading. I love Singapore, but could definitely have reveled in the first grade math waaaaaaaaay more and my daughter would be in the same place as she is now ... perhaps even with more of a spark for loving math.
In my opinion, and this is just my experience (and I was an Editor for Harcourt and a K and 6th-grade teacher with a Ma in Ed with a Reading specialty so reading is my niche), but I've tried so many reading programs to my daughter's chagrin. I have yet to find phonics instruction that is as seamless and beautifully woven with the Bible and Jesus as is done with MFW K and 1. It works. Just plain works. AND, it's fun. There are enough tactile activities in K ... crepe letters, sand boxes, jello ... and a balanced number of worksheets, and relevant activities for the sounds, and rich literature on top of all of that. First grade is so sweet. The phonics is integral (IMHO) to the reading workbook, the Bible reader, and to the precious Bible notebook. You can check out my blog as I post pictures of our Bible notebook and some of Gracie's reading workbook pages. It's hard to articulate, but phonics/reading is not a subject, and Bible is not a subject. They are the core of the program and so your child is learning to read about manna from heaven to reinforce phonics rules, or about Moses or the capturing of Jericho. It's lovely and time well spent. My daughter was a poor reader and with MFW has flourished while simultaneously developing an enviable knowledge of Bible history and people, all at 7yo. She does indeed love school and meets Jesus at every moment. Oh--the Proverbs in first are such a teachable tool and the copywork has made her hw blossom. Love it.
That said, the formal phonics instruction does cease at Day 124 in first grade. I know other families who are content with phonics through Day 124 and some use ETC or Pathways Readers. Maybe at that point your RP might be a good fit.
As I've been planning our upcoming year in which I'll have second grade (Adv) and two (one newly adopted from Ethiopia) in K (MFWK) and on in Pre (MFWPre & B4FIAR) I am constantly reminded of how I need to let MFW be as it is ... stop tweaking so much and supplementing. It is tried and true and no matter how many times I try to make changes, I come back to it as it is simply done.
BlEsSiNgS to you!
Edited ... I should have also said that K and First do not take a tremendous amount of time daily, and once you get into a groove of teaching them together, if you decide to (that link I sent before), you'll find that three programs is absolutely doable and you will do it well! ((hugs))
You are very welcome.fearnot wrote:Erin Kate, Thank you so much for your response and the reassurance you have given me! I was all set to do MFW just as it is, then started questioning myself...and I'm sure you know how that goes! I also did not realize that the phonics instruction in 1st did not go through the entire year. Like you said, we can pick up more phonics if we need to then. I needed to hear again how the Bible is integrated or really IS the curriculum foundation, because that's why I was drawn to MFW in the first place. It is reassuring to know that the phonics is so solid...like I said I just needed to hear it again. I am also taking your advice for Math, again I was thinking that, but second guessing. Thank you for all your posts! I have to say I love this board and all the support and encouragement here! Blessings~Angie
I thought later on that since the phonics instruction goes through Day 124, you could also slow things down if you felt it moving too fast. Just another option.
I have to agree wholeheartedly ... this board is really special. Not like any other. I'm glad I could help a little. Have a beautiful weekend!