Date Posted: 7/23/2003Rebecca G wrote:I am trying to decide which program to buy for my 5 yo ds who is at this point reading most short vowel words. He is enjoying reading and isn't fluent, but definitely knows his letter sounds and can print them. Should I begin with K level or go to 1st grade due to the LA aspect of the curriculum? Thanks so much for any advice!
Hello Rebecca G,
My Father's World K and 1st Grade are so much more than reading programs. Your child will learn to write, begin their journey towards numeracy, explore God's creation, and love to learn. The questions you should ask yourself are: How are your child's writing skills? Is your child curious about the world they live in? Are they asking questions about what they see around them in their home and in nature? Is the child ready to comprehend multi-part responses? Does the child have at least a 10 minute attention span for activities that require thinking? Is the child ready to perform tasks more challenging than crafts?
MFWK is the beginning of a lifelong adventure. My son asked questions from very early. At 3 he was curious and had the fine motor skills to write well. My son could have started MFWK at 4yo and completed the curriculum over two years. However, I did not know a lot about teaching at that time and waited until the "acceptable" kindergarten age of 5 and began our journey of discovery and love of learning.
My daughter is the exact opposite. Although she is reading both short and long vowel words, her curiosity about the world around her is just emerging. At 6 she is just now ready to grasp the wonder of God's creation analytically as well as through her senses. She can compose questions and think logically about the responses she receives.
Also, her math skills are not very strong. Therefore, we waited and are starting MFWK this year instead of last year. Last year at the age of 5, she would not have grasped even the simplest of math concepts beyond counting because she is not interested. She would break down and cry. She still breaks down and cries, if she feels that it is too "hard". However, she can handle a wider range of concepts before she decides it's too "hard".
MFW1G, if enjoyed to its greatest potential, opens up the world of drawing and journaling to the child. I would not want my child to miss the opportunity of developing this life skill just because at age 5 they were reading 3 letter words. At 5yo my son was reading, but I still went with MFWK because he would not have been ready for the drawing in MFW1G. Besides, MFWK is awesome and not to be missed !
MFWK explores God's creation through crafts. MFW1G will go the next step and explore God's creation with drawings and copywork. The program you select should be based on your child's overall readiness, not just on their reading skills.
I hope this has been helpful.