Have you read some thoughts from the author of MFW on how to use K and 1st together?blessingtree wrote:I have two boys, one 6 yo that is finishing up another kindy program. A 4yo that already knows letter sounds and can do prek math. I'm not sure if I should buy just the 1st grade and do younger stuff with 4yo or if I should buy K and 1st. I really would love for the older to experience K!! It sounds SO sweet and I wish that we would have chosen it for this year. SIGH. Anyway, I just wonder if I can add things in to the K program to made it more challenging for 6yo or if he should do the 1st. Any thoughts are truly appreciated! I really want him to experience at least the 1st grade curriculum. I really want to lay that Biblical foundation that everyone has loved with k & 1st.
I don't know if the 4 y.o is ready for Kindy level seat work. But there's a plan to teach them both.
You might be able to start in and still not miss out on Biblical foundation. I know my oldest never did MFW for K or 1st.
after reading more info...blessingtree wrote:You're so sweet to help me! Thank you for the welcome. I am SO excited to begin using MFW! My 6yo read the sample chapter from the Bible reader in the 1st grade sample online. He did need help with a few words. He will be 7 in August. I did a test online for him with reading and he was a 1st-2nd grade level reader, though more on the 1st level for sure! He cannot write sentences at all on his own. He can write a couple of words that he has memorized, and can do copywork, but not a lot without complaining.
My little one will actually be four in May, but he will sit and do school work for an hour at a time! He has been sitting in on our phonics and has actually done some of the work in the first explode the code books. I'm happy waiting on any formal work with my little one. I was just debating on if I could wrangle them together in K or 1st. I'm leaning towards 1st for my older, and letting the little one sit in. Although I'm happy doing the K with both and adding things for the older. I just wonder if it would be too easy for him. Thank you for your thoughts!!
If 1st grade is too slow, it could be sped up a little as needed... You'd want to use the "phonics" parts for "spelling" and more penmanship. Use the deluxe package and the resource book in there Honey for a Child's Heart as extra books for just reading and enjoying and letting the 6 y.o have reading practice. You might find as the year goes along that you finish 1st grade sooner than the end of the school year and start ADV "early". But, 1st and preschool tag along sound doable and good to me too.
I'm thinking the 4 y.o will like some things in the 1st grade deluxe as well with the pattern animals, and Come Look with Me books. Plenty for 4 y.o to do in 1st with science and listening in and various Bible activities. And when he is 1st grade age, it will be fresh and fun to do again. When the first grader is doing "worksheets" and writing, the 4 y.o could use MFW Preschool lace and link letters and work on making letters too., then let him draw and write in shaving cream on bathroom wall, or salt in a baking tray or other non pencil and paper methods.