Taita wrote:Hi all,
Is the layout of kindergarten similar to the layout of 1st grade?
I would say that depends on if you mean the manual or the program itself.
The manual, yes, it is similar. There is a grid with specific day to day notes behind it. The notes for teaching throughout the year are in the front. There is a book list in the back. The biggest difference would be that the K is a 2 page spread for the grid and it's only 1 page in 1st.
The program itself, pretty different. In K, everything is focused around the science theme. In 1st, everything is focused around Bible/history. The phonics and writing is ramped up a lot. Math is done daily and more directly. Science is done 1-2 days per week. There are still a lot of hands on, but it's not as much. I find it a little less relaxed than K, but that is to be expected as the child gets older.
I really enjoyed K. I'm doing it again now with my seconds in line (twins). I LOVED 1st! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! Can't wait to do it again next year with my current K'ers. It is truly a wonderful and amazing program. After I was finished with 1st, I loved K even more than I had when I finished K because I could see the whole picture of where we were going. I will use both programs at least 2 more times with a second set of twins and my 11 month old when he gets there. I won't use anything else because the academic foundation is so good...and I love the Bible emphasis.
So, it's similar, but different yet just as good and for my family, even better.
Thank you for your response. My son and I are enjoying k but he gets bored with it. He works really quickly through his work and I have ended up cutting it from a 6 day program to a 4 day program. We do most of the extra activities and I just feel like its a little too relaxed for me. I am sure that I will probably enjoy the relaxed pace a little more when my 2nd child is in kindergarten. My oldest though is more like me and likes being challenged a bit more so I am finding that I have to supplement a bit. I've gone back and forth with changing to a different curriculum for first possibly piecing one together but I really love what MFW stands for.
In any case thanks for you response. I really appreciate your help.
I had the EXACT experience. My son is slightly on the older side for grade as well. So, he was just a month from turning 6 when we started MFW K. At first, it was fine, but as we went along it was a little too slow moving. We ended up condensing the days also. Then, I found myself questioning if I should do MFW 1st or something else or piece something together.
After much prayer and thought, I decided to stick with MFW 1st because I decided that MFW 1st was the best program to follow and finish the phonics instruction he started in K. Obviously, it would pick up right were he left off.
It starts out with review, but quickly picks up speed. It starts out a little relaxed but really picks up by about 1/3rd of the way through. It's very full once they start reading and notebooking the Bible reader. I was very glad I stuck with MFW for 1st.
Toward the end, when I really started to assess where he was in terms of LA (I used Singapore math &) I needed more hand holding than the 1st edition of the manual provided. I might not do that again with the youngers. The 2nd edition math has a lot more direction.) Anyway...back to what I was saying...when I started to assess where he was in terms of reading and LA, I discovered he was far ahead and doing outstanding. MFW 1st is a VERY good and solid program. He learned a TON from it. And, to be honest, we do just the bare bones because I have a lot of littles running around and not a lot of time. So, if we got that much out of it, that's saying something! He went into it barely reading CVC words and complaining about reading anytime it came up to him reading on a high 3rd grade level and telling me he loves reading. He is also doing great in writing and learned some basic sentence structure. He spells very well. Truly, I'm amazed at how far it took him and how much he learned.
So pray about it and make the best decision for your family, but if you go with MFW 1st, I have no doubt you'll be thrilled at the end of it. Oh and I meant to say, that once I realized how well my son blends and what a strong blending foundation he has, I realized how good MFW K really is and what a great foundation to work on blending so much. He can blend anything without any issue. All he needed to learn was the special sounds, no need to teach him ST says /st/ and such. His blending is fantastic!
Enjoy the rest of your year knowing your child is getting a firm foundation for whatever you choose for 1st.