I switched to a very eclectic homeschooling method and My Father’s World curriculum about twelve months ago. A common “complaint” (if you want to call it that) I hear from other homeschooling moms about My Father’s World is that the kindergarten curriculum is too easy. Since I have a five-year old son in kindergarten, I thought I’d share my honest opinion and let you decide for yourself.
MFW Kindegarten in a Nutshell
My Father’s World kindergarten curriculum is set up into 26 units. Each unit explores one letter of the alphabet and is designed to be covered in six days. If you follow the scope and sequence (which I never do!), your child will learn the entire alphabet (and learn to read simple words) by the end of one school year.
What if my Child Already Knows Phonics?
I guess this is where some moms have issues with MFW kindergarten. If your child is one of those brainy tykes who learned to read in preschool, then yes, you’re going to find progressing through the ABC’s for twenty-six weeks to be a study in digression!
MFW preschool is completely hands-on (no work books), so a gentle approach to phonics and reading is a natural step if you’re following the curriculum sequence.
My Take on Early Reading
I started my homeschooling foray with A Beka, which has a very advanced phonics curriculum. My oldest daughter did well with A Beka and learned to read without a hitch. My younger daughter, however, was falling off the phonics wagon before we ventured very far into preschool. I switched to Christ Centered Curriculum and Miss E learned her phonics well enough, but still wasn’t reading by Kindergarten. Or first grade. In second grade, she’s still learning to read. I don’t blame that on any curriculum; we are just struggling in this area. On the other hand, my Kindergarten boy, Mr. K, is speeding through MFW phonics and already learning to sound out simple words. (Which totally restored my confidence in teaching a child to read, by the way! I was beginning to wonder if I’d lost my touch.)
My own experience has taught me that early reading doesn’t work every time, or for every child.
Neither does every curriculum. Obviously I’ve bounced around with several curricula before I decided on My Father’s World. So far, we love it and plan to use it again next school year.
So is MFW kindergarten too easy?
That’s really up to you to decide. I love it. The gentle approach works beautifully for us. Yes, I speed things up a bit because I feel like that’s what our son needs. (We finish one unit in a four-day school week, instead of spreading it out over six days.) For some, it may be too laid back. Or maybe you prefer a text-book style approach instead. Whatever works for you is what is right for you.
Do you have a kindergartener? What curriculum do you love?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.