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.  

//Is MFW Kindergarten Too Easy

 

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!

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My Cowboy working hard on his school work.

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.)

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Mr. K’s kindergarten notebook and a few flashcards. He loves building words with the blend ladder! Penmanship is obviously not a priority at this point.  🙂

 

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.

My Mr. K is one cute cowboy!
My Mr. K is one cute Kindergarten cowboy!  (Say that three times fast.)

 

Do you have a kindergartener?  What curriculum do you love?

 

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21 thoughts on “Is My Father’s World Kindergarten Too Easy?

  1. I’m a new homeschooling mom, my 5 year old son is starting Kindergarten this year. I have not purchased curriculum yet but am really interested in My Father’s World. I see that there are 26 unit, 6 days each. My state requires 180 days of instruction – how would this work for us to meet our state requirements. Thanks for any help!

    Posted on March 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    1. Hi Sarah! What a great question! I tackled it in a Q&A post right here: http://kristyscottage.com/homeschooling-q-a-my-fathers-world-and-required-school-days-per-year/

      Thank you for reading and commenting… I hope the Q&A post helps a little!

      Posted on March 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on MFW-K! You’ve raised some really valid points and I think it will help a lot of parents know what to do when it comes to homeschool. Kind of wish I had seen it earlier but we now have a just-turned-five-year-old in Unit 6 and even though he went into it with basic reading skills, we love exploring all the different ways to learn through books and activities and creativity – not just busting out reading, writing and arithmetic!!

    Posted on March 12, 2015 at 2:36 am
  3. We have been using MFW since my 2nd grader started Kindergarten. She loved it. Not too far into it, she began grasping the concepts and we breezed through it in 8 months, with several significant breaks (a week to several weeks). We often did double lessons (or 3 lessons in 2 days).

    My son, at about the same age she started (he’s almost 6), on the other hand, didn’t know his letters (wasn’t really interested). He had figured out numbers up to 9, and he is showing a definite preference for numbers over letters. We have been doing 3-4 lessons a week, sometimes only 2, which means we won’t be done with it by next summer. No big deal. He has started using a LeapFrog electronic letter thingy, and he has learned at least twice as many letters as he had known a few weeks ago. And he’s very independent about it. He used to ask me for help, but now if I try to help him, he picks it up and runs off!

    Anyhow, I figure that I can make it as heavy or as light as I want to. I kind of suspect that my 3rd child, who is 2 1/2 now, could be reading early. He sits in on his brother’s kindergarten some days, and he also plays with the leapfrog game, and he points to words on things, asking me what they say, and he loves books. If I do MFW kinder with him, we will probably go through it very quickly.

    Posted on December 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm
  4. I have a daughter who has had to fight to learn everything she knows. She did not speak at all until age 4 1/2 and is now 6, talking fairly fluently. We are doing MFW K this year for her and it is working wonderfully. I actually schooling her and our 4 yr old boy in K together. I love the laid back approach because it works for us. We also have a 9 yr old son that uses Timberdoodle because MFW is too easy for him. We have used Abeka in the past and loved it, but it is much to advanced for me to handle teaching 3 children on different levels, dealing with learning delays in one child. I supplement a LOT with Library books and hands on activities. 🙂

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    1. Sarah, I found A Beka a bit overwhelming for the same reasons, although I really loved the phonics program with our oldest daughter.

      So glad you’ve found something that’s working so well for your family!

      Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm
  5. I do struggle with thinking MFW K is too easy. I believe it would be a bit redundant to spend 6 days drawing out the unit. We also condense to 4 days and at times, 3. I have supplemented with Singapore Math and we prefer All About Reading and All About Spelling over the MFW language arts. So we really just use it for the Bible/Science/Activity side. And for that, I am grateful because I can’t seem to find a creative bone in this body, and having weekly units lined up for us is so much fun. Oh, we also supplement with TONS of library books each week and spend a ton of time reading “living books”. All in all, I’m happy with it!

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:21 am
    1. Nikki, we condensed the weekly units into 3 or 4 days, as well. That worked really well for us! Thanks for recommending All About Reading and All About Spelling… I’ll check those out!

      Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:13 am
    2. Did you do All About Reading Level 1 or PreReading with MFWK? Did you just add on AAR each day after MFW or did you leave out parts of MFW or reorder any of the units?

      Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am
      1. Alison, we followed the MFW Kindergarten unit without adding or taking out anything. It is a comprehensive phonics curriculum all by itself although, as I mentioned, it is not necessarily an “early reading” curriculum.

        I ordered the MFW kindergarten literature collection with this unit, and was so glad I did. We really enjoyed the extra read alouds!

        Let me know if you have any other questions, Alison, or if I need to clarify anything here. 🙂

        Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm
  6. Thank you so much! This is exactly the post I was looking for. We have a 4 yr old, 2 yr old, and 7 mos old. We have been doing a loose preschool homeschool (free from abcjesuslovesme.com) but are wanting to get more structured with our 4 yr old next year who clearly ready for phonics. I keep wavering back and forth between Abeka and MFW. Now to just pray a little more and discuss with husband! Thank you for your honesty, and would love to know about your year round schedule!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful, Heather! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

      Posted on June 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm
  7. I read so many great reviews on the MFW curriculum, and a friend of mine started it in 1st grade and loved it, but I didn’t realize it was an ‘easy’ Kindergarten! My son has been in public prek for 2 years and I have been teaching him to read with 100 easy lessons which has gone extremely well. In the Fall I plan on starting him on MFW K, which I already purchased, but now I’m feeling frustrated because it may not be challenging enough for him. I can’t return it at this point and I can’t afford to just buy 1st grade right now either. So I think I may do what you are doing with your son – turn it into 4 days instead of 6, and then maybe start him in 1st sooner. My other thinking is that for a first year of homeschooling maybe it’s not such a bad thing for our family that it will be easier work but I don’t want my child to miss out on his full potential. I’m just bummed because I feel like I made the wrong choice and financially it’s just – too bad at this point. :/

    Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm
  8. We will begin kindergarten with our oldest this fall. I’ve been trying to decide between Heart of Dakota and MFW. We will also have a 3 yr old, 18 mo old, and newborn so a slower pace sounds awesome right now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am
  9. I have used MFW for my 8 year old now every year, she is now in 2nd grade and my 4 and just turned 6 year olds are doing MFW kindergarten this year. We love it and would not go back and change a thing. How awesome to have schooling material that is God based where they learn to read and write using God’s word!where Hope you lovers much as we do. God bless!

    Posted on March 3, 2014 at 11:35 am
  10. We use MFW for K and love it! We are on our 3rd kindergartner using MFW and have adapted to each child but typically do a unit per week. Question. I noticed the 3-ring notebook in the pics, do you just have all the sheets in the 3-ring notebook to form like a workbook?

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  11. We are using MFW K with our five year old son and we are really enjoying it! We also speed it up, but I find that it’s perfect for him!

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  12. I have heard wonderful things about MFW! I use Rod and Staff for preschool and Language Lessons from K on, plus adding The Phonics Pathway for reading {I found this on Amazon} and my girls are doing really well with it!

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  13. I used 100 Easy Lessons and MFW 1st grade for child #1 during K. He already knew all his letters and sounds when we started K. Child #2 was not interested in anything learning when he started K. I used 100 Easy Lessons and Rod and Staff workbooks (love these) for him. They are now 3rd and 5th graders using Preparing Hearts from Heart of Dakota. Child #3 will start out in Heart of Dakota. It is funny how different each child is. I am thankful that I can homeschool and meet their individual needs!

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 9:42 am
    1. I took used Rod and Staff with my son last year in K. It worked for us! And this year I switched to Heart of Dakota and it has been fabulous. He loves learning through history!

      Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:33 am
  14. Thanks for sharing this! we are using MFW k and I absolutely love it! I’ve heard it said so many times that it’s too easy. To me if they aer enjoying school and learning the things they need to know it’s not too easy. It’s perfect! We’re on B (started feb last year since little guy was too excited to wait) and it has been such a fun year with him! He’s getting the reading and even though i haven’t “taught” much math he gets addition easily. i’m excited for 1st grade with him (which i’ve heard picks up the pace quite a bit) and also doing k again next year with my 2nd daughter. Enjoy the rest of k with your cute little coqboy!

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:18 am