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If you have used this how did it go? My daughter will be 5 at the end of July. We have worked on stuff and she participates with the older brothers, but we haven't pushed letters, etc. She has picked up on a lot, but doesn't have the letters down. She can cout pretty high, colors, etc. We would not have placed her in K if she was going to school because of age and we want something gentle this year. She is begging for school and works on the Rod and Staff preschool books and has a pretty good attention span. I don't want to push her too much, just let her work on what she wants and know the basics by the end of next school year. I was actually thinking of starting her next month because I'm running out of stuff for her to do, I need something planned for me. Do you think MFW K would be a good fit? She loves crafty stuff and being outdoors. I can always slow the program down if it startst to move to fast. So I guess If you have used it when does it usually pick up and thoughts on starting with an older 4 year old?

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I understand completely!!! I have a DS that will also be 5 the end of July. He knows his letters and letter sounds and has recently started reading simple words. He loves workbooks and would complete every pre-k workbook I bought within a few days. I just started MFW K with him because he requested his "own curriculum" and wanted to learn to read. :) We have only done about 2 weeks of it and so far we love it! I also purchased Singapore Early Bird Mathematics just because we are very math-oriented and he LOVES math workbooks, so I was concerned that MFW K may not give him all he wanted in math. (He did 41 pages in one sitting of the Early BIrd A workbook...and this is a child that will NOT sit still.) I have looked forward a good bit, and I think MFW is going to be a great fit for him. I, too, was concerned about him being on the younger side, but if he's asking for it, I want to give it to him. And since we have the privilege of homeschooling, we can always slow down later and regroup if we need to. It is crafty and very "kindergarten-y". Lots of coloring, reading aloud, manipulatives, and fun projects. The lessons are short, but fun, and he remembers everything that we have done so far. We don't do it every day, so we probably actually started 3-4 weeks ago. Many days he just wants to play with manipulatives or do tons of math instead of doing MFW, so I just let him lead what we do for the day. He always does something - often more than I would require of him, so it will all even out.

 

Also, I have a friend that has a very bright DD in kindergarten this year who was bored to tears with MFW K. They have stopped using it and moved on to other things. They basically are reading the literature collection and doing those activities, but are doing nothing else from MFW K because it was too easy. Her DD literally would sit and do 2 weeks worth of work in a day.

 

To be honest, I think MFW is great for a younger kindergarten student. It's working well for us so far, but I'm not sure my DS and I would enjoy it as much if we waited until August to start it. Lots of learning goes on in 6-7 months for little people and I think by then it would probably be too easy for him. HTH!

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Thanks! She knows a lot of the letters, just not every single one :) Mostly from picking them up, lol. She has to do school the whole time the boys do and answers many of the questions and is very bright. She is currently teaching herself addition and subtraction on her own to keep up. I want it to be fun and have found tons of ideas on pinterest. My son that is in K this year would have been bored with it, so I'm glad I decided not to do it with him.

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I've used it twice. Loved using it with my middle and youngest daughter. I think it was so easy to beef up the phonics when needed by turning it into spelling, and copywork. playing with alphabetical order. Do some math.. enjoy the activities and then read books and go play... lots of sweet memories from MFW K with both of my girls (one of whom had to wait until she was older due to speech therapy issues). The time was precious to spend on the activities and getting to not be rushed..... didn't know about MFW when oldest was that age. ... can't believe oldest is middle of 11th grade now.. wow..

 

My middle gal was advanced reader for her age when she started MFW K... she enjoyed it. I enjoyed it..

 

youngest... did her work in Kindy, and played alongside older sisters in ECC that year (one was 7th and the other 4th)... good year that year..

 

and there's a section in the newer manuals on how to think about it with ahead of the curve learners.

 

I liked it both times. hope you find the right program for your needs.

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I was a K teacher in public school for seven years and I am using MFW K with my two five year old daughters who turned 5 last July! One daughter fully reading and one daughter learning to read. We are on week 18 of MKW and have really enjoyed it. My daughters knew all letters and sounds and #'s before beginning this curriculum, but had not learned correct letter formation. They have beautiful handwriting and non reading daughter can now sound out words and read. Yes, we could finish a whole week of MFW suggestions in one day, but it is nice to know you can take your time or hoof it if you need to finish one week quickly. This curriculum has wonderful themes every week that teach morals or a godly attribute plus lots of science, map skills, a little math. There are tons of wonderful book suggestions and then I order tons on the theme of the week from the library ( which gets kinda old). The MFW forum is excellent too with suggestions. I add lots of calendar math to this curriculum and I also add in journal writing and some extra letter books or activity sheets I find online. I also add in a virtue a week.

 

All in all, both my girls are having fun and learning a whole bunch.... For that matter I'm learning tons too! I was concerned about my reader, but we just focus more on her handwriting and I just give her a chapter book to read while I'm working with my beginning reader. Also, it is just kindergarten. They need to have fun, play and relax more than sit and do work. MFW K is not overbearing and the activities and weekly themes and Godly virtues are wonderful.

 

Go for it!

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This is also my 2nd year teaching MFW K. We love it, too. We started last fall right before my daughter turned 5 and it's been a great fit. My daughter loves the phonics worksheets, because she wants to color ALL the animals. :D I also like the reading selections that are recommended later in the week. I also do more than MFW with my 5 yro, but you don't have to. The program is fine on its own. My 5 yro just constantly wants to "do school". :coolgleamA:

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Yes, she loves coloring and doing worksheets. Thanks everyone, I was hoping it would be par on with what she needs. I can't keep ignoring and her and giving her half of what she wants. We tried Carol's afordable and it was great, but you almost need to start at the first of the year to stay on schedual with everything and if I was behind it messed up seasonally what we were working on.

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