Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Father's World First Grade


My Father's World First Grade
2012-2013

We finished up My Father's World Kindergarten a little early, so I started 1st grade right away since I knew I was having a baby in the Fall, and would rather take our "Summer" then. My plan is to have first semester completed by the time baby arrives last week in September. I had heard mixed reviews about My Father's World First Grade curriculum, but decided I loved the K so much and have heard so many good reviews on their 2-8th grade curriculum I decided to just stick with the same company.

Pros: [So far]
- Simple, easy to use
- Inexpensive, so I don't feel guilty for supplementing a little 
- Loving the biblical bases of it
- Work can be accomplished within 2 hours [ish]
- Flows well from MFW K [I have reprinted a few things to use again in 1st to reinforce]

Cons: [So far]
- The math seemed confusing, maybe it's not, but I stuck with what we used last year [Singapore Math]
Not the best program for teaching reading so I ended up ditching it and purchased Explode The Code workbooks [you can buy workbooks on amazon or purchase ETC online games]
- One suggested Art, isn't my favorite, but they do suggestion some others 
- Little heavier on worksheets than K, but that's to be expected, you don't have to do them all I suppose




Thus far, I have followed the guides order for our daily routine:
-Bible first [usually studying bible and mediating on our weekly Proverb]
-Reading [where the worksheets are]
-Math [Singapore instead]
-Activity/Science/Art/Exploration Day [depending on what day of the week it is]

The curriculum is broken down into 160 days, suggesting 20 field trips or your own homeschooling for those additional 20 days. They suggest setting up your week starting first day of the week on Wednesday so your "outside day" or Exploration day falls mid week so you can take a break, but again, like in K, I just prefer simple start to finish to be Monday-Friday. So I just look ahead and start new Proverb on Mondays and end with it on Fridays. If that makes sense.


Good blogs to follow:

Mama Jenn [excellent Proverb printables]
Hey, it's Jade [good week to week]
Whole Hearted Mama [good week to week]
MFW 2011-2012 Blog Hop [look for bloggers who blogged on 1st]
My Father's World Forum [sorta helpful]
A Mama's Story 2012-2013 Blog Hop [look for bloggers who blogged on 1st]





Additional purchases:

Favorite Poems Old & New
Jesus Storybook Bible
What's in the Bible DVD's




4 comments:

  1. Hey Candra! I use MFW also. I found the reading program to be excellent!! My daughter just took off with it. I'm sure there are more "exciting" programs out there, but the fundamentals of the program are awesome, in my opinion. I agree math is shaky. I used the workbook they suggested and it went fine. I think according to the Saxon assessment tests she will be ready to move into the appropriate level. Even if she isn't, the great thing about homeschooling is that it doesn't matter. No pressures! Starting 2nd grade next month and child #2 in Kindergarten. More worried about schooling 2 kids at once....

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  2. Thanks for commenting, this is so helpful!

    Nation hasn't taken off to reading yet, but I'm hopeful. Keep on trucking!

    Yay for 2nd, I hear it's awesome.

    You'll do great with both kids, you were made for it!

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  3. Hi! I am stopping by from the MFW Blogroll and co-hosting the My Father's World Homeschool Highlights this school year with Monica @ DiscoverTheirGifts. This is where MFW families connect weekly, or as often as you like, to share what we are doing in our schools. The first one is September 8, the info is on my blog. I hope you join us!

    Kattie
    http://2ladybugsandalizard.blogspot.com/

    ps: We did MFW 1st two years ago....fun! I hope you have a great year!

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