Are you considering My Father’s World for your homeschool curriculum? We are so impressed by My Father’s World Kindergarten. We have had such a fun time going through My Father’s World Kindergarten this year! We purchased the deluxe package because the extras add to the hands-on learning approach that we love.
I honestly can just gush over our first year going through this curriculum. I could write a 3,000 word post because we loved it so much. But I’ll spare you the long drawn out post and try to be as concise as I can be.
Our Big Guy really struggled with reversals in preschool. He would reverse nearly every single letter visually and while writing. He did the same thing for numbers. Becuase of his struggles, I was worried about teaching him to read in kindergarten. How would handle it? Would he struggle and want to give up? Would it click one day and be easy for him? Was it going to be a year full of tears (again)?
Because of this, I was confident in our choice to stick with My Father’s World. Here’s why.
What We Loved:
The biggest thing that I loved about this curriculum was the gentle approach in teaching the little guys how to read. They do it slowly and gently throughout the year. They are only reading short stories by mid-year.
This slow approach allowed my Big Guy to develop the confidence that he needed to learn how to read. He didn’t experience stress and frustration. Instead, he showed himself that he could do it. I don’t think we could’ve gotten to that point with a different curriculum.
The next thing I loved was the character traits and strong biblical focus of the set. The Bible lessons were brilliantly spread throughout all the lessons. If I hated everything else about this curriculum (which I don’t!) I would still choose it again and again in order to teach these concepts. I was constantly blown away at they connected the science lesson with the Bible lesson. Over and over again. I actually felt that they were really picking up on the character trait throughout each unit. It wasn’t something that I told them on day one and then never mentioned again. I strongly believe that our number one job as parents is to teach our children the Bible and how to live for the Lord, this curriculum does just that.
The science lessons, seriously-so good! Both of my boys had such a fun time with all of the science lessons with each unit. I was blown away, again, with how age appropriate they were. I didn’t think my boys were that interested in science until we started the kindergarten work. They would be so excited about the days activity.
I loved that the teacher’s manual had everything spelled out for you. Each week’s work was written in daily lesson plan as well having extra notes to help you teach the lessons. This is so valuable to have this work done for you but also to give you the confidence you need as a newbie to homeschooling.
I also loved the book suggestions in the back of the teacher’s manual. Not only do they list some possible negatives within each book they also give you books that would be good for just for fun reading and easy readers for those reading independently but they also list books that are good for the days that you teach the basic information on the subject. So many of the suggested books were so loved by all my kids, many of which I had never heard of that we enjoyed reading many times over before sending them back to the library. I will cherish the giggles from my children as we soaked up the great literature!
We loved that it was an upfront higher cost but then more cost effective later on since all you need to do is buy the student sheets for each of your following children. Most curriculum sets aren’t like this, the only reusable thing is the teacher’s manual. Not MFW! This appealed to us a lot! We spent just over $200 for our first child but then only $40 for our second and third. That works for this frugal mama!
What We Didn’t Love:
We did end up supplementing Abeka Kindergarten for the entire year. Which I am so glad I did from the start. At first, it was just extra but by the mid year I was so thankful for it. Once the Big Guy master basic reading skills, had the confidence he needed, he was ready to be challenged more with reading. But MFW doesn’t move past the CVC format. Abeka did, it taught him special sounds and blends along with the two vowel rule. Which allowed him to read more challenging books and also sped up his reading.
We also added in a sight words flashcard set. I was on the fence about doing so but I think sight words are so important. They really do help with reading speed but also help explain those crazy words that don’t follow the rules of the English language (which are A LOT!). I was impressed at how fast he became at reciting sight words by the end of the year.
We didn’t like how repetitive it got about 3/4th through the year. By this time he had mastered reading so the basic CVC was a breeze and he hated doing the blend ladder again and again. At this point, he was getting frustrated at how easy the curriculum had gotten for him. So I was glad that we had decided to supplement from the start. I ended up cutting out all the too easy work for him and challenged him more with the Abeka work. By the end of the year, we were only focusing on the science and Biblical aspect of the curriculum. We cut each unit from 6 days to 4 days then to 3 days. This worked great for us.
We didn’t like food stuff, but that’s just us. Most units suggest a snack or cake to make that corresponds with the unit. I don’t think I did a single one. If you have food allergies in your home, like we do, you may feel the same way. If you your kids love food then you will probably enjoy most of them.
Would I recommend My Father’s World to a friend? Yes!
I definitely would. The biblical concepts cannot be more valuable. I should write an entire post on this! Maybe next year I will. The strategic way that they incorporate and teach these valuable lessons is just brilliant. I would buy the entire curriculum just for these.
It was such a fun year! Growing butterflies, doing an ant hill and so many great crafts made for an amazing kindergarten experience. I was expecting struggles and it was anything but. My Big Guy fell in love with learning through My Father’s World and for that I would recommend it.
If you have a struggling preschooler, this curriculum is for you. If you have a preschooler who isn’t ready for tons of seat work and still needs short intervals of learning than this set is for you. If you love learning through hands-on experience then this curriculum is for you. If you want a gentle approach to learning to read then this is for you.
If you have done 2 years of formal preschool then I don’t think this the curriculum for you. Why? Because it will be way too easy for you little one. If your preschooler is reading then I don’t think this is the curriculum for you. Again, because I think it will be way too easy. But if you value biblical concepts more than all that then adding in another program, such as Abeka, will make this curriculum work for you. I think it would be worth it for that alone. But that’s an individual decision since it’s not cheap.
Your turn! Do you use My Father’s World? How was your experience with it? Are you considering it? Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to answer anything that I can!
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