MFW Kindergarten Review

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Trying to decide on your kindergarten curriculum? Feeling a little overwhelmed by your options? If you are looking for a comprehensive, easy to follow, and fun curriculum to do your five-year-old, MFW Kindergarten may be a great fit for you. The curriculum utilizes quality books and incorporates biblical truths into each lesson, all for a great price. Here are some of the many reasons why I chose and love My Father’s World Kindergarten Curriculum!

MFW Kindergarten – Recommended by Other Trusted Moms

When I first decided to homeschool, I asked around to see what other moms were teaching in kindergarten. I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel and wanted a tried and true curriculum. Having never been a teacher in the past, I really wanted something that I could easily follow and yet was fun and challenging for my daughter. When I first looked through the curriculum, my initial thoughts were that it would be too easy for my daughter and she might not like it or be challenged enough. I researched other curricula out there, namely Five in A Row and Sonlight curriculum. I had heard great things about both, and both have their own strengths. However, the former I didn’t feel like was comprehensive enough. And the latter was just too expensive. So, I settled on MFW Kindergarten and couldn’t have been happier!

Appropriately Challenging

I have now used the curriculum two times, with two very different learners and it has worked well for both of my kids. My kids had both attended private, Christian preschools so they already knew their letters. Also, with both of my kids, I had already started Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, (click here for a review of that curriculum) so they both had a good foundation of phonics and reading. And still, I truly enjoyed the curriculum.

Some people will say that My Fathers World is too easy and not enough academics. However, the more I learn, we in America are programmed to think that learning has to be in a textbook because that is how most of us learned. And while there is a time and place for that, kindergarten shouldn’t solely focus on academics. I was one of those moms that worried that it might be too easy and my child would be “behind.” As homeschool moms, we all worry about that from time to time.

I want to let you know though, now that I have done the curriculum and seen my children grow for a few years after, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. They are at or above grade level in all subjects. So, don’t fear you are not doing enough in kindergarten. Focus on the joy of learning and teaching strong biblical concepts, and your kids will thrive.

Biblical Truths Taught in a Natural Way

What I absolutely loved was how Marie, the author, beautifully weaves in biblical concepts and character development into each unit. At the kindergarten level, I believe the best thing to teach your children is to start to know God’s Word and how it applies to them at such a young age. The biblical truths that are explored, are very foundational. If you want your child learning biblical truths and thinking through them, this is a great curriculum. Each unit has a corresponding biblical concept that the student will interact with. Plus, you will start the year with a two-week study on creation which is a great kickoff to learning!

 

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Very Little Prep = Easy on Mom

Another reason I loved this curriculum is that there is very little prep required as the teacher. And let’s be honest. As a first-time homeschooling mom, a mom with other little kids to care for, or one that has older kids to teach as well, most of us don’t have a lot of time each week to prep. Let’s not forget that life goes on outside of teaching! I loved how this curriculum is laid out very simply and is very easy to follow.

Before you begin the school year, I suggest you organize your year week to week in file folders. That way each week you have everything ready to go. Then, all you have to do throughout the year is glance ahead to see what specific extra materials are needed so you have time to gather all supplies, and you are good to go! Don’t forget to order the books you will need at the library at least a week in advance to give yourself enough time for the books to arrive.

Comprehensive in Scope

Each unit includes a calendar, 100-chart, song or poem, Bible lessons, art, science, phonics, classical music, letter writing, and more. I love that classical music is included with ideas on what your kids can do while they are listening to the music. Introducing your kids to both classical music and poetry can spark their creativity and expand their education in fine arts. These subjects are often overlooked or not included in other curricula.

Extensive, Real Book List

Marie offers a list of suggested books for each unit that is absolutely wonderful. Most of the books we were able to find in our local library. For each unit, there are fun picture books, easy readers for those whose kids are reading, and non-fiction books to read aloud that all relate to the topic. The list gives a brief synopsis of each book and lets you know if a certain book contains “millions of years ago” or similar language.

My kids both loved the books we read, and my older child loved reading them with us too. The list takes the guesswork out of choosing great books. And, I am a strong believer that children learn best through stories, especially in the younger years.

Fun and Easy Crafts to Bring Learning to Life

I am not a super crafty or creative person. Pinterest is overwhelming to me. But my kids love crafts! And chances are, yours do too. Marie offers fun but easy crafts that coincide with each lesson. She also offers additional activities that are optional to use. I would sometimes do most of these activities and other times not do any, but I loved having the suggestions because I probably would not have come up with them on my own! And most of the activities involve materials you probably already have at home. Here is an example of some art we did when studying vegetables:

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What I Supplemented

While we loved doing MFW Kindergarten, there were a few things that I felt like the curriculum lacked. As you will find, no curriculum is perfect, and you will have to tweak and adjust each one out there. In fact, I made different changes with each kid. Here are some suggestions you may want to use too:

  • Adding more math. The calendar and 100-chart seem incomplete. The author adds basic addition and subtraction towards the end of the year, as well as basic money math. But, my kids both enjoyed learning how to tell time too. And, I also did a separate math curriculum with each child.
  • Reading. I also had my kids reading a book to me each day on top of the read-alouds I did with them. Sometimes it was from Marie’s book list, others it was whatever they were into at the time. Series such as Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant are great ideas.
  • Sight words. While our focus was on phonics, I also did some sight words with each child. I pulled these from the Dolch sight word list and would work on one each day or each week depending on the word. My kids would read the word, print it, copy my cursive, and use the word in a sentence. This helped them interact with words that don’t follow the ‘rules’ or that are commonly found in literature.
  • Cursive introduction. With my firstborn, I also used a cursive curriculum that someone gave to me for free. She was ready for it. While cursive definitely isn’t necessary, the idea is that it helps young readers blend sounds. It worked for my daughter, but I didn’t do it for my son as I felt like he wasn’t quite ready. You make the call.

Final Thoughts

Some of you might be wondering about history. First of all, history is not something necessary to be taught in kindergarten. However, with my daughter, we did read some fun, age-appropriate biographies which touched on different aspects of history. And my son vicariously learned history by hearing me teach my older daughter. While I never thought he was paying attention, he often came to me later and shared what I taught. That’s the benefit of being the second child!

I hope this review of My Fathers World has been helpful! If you have taught the curriculum, leave a comment as I’d love to hear your feedback too.

Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at katie@itakeheart.com or leave a comment and I’ll get right back to you.

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Take heart,
Katie

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2 Comments

  • Reply Sheri Y. at

    This is such a great review. So many great ideas and points. When I had first started looking at all the curriculum choices out there with my first child, I was truly overwhelmed. So many choices and which one to pick? Kindergarten really should be a discovery year, besides it is NOT a required year of education for most states and I agree My Fathers World is a great place to start. I highly suggest using this curriculum and making notes on how your child learns, what they love, and how to foster their learning during your year of discovery and using this as a launching pad for the elementary years.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Sheri, I love how you use the word, discovery year, with regards to kindergarten. Yes, that is so true. Both student and teacher are discovering learning styles and educational bents that first year. When we focus on the joy of learning and discovering with our kids in those early years, they truly will have a great foundation and launching pad for the years to come!

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