MFW – KINDERGARTEN

Oh those Kindergarten years. They are so very precious. The children are still so little and eager to learn. Ready to soak up whatever you teach them about.

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1st day of Kindergarten

We started homeschooling when our youngest was in Kindergarten. I had no idea on what would be best and how things work. I decided to piece our curriculum together and quickly learned that we won’t get very far with it. Replicating school isn’t what worked for us and wasn’t what we wanted. I came across my first moment when all the “starting homeschooling excitement” calmed down and reality came in. Reality that this wasn’t working and me asking myself, if it was a mistake to homeschool our child.

We were frustrated. We talked about sending her to school. There was something inside of me though that was telling me that this isn’t the way to go and so I started the whole process of searching for a matching curriculum for us again. I finally knew that we needed something more hands-on, something that included more activities and gave me a little bit more structure. I came across “My Father’s World” again and that time it instantly spoke to me and I decided to order it.

Besides starting to homeschool, ordering “God’s Creation from A to Z”, was the best decision I could have made. I know you read things about that this curriculum is “too easy” or “too slow”. It is easy and it is slow, but not “too”. It is wonderful. This curriculum showed us that hands-on learning is wonderful and fun, that {living} books are one of our best and favorite resources to learn from and that being outside and exploring nature is an important part when it comes to teaching our children. Every week and theme is based on a scripture and it teaches them such great and essentials character traits.

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Taking school outside

Honestly, what is more important than that in those early years? It’s not about who can read the best at such a young age and who can solve the most complicated math problems. They will be able to do that at one point. Those young years are for building a strong foundation in their faith and knowledge of God’s love and word, grounding them in the truth and pairing it together in leading them to be gentle, kind and helpful human beings. For us moms and parents this is a time to enjoy our children, building an even deeper relationship with them. Watching them when they are excited about learning something new, spending time with them outside or snuggled up reading a wonderful book. Giving them the extra time to play and the chance to be a child.

Oh there aren’t enough wonderful things to say about this curriculum.

Pinterest is full of ideas. Take advantage of it and take your time to do as many of the activities, listed in the teacher’s manual, as you want. Make it fun, not overwhelming. Take many pictures. Read a lot. Go outside.

Our daughter had so much fun doing all the activities, she actually wanted to explore, learn and discover. The phonics approach to reading taught her how to sound out letters and words and didn’t just teach her sight words and even though they are not focused on having the children reading books by the end of Kindergarten, she had a great foundation to actually start learning how to read in 1st grade. The best part, it was so wonderful to see how her relationship with God started to grow.

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Kindergarten Graduation

I wish I would back then known what I know now. I would have done things differently, but that is okay. It’s a journey and we are continually learning and growing. I can share the things I’ve learned with you and am already excited to do MFW Kindergarten all over again with our boy in a few years.