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.

 

Hey!

We are a family of 5.

We are believers in Jesus Christ. Mom likes to eat vegan, the rest of the family doesn’t like it all the time. We move where the army sends us, we like being crafty, making messes, and being outside. We enjoy family movie nights, taking pictures of everything, making memories

and – we are homeschooling!

We started our homeschool journey in Kindergarten with our now 1st grader. Our oldest, which is in 9th grade now, joined later on too and we are getting ready to involve our almost Pre-schooler as well.

When I first came across the idea of homeschooling and decided to start doing it, I was the only one that was really excited about it, even though I had no idea where to begin and how to start, I just knew that this is what I was meant to do.

During all this time homeschooling grew into something much more than I could have ever imagined, now we all love it and are a homeschool family through and through. Homeschooling is a lifestyle and it continues to grow and to change. I am always making sure that what we do works great for each child and be open minded and ready to switch things up if needed.

When you first start to read about homeschooling you quickly realize that there isn’t just one type of homeschool mom and one way of how to teach them. There are all kinds of  methods and courses you can take and you start to wonder which category you fall under. It takes time, it takes trying out different kind of things. I came to the conclusion that we might just be a mix of a few things. We love to learn with My Father’s World and beautiful books, we feel really drawn to the Charlotte Mason way of learning with lots of reading and exploring nature and with our almost Pre-schooler I find myself looking more into the Montessori and Waldorf method.

HOMESCHOOLLife can get crazy around here, there are days when I go to bed and just can’t believe how great the day was and there are days when I question myself and the idea of homeschooling. Some days are filled with lots of love, fun, laughter and learning and some days we yell too much, I ask Mrs. Frizzle or the Wild Kratts to be the teachers and I am glad when they are all in bed.

That is when the most important part comes in, I constantly need to remind myself that it isn’t just about what they “need” learn and know, but to give my best that they develop a love for learning, teaching them how to become lifelong learners and to have my focus on who they are becoming, to raise them in faith, to give the world a few more souls that are passionate and compassionate.

We were given 3 beautiful souls, and we are so very grateful for that. So here I am, pouring my love into them, with lots and lots of God given grace and patience. Soaking up as much as I can, while they are growing up in front of my eyes a little bit more every day. Sharing with you this beautiful, exciting and sometimes exhausting journey in hope to inspire, encourage you and to show that we all aren’t alone in this.

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