For many, the school year is coming to an end, if it hasn’t already. For us, we are only halfway through our curriculum but will be finished in September. We started the school year late (November) and then had a big move to another state, and welcomed a new baby 3 days before the move. This took a chunk out of our schooling but nothing damaging, as we do school all year long.
We also did not take your typical school times off, such as holiday breaks or spring/summer breaks. I just see that as time to forget things and get out of whack from our routine. We do school every day, unless we have something else going on, sometimes this can look like two or three days off in a row. So far this has worked for the last two school years, but that has only been Kindergarten and 1st grade. We will evaluate this with each school year and adjust if needed, but so far it has been great!
Cipher is currently the only one with actual curriculum which is probably why school has been pretty breezy for us. She turned 6 last month and will be starting 2nd grade in a few months. We started her with My Fathers World Kindergarten when she was 4 and it worked out great. Jake homeschooled her at that time and it was great having a full curriculum that not only was Biblical and introduced creation, but it was laid out with a day by day lesson plan which made it easy for homeschool beginners like us
Naturally we went with MFW for her 1st grade curriculum which has the same lovely set up and focus on the Bible. All her reading and writing is from her Bible reader and Bible notebook, and copying Proverbs. What I have not been pleased with is the math. There are no daily lesson plans or worksheets. My manual does have a really neat daily planner where I can keep track of what math activity we do for the day, but like I said, nothing that comes as part of the actual daily curriculum. Too much room to get lost for a beginning homeschooling mama, like myself. I did see on MFW website that they have undergone a major revision on the 1st grade curriculum that has better focus on math, and comes with more product, like daily math lessons, and addition/subtraction flash cards, so I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one having an issue with it
What Improved with 1st grade?
A major revision of first grade is now available, with a new look and a new title — Learning God’s Story. Improvements include:
- New grid lesson plan charts for each week, similar to our other programs
- More hands-on activities
- Expanded Bible lessons
- Revised sequence of phonics lessons, with some new lessons added, giving more time to confidently master specific skills in the first months
- Math integrated into the weekly charts with easier to follow plans and many new hands-on activities
- Exploration Day on Friday
- Deluxe items scheduled in the lesson plans
- Weekly materials list
Student Sheets are essentially the same as before but now include:
- Some new math sheets, such as addition exploration and weather chart / graph
- Some new reading activity sheets with new artwork
The Student Workbook is essentially the same as before with the following changes:
- Revised sequence for many phonics lessons
- Pages are now assigned (and labeled) by Week and Day
- Some new pages and artwork
The Bible Reader and Bible Notebook are the same, with new covers.
You can select Deluxe or Basic, which include our newly designed hands-on, age-appropriate math lessons and manipulatives. New resources in the packages include:
- My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions: Celebrating God’s World (new in Basic)
- Additional math manipulatives — Unifix® Cubes, small geared clock, Horizontal Addition and Subtraction Flashcards (new in Basic)
- Enjoying Art Together (new set of 20 sturdy art cards in Deluxe)
- New activity sheets in our Student Sheets for Peter and the Wolf music CD
Note: The Student Sheets and Student Workbook for our revised first grade, Learning God’s Story, cannot be used with the first edition of My Father’s World First Grade.
Here is a look into a typical school day for Cipher using My Fathers World 1st grade – first edition.
One of my difficulties has been keeping Sahwin involved and occupied with learning while Cipher does her school work. At this young age, Cipher’s work needs all my attention. Sahwin can only focus for a short time with his workbook before he gets whiney. Because of his age he is not at the same learning pace that she is. Currently, I have been working with him out of these two workbooks. Putting a sticker on each completed page has really helped him feel motivated! It’s funny how a small thing like a sticker can get him so excited and keep him encouraged.
As of right now, I plan on using MFW for 2nd grade along with the math that comes with the revised edition of 1st grade, The Complete Book of Math. I still need to add in Language Arts to complete the curriculum, but have not decided on what that will be just yet.
This is the Second grade curriculum which includes Bible, U.S. History and Geography, Science, and Music
Teacher’s Manual, Second Edition
Student Sheets (purchase one per additional student)
Map of the U.S./World – placemat size (purchase one per additional student)
NIrV Discoverer’s Bible for Young Readers
The Story of the U.S.
American Pioneers and Patriots
North American Indians
Red, White, and Blue
The Thanksgiving Story
The 4th of July Story
First Encyclopedia of Science
Science in the Kitchen
Science With Air
Birds, Nests, and Eggs
Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. (CD)
To complete your curriculum, just add Language Arts, Math, and consider a Foreign Language.
A bonus I am pleased with is the re usability with a lot of their stuff. For example, I am able to order pieces of MFW kindergarten for Sahwin and still use the same teachers manual that was used with Cipher. Once he gets to 1st grade I will be able to trade in my teachers manual that I am using now with Cipher, for the revised edition, and buy piece by piece to go along with it.
When we begin the new school year I will share a post with our new curriculum and give you a look into how it is working.