I have never felt as dumb as I felt when I started teaching Annie Kindergarten. Do you know how many times I use Google per day to answer questions that my 5 year old asks?
“Mama, how many eyes does a fly have?”
“Mama, what sound does a camel make?”
“Mama, why do you dance around like that?”
Yes, I should know the answer to all of those…but sometimes my mind totally freezes up. And sometimes…I. Don’t. Know.
My child is in Kindergarten…and so am I. Learning everything right along with her. Yes, me – a 4-year college graduate with a B.S. And there is irony in my degree title.
Some of you have asked about our choice for homeschool curriculum, so I wanted to make sure I had this information on the blog – we chose My Father’s World, a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. I first heard of this curriculum from my bestie, Nikki. She knew I wasn’t happy with what I had tried to use for preschool, so she asked me to give this a look – and I loved it immediately!
MFW is available for preschool through 12th grade. I had ended up doing my own version of preschool using stuff I found online and also using Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (which is an excellent book and Annie is now reading SO well).
So, today I want to tell you what I like about the program and what I don’t like. If you’re looking for a curriculum or looking to switch to a new one, maybe this will help you.
There is no such thing as a neutral education. Every education, every curriculum has a viewpoint. That viewpoint either considers God in it or it does not. To teach children about life and the world in which they live without reference to God is to make a statement about God. It screams a statement. The message is either that there is no God or that God is irrelevant.” –RC Sproul
- Faith based – The main reason we are choosing to homeschool is because we believe it’s our Biblical mandate to teach our children “as we walk along the road.” I love this curriculum because it’s based in the Christian faith and makes Bible part of the daily program.
- Daily lessons are already planned – Every single day is laid out for you. For someone as task oriented as me, this is a HUGE plus. I couldn’t do a wing-it program without losing my marbles. I’m not spontaneous. I like plans.
- Includes fun activities – School shouldn’t be boring. This curriculum gives great ideas for crafts and fun outings. It also includes outside time (season permitting) which I really like.
- Book lists – Have I ever mentioned I like lists? Well, I do. Each weekly lesson is themed and includes a book list. I simply take my teacher’s manual to the library and check out the corresponding books that are available. Lists: I heart you.
- Doesn’t require that you sell yourself on the street to purchase – Some homeschool programs are EXPENSIVE. Some are free. This one is kinda middle of the road. I like the middle of the road – less chance of running off a cliff. I paid around $220 for Annie’s entire Kindergarten material…but the best part is, except for the student sheets ($43), I can use everything again for Andy and Eli! Whoop!
- It can incorporate all your children, no matter the grade level – I think this might be one of my favorite aspects of this curriculum. It’s based on the Family Learning Cycle, which means once your children reach 3rd grade, they will all be learning about the same things – just on their level. It’s kinda hard to explain until you click on the link to see the photo. It’s pretty awesome.
- Every week is written out for 6 days – that didn’t really work for our schedule, so I’ve easily condensed the days down to 5.
- If your child can read, it might be a bit boring for Kindergarten – because we used the 100 Lessons book, Annie already knows how to read. But I didn’t want her to get bored because she was ahead on the reading…so I’ve incorporated more crafts and printables I found online. Check out my Pinterest board for great ideas.
- It’s not free – I pride myself on trying to do things super cheap and/or free when possible. But I look at it this way…it could be more. And I would likely spend MORE if she were in public school: clothes, books and other activities add up quickly!
So, there ya go. I was so excited and so in love with the Kindergarten level that we have already purchased the First Grade package as well.
We are really enjoying homeschool so far. I won’t lie – it’s not easy. Some days, I don’t want to do it – but some days I don’t want to get out of my pjs or cook either. Most things in life that aren’t easy are TOTALLY WORTH IT. So, remember that the next time you don’t feel like doing laundry. Clean panties are worth it.