My Father's World: Elementary Grades
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My Father’s World (MFW) offers complete or almost complete grade level programs for preschool through grade 12. MFW embodies methodologies from unit study, Charlotte Mason, and classical approaches with a strong biblical base (Protestant) and missionary emphasis throughout all levels. Each program centers around a single guide and uses a mixture of real books and hands on activities along with a few textbooks. Basic or deluxe packages are available for each level. Basic packages provide essential elements. Deluxe packages include additional resources for art, music, read aloud, etc. A Bible (not included) is required for every level.
MFW courses are clearly structured with easy-to-understand instructions. Lesson preparation time will be required primarily for gathering necessary materials, so planning ahead is essential....
Samples for each level are available on the publisher’s website. Because of space limitations, I have not reviewed the preschool program.
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My Father’s World from A to Z: A Complete Kindergarten Curriculum, second edition
Kindergarten level focuses on beginning reading, math, science, social studies, and Bible appropriate for children who are just ready to begin learning letters and sounds. (Expansion ideas are provided for kindergartners who are already reading.) Many activities in the book—especially those not targeting beginning number and letter skills—easily adapt for use with younger or older children.
Charlotte Mason's influence is strong with the incorporation of real books and hands-on learning throughout the program....
The introductory unit, which should take about ten days to complete, covers creation and introduces the names of the letters of the alphabet. The next 26 units (centered around themes such as the sun, leaves, or water) integrate lessons on sounds of the letters and beginning blending (short-vowel words only) with the unit themes. All learning is multi-sensory, combining worksheets, oral work, listening, movable alphabet, flashcards, and lots of hands-on activities. For example, Unit 11 teaches about insects, emphasizing the biblical concept of working hard (diligence). Ants, bees, and ladybugs are used as examples. Students learn the “A-a-Apple” song as they learn the /ĭ/ sound for insect. You are to read aloud about insects from any appropriate book—nine possible titles are suggested. Children either set up the ant farm from the deluxe kit or assist you in following the instructions for creating your own ant farm so they can watch insects at work.
Lessons should take 60 to 90 minutes per day, and there are sufficient lessons here for a full school year. Lessons for each unit are presented in a two-page grid so you can quickly get an overview of what you will be doing. Additional notes follow for each day, but there is not a lot of teacher manual information that you need to read before jumping into the lessons.
Simple science experiments, craft projects, and literature are built into the lessons. Reading lessons present a new letter sound in each unit, then use a wide variety of activities to teach the sound, letter formation (handwriting), recognition of sounds in spoken words and pictures, and—when children are ready—blending.
A variety of worksheets are provided in the large packet of Kindergarten Student Sheets. This packet includes worksheets—some for cut-and-paste activities, teaching charts, game cards, short-vowel song cards, monthly calendars, and patterns for badges. Many learning activities use textured letters (these come in the deluxe package), tactile activities (e.g., finger Jello cut into letter shapes, pancakes formed as letters), and verbal responses.
Day six in each unit features a “book time” for reading a real book and engaging in related activities plus an “outdoor time” activity. Math is often integrated in lessons....
My Father’s World First Grade
This first grade program very quickly reviews letters and sounds, then introduces short-vowel words. All basic phonics concepts are presented this year. Spelling and writing both receive much more emphasis this year than in kindergarten. Science in the first grade program relies heavily upon three Usborne books...in keeping with Marie Hazell’s incorporation of Charlotte Mason’s ideas for teaching science using real books and activities. A list of first grade math goals and ideas for informal math activities are included along with a daily math grid that uses hands-on math activities plus math resources from the First Grade deluxe package.
The First Grade basic package includes the teacher’s manual, student workbook, student worksheets, Bible Notebook, timeline figures, Bible Reader, and three Usborne science books.
The Bible Notebook is a “blank” book with lines and spaces for children to create their own notebook from the lessons they study. The Bible Reader features simple retellings of Bible stories. Weekly memory verses from Proverbs reinforce key lesson ideas and are used for developing handwriting skills.
This program builds a very strong familiarity with the Bible since it uses lengthy readings in many lessons as well as the Bible Reader....
Adventures in My Father’s World (2nd or 3rd Grade)NOTE: This program is designed for a second or third grader who is an oldest child. Families with older siblings should instead purchase one of the 2nd-8th programs so that all students are working on the same topics.
Adventures in My Father’s World provides complete curriculum for Bible, history, geography, science, art, and music, with United States history being the primary theme for the year. There is some language arts instruction, but it is not comprehensive. Math is not included. You need to add your own math and language arts resources....
Moderately detailed lesson plans are provided for each day. You need minimal prep work before teaching the program: gathering or buying general school supplies and art supplies..., gathering library books, and reading the first sections of the teacher’s manual.
You may purchase either the basic or deluxe package. The basic package includes the teacher’s manual, a map of the United States and of the world, student sheets (which also include state sheets/cards/stickers), Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. CD, and the books 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 Fourth of July Story; First Encyclopedia of Science; Science in the Kitchen; Science with Air; and Birds, Nests, and Eggs.
The deluxe package includes all of the above plus an art program, bird feeder, magnet kit, Introduction to Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Suite CD set, and seven additional read aloud books....
2nd - 8th Grade Multi-Age Curriculum
While the preceding programs all have narrower age or grade level designations, the next sequence in MFW consists of five volumes, any of which might be used for students in grades two through eight. Ideally, you would use them in sequence, no matter at what grade level you begin. You might complete all five volumes in grades two through six then repeat the first two volumes at a more advanced level for seventh and eighth grades.
The first year of the five-year cycle is dedicated to concentrated study of geography and cultures in Exploring Countries and Cultures. The next four volumes follow a chronological order:
Creation to the Greeks
Rome to the Reformation
Exploration to 1850 (U.S./World History)
1850 to Modern Times (U.S./World History)
As with the other MFW volumes, these five levels use real books and lots of hands-on activities to cover Bible, social studies (history and geography), science, art, and music. You might consider this a unit study although study in all subjects is not as tightly linked to unit themes as in other unit studies....Textbooks and other resources are also incorporated to cover specific topics that might not fit with the main themes. For example, children learn the music of Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel during their study of Creation to the Greeks.
Language arts are covered separately, although children will be working on some language arts activities within the curriculum itself....
Math is not included in these volumes, although Primary Mathematics (Singapore Math) is recommended....
Teacher’s manuals feature daily lesson plans with additional notes and explanations alongside each week’s chart. Charts show specific pages and activities within the core resources....
Exploring Countries and Cultures
As the title suggests, this volume teaches about other countries and cultures. It is selective rather than comprehensive in coverage, an approach entirely suitable for a young audience. For example, while all continents are “visited,” only a few representative countries are actually studied. Protestant missionary biographies, stories from Hero Tales (heroes of Protestantism), and information from Window on the World (missionary efforts and status worldwide) are assigned for reading within the lesson plans, often coordinating with the country being studied that week....
Seventh and eighth graders have additional coursework scheduled in the lesson plans. You will need to purchase the 7th-8th Grade Supplement if you are teaching older students.
Creation to the Greeks
MFW strongly recommends that children complete Exploring Countries and Cultures before beginning this volume so that they have foundational knowledge of countries and geographic terms that will be used this year.
The outline for this study follows the Old Testament, beginning with Creation and continuing through the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the exile (book of Nehemiah). Following the biblical timeline, students also learn about ancient Mesopotamia; Egypt; the Babylonian kingdom; early North American cultures; other ancient cultures of the Middle East such as the Canaanites, Hittites and Philistines; Assyria; Greece (including some Greek mythology); India (including a brief study of Hinduism and Buddhism); early Russians; Phoenicians; and the Persian empire, culminating with Alexander the Great. Celebrating Biblical Feasts is used to incorporate study and celebration of the Old Testament biblical feasts.
Core books used with this volume seem to be significantly more challenging than those used for Exploring Countries.
This volume also includes a list of recommended books to enrich topics addressed within each week’s lesson as does Exploring Countries. If you are working with younger children, be sure to select and use resources that are age appropriate.
Rome to the Reformation
The layout and methodology for this volume is essentially the same as for Creation to the Greeks. This volume again includes many pages of optional book and video recommendations for each week of study. The assumption is that you have just completed Creation to the Greeks and already have some of the resources used with that volume....
It is important to note that history coverage is not restricted to Western Civilization but includes Japan, India, Australia, and other far flung places.
Exploration to 1850, second edition (U.S./World History)Exploration to 1850 is appropriate for students in grades four through eight. (You will need to add the 2nd-3rd Grade Supplement if you are teaching younger student.) Exploration combines both world history and early U.S. history. It uses core resources such as Story of the World, Volume 3 and George Washington’s World that take a story-telling approach to history along with texts such as Exploring American History (CLP) and Building a City on a Hill.... Science this year is a study of plants and animals. Seventh and eighth graders should use either Exploring Creation with General Science or Exploring Creation with Physical Science. Resource recommendations for math and language arts vary by the student’s grade level....
1850 to Modern Times (U.S./World History)
1850 to Modern Times continues to intermix U.S. and world history, covering events in chronological sequence. The target audience is grades four through eight. You will need the 2nd-3rd Grade Supplement if you are teaching a younger student. It continues with a few books begun in Exploration to 1850. Science introduces students to physics and chemistry.
Pricingbasic packages range from $124 to $297, deluxe packages range from $206 to $385
- Learning Styles: all
Suitable for: K-8 one-on-one or group plus independent work (high school program also available)
Need for parent/teacher instruction: moderate to high
Prep time needed: minimal to moderate
Need for Teacher's Manual: each book is your manual
Educational Approach: Charlotte Mason
Religious perspective: Christian (Protestant)
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