My daughter was an early reader, in this area I would say she is gifted. I am not joking when I say she was reading sight words when she was a baby, memorizing toddler board books by 2, and reading phonically by 3. Which is a big reason why we started My Fathers World K curriculum at age 4.
It was a great curriculum but for us it had some definite down sides. It had too much fluff for my liking. I ended up cutting out majority of the “fluff” and supplementing with child directed activities instead. I also noticed (for my daughter) it was repetitive and didn’t move fast enough for her. At one point she literally said, “ok mom, I get this let’s move onnnnnm.”
After going through that experience I knew I needed to go back to my original plan.
I don’t consider myself a diehard charolotte Mason follower yet but I think it is in the works. At least for now I can say it will be our core teaching style. I threw that “eclectic” part in there to leave room for other options.
However, one part of her methods doesn’t jive with my early reader. Which is waiting to start formal lessons until age 6. She’s wanted to read since she was born, I couldn’t hold this girl back if I wanted too.
Since MFW seemed to move a little on the slow side, I wanted something a little faster paced. However, I also really liked that hands on learning, multisensory approach MFW offered. Being the curriculum junkie that I am, I scored the internet, I stalked homeschool Facebook groups, and scored the internet some more. I narrowed it down to two and then decided on All About Reading. I was happy and excited when that package arrived.
I started our lessons on Monday. Since it was the big amazing hugely talked about solar eclipse, we of course went to the science museum. Tuesday was a little more on the formal side. Which started with Averie’s first choice, Math followed by Writing. Then I went to open this bad boy and expected to just go.
It sort of started off like a plane trying to leave the run way but then not actually leaving the run way. Yeah, I hit a wall. Second day of school mom fail.
I asked for faster paced and I have to say I got it. On the other hand, as I am gulping for air, Averie is all over this curriculum. Sifting through the pages, helping me put magnets on the back of the letter tiles, grouping them, sorting them, sounding out each sound. She was on fire and I hadn’t even started the first lesson yet.
This is how our bedtime conversation went. Averie: “but I want to stay up and do school work.” 🤔(Whose kids actually want to do school) What I actually say, “Well I tell you what, you hold all that excitement in and dream about it. Then tomorrow when you get to choose what lesson you start with you can pick reading and I’ll have it ready.” Averie, “but mommmm.” Me thinking again, “Is this really happening?” What I actually say to my husband, “I guess this is the beauty of homeschooling?”
Now I have about 30 minutes of putting this curriculum together and prepping for tomorrow to do. I am finding I like a lot about this one. It includes a progress chart with silly star stickers (Averie loves). Activity sheets, that so far look like cut and paste pages where you match words to pictures. Warm up sheets, practice sheets, an app for phonograms, letter tiles with magnets, phonogram cards, and word cards. Plus, the teachers manual and the student work book. Yeah we might be in this curriculum for awhile.
Well now that I feel like I am in over my head and drowning, I better start preparing my reading review box. It’s ok, I’ve got this. I’ve got a very excited little girl counting on me to have this ready by day break, there’s my inspiration.
Have you ever felt in over your head?