My Father’s World Kindergarten Review

Our very first year of homeschooling is officially in the books! Woot! It was exciting, beautiful, and such a sweet sweet time for my girls and I. We did My Father’s World Kindergarten, and it was perfect for us! Both of my girls participated, one as a kindergartner and the other as a preschooler. It’s the kind of curriculum that easily lends itself to this because it is so hands on and exciting. The paperwork is very light (about a page a day), and the rest is read-alouds and intentional activities around the theme for the week. The activities and books were well selected, they always seemed to teach and inspire. Sometimes there were things I thought, we don’t need to do that, but would try it anyway, and it would be a huge hit! Everything was laid out well and easy to follow and understand. Mostly though, I love that the curriculum was centered around Scripture and all of the book selections were wholesome and age-appropriate. (I’m picky about that sort of thing so this was important to me.)

The curriculum is set up with a weekly theme, for example: “A-a-Apple”, and all of the activities center around this theme. On the apple week we read the book “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” and then mapped out her journey on our wall map. We bought a mixed bag of apples and created a graph together. We learned the Johny Appleseed song. We made fingerprint apple trees. The student practiced the letter A and it’s sound. Very simple, but very fun. There is a general rhythm to the week, but also the activities are varied and keep things interesting for the littles.

I want to give a quick peek at a few lessons, how I organized things, and a few of our “field trips”.

How I Organized My Father’s World

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As you can see above, I put the flash cards on a line where they would be displayed, but could also be easily accessed when I needed to pull the letter of the week down.

I organized our activities, books, and pages by week in a file box. You can see that below. If I found little extras that went along with the theme, I would just add them into the folder. When the week began, I pull out the folder and look over the lesson. I sometimes would need to gather a few extra materials for the other activities, but everything else was ready and in one place. This made it quite easy to open and go each day.

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Here is look at a few of the activities included in the My Father’s World kindergarten year.

Creation Scavenger Hunt 

The student picks up the foam letters and finds something in creation that starts with that letter. Taking pictures is totally optional, we just like to take pictures. ;)

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Below is a look at the park where we chose to do our scavenger hunt. One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is that we are not confined to a classroom. Charlotte Mason says, “Never be indoors when you can rightly be without.” I agree with her. I love taking school outdoors whenever possible!

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Creation Book Nature Walk

Below is a look at my preschooler holding her creation book on our nature walk, and below that is my kindergartner flipping through hers. This is one of the main activities that is done in the first week. Each day the child makes a page in their creation book that represents what God made on that day. This was such a wonderful starting point in my opinion. What better than to remember that God made us and everything we see in six days, all for His glory. This is why we are alive- because He made us; and this is why we live-for His glory!

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{S-s-Sun Unit}

Here is a look at a few activities from the Sun unit. We made raisins, chalked shadows, a sun dial, practiced patterns while painting a sun, read “Moon Bear’s Shadow”, and more!
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(random tip: Use highlighter for children to start doing copywork. It helps build muscle memory and confidence in writing practice.)

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{Raisin making}

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{Sundial}

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{M-m-Moon Unit}

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(that face!)

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{L-l-Leaf Unit}

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{A-a-apple Unit}

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{T-t-Turtle Unit}

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{U-u-Us Unit}

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{D-d-Dinosaur}

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{E-e-Elephant}

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{O-o-Octopus}

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{B-b-Butterfly}

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{Z-z-Zebra}

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{Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons}

This was something I added on to our kindergarten year, and I’m SO glad I did. Not all children are ready for this at age 5, but I “knocked on that door” and she was definitely ready. We made it to lesson 75 and then decided to stop there for a time. The book goes up to a 2nd grade reading level, and at about lesson 70 our lessons became stressful, and that was my cue that we had gone far enough for kindergarten. At that point I started pulling out fun books like “Frog and Toad” and “Little Bear” for her to read aloud to me. She loved it! On her 6th birthday we gave her a Bible. This began a family tradition for us: once a child learns to read, they get their very own Bible. We make it a big deal! It’s a special thing to be able to read and have your very own copy of God’s Word. This book is living and active, changes our hearts, and renews our minds. It’s the reason we learn to read! With full excitement over this special treasure, I begin having my child read passages we have already memorized to build confidence. This worked wonderfully for us, and is definitely something I plan to do again and again with each child.

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A great first year!

All in all, it was a great first year of homeschooling. My Father’s World Kindergarten was perfect for us! So many memory making moments are packed into this sweet curriculum. I definitely feel like it is well balanced and paced great for a young child in a way that will create a love of learning and introduce them to many wonderful things in God’s creation. You would not have to add any extra reading to MFW, it has reading in it, but I chose to because my girl was ready and I wanted to do a little extra. I also love the relationship building aspect of this curriculum, it had me doing things with my girls I would’ve never thought of on my own. And they just adored this!

I have a feeling homeschooling is going to be such a wonderful (and probably at times difficult) journey to walk through together. I’m glad we could kick it off with this precious year. I couldn’t think of a better way to start.