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Old 04-22-2013, 07:12 AM
ikkin510 ikkin510 is offline
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My father's World vs Heart of Dakota

I have what I want to do with my 5 yo and advanced 3 yo narrowed down to those two. I like mfw and that it is so hands on. But I have heart the k program can be lacking too. Is hod hand on? Has anyone used both and can compare them for me? I have read some online comparisons and was left even more confused as to what I wanted.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:59 AM
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I tried HOD preschool level and MFW kindy level. I didn't like either. Helpful huh? HOD was just not my teaching style. I would never consider going back to HOD. But I know a TON of people who LOVE it. It just wasn't for ME.

MFW kindy is excellent. If your child doesn't already know how to read. A big portion of the program is the phonics and so my oldest and I found it frustrating because he could already read well. But I liked the way it was laid out. I liked that it was bible based. And I do in fact intend to start my kids on the five year cycle in 2014 when my oldest hits 4th grade.

For ME another huge difference is that with MFW the older years I can combine all of my kids into the same central lesson. I will have five kids and that is going to be vital time wise for us.
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Colton 5yrs ~ K-4, Bob books and easy readers, FIAR, awana sparky,
Sawyer 4yrs ~ LOTW, awana cubby, BFIAR/FIAR
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:10 AM
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Samantha, that is another thing about MFW I enjoy. We currently have 3 kids and would like to have more. I would love to teach them all together and relaly liked that MFW had that a part of it. I am worried about the k phonics though. My 3 year old is already starting simple reading. My 5 year old knows all the letters and sounds and it's just putting it all together to start reading now. I'm worried they will be bored with that. Maybe supplement the phonics program is if I do MFW? (Thinking to myself)
DO you mind telling me what exactly you didn't like about HoD? I am still learning my teaching style.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:12 AM
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Honestly? If I knew then what I know now I wouldn't have ever spent a dime on kindergarten curriculum. There is so much out there for free for teaching reading - Bob books from the library, Easy Peasy website, etc. I really enjoy literature based units. I would have done that for kindergarten if I knew then what I know now. That's what I'm doing, I tried to get some easy readers that were on the topic of farm etc to go along with our read aloud of Charlotte's web and that is the sort of thing I would do. Kindergarten should be simple in my opinion. Reading practice, living math, an occasional hands on activity and learning about various things that interest the child.

With HOD I just didn't like the format. The layout of the pages made me feel like it was a LOT to do but each little bubble was IMO, and remember this was for preschool, was sort of tedious I guess is the way I'd describe it. I don't do well with tedious and neither does my oldest child in particular.
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Colton 5yrs ~ K-4, Bob books and easy readers, FIAR, awana sparky,
Sawyer 4yrs ~ LOTW, awana cubby, BFIAR/FIAR
Sierra 2yrs ~ life..... messy messy life - joining her brother in LOTW and BFIAR
Lilah Ruth born 9-23-2013
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