If I had to pick a favorite, this curriculum would most likely be it. My Father's World: God's Creation from A to Z opened my eyes to what homeschooling could be. It helped me learn how to teach our children about Jesus and His creation, and it gifted us with some of the sweetest and most precious of memories.
This year, I am using My Father's World with our youngest for her kindergarten year, and it is just as fun as it was with her siblings. The living books, Biblical concepts, crafts and activities are just as special, but it is so bittersweet, knowing that this will be the last time I go through it all.
"God's Creation from A to Z" is an all-in-one curriculum, and it includes Bible, character development, reading, language arts, literature, math, science, arts and crafts, and music. It also includes a wonderful booklist by weekly topic with fiction and sometime readers and nonfiction options. You can view sample pages here.
The curriculum is also set up to provide thorough phonics and handwriting instruction in both kinder and 1st grades, along with a gentle introduction to mathematical concepts. These concepts are taught through daily routines, along with other practices and activities.
Is it enough?
One of the biggest questions I have seen in different homeschool groups is whether or not the curriculum is "enough" for kindergarten. Many find that it is not as "rigorous" as public school kindergarten and worry about "falling behind."
The good thing about homeschooling is that you can make the curriculum work for you. You can choose to read as many or as few books as you choose from the recommended booklist. You can also supplement for reading and/or math if you choose.
Some also opt to use "God's Creation from A to Z" as a kinder 4 curriculum when their children show an early interest in reading.
I personally have found it to be perfect for kindergarten. After reading the included book "For the Children's Sake," I have come to fully believe in the importance of childhood play and nature observation and a gentle start to academics. Read more here.
We have, however, made adjustments as needed for each child. For example, when one of our children struggled with reading due to eye convergence insufficiency, we added on All About Reading to help with this. When another child was more advanced with reading, we skipped the phonics worksheets and allowed for extra reading practice. For our third round, I am currently using my Nurturing Connections in Reading curriculum, along with a simple math workbook.
Will it work for you?
Watch the video below for an overview of the curriculum, along with student samples and how it all comes together. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.
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