My Father's World


Language Arts

The God's Creation From A to Z for kindergarten and Learning God's Story for first grade Deluxe Packages cover all needed language arts; no other supplementation is needed.

Many language arts skills are integrated into history/science/Bible activities in the curriculum including:
  • Narration, copywork, dictation, and memorization
  • Informal handwriting practice
  • Read-aloud literature in Deluxe Packages
  • Extensive library lists for read-alouds and readers
  • Vocabulary (Exploring Countries and Cultures, Creation to the Greeks, and Rome to the Reformation)
  • Letter writing (Exploring Countries and Cultures)
  • Composition in science and/or history
  • And more!!
You will need to add grade-specific resources as a supplement to assure a well-rounded, complete language arts program. We recommend:

Grade 2 – Language Lessons for Today (Grade 2) (view sample) and Spelling by Sound and Structure

Grade 3 – Language Lessons for Today (Grade 3) (view sample), Spelling Power, Cursive Connections, and Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary

Grade 4 – Intermediate Language Lessons - first third of the book - Writing Strands Level 3, and Spelling Power

Grade 5 – Intermediate Language Lessons - middle third of the book - Writing Strands Level 4 (see note below), and Spelling Power

Grade 6 - Intermediate Language Lessons - last third of the book - Writing Strands Level 5 - first half of the book (see note below) - and Spelling Power

Students who are academically strong may use All-in-One English Series in 6th grade and Applications of Grammar in 7th grade.

Grade 7 – two literature guides from Progeny Press, All-in-One English Series, Writing Strands Level 5 - last half of the book (see note below) - and Spelling Power (if needed)

Grade 8 – two literature guides from Progeny Press, Applications of Grammar, Writing Strands Level 6 (see note below), and Spelling Power (if needed)

Note: Writing Strands levels in the above chart are for students who begin Writing Strands in 4th grade. 5th – 7th graders new to Writing Strands begin at Level 3 and complete one level each year. 8th graders new to Writing Strands begin at and complete only Level 4.


Consider adding age appropriate God's World News magazine for each child. We recommend parents order World magazine for themselves as well.

Our high school curriculum covers all needed language arts; no other supplementation is required. However, if an incoming student has not had formal grammar instruction, he should complete Applications of Grammar. If a student is weak in composition skills, he should complete Writing Strands Level 4.


Consider adding World magazine for each student. We recommend parents order World magazine for themselves as well, or read along with their children.
God's World News, PreK-12th grade, is a current events magazine with a Biblical worldview. For more than 25 years, hundreds of thousands of students have benefited from the news, knowledge, and wisdom found in God's World News. God's World News is available in three different reading levels.

For information or to order, visit gwnews.com/mfw2014 (or call 800-951-5437 and use code N4ACIMFW). When you order via that webpage or with the code, a donation is made to Bible translation. God's Word for the Nations has received over $9,500 in donations for Bible translation work through your subscriptions.

Consider combining your order with other families. Discounts apply for multiple subscriptions (PreK-9th grade) shipped to one address.

World Magazine is a news magazine written from a Biblical perspective, published every other week. We recommend it for high school seniors and parents. You may choose between a digital only subscription or a digital and print subscription. Purchase a World Magazine subscription through our link and a donation will be made to Bible translation. (more info)

For 7th and 8th Graders

As part of a complete language arts program, MFW recommends literature guides developed by Progeny Press. Select two per year, based on the student's reading level and interests. The following titles are recommended by MFW. They are listed by the MFW curriculum they most closely match. However, any of these books may be used with any of the MFW programs.

Exploring Countries and Cultures
Creation to the Greeks
  • The Golden Goblet (Book | Study Guide)
  • Select a second book from any of the other listed books.
Rome to the Reformation
Exploration to 1850
1850 to Modern Times
  • No specific recommendation - select any two from the books listed.

The above choices have been reviewed and selected by MFW as most suitable and they are available from MFW. If these titles do not meet your needs, information about other literature guides is available on the Progeny Press website.

When do students begin book reports?
We do not schedule book reports during any of our curriculum years. We summarize stories and write about people, places and events we are learning about in history, science, and the Bible. My Father's World recommends language arts that include dictations, copy work, creative writing and formal composition. We believe that book reports often have a negative effect. Reading becomes more of an assignment to complete a report than for the enjoyment of reading a quality book. In 7th and 8th grade, we recommend Progeny Press study guides to help students further develop skills in critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application while reading quality literature.
We are having difficulty with Writing Strands. What should we do?
Before you decide that Writing Strands is definitely not working for you, please assess the amount of time you spent with the program as the parent. In many cases, kids will try to get away with writing only as much as is needed. Please don't just hand the book or assignment to the child. Read it to the child and then make sure to check up on his work.

Writing Strands is a program that can be used with all levels of writers. If your student is a struggling writer, don't expect him to catch up to "grade level" in just one year. Just like a sport or instrument, writing improvement happens through continuous, scheduled, monitored practice. If you sense that your student is behind when it comes to writing, have a tender heart with your expectations. When you see a skill being performed naturally, that is a sign to start to have higher expectations. However, it is very important not to expect too much out of a struggling writer. Even intermediate level writers need not be pushed too hard. Consistent, continual, ongoing writing projects will produce more improvement in the long run, than intense, advanced-level expectations. Writing confidence is built through positive recognition, so be sure to find many ways to include that!

As you watch your student's progress, it is not unusual to have questions on the proper way to assess his/her work. Is the student using adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns appropriately for his writing level? Is he or she being descriptive, clear and fluid? When looking through your student's Writing Strands book, take special notice of the hints found at or near the bottom of each page (levels 3 & 4). These are things you can look for when assessing your student's work.


How do I purchase God's World News and World Magazine?
God's World News and World Magazine can be purchased directly from the publisher through a special MFW discount link or by calling them with our discount code.

View the details from our language arts magazine tab.
When is it best to teach parts of speech?
Respected home school expert Ruth Beechick advises parents to wait until junior high to teach parts of speech. Students don't need to diagram sentences or formally learn about prepositions, adverbs, etc., when they are young. Why teach the same concepts, year after year, at the elementary level? These concepts are learned more easily at an older age when students are able to think more abstractly. Parts of speech are taught informally in Language Lessons for Today and Intermediate Language Lessons, and you may not even realize it. In the last year of Intermediate Language Lessons (6th grade), when children are old enough to retain it more easily, parts of speech are covered more directly. Older children understand abstract concepts more easily than 3rd and 4th graders.

We have found that 7th grade is an ideal time to begin formally teaching parts of speech, and it is taught thoroughly at that point. For 7th graders, All-in-One English Series is an excellent, simple-to-use, first-year course that teaches all eight parts of speech and reviews capitalization and punctuation. For 8th graders, Applications of Grammar thoroughly covers parts of speech, diagramming, and more.
Why does My Father's World recommend Language Lessons for Today, Intermediate Language Lessons, Writing Strands, and Spelling Power?
  • When you combine the above books with the practical language arts skills already in My Father's World curriculum, the coverage of language arts is very thorough. This combination follows a Charlotte Mason approach better than any other program we know.
  • The moral content is excellent. Language Lessons for Today and Intermediate Language Lessons are based on public school books from the early 1900s. Intermediate Language Lessons even begins with a story about Moses.
  • The programs are very efficient and quick to teach. They teach skills without a lot of "fluff" and "extras" that really aren't needed. Spelling Power takes 15 minutes, scheduled four times per week.
  • They are very flexible. You can adjust lessons to your child's needs or a particular day's responsibilities. If a child has already been writing a lot in one day, you can often give the Language Lessons for Today or Intermediate Language Lessons assignment orally. This REALLY speeds up the lesson, too!
  • They are cost-effective. These books may be reused with any number of children. Spelling Power is a one-time purchase to teach spelling to all of your children from 3rd grade through high school.
  • Minimal parent preparation time is needed. Writing Strands provides specific, step-by-step instructions; parents simply open the book and read it to the student. In addition, Writing Strands is recommended because students are guided through complete compositions, not just sentences or isolated paragraphs. The amount of weekly work is very reasonable. It is written for the individual student, not a classroom. It doesn't assume or rely on knowledge of parts of speech - which we believe should be taught at a later age.
  • This is a gentle approach, less stressful for children or parents. We are concerned that so much energy goes into language arts that children are worn out for the day, before you even get to the "good stuff" in home school.
How is literature included?
My Father's World is a literature-rich curriculum that strives to provide the best choices for literature while keeping annual curriculum costs at a minimum. All required books are included in the curriculum packages. In addition, an extensive list of highly recommended, but optional, library books - organized by week, theme, and reading level - is included with each year of our curriculum. This list allows My Father's World to provide excellent literature options for children of all reading levels.

There are four types of reading in our programs for grades 2-8: read-alouds, reading on theme, independent reading, and reading for comprehension.

Read-Alouds
Each year of curriculum for 2nd-8th grades provides a core set of books scheduled in our Teacher's Manuals for Bible, history, and science. These books are read aloud together as a family. Reading time is followed by parent/teacher-led discussion, narration, and other activities designed for retention. Engaging literature for the entire family, including missionary biographies and other life-impacting classics, is also scheduled in our Teacher's Manuals and included in the Deluxe Package.

Thematic Independent Reading
Book Basket is designed to develop a love for reading using "living books." Each of our Teacher's Manuals recommends hundreds of colorful picture books, chapter books, fascinating biographies, videos, and DVDs related to the history, geography, music, and science being taught each week. Some of these books may be borrowed from the library and placed in a simple basket (or box) at home. Students are then able to choose those titles that most interest them, exposing them to a wide variety of literature, while enriching their learning experience. Children who love to read also love to learn.

Independent Reading at Grade Level
Independent reading from chapter books is scheduled daily for 20-30 minutes. Books may be selected from a list of over 100 classic books organized by grade level, the Book Basket recommendations, or other chapter books of your choosing.

Reading for Comprehension
Customers choosing to follow My Father's World's recommendations for language arts complete activities by grade level that provide both written and oral comprehension activities in response to various reading assignments. These activities are found in Language Lessons for Today, Intermediate Language Lessons, and Progeny Press Study Guides.
How are Composition and Grammar included in High School?
In Year 1, Ancient History and Literature, composition focuses on the argumentative essay. The Ancient Literature Supplement with Grammar and Composition instructs students step-by-step how to write a strong five-paragraph argumentative essay. Five unique argumentative essays are written during the year to help students improve their skills. Detailed instruction explains how to write a thesis statement and format each of the five paragraphs. Grammar lessons related to this type of writing are included. These essays draw from what is being studied in Bible, English, and history to help students mature in their understanding and ownership of a Biblical worldview. One essay prompts the student to compare and contrast the gods' motivations and relationships in Bulfinch's Mythology to that of the Living God. As students think through and write this type of essay, they cannot help but grow in their understanding of their God. Students also create original psalms and complete less structured essays on history topics.

During Year 2, World History and Literature, a traditional research paper is written during the first ten weeks. This project includes research and bibliography note cards, footnotes, and a bibliography. The student also learns to write ten other types of compositions in response to literature read during the program. Writers INC provides instruction for the research paper and other assigned compositions, and serves as an excellent resource on language usage.

In Year 3, U.S. History to 1877, American literature is analyzed from a Biblical worldview using reading and writing assignments in the American Literature Supplement. The Progeny Press study guide for The Scarlet Letter also includes assigned essays. In addition, grammar review is included using Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11.

Year 4, US History 1877 to the Present, includes one semester of modern American literature and one semester of speech. Each classic novel read from this time period is analyzed using a book review included with the lesson plans. Completing a second research paper of also highly recommended.
Spelling Power seems overwhelming, how do I use this resource?
My Father’s World recognizes that Spelling Power can seem overwhelming when using the detailed instructions offered in the program.  We have provided simple, “user-friendly” instructions in our Teacher’s Manuals for grades 2-8.  Spelling Power can be used completely, without the use of the computer in approximately 10-15 minutes each day.   These “user-friendly” instructions begin in week 3 in the teaching notes of the Teacher’s Manuals.  You will note on Tuesday of week 3, we suggest using a spiral notebook instead of the printable pages from the computer disc.  A Student Sheet is provided each year which gives a handy reminder of the 10 Step Review Process.

What is Book Basket and how does it work?
Book Basket is designed to develop a love for reading using "living books." Each of our Teacher's Manuals recommends hundreds of colorful picture books, chapter books, fascinating biographies, videos, and DVDs related to the history, geography, music, and science being taught each week. Some of these books may be borrowed from the library and placed in a simple basket (or box) at home. Students are then able to choose those titles that most interest them, exposing them to a wide variety of literature, while enriching their learning experience. Children who love to read also love to learn.
How do I use the 7th/8th grade recommendations for language arts?
All-In-One English will replace the time previously spent in Intermediate Language Lessons. Your student should make a plan to complete All-In-One English by the end of the school year (34 weeks). You may look at the number of pages in the table of contents and determine how many pages need to be completed each day in order to complete the book. Some students may work through the book at a faster pace and complete the book early.

Spelling Power may be used if the student needs continuing spelling instruction. My Father's World Teacher's Manuals will give directions in using Spelling Power.

Writing Strands should be continued 2 days per week (completing 2 days of work in the Writing Strands book each week) with the plan of finishing at least Writing Strands 3 and 4 before High School.

One Progeny Press study guide is to be completed each semester. Each guide is completed in about 8 weeks depending on the length of the book and study. Progeny Press recommends that students read the entire book the first week and then do one page per day which should work out to one section per week. In between the Progeny Press guides, choose books from the general recommended book list in the back of the Teacher's Manual listed by grade level or historical fiction novels from the library book list.
Why does My Father's World not offer the teacher's guides for Intermediate Language Lessons?
My Father's World chose Intermediate Language Lessons (ILL) for the strong Charlotte Mason approach which incorporates short lessons and removes unnecessary busy or "twaddle" work. The lessons are straight forward and easy to follow. When specific answers are needed, parents will find the answers within the lessons or they are simple to figure out in the context of the lesson. Each of our elementary Teacher's Manuals gives simple instructions on how to teach each type of lesson.

My Father's World has reviewed the teacher's guide for ILL and felt it was unnecessary. We also felt that it added or extended activities that were not needed. If you decide to purchase the teacher's guide, we recommend that you use the extended activities sparingly.

Some parents struggle with the "observation" lessons that refer to subjects from the past. We recommend adapting or modifying the lessons as needed for your family. For example, when asked to discuss the parts of a wagon use an example that may be more relevant to your life, like a minivan. If the discussion revolves around snow or frost and you live in Florida, change the lesson to a discussion of rain or fog. The goal is to work on oral language and to encourage your child to speak in complete sentences.

MFW Homeschool Curriculum FAQs

Individual Items

Language Lessons for Today Grade 2
A Charlotte Mason and classical approach with short, easy-to-teach lessons for English usage, punctuation, composition, oral language skills, letter writing, and more. Includes narration, picture study (some printed in color), copywork, and dictation, as well as fables and poetry by famous authors such as Christina Rosetti, Edward Lear, and Robert Louis Stevenson. This non-consumable book (not a workbook) has enjoyable oral and written activities that may be used exactly as written or adapted to a child's specific needs and learning style. Spiral-bound, 8 x 11 inches, with teacher instructions and answers included. Language Lessons for Today was adapted by My Fathers World from Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl (1911), with significant revisions, updated language and examples, and additional new content. For 2nd Grade. (view sample)
19.95
Language Lessons for Today Grade 3
A Charlotte Mason and classical approach with short, easy-to-teach lessons for English usage, punctuation, composition, oral language skills, letter writing, and more. Includes narration, picture study (some printed in color), copywork, and dictation, as well as fables and poetry by famous authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Carl Sandburg. This non-consumable book (not a workbook) has enjoyable oral and written activities that may be used exactly as written or adapted to a child's specific needs and learning style. Spiral-bound, 8 x 11 inches, with teacher instructions and answers included. Language Lessons for Today was adapted by My Fathers World from Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl (1911), with significant revisions, updated language and examples, and additional new content. For 3rd Grade. (view sample)
19.95
Spelling by Sound & Structure - 2 Book Set
Set includes an easy-to-use teacher's manual and student workbook with 34 weeks of lessons. An excellent, time efficient program for second grade. A back-to-basics approach using only two workbook pages per week. Words are grouped by similar phonetic patterns. Excellent phonics review as well as spelling, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, and more.
11.95
Spelling by Sound & Structure Student Workbook
Included in the Spelling by Sound & Structure - 2 Book Set. Order additional Spelling by Sound & Structure Student Workbook copies for each additional student.
6.95
Intermediate Language Lessons 
A Charlotte Mason-style approach with short, easy-to-teach lessons cover English usage, composition, punctuation, poem memorization, oral language skills, letter writing, and dictation. Fables and writings by famous authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and William Shakespeare are included. Prominent paintings are included, and used to develop observation and discussion skills. It is not a workbook, but contains a wide variety of oral and written activities that may be used exactly as written or adapted to a child's specific needs and learning style. One book is used for grades 4-6.
19.95
Spelling Power 
Give your child individualized spelling instruction in just 15 minutes a day. This is a thick book with helpful information for the parent, as well as pages and pages of spelling lists for students. In this fourth edition, the program itself has not changed, but the instructions have been rewritten. Spelling Power now comes with a Teachers Resource CD-ROM with printable forms and activities. It also includes a Quick Start DVD with step-by-step instructions, helping to make this an easy and effective spelling program. You only need one book per family.

Spelling Power Activity Task Cards (available separately) are not required, but they will make it easier for you to use the Spelling Power program.

56.95
Spelling Power Activity Task Cards
365 cards with a variety of hands-on games and activities. These cards are not required, but they will make it easier for you to use the Spelling Power program.
25.95
Modern Style Cursive Connections Book B
MFW curriculum already includes handwriting instruction in kindergarten and first grade, and practical reviews in all other levels. But when you are ready to teach your child cursive (usually around 3rd grade), you may find this book helpful. A simple-to-use 88-page workbook teaches cursive handwriting using a "modern handwriting" style.
7.50
Writing Strands Level 3 
The writing strands sequence of books helps develop a strong foundation in composition needed for high school. Easy to teach with step-by-step instructions; may be re-used with additional children. 4th-7th graders begin at Level 3; 8th graders new to Writing Strands begin at Level 4.
15.95
Writing Strands Level 4 
The writing strands sequence of books helps develop a strong foundation in composition needed for high school. Easy to teach with step-by-step instructions; may be re-used with additional children. 4th-7th graders begin at Level 3; 8th graders new to Writing Strands begin at Level 4.
15.95
Writing Strands Level 5 
The writing strands sequence of books helps develop a strong foundation in composition needed for high school. Easy to teach with step-by-step instructions; may be re-used with additional children. 4th-7th graders begin at Level 3; 8th graders new to Writing Strands begin at Level 4.
15.95
Writing Strands Level 6 
The writing strands sequence of books helps develop a strong foundation in composition needed for high school. Easy to teach with step-by-step instructions; may be re-used with additional children. 4th-7th graders begin at Level 3; 8th graders new to Writing Strands begin at Level 4.
15.95
All-in-One English Series: Master Series
An excellent, simple-to-use first-year course that teaches all eight parts of speech and reviews capitalization and punctuation.
11.95
Applications of Grammar - Set 
Thorough coverage of parts of speech, diagramming, and more. Includes workbook, tests, and answer key.
22.95
Applications of Grammar 1 A.K. 
6.95
Applications of Grammar 1 
11.95
Applications of Grammar Tests 
4.95
The Witch of Blackbird Pond 
Kit's Uncle Matthew is a strict man, and he expects her to work hard if she is to be part of his household. Kit is willing to work, though she is unused to manual labor and unskilled at the many tasks she is given to do. Nevertheless, Kit struggles to fit in and soon finds herself hired to help Mercy teach school. She also attracts the attention of William Ashby, a wealthy young man who begins courting Kit. Then Kit discovers the Meadows, the great level sea of green grasses that remind her of her home in Barbados. The Meadows become Kit's peaceful refuge from the seemingly endless struggle to adapt to the Puritan way of life. Kit also finds refuge at the home of Hannah Tupper, a kindly old woman living near Blackbird Pond on the edge of the Meadows. Hannah is a Quaker, considered by many of the townspeople to be a heretic, and who some suspect of being a witch. Though she is forbidden from visiting Hannah, Kit cannot stay away. She finds that she needs Hannah's comforting friendship just as much as Hannah, living alone in a tiny ramshackle house, needs her help. Hoping to keep her relationship with the old woman a secret, Kit continues to work at being a contributing part of the family and community. When an illness sweeps through the community, the townspeople blame Hannah for bringing disease and death to their town. Risking everything to save Hannah from a violent mob, Kit's relationship with the old woman is revealed, and Kit finds herself standing trial before the community on the charge of witchcraft.
5.95
Study Guide The Witch of Blackbird Pond
14.95
Johnny Tremain 
In colonial Boston, proud, orphaned, quick-tempered Johnny Tremain works as an apprentice to Mr. Lapham, a master silversmith who is now getting on in years. More clever and skilled than the other two apprentices living at the Laphams', Johnny has the run of the Lapham household. His future seems secure: when he is old enough, Johnny will marry Priscilla Lapham, one of old Mr. Lapham's granddaughters, and inherit the silversmith shop. There he will live out his years, fashioning silver cups and basins and other fine ware for the well-to-do of Boston society.

However, fate or providence has different plans for Johnny Tremain. A crippling accident at the shop leaves Johnny unable to work as a silversmith. He is forced to find other labor, or risk starvation or the gallows. Finally securing employment at The Boston Observer newspaper, Johnny soon finds himself caught up in the on-going struggle between Boston's anti-British Whigs and pro-British Tories. In addition to delivering The Observer throughout Boston and the outlying towns, Johnny begins delivering letters for Sam Adams and The Boston Committee of Correspondence, the secret communications network of the American rebels.
5.95
Study Guide Johnny Tremain 
14.95
The Swiss Family Robinson 
A Swiss family is traveling to a new colony when their ship is blown off course in a six-day storm and runs aground near an uninhabited island. The father, mother, and their four sons escape the wrecked ship and make their way ashore to find that they are the only survivors of the wreck. Salvaging what resources they can from the wreck, the family begins carving out a solitary existence on the island, uncertain when or if a rescue ship will arrive.

Despite dangerous animals, torrential monsoons, and the loneliness of isolation, they face all their hardships with energy, ingenuity, and the knowledge that God is with them.
5.95
Study Guide The Swiss Family Robinson
14.95
Anne of Green Gables 
When Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew send for an orphan boy to help Matthew on the farm, Anne Shirley, a skinny, red-headed girl who never stops talking, arrives instead.

From the beginning, Matthew's heart is captured by this "kindred spirit" and he decides he wants to keep her. Marilla reluctantly agrees to this, but eventually finds herself absorbed by Anne's chatter, amused by the scrapes Anne gets herself into, and frustrated with Anne always having her head in the clouds.

As Anne grows, Marilla finds her a "genius for getting into trouble." Yet, as Anne says, "have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice." Despite her many predicaments, life at Green Gables is happy.
7.95
Study Guide Anne of Green Gables
14.95
Study Guide The Bronze Bow 
14.95
The Golden Goblet 
Ranofer dreams of following in his father's footsteps as a goldsmith, but when he is suddenly orphaned, he struggles under the abusive control of a half-brother. When he discovers tomb robbers, Ranofer is swept into danger, mystery, and intrigue, but he never loses sight of his dreams. This exciting coming-of-age tale brings Ancient Egypt to life.
5.95
Study Guide The Golden Goblet 
14.95
The Eagle of the Ninth 
In the early second-century A.D., Marcus, along with his best friend and former slave, Esca, begins a quest deep into the northern wilds of Britain and Scotland. Determined to recover the lost eagle standard of his father's Ninth Roman Legion and redeem his family's honor, Marcus also seeks to discover his father's fate and that of the men who mysteriously disappeared under his command. Along the journey, Marcus will discover the true meaning of freedom, friendship, and honor.
7.50
Study Guide The Eagle of the Ninth
14.95



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