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by akoldenhoven
Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - Must I use it? Small town?
Replies: 20
Views: 13091

Re: book basket in a small town?

Not sure if your library has the option, but many have online versions of the books to be checked out as well. In some areas, you can also visit one of the bigger city libraries and become a member. If so, they may well have the online books options (not the same as having the book, but in many case...
by akoldenhoven
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 127776

Pattern Block Alphabet Letter Mats

For those of you who already have their First Grade - Learning God's Story, you can use the Pattern Blocks a little early. I found a set of wonderful free printable mats that use the pattern blocks. I printed the letters back-to-back on card stock, but might laminate them if they become a favorite a...
by akoldenhoven
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Fall Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 49
Views: 41027

Re: Ideas for Fall Feasts & Holy Days in CTG

We have really enjoyed reading "All-of-a-Kind Family" and "All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown" by Sydney Taylor as read aloud books. They are delightful stories of a Jewish family living in East New York City around the time of the Industrial Revolution. So many of the Jewish feasts and Shabbat are menti...
by akoldenhoven
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Sign language as foreign language?
Replies: 12
Views: 7074

Sign language as foreign language?

My daughter is going into 4th grade and has taken an interest in sign language. She is very tactile and very much a hands on learner. She process what we study by drawing, acting out, building etc so I am not surprised she is drawn to sign language. She even decided to sign her spelling words after...
by akoldenhoven
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Using MFW Overseas (or in neighboring countries)
Replies: 53
Views: 21567

Shout-out for Aussies using MFW in Australia!

I've just ordered K and planning to start next year in South Australia. I know other Aussies use the curriculum but I haven't been able to dig any up through the Aussie groups! Please comment if you're in Australia. I'd love to know which state, what ages and levels you're using and how long you've...
by akoldenhoven
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 66530

Transportation through U.S. History

I try to encourage my children to try new things, even if it doesn't come naturally. As we were studying Adventures, I found a wonderful book called "Make a World" by Ed Emberley. It shows you how to draw all sorts of pictures with simple geometric shapes (i.e. lines, circles, squares, triangles, et...
by akoldenhoven
Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 30-31
Replies: 6
Views: 7856

Re: Fun with Magnets - Warning for Card 8

We adored using the Fun with Magnets kit and frequently took hours to finish science each day during the lessons as the kids would spend so much time trying other ideas. One word of warning on card 8, though. Electromagnets with a D battery create a LOT of heat. We were attempting to magnetize the m...
by akoldenhoven
Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 6-7
Replies: 28
Views: 22724

Horn Book

We made horn books as part of Week 7. There were so many references and pictures in the Book Basket selection and the kids really enjoyed pointing them out and comparing the different ones in each book. 1) Cut out a piece of cardboard to make the paddle (basically a rounded rectangle with a narrow r...
by akoldenhoven
Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 4-5
Replies: 33
Views: 27592

Hard Tack

I found an old recipe for Hard Tack. We made a small batch during our study of the Pilgrims. My 3.5 year old daughter enjoyed it fresh out of the oven so well, she asked for more during lunch. We kept a couple pieces out to harden, and harden it did! The general opinion is that one meal, fresh from ...
by akoldenhoven
Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: First Grade: Learning God's Story -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 38
Views: 59172

Re: My Father's World-First Grade -- Share Your Experience

We completed My Father's World - First Grade in May 2014. This has been a wonderful year! The Bible Timeline and the Bible Reader were not only good for my son, but for me too. We constantly referred to the timeline on our wall as we would talk about things in history and events or people. Being abl...
by akoldenhoven
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 12302

Re: Singapore math questions..

We are up to 2B and I simply use the flash cards that I purchased through MFW. We use them in a variety of ways. When it is nice outside, I have my son start at a line on the sidewalk. For each flash card he gets correct, he takes a jump forward. If it is wrong, he jumps back. We continue until he r...
by akoldenhoven
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 29 & 30 (with Plants; Time, Money)
Replies: 13
Views: 8386

Making Change

We purchased a small, dollar store type money drawer and practiced "making change". Not only was it great practice in recognizing money, but we worked on addition and subtraction. It felt more like play than math.
by akoldenhoven
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 21 & 22 (with Water; Addition)
Replies: 6
Views: 6576

Re: 1st Grade - Weeks 21 & 22 (with Science)

For the "Find the Grapes" activity in Week 22 (pg. 191), we got our Bible costumes back out from earlier in the year and went to "spy" on the Promised Land. I combined this activity with the one in Week 23 (pg. 197) and hid not only the grapes, but a pomegranate, jar of honey, pretend cup of milk an...
by akoldenhoven
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Week 14 (with Volcanoes; Measurement)
Replies: 4
Views: 5533

Re: 1st Grade - Week 14 (with Volcanoes)

We really enjoyed our Shabbat celebration. I found a Messianic Jewish Candle Lighting prayer (Jewish Christians) to use during the Mother's portion at the start. Here is a link to a printable notecard with the prayer in English and Hebrew
by akoldenhoven
Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 1 & 2 (with Close to the Ground; Patterns/Sequence)
Replies: 22
Views: 14221

Re: 1st Grade - Weeks 1 & 2 (with Close to the Ground)

We decided to enhance the "Inside Soil" experiment in "Science with Plants" on page 18, but comparing different samples. We had a horrid wildfire burn within a few miles of our home this past summer so we collected a sample of burned soil, a sample from an area that had flooding erosion, and a sampl...
by akoldenhoven
Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Week 7 (with Seasons; Addition)
Replies: 4
Views: 5738

Seasons With Art

My family loves creating art, so the unit on Seasons was great fun. We created a set of 4 seasons using construction paper, used our fingers to paint trees for each season and made "disappearing trees" by painting autumn hued watercolors over painter's tape trees and removing the tape. Here is a sam...
by akoldenhoven
Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 8 & 9 (with Rain, Thunder & Lightning)
Replies: 10
Views: 7015

Re: 1st Grade - Weeks 8 & 9 (with Rain, Thunder & Lightning)

There is a wonderful resource for experiments on Thunder and Lightning (as well as other weather related areas) at The experiments are listed toward the bottom of the page after the descriptions and explanations of Thunderstorms.