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by FreshKid
Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 32513

TOO FUNNY -- I just have to share

We have been with MFW since DS was in K. This year, we are doing ECC for 3rd grade. We just finished Mexico last week. This weekend, we were looking for a place to eat in town. As he pleaded his case for his favorite sit-down restaurant (not my favorite place at all), he said, "Mom. If we go to (Mex...
by FreshKid
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Timelines - Help and ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 20195

Re: How to make Adventures timeline?

I made ours "moveable" on the wall. I used string, clothespins, and poster tack. There is picture on my blog http://thecowqueen.blogspot.com/2010/08 ... lroom.html It's kinda "plain Jane" but has worked well, so far.

Beverly
by FreshKid
Sun May 24, 2009 8:46 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 30093

Re: I need to settle down - advice?

I find that I had to lower my standards for "clean". I decided that "presentable" was more acceptable. We have a farm, a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, and DH is out of town a lot. I had to make school the priority over housework. If we could keep the school area neat after lessons, it was a big help (de...
by FreshKid
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Narration & Comprehension, plus general K encouragement
Replies: 15
Views: 6469

Re: Reading comprehension for K

We are right there with you. We started MFWK the week after DS turned 5 in August. I read A LOT of the ideas on these boards -- don't foget the archives. I think as you go along, he'll start to get it more. The creation unit is meant to get the child going in the "idea" of school. It may be that you...
by FreshKid
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blending help
Replies: 25
Views: 9224

Re: Word list woes - K

There is alot of good advice already posted, but I thought I would add in too. DS was the same way. We were both getting frustrated. (I think some frustration was his lack of focus.) Anyway, whether this is the phonics way or not, it works for us. Some of the words can be broken down into other word...
by FreshKid
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #22 - Frog
Replies: 25
Views: 22208

Re: #22 - Frog

I had to chuckle at Jami's post. We didn't do ants because of a bad infestation in the kitchen a while back. I just couldn't let them in on purpose. When the butterfly larvae arrived, I kinda got the "willies" that I was bringing worms in. %| We will finish the frog unit tomorrow. Here are the books...
by FreshKid
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #21 - Butterfly
Replies: 26
Views: 18744

Re: #21 - Butterfly

We finally have all our butterflies. The last one "hatched" today. Here is what happened with him/her: When the other 4 were attached to the lid, it was still on the bottom and not as big as they were when they attached. Customer Service said to go ahead and attach the ones in the pupa stage to the ...
by FreshKid
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #20 - Jewel
Replies: 19
Views: 14449

Re: #20 - Jewel

We used:
Eyewitness Book: Rocks and Minerals
The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner by Eileen Christelow
Diamonds and Toads: A Classic Fairy Tale Retold by Ellen Schecter (teaches that "niceness" has its rewards)

:)
Beverly
by FreshKid
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #19 - Rock
Replies: 21
Views: 15384

Re: #19 - Rock

Here are the books we used. Eyewitness Books: Rock and Minerals ( We also used this for jewels). If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst (I really liked this one because DS has tractors in his head) Pebble by Susan Milord (The pebble on the shoreline wants to be s...
by FreshKid
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #18 - Zebra
Replies: 13
Views: 16006

Re: #18 - Zebra

We did the Zebra unit a few weeks ago, but I'm just getting around to posting before we take the books back. We read:

If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick
Zebra by Caroline Arnold
Feeding Time at the Zoo

Beverly
by FreshKid
Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #21 - Butterfly
Replies: 26
Views: 18744

Butterfly Ordering Info

A lot of people seem to question when to order the larvae for the butterfly habitat. Here is how our timeline of ordering worked out: January 12: mailed order for larvae February 3: postmark of package from California to North Carolina February 6: arrival of package in our mailbox (a mild weather da...
by FreshKid
Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Supplies - What do you put into your Files/Folders?
Replies: 18
Views: 9256

Re: File Folders in K

I made the files for K. (this is our first year) I only had a few things to put in them that I collected. Some we used, some we didn't, and some should have been in there so they weren't forgotten. I thought it was easier to just have one unit out at the time. I put in each unit's worksheets, ideas ...
by FreshKid
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #19 - Rock
Replies: 21
Views: 15384

Volcano Activity

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has a lot of info and pictures here:
http://www.avo.alaska.edu/volcanoes/vol ... me=Redoubt



Beverly
by FreshKid
Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: 100th Day - Activity Ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 20805

Re: 100th Day of School

Here's what we did for the 100th day. (We've (mostly me) been battling colds for two weeks, so it wasn't much. We did our calendar and 100 chart as usually. His face lit up as he realized the chart was done. We did a Happy Hundred dance -- free form, no music, just a lot of wiggling. We made a 100 o...
by FreshKid
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #17 - Kangaroo
Replies: 21
Views: 19698

Re: #17 - Kangaroo

Today is our last day of "Kangaroo" These are the books we used: World Book's Animals of the World: Kangaroos and other Marsupials (if I remember right, this one may mentions some evolution-type stuff) Animals Should Definately Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett (also has elephant and goat in it) Kat...
by FreshKid
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #16 - Penguin
Replies: 28
Views: 26408

Re: #16 - Penguin

World Book's Animals of the World: Penguins and Other Flightless Birds Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester (this one has an elephant in it too) Tacky and the Emperor by Helen Lester (any of the Tacky books would do) Please Say Please: A Penguin's Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler Please Play Safe! Pe...
by FreshKid
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Content - Describe your screening of book basket selections
Replies: 15
Views: 6445

Re: Book basket books-- are they "safe?"

I told my husband that I should probably be previewing some of the books we check out from the library (not necessarily on the booklist) for MFWK. Every once in a while, we come across a book that we think my be a problem (like the one you listed). I see them as opportunities for discussion. "Yes, h...
by FreshKid
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #15 - Elephant
Replies: 22
Views: 17951

elephant idea

I just remembered that when we did the elephant mask out of the paper bag, we used M&Ms for treats as DS is allergic to nuts. We did a few tricks for his treats. The next to the last "Command" was "go to your cage." M&M. The last command was, "Clean up your cage." And we did! I love it when things w...
by FreshKid
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #15 - Elephant
Replies: 22
Views: 17951

Elephant Unit

I got distracted reading all the great ideas on the forums, and now don't have much time to post! Here are the books we read for Elephant: Little Elephants Song I Love My Mama (I really liked this one because the baby elephant plays a game with Mama where they see whose trunk is bigger. I do this wi...
by FreshKid
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #19 - Rock
Replies: 21
Views: 15384

finding rocks

If you have any row-crop farmers in your area, you might ask if they have any rocks piled up from their fields. We planted strawberries here in October and were picking up a "ka-zillion" rocks after we turned the soil. Someone mentioned the polished rocks from the craft and landscape stores. I haven...
by FreshKid
Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 106446

New website for animals stuff

I just found out about this website from one of my yahoo hs groups. It has pictures, videos, and facts about animals. try http://www.arkive.org. I thought some others outside of MFWK would like it too. We are in MFWK and are on the elephant unit. It has some great video of baby elephants playing. Be...
by FreshKid
Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #13 - Cow
Replies: 30
Views: 19713

The books we used

I grew up on a dairy farm and my husband and I have beef cattle, so this unit was a no-brainer for us. These are the "just for fun" books we used: Misery Moo and I Want To Be A Cowgirl both by Jeanne Willis How Now, Brown Cow? Poems by Alice Schertle The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett John...
by FreshKid
Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #12 - Goat
Replies: 20
Views: 18336

Goat Books We Liked

Oh, Look, Patricia Polacco
Gordon in Charge, Jill Newton
Life on a Goat Farm by Judy Wolfman. This is life on a goat farm. It is told through the eyes of a child who lives on a goat farm.
The Queen's Goat, by Margaret Mahy
by FreshKid
Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #11 - Insect
Replies: 24
Views: 21009

insects

I just couldn't bring myself to have ants in the house. (We had a bad ant problem in the kitchen a year to two ago. YUCK!! We also have a farm and I could see the logic in bringing more ants to the farm when the fire ants are such a problem.) Anyway, we went to the Museum of Life and Science. They h...
by FreshKid
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Supplies - When should I order the MFW-K caterpillars &
Replies: 22
Views: 9550

alternative to ant farm

We are doing our insect unit this week for MFW-K. I just couldn't bring myself to have ants in the house. (We had a bad ant problem in the kitchen a year to two ago. YUCK!! We also have a farm and I could see the logic in bringing more ants to the farm when the fire ants are such a problem.) Anyway,...