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by RachelT
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: For busy/wiggly/kinesthetic boys (and girls)
Replies: 17
Views: 14077

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:09 pm Something that helps my ds is to reward him with a break after completing certain amount of work. For example, we have a scheduled "choice time" during our morning school time and many days we also have a snack break. I try to have those after a chunk of work that ...
by RachelT
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 40754

Encouragement - From our kids!

I was recently in an outlet mall and I picked up a coupon flyer that had a woman relaxing on the front cover and it said something like: AHHHHH.... School is almost back again so you can start to have some time alone for yourself. Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:24 pm OK, I know I already posted, but I ...
by RachelT
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: General Ideas for Learning God's Story
Replies: 30
Views: 16827

Music

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:33 pm I am in the last few weeks of our first time through MFW 1st grade and I have an idea about music. We use the Wee Sing Bible Songs book and cd a lot. I like it because I can sit at the piano and play the tunes or the children can listen to the cd. There are a lot of...
by RachelT
Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in K
Replies: 28
Views: 13410

We still get things from our preK package out and use them. We use the Bible songs a lot and my children's favorite is the stacking number pegs and number puzzles.

Rachel
by RachelT
Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in K
Replies: 28
Views: 13410

We are very excited about restarting in Aug..right after baby #6 comes along and we make a 23 hr move to Ogden, Utah. I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed. I read somewhere earlier today that we need to remember to let our little 4 yr olds be 4 yr olds and I agree with that.I think my goal at this...
by RachelT
Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: 100th Day - Activity Ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 27200

100th Day of School

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:17 pm Hello! We had fun celebrating our 100th day of school today and the completion of our 100 chart! Today we read two books: Miss Bindergarten celebrates 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell Then we made a trail mix with 10 pie...
by RachelT
Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Is it enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 23267

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 2:51 pm Hello! We are in week 24 of MFWK and I wanted to chime in on the math topic. My children have learned a lot from the calendar work, 100's chart and hands-on math in MFWK. I am sure it is enough for K, but if you are concerned (my dh was) you could probably add in a ...
by RachelT
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 43350

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:28 pm I did not have an early reader this year when we did MFWK, however, I completely agree with Crystal, She loves books so we expanded “literature day –- day 6 of the unit” -- to be everyday. We would get as many of the selections as possible -- even though you only h...
by RachelT
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #17 - Kangaroo
Replies: 21
Views: 24928

Hi! Here are some books that we enjoyed reading about kangaroos. Non-fiction: A Kangaroo Joey Grows Up by Katie Marsico All About Wild Animals: Kangaroos by Gareth Stevens Outside and Inside Kangaroos by Sandra Markle Fiction: Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne Where are You Blue Kangaroo? by Emma Chiches...
by RachelT
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:55 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #18 - Zebra
Replies: 13
Views: 20298

I have appreciated some of the links above for fun crafts and coloring pages! Here are Zebra or zoo books that we read for this unit study. Non fiction: Zebras by Kevin Holmes Zebras by Anthony Fredericks Fiction: Racing Stripes (EZ Reader and movie) Curious George Visits the Zoo by Margret and HA R...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Drawing with Children - Ideas and experiences
Replies: 24
Views: 13459

Hi Kim! We used DWC earlier this school year with MFW 1st grade. I did read through the introductory information and it was good to get a better understanding of the author's philosophy. I remember just reading through some of those questions and thinking about my own feelings about my level of arti...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - Handling delicate topics Bible, Science, Art
Replies: 34
Views: 15165

Hello! I really agree with Crystal in her quote: I appreciate that the MFW's 1st grade program chooses to use a Bible story reader to be an age appropriate overview of Genesis to Revelation. Then in CTG (and other years too) we read more when they are older. And then finally the entire Old Testament...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K & 1st - Experiences teaching them together
Replies: 39
Views: 22579

Trying to figure out what to do together, etc.

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:16 pm Hi Melanie! We are about 1 year behind you in age and curriculum (my kids are ds, 6.5 and dd 4.5 - will be 5 in 2months). I've felt some of your frustration with trying to figure out what to teach to everyone, what to do individually, etc. Hugs! Anyway, here is som...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in 1st
Replies: 22
Views: 10980

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:25 pm

Thank you so much for your replies! It sounds like keeping it simple and letting her participate, but waiting until she does 1st to actually do her own notebook is the consensus. I also appreciated the suggestions on how to do this.
by RachelT
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K & 1st - Both plus an OLDER program?
Replies: 39
Views: 21920

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:01 am I know that MFW is designed for younger siblings to do K and 1st in addition to what the older siblings are working on. My first idea is that when I look at your signature it says that Emily's bday was 11/00. She must be the "2nd grader"? Well, here in Indiana, I th...
by RachelT
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:59 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Encyclopedias - Are these nice to use with MFW?
Replies: 26
Views: 17387

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:12 pm I don't think that you need a whole set of encyclopedias to experience lots of learning in MFWK! We have a Children's Encyclopedia which has illustrations and a DK Animal Encyclopedia which has real photos. We found almost everything in those two books. We also hav...
by RachelT
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Visual learners
Replies: 13
Views: 8181

Hi! I just thought of something else for you to look into. I've used a book from our local library called "Phonics Pathways" several times. I just checked it out again because my ds just finished the blue workbook in 1st grade, but I think besides reading real books (which is great!), we still need ...
by RachelT
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - How long per day/time for MFW-1?
Replies: 30
Views: 16383

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:07 am my 1st grader is my oldest child, but our day doesn't sound that different from you, if you total up the 3r's and then add all of the other things. On a good day ;) we do: Bible reading and Proverbs memory work, read aloud science, timeline, etc. 15 min. calendar ma...
by RachelT
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Visual learners
Replies: 13
Views: 8181

Hello! He knows the letter sounds, but most times cannot remember the letter names. We can get halfway through a worksheet of reading words, and then his brain leaves the building. He doesn't know a sound, a letter name, nothing. First, I think that if he can recall all of the letter sounds, then, t...
by RachelT
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - What skills should be mastered?
Replies: 41
Views: 20576

Hello! Does a dc begin blending sounds and reading in the K program? I was thinking that it wasn't covered until grade 1 and that some thought grade moved quickly. Yes, K students are able to read CVC words with all the short vowels for the second half or so of K. I noticed last week during K-k-kang...
by RachelT
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Copywork - Goals in 1st
Replies: 5
Views: 7066

Hi! We have been using the Proverbs as more of a memory verse, reviewing it each day that week and trying to know it from memory, then just use it for handwriting practice. I do read it and point to the words, but we are focusing on reading when we look at our Bible Reader and phonics lessons. As sa...
by RachelT
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blend Ladder extra ideas
Replies: 21
Views: 14197

Blend ladder instructions

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:03 pm There are 2 separate lessons each week that use the blend ladder. On Day 3 there is "Blend Ladder - Part One" and on Day 4 there is "Blend Ladder - Part Two" and "Blend Ladder Page". So, you will use the vowels as you learn them. You will also use the blend ladder ...
by RachelT
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Advice when kids hit a plateau in learning to read
Replies: 27
Views: 28116

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:42 pm We are doing 1st grade and yes, the material has picked up the pace (we did Day 36 today). I am sure that sometimes it helps to take a break from the curriculum and review, but since we can't do that all the time, sometimes we break up the workbook page. Like today,...
by RachelT
Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #15 - Elephant
Replies: 22
Views: 22897

Here are more fun books about elephants:

Non-fiction: Elephants by Annette Barkhausen
Elephant (Eyewitness books)

Fiction: Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess
Good Night Harry by Kim Lewis

Happy reading!
Rachel
by RachelT
Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:41 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #14 - Horse
Replies: 19
Views: 17988

Hello! Here are some fun books about horses. Teeny Tiny Ernest by Laura T. Barnes (we've read others in this series about Ernest and they are cute) Strawberry Shortcake's Filly Friends by Megan Bryant Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett Everything horse: What kids really want to know about h...