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by RachelT
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Week 10 (with Rivers)
Replies: 5
Views: 5941

Water Filter & Water Books

The water filter activity was fun and easy. We happened to have gravel for an aquarium and some sand in the sandbox in the backyard. We used a plastic half gallon milk just and the water coming out was definitely less muddy/mulchy than the water going in the top! We read The Magic Schoolbus At The W...
by RachelT
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 8 & 9 (with Rain, Thunder & Lightning)
Replies: 10
Views: 7827

Thunder & Lightning!

We saw a huge row of storm clouds with lighting flashing and thunder sounding in the distance and then I had the children illustrate a picture in our nature notebooks of the storm we saw. It's neat to see how God teaches us what we need to learn and uses His wonderful creation! We enjoyed The Magic ...
by RachelT
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 8 & 9 (with Rain, Thunder & Lightning)
Replies: 10
Views: 7827

RAIN!

We have had a severe drought this summer and God timed our first storm/rain in a long time to coincide with the Rain week. The day after we made our rain gauge out of a milk jug - we were able to measure up to almost 2 inches of water over a three day period later that week! It's neat to see how God...
by RachelT
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 5 & 6 (with Trees; Shapes)
Replies: 16
Views: 10024

Favorite Books & Nature Guides

We put together a leaf book. We did this last year with MFWK, but dd wanted to do it again. We did this, too, but just did leaf rubbings and practiced tree identification with some nature guides. Two of our favorite books from the list in the TM are Be a Friend to Trees (our library even had an aud...
by RachelT
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Required hours, subjects
Replies: 17
Views: 9253

Hi Debbie! I am in a different state with different guidelines, but I want you to know that I think as you head toward 1st grade, subjects are more clearly defined than in the K curriculum. I hope that is encouraging! For K, I think a lot of things overlap, but I think anything in the yellow pages i...
by RachelT
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 3 & 4 (with Flowers; Classifying, Numbers, Counting)
Replies: 21
Views: 11753

Fun Counting Books

More fun counting books: Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr. Every Buddy Counts by Stuart J. Murphy. A Counting We will Go adapted by Rozanne Lanczak Williams can be sung to the tune of "The Farmer and the Dell". We also have another book by this author called The Crayola Counting Book . Another bo...
by RachelT
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 3 & 4 (with Flowers; Classifying, Numbers, Counting)
Replies: 21
Views: 11753

Plant Video

We were able to find a few of the recommended books for this science topic, but I wanted to note that the book "The Magic School Bus Gets Planted" also comes on video. It was fun to read the book and later, watch it on a tape, all the while learning about plants and photosynthesis!

Rachel
by RachelT
Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:54 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - Handling delicate topics Bible, Science, Art
Replies: 34
Views: 15166

What a funny and sweet story! I'm laughing (because I'm not there, yet) and I'm hopeful that this thread gets put in the archives for when I do have to have that conversation! Thanks again for sharing!

Rachel
by RachelT
Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Art & Music Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 6038

Re: Will MFW work for left-brained/non-artistic?

The first three things that you mentioned are activities that use lots of fine motor skills - printing, creative writing, art. I am wondering if these are related? Does he not like these things because they are more of a challenge for him than other areas? Has fine motor skill development been slowe...
by RachelT
Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Siblings - Giving each child their own Math/LA -- even twins
Replies: 36
Views: 16067

Like someone above, I don't have twins (although my dh is one and we have twin nephews, so I do understand competition!), but my own two dc are under two years apart in age and closer in some areas of their learning. Last year I tried to do a lot of teaching together, but this year I made a schedule...
by RachelT
Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - When help is needed
Replies: 23
Views: 13904

Dear Amanda (that's my middle name!), I think I can understand your situation. My ds began K one year ago when he was 5.5. He had some vision issues and I modified some of the activities. For a little while I stopped using the lined paper altogether for the blend ladder pages and had him write on a ...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Week 7 (with Seasons; Addition)
Replies: 4
Views: 6250

Week 7 (with Seasons; Addition)

Proverbs Book

"The Ant and the Grasshopper" is suggested in the TM for science week 1. We read this book when introducing Proverbs 10:5 [in week 7] and it gives another great picture of the meaning of this proverb, with some cute illustrations.

Rachel
by RachelT
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 1 & 2 (with Close to the Ground; Patterns/Sequence)
Replies: 22
Views: 15502

Making Up Patterns

My kids really enjoyed just making up their own patterns with stickers and with food (crackers, cheese, raisins, etc.) - as separate activities.

;) Rachel
by RachelT
Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Fun ideas for Math?
Replies: 11
Views: 8628

Hi Robin! We are on day 5 of 1st grade. Last year we did similar number activities in MFWK. One thing that we combine with these activities is calendar math each day. I have a magnetic calendar that we change the number on each day. I've also found some songs about the days of the week, months, etc....
by RachelT
Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:08 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Student Sheets - Ideas and Descriptions
Replies: 4
Views: 4010

We are just using magnetic letters on our white board like we did for the sound blend ladder last year or you could pull out the textured letters from the lauri puzzle from K. These are just other options that might be less traumatic!
by RachelT
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 47775

Back-to-school changes

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:44 am Last week we were swimming with friends and I was asking about their new teachers and back to school night at their ps. A couple of moms were telling me who their children's teachers are and my son popped up out of the water and said my teacher is "Mrs. Rachel"! An...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 40315

Well, we have a round table that is large enough that my dc can sit at, and I can sit between them to help them both. We moved our school room from a formal dining room area to our basement. It's already a very multi-purpose room, but it has space and after rearranging some things it has worked bett...
by RachelT
Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 32257

Hi! We did MFWK last year and I just had a large block of school time and followed my TM or changed the order of things a bit to work for us. Now, I have been working on the chores this summer with the kids and need to work more on the schedule for beginning school again next week. *If I go in order...
by RachelT
Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 57205

Student Worksheets

We also used a set of little animal stamps or dot paint markers. Crystal mentioned stickers. Great idea, especially when you get up into the 20's!

Rachel
by RachelT
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Supplies - Art - What type of colored pencils? Markers?
Replies: 30
Views: 15094

We've used Crayola and some more expensive art store type of colored pencils. Both work fine, but for my young kids the more expensive ones were a lot softer and were easier to use to create more shades of color.

Rachel (also in IN)
by RachelT
Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: For busy/wiggly/kinesthetic boys (and girls)
Replies: 17
Views: 14077

Hi Lori and welcome! Sorry if this is long! I've been thinking about your question and I've been trying to figure out how to condense this. Last August I began homeschooling with MFWK with my own 5.5 yo ds and 3.5 yo dd! So I can relate! My ds had already decided that he did "not like crafts!" And a...
by RachelT
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blending help
Replies: 25
Views: 12285

Hello southernshae! I've read your post a couple of times and thought about it before responding, but I just think that he needs practice. I hope this message is not too basic. Maybe you have already done some of what I am suggesting below, but I don’t know, so I'm just thinking of things I did with...
by RachelT
Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:18 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 1st & K math - Everything is incorporated into the curri
Replies: 15
Views: 10065

1st & K math - Everything is incorporated into the curri

I want to say welcome and I will also be teaching MFW1st and MFWK this year to my two children! MFW1st grade has math incorporated into the curriculum. The basic package comes with addition and subtraction practice charts. There are also two other items in the deluxe package (but if you are not purc...
by RachelT
Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 34094

My thoughts are very similar to the above post from Kelly! ;) My 6yr old ds has really benefitted from using small golf sized pencils this year to learn how to hold them properly. Handwriting Without Tears recommends that children begin with a small broken part of chalk or crayon, then these golf si...
by RachelT
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: Notebooking or Scrapbooking for K
Replies: 8
Views: 8915

Hello! We did not get our scrapbooking done during "school time" this year, but I hope to work on that project this summer with the children. What I've done this year for K was to use a large 3 ring binder with page protectors for saving the majority of our work. Then, as we work on our scrapbook, I...