I'm sure that there are as many ways to set up these files as there are MFWK teachers. Anyway, here's what I do and I'm sure you'll do yours differently.burg wrote:Just ordered MFWK so I don't have the TM to read through yet and I'm curious about the details of what others have put into their files, how they've set them up and used them.
As I was setting up my files, I kept the list in the MFWK TM handy. There's a list of all the subjects on just one page -- that list has really come in handy.
I took a look at our skinny paperbacks and put any of them in the file folders. We've got easy readers on butterflies, frogs, farms, ants, the solar system. So, I just tucked them in there. None of the other kids were actively reading them, so it was no big deal.
Not everything fits in the folder, of course. You can actually put a piece of paper in each file folder (or you can simply write on the file itself) notes to yourself for what you don't want to forget. Maybe you'll have a note that says, "page 101 of Science Encyclopedia" or "don't forget the butterfly rubber stamp for art" or "www.butterflies.com" or something like that. Or, you could just make a Word file for each lesson too that says what to remember that doesn't fit in the folder.
I have magazines (such as Zoobooks or Nature Friend) with pages marked that go with the lessons. If a magazine has two articles on two different things (sun and cows) mark them both and put in the folder for the first one (sun) and after using it for sun, move it to the cow folder.
Also, I like enchantedlearning.com for coloring pages and such. You don't need it, but if you have a kid who likes coloring pages (three of my kids don't, one does), then you can just go ahead and print out pages for the folders and it will be there when you need it.
Our dollar store sells cheap scrapbook stickers and if you find some that tie in to MFWK, you can stick those in the folders too.