Ohmomjacquie wrote:Original plan was september but we have had june off and feel ready for the routine again. I've wanted to do a year round schedule so that us what we will do. Dd is on board and unexpectedly excited! so monday we will start adventures. Any tips for our first year of mfw?
Make book basket a priority. I think it is very important for the ADV program. I hope some others chime in; it was the only thing I could think of tonight!
Ohmomjacquie wrote:Thanks! I found a few books of our own but hope to get to the library today top.
The other thing I would say is give yourself grace as you get into a routine. It may take a week or two to do everything in ADV scheduled for one day, done in one day. Once the schedule becomes a routine it becomes easier and easier to do. Does that make sense?
If you haven't done any note booking you may want to think about where your dd is for writing:
1. Is she ready to write 1 - 2 sentences as original sentences? OR
2. Is it better to have her dictate a few sentences to you for the note book while she watches you write it down and then copy what you write?
If you saw samples of the ADV note book for different people you would realize that it can vary a lot what people do for the writing. I started by having him dictate and copy. By about week 7 or so he was writing one original sentence. So think about what writing goals you have for 2nd or 3rd grade.
Are you using PLL? People do the copy work and dictation in different ways for that too. Many do as much as they can for the dictation (they tend to be long) and then move onto the next lesson the next day. I did the same thing, but I continued it the next day until it was done.
Look ahead for materials you need and try to gather them for hands on activities, or improvise. I had to improvise a fair amount. A hair dryer by the way can replace an iron for melting crayon between wax paper (I don't own an iron; since I use our dryer for it).
The last thing I would add is that MFW gives a structure, but it also gives a lot of freedom to you as a teacher to make it what you want it to be. So doing book basket, gathering materials, making goals and decisions for the writing, etc. is a big part of what can make MFW successful.