The State sheets [now the "Student Sheets"]: you will need one per student for each student who is doing a notebook. I guess in theory it could be a group project. But at the same time, I like to let my kids have their own --- it can be more personalized that way.Nancy wrote:I'm doing this with 3 dc next year (one in grade 2). I'm just wondering what's really necessary, and if it's possible to share. What are the state sheets/cards used for? I'm thinking the president flash cards can be shared??...or is there a special activity for these that would require them each to have their own?
The Presidents Cards: They are used for part of the notebooking. If you have to make just one family notebook, maybe you could share those. But, the president cards are used in both year 4 and year 5, and are part of notebooking for each child, and are apparently glued or otherwise attached to notebook or something like that (I need another week to actually get there in the curric)
The Kay Arthur book, Boy Have I Got Problems: I thought we could get away with just one copy and use a journal. Didn't work for me, but it might work in other families. I found it very helpful for the 5th grader to have her copy of the book to work more independently. I had originally thought "hmmmm. I'll help the 2nd grader with the book and then hand it over to 5th grader" . My 2nd grader wanted her own copy and it worked better to have a copy for her and work WITH her in that book. If you have ever done a Beth Moore study, you know that it is better to have your own copy of the book. Same thing applies. But if you had to save $10 it might be an option to work from this book together. I don't think it is worth the hassle.
Map of the United States/World—placemat size (recommend one per child): MFW RECOMMENDS one but it is just recommended. We're doing fine with one per family. So you can save a bit there.
Maybe that can help you decide how it fits in your budget.
Follow-up - Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:22 am
For the flashcards --
The Presidents Flashcards are used in 2 years of MFW. So that helps a bit on the cost --- used for 2 years.
I was glad to just have one pack per student so each gal could do her own notebooking. I had a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. Oldest had to write more and middle got to copy/write less.
We ended up getting a third pack of them as a family project so that we could play some of the hands on activities that were suggested in the package of flashcards --- even though MFW didn't say to do them.