Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:49 pm
We just finished MFWK here at our house, and I also used children's books rather than an encyclopedia. There were only a couple of times I used an encyclopedia, and I used Encarta, which we have on our computer. Otherwise, it was much more interesting for my daughter if we used the library to check out books about our K topics, both fiction and nonfiction. I am a lover of children's lit., so I was thrilled for us to have the exposure to so many wonderful books this year! We discovered some great books at our library about the topics in MFWK!
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:55 pm
I do have Encarta on my computer, and I used that once in awhile during K.
But I am a lover of children's literature. So, I found nonfiction children's books at the library as our source of information each week instead of using encyclopedias. I purchased some, too, as I was able, and we've used some of them again this year for 1st grade, because we study some of the same topics again in science, such as moon, sun, planets, ocean creatures, etc. We read and looked at so many wonderful books last year (during K), and we got all the information we needed.
However, you said library trips are difficult with your small children. I certainly understand that. I know that every library is different, but I am able to keep my library books for 3 weeks and renew them once. So, I can keep my books for 6 weeks. When I visit the library, I try to check out books for at least the next three weeks or units, and then I can renew the books. That way, I only have to visit the library maybe every 3 weeks or once a month.
Just thought I'd offer that alternative for you.