Yes it does in what is called Book Basket time. Book basket will list many books for each week that will be related to the study in history and/or science. Sometimes in some of the MFW programs it will even have a book or two about the music composers. Book basket is an integral part of the MFW programs. You don’t have to have the exact titles or to check out each and every one of those books. Good thing too!!! And to keep the cost down, it is nice to use the library for those recommended readings.tawbur wrote:I think readers that relate to what we're studying would be more interesting for my kids. My 2nd and 3rd graders will both need to continue daily reading practice to improve their reading skill. Do the suggested readers in MFW relate to the topic of the week, or not?
You’re right. Samples can’t show everything like you can at a convention. There are several sources of reading in MFW:The website describes the LA in MFW as including a list of recommended read-alouds AND readers. I know they sell the read-alouds, but not any of the curriculum's readers.
I've looked at the Adv sample online, but it's not like browsing the teacher's manual, so I didn't see any mention of readers. Where is this listed? Are they all listed together with other optional "book basket" books in one master list at the back of the manual? Or are they listed within each lesson? Are the readers designated as such with the grade they're meant for?
Read Alouds – parent reads to the student and those are in the deluxe packages and scheduled in the teacher’s manual.
Book basket, which I briefly described, but you could ask more questions too. Some of them might be answered in the Language Arts archive, which is sorted alphabetically by sub-topics within language arts. Lots of good stuff in those book basket archives. Here’s a link to that section of the message board
Reading time: books of general reading interest. That list is in the very back of the teacher’s manual and is sorted by reading grade/age level. It is fun when those relate to what you are learning, but not necessary all the time. Some times in the book basket list there will be a longer chapter book or novel that could be used
And included within the book Primary Language Lessons is also a time for some reading by the student.
In order to keep costs down for the package programs MFW suggests the library, but doesn't make the program depend on having the exact titles on those library lists. very flexible.
Not exactly because all children are at different skill levels. However, in the teacher’s manual there is a suggested “time box” for reading each day. In most years in the programs for 2nd-8th grader they suggest about 30 minutes a day. And of course, if you have a child like my oldest, they will have plenty of time to read even longer.Are there any suggestions for how to assign readers, how many pages a day or minutes a day to expect, how many readers a year, etc?
Because children will have various interests in what they want to read, you will individualize that part. There is a section in the introduction to the teacher’s manual that gives some time box suggestions (along the lines of a Charlotte Mason philosophy) to help with that. Reading and book basket will be marked on the weekly summary grid so that you remember to do those. In book basket, the children do not have to finish every book because it is to learn a bit more about history. In reading time, you’ll pick books that your children can read and finish. Again, it is such an individual thing, that you have that flexibility.Will this be something that I will need to figure out myself, not just choosing the readers weekly but also scheduling and pacing them?
Sounds like we’re all on the same page with this so far.I like the book basket idea, for promoting a love of books. But I know that my kids need some required reading or they won't read at all, and therefore there won't be any improvement. I've seen that their reading skills do improve with some daily practice reading, so I'd want to continue that.
I'd just prefer if the readers were related to the weekly lessons because I think they'd hold my kids attention more than the readers they're using now. I can just imagine their excitement during our history lesson when they realize they just read a "real" book about that topic, and they can tell the rest of us about it. Does that make sense.
Yep. You will. The General Reading list is sorted by grade/age. Even in book basket, it will list about the age/grade level of reading. In Adventures most of the book basket list will be on level for 2nd and 3rd graders because Adventures is written for that target age. In the other programs in MFW, there will be a wider variety of ages/grade levels of materials.I'd want to assign readers on their level, so they're getting good practice but not too frustrated. But I don't know how to decide what reading level a book really is. So would I get any help with this in MFW?