Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008
Kisa in CA wrote:Yes, great points. I do not use MFW LA suggestions and we've got to get more writing into our day. One writing assignment each Friday is not too much IMHO. I also believe in daily assigned reading in addition to book basket, thus the readers. The time line is simply a different format that allows me to add writing assignments in the binder. I do LOVE the simplicity of MFW and the fact that it is EASY on me. Thank God for this wonderful curriculum!
CTG is one of my favorites, lucky you!
I'll try to answer from my family's perspective:
1. Reading time is allowed for in CTG. 30 minutes is recommended in the teacher manuals. If you like to assign specific readers, that will fit into the timeslot just fine. When we did CTG, I found my ds chose readers that were totally unrelated to our studies. He felt the Bible in CTG was better than any stories "about" the Bible, and he felt the history readings were just "enough" history for him. But each family is different.
2. One problem with using a set of scheduled readers, as Kelly alluded to, is that you get bogged down in deadlines and assignments. Just keep an eye out for that. You can always adjust if you see an issue. Live & learn, I call it :o)
3. My son did all his notebooking on the computer, so premade notebook pages didn't help us. There is so much available on Google images, and ds is able to do so many fun things with Word, that making his own notebook pages worked well. The only thing I purchased was a package of cardstock that was speckled so it looked "historical" or something -- one ream has lasted us 4 years so far.
However, having extra pretty pages on hand may spark ideas or encourage creative kids, I suppose. My daughter may have appreciated that.
4. As for adding writing, I have just told my ds for a couple years now that he is going to write every day. It may be Writing Strands, ILL, history notebook, letter writing, or I may have him write a page about a field trip or something. There seems to be plenty to choose from without needing extra assignments.
That may sound like I am stuck doing extra planning, but it pretty much flows naturally from the curriculum or other things I want to do. I keep a running list of things I want to finish or add as time allows, including writing assignments that occur to me. If you want to add a purchased notebooking program, you will have to do a little more specific planning to correlate it with the topics you are studying, etc.
5. About extra timeline figures: I would first caution not to over-do it, because elementary school is not the time to memorize names & dates and such ad nauseum.
Also, I sometimes get confused when we discuss timeline notebooks versus timelines on these boards. At our house, all our history notebooking goes into a "history notebook" in chronological order, so it is a "timeline notebook" of sorts. When we read through it, we are seeing the progression of time. That works for us.
Does any of that help?