For my first three children I just did simple worksheets, read alouds, some crafts and started to teach them to read but next year my youngest starts K and I have really been looking at MFW for him. I have a friend who uses it for K and loves it. With the other three I took the time to plan every thing and liked being able to pick out what I wanted to do on my own, but next year the thought of doing that again makes me weary. I don’t really want to spend $100 or more on MFW if there is something similar but cheaper.
I have looked through many previous posts but am not finding what I am looking for. Any ideas?
I guess I want something more for less!
Really, I’ve always done a pretty simple K year….
Reading – I’ve been using “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ lessons” – but “Delightful Reading” looks – well – Delightful
Writing – ok – this one I’ve jumped all over…. Peterson Directed Handwriting is good…. but now I prefer Italics….
Math – We use RightStart – either A or B depending on how your child places on the placement test
otherwise, I just choose a few good books – Things like Winnie the Pooh (original only please) or Raggedy Anne – depends on what your child might like, and what you have available.
My kids would already be participating in stuff like Picture Study…
I can’t see spending $100 or more on a K year!
Yeah, that’s what I have done in the past, but the thought of planning it all out again makes me tired. Maybe I will set it aside for a time and it won’t be so bad. (thats if no one has a better idea).suzukimomParticipant
There is a good Free K year based on the Alphabet and the “Flower Fairies” on Milestones Acadamy here http://milestonesacademy.com/Site/Year_.5.html (almost done – has up to U/V) – but it does have LDS religious items in it.
It is based on a Catholic version from here http://www.elizabethfoss.com/serendipity/along_the_alphabet_path/
I don’t know if either is helpful….TristanParticipant
One way to keep your planning simple could be to go to HomeschoolShare.com and choose a few literature units around your child’s age. Then all you have to do is get the book and print the unit pages. Each day during a week read the book and chat about one aspect of the book (guided in ideas by the unit pages). Ta da! Many have lapbooks you can do with them, but they are totally optional! Then choose a great read aloud for each month, get out in nature, and decide what you want to do for math. That’s it.
I’m planning K here for my 4th and haven’t actually decided what we’ll do. He’s my one advanced child (taught himself to read at 3 and now does chapter books, does math over the 2nd grader’s shoulder in his head, etc). I have been all over the map on ideas for him so I decided I am sitting down today to pray about it and use SCM’s Planning Your CM Education book to work out details. (I’ve been using that in the last week for the older kids – I have a 7th grader next year – eeek!).missceegeeParticipant
There are some online sites with ideas. http://Www.hubbardscupboard.org is one and I know there are others like it. I used a prek plan for my co-op from http://weefolkart.com/content/homeschool-companion-guides. Perhaps those will give an idea or two. I’m finding I don’t care for pulling things together this year, either. Weary is a good descriptive word!artcmomto3Participant
I am doing like SuzukiMom for my K DS. We are doing:
Math: Math-U-See Primer
Reading/Phonics: Various readers (he has basically taught himself to read) – finished Harriet Taylor Treadwells’ Primer and Pathway’s First Grade Readers, now reading HTT’s First Grade Reader
Handwriting: HWT K
Bible: Vos’s children’s Bible with flannel board
Everything else I let him join his sister (like personal development and literature). He occasionally joins us for science as well.
I guess I was liking MFW because it had a letter for the week to go with a book to read, an activity and a bible verse. But I guess I can just follow someones list or blog and add in bible as I go.
I will check out all these sites though and maybe they have what I need. Thank you.sherazParticipant
This might be something that you could use:TristanParticipant
There is also a site called Letter of the Week that I used 8 years ago when my oldest was 3.5 for learning letters. http://letteroftheweek.com/ It uses a letter a week, but then she has more levels. One is Sound of the Week using blends or other phonics sounds each week (like Fr with the theme being frogs, Ch for cheese, EE in trees).
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