Week 1: Sun  

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eah! We completed our first full official week of MFW K! The unit on THE SUN.
I have to be honest. I was completely discombobulated when it came to:

what to do
The teacher's manual could be a little more user friendly....what is she trying to do? Scare us first year homeschoolers to death? Cause that is almost what happened.

But, with the help of the Homeschool Lounge and some friends who have used MFW K, I made it through and this next week I will be a little more laid back.

So here is what we did.

We practiced little curve and little curve that makes an 'S' from Handwriting without tears. Then we made it with our foam pieces. ( If you would like to know more about this... just ask).
We wrote out 'S' on our chalkboard tablet and we found the 'S' is for SUN card.

we loved this National Geographic Book! It explained very well how the earth moves around the son and why we have night and day AND different seasons!
They suggested we do this fun lesson. We did and he loved it! What is even better... he learned from it!

For some reason this picture flipped on me. Sorry.
He drew a picture of himself. We taped it to a ball. Turned out the light and turned on a flashlight (which was the sun).
I rotated the ball on it's axis to see how we get night and day. Then I rotated it on it's axis and made it orbit around the light to see how we get seasons. It clicked. He understood it!

We made Chicken Florentine Ring cause it looks like a sun.
This was a fun experiment. Now we have a place mat.

P.S. sorry for the glitches. I had some technical difficulty and can't fix it without rewriting this post.

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Hi, nice to meet you. I will be using HWT Kindergarten this year, but I did not get the teacher manual for this level. Last year I used the Pre-k level and followed the manual, but decided to "wing it" this year. How did you make your foam pieces? I made a copy of the ones from the pre-k teacher book and then lamenated the pages and cut out the pieces. I shopped for a cheap set, but they were so expensive...even on e-bay. Wishing you a fun and exciting year...


Thanks for stopping by!
About HWOT, I think you are wise (if you are penny pinching) to not buy the TM for Kindergarten. In fact now that I see it and have a flavor for the curriculum I think winging it will suffice.
As far as the foam pieces, there was a template in the TM so I could make them. I went to Michael's craft store and bought 11x 14 foam sheets, traced in it and cut it out. I wanted something a little more durable than paper (my kids are rough on things). I made them keeping in mind that I may have to replace some pieces but for a dollar a sheet I am still saving money.
The kids really have so much fun with them!
If you need more details let me know. I will see what I can do to help.

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