MFW First Grade – First Six Weeks

It’s been six weeks since we started My Father’s World First Grade – Learning God’s Story!  It’s been a lot easier to get into the groove of school this year. There is just enough structure and separation between subjects to keep us from getting bored.  I am really happy with MFW’s First Grade Curriculum.

Here is my sweetie on the first day of school!  You can tell its the first day because of how clean everything is! Also, yes she is barefooted… that’s how we roll.MFW First Grade
The curriculum came with plastic unifix cubes and wooden blocks for math.  Both kiddos love just playing with them!MFW First Grade
We’ve also settled into a nice groove with the outdoor science activities that are scheduled for Fridays. My husband’s day off is Friday so he has been able to pretty much facilitate school on that day and I think they both really enjoy it!MFW First Grade

MFW First Grade
The little one is nearly two and a half now and has been much more interested in what big sister is doing so I had to find something for him to do!  I found these excellent Tot Time Notebook printables from 1+1+1=1 that include the cover page, a page for each letter of the alphabet and numbers up to 10 with shapes.  Noah loves this!  I put each sheet in a sheet protector and let him loose with the dry erase crayons and it keeps him entertained for quite a while.
Tot Notebook to Keep Toddler Busy

Tot Notebook to Keep Toddler Busy
In week five, the infamous MFW timeline showed up! I had no idea what I wanted to do or that it was such a hot topic until I started researching ideas for how to execute it.  I came across this post on Mama Jenn’s blog that was an old giveaway for a blank scroll printable that is sold by Grapevine Studies.  I really liked the look of the scroll, but couldn’t really spare any more money on school, and being the DIYer that I am, decided to create my own scroll printable.  AND I decided to make it available for anyone else who would like to use it.
Free Printable Blank Scroll Timeline for MFW First
All you have to do is download, print out, cut off the excess white border and then tape together.  Also, these are full color so to save ink I changed my printer settings to “fast” quality and they still turned out great!Free Printable Blank Scroll Timeline for MFW First
If you don’t have room to put up a long timeline on your wall you can always use the folding method explained on Ginger-Snap-Shots so that your timeline can be neatly folded and put away. I actually used this method before putting it up on my wall so that when we are finished with it or if I later want to take it down, I can still fold it up and put it away!

Free Printable Blank Scroll Timeline for MFW First

Free Printable Blank Scroll Timeline for MFW First

Enjoy!

The Ugly Truth

I am happy to say that we are much more organized and staying on track this year.  It really helps that the weeks are planned out and actually are 5 days of work, instead of the 6 days in MFW Kindergarten.  Honestly, it drove me a little crazy that each unit wasn’t an exact week. On top of that, it made me feel like I could just do whatever I wanted with our schedule.  So we took a lot of breaks. And yes, that is some of the beauty of homeschool, but it just didn’t work well with us because once we had a couple of days off it was hard to start back up again.  Knowing that I have exact things that need to be done within 5 days makes me much more motivated to stay on schedule!

30 thoughts on “MFW First Grade – First Six Weeks

  1. Thanks for this! I opened my book this week to discover the instructions for the timeline and felt totally lost. I am so glad people like you are blogging and creative, because I felt like I was stuck! Love your school space. We’re in our first five weeks of homeschooling and it’s been an adventure, to say the least, but I am really enjoying the MFW curriculum.

  2. I’m using this for the Adventures in US History timeline. Thank you SO much for sharing it! Something as simple as a timeline has been taking way too much brain power to figure out. Thanks for making it easy 🙂

  3. Hi Tasha! Thank you so much for the timeline. I seem to be having trouble accessing it on Scribd. It keeps asking me to pay when I try to download. Is there any way you could email it to me?

  4. This looks awesome. It is just what we need for the next school year but I can’t seem to download it either. Could you send me a copy, please?

  5. Thank you so much! Just organizing everything to start up MFW 1st and the timeline was the thing that was worrying me the most! You made this so easy! One question… so when the timeline was finished did you find that 8 pages was enough? Thank you again! 🙂

  6. I love this idea! We are just getting to week 5 in MFW 1st and I hadn’t figured out exactly what to do for the timeline. I love that it’s a scroll since we talked about scrolls just a couple short weeks ago. Thank you for sharing this! I’m sure many more MFW families will be blessed by it. 😀

  7. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing! This is awesome! Would you mind emailing it to me? I’m having trouble with the download. Thanks!

  8. Hi, I was trying to print off the scroll pages and was having a hard time printing the whole sheet on one paper. Do you have any suggestion on what I might be doing wrong? It says shrink to fit the whole paper but it does not and if I lower it to 60% it will fit but then it’s not the whole sheet of paper. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks

  9. Absolutely love this idea! I downloaded the scroll but it is saying that it is secured and won’t let me add text to the timeline on photoshop. It’s saying I need a password. Would you mine emailing the pdf to me? Cant wait to use this!

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