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I was in a store last night that had these flashcards, they had flashcards on everything from math facts, to insects, to presidents. I got an idea
basically you can put anything you want on a flashcard right?
and my kids like working with them when we do
So I was thinking of maybe making Fridays "Flashcard Friday"
I could have some with the characters of the story we are reading, and what else we are working on.
it would make Fridays more fun
and get us through that tough part of the week
DH thinks I am insane because this means more work but I hate to say "OK time for school" and hearing groans KWIM?
what do you think? and do you have any other ideas that can make Fridays a littl emore exciting/
What makes Fridays difficult for us is trying to finish up everything. With so much going on all the time during the week, there are things that keep getting pushed to the next day. Well, on Friday, it has to all be done. Plus, this is the day that I do all of the "test" (Spelling, Reading, Vocabulary, Math, etc.). So, yes, it is a harder day than most.
Have fun with the cards. The kids do enjoy a break from the normal routine. Yesterday, I got out a board game that utilizes math skills and we had SO MUCH fun with it. We say around for a couple of hours and played that game and ate their Halloween candy . It was great and they learned a lot of their facts from it!!!
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I think that Flashcard Friday sounds like a lot of fun. Also, a friend of mine just turned me to the idea of "file folder games" which are just games that you paste into a filing folder. This friend had two books, one for preK which has numbers, colors, shapes, etc. and one for first grade, which covers addition, higher numbers, reading games, place value, etc. You just cut out the pieces and paste certain parts to the file folder and viola! You have a great learning game! She loaned the books to me and I'll post pictures when I get one put together.
Also, one thing my kids always enjoy for a school-starter is having "show and tell"! I have them choose something from their room and then they tell us what they chose (even though we've already seen everything they own!), why they chose it, what they like about it or what makes it special to them...things like that. It really cuts down on the grooooaaaaaaannnnnns that I sometimes hear when we start the school day!
Hope some of this was helpful!
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan
What we did this week was to spend our Friday doing all of our "elective" type subjects. So we did Recorder lessons, Latin, Typing, and a trip to the Library. Those are all things they enjoy and don't consider "work." We also met a friend at an indoor playland, so maybe that counts as P.E. I think I may try that schedule every week, saving Fridays for all the "fun" subjects.
I like the Flashcards idea too. My kids would probably enjoy it. They seem to like it when we do stuff like that. The other day we did a game where they had to make cards with a description of a family member on one side and the family member's name on the other side (It was actually an assignment from our 6th grade English book, but we all did it.) Then we mixed up the cards and took turns reading the descriptions and we all had to guess who it was about. They had a blast with that.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
Yeah we have a 4 day schedule and Friday's we call Fun Friday and we play games , and do crafts and such. Monday's are my hard day.. we usually go no where and do as much ( well with my 7th grader) as possible so we can have our 4 day school week!
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
I think that sounds great if your kids would enjoy it. If my mom had bought flashcards and said "Fridays are now Flash Card Day!" I would have said "Can't we just do the regular stuff?". Haha. I hate flashcards!
For us (mind you we weren't overly structured) fridays was usually mall day. My mom and I would usually go to the mall and roam around, have lunch together and sometimes stop on the way home and get a slurpee from the 7/11. Now, this might not sound like good homeschooling practice but I'll tell you, I remember so much about those trips and it helped my mom and me to really build a strong bond. We are incredibly close. Basically I look at it as having a 4 day school week. Plus wich homeschooling ANYTHING can become a lesson. Even if we just went to the grocery store I got to help figure out what was the best deal and how much we were going to spend and keep track of the prices. Because of this I am a great bargin shopper to this day!
File folder games are great too! I used to use those when I worked with Kindergarteners. Fun and easy clean up to me!