Monday, April 28, 2014


Welcome to our MFW 1st Weekly Wrap-up (we are using the first edition)!  If you haven't already, be sure to check out daily school routine and curriculum choices here.

We had a great weekend and wonderful Resurrection (Easter) Day!  We were up early Sunday morning for our Sunrise Service at church.  Jesus is RISEN and Alive!!  As believers in Christ, we are dead to our sin and made alive in Christ!  We are new Creations in Christ! Praise the Lord!  I pray that your family had a blessed Easter as well!

Here's what we did for MFW 1st Grade ~~Week 9~~

Ladybug and her Puppy Dog, "Boppy", ready to start a new Week!

One detail about our "school days" I've not shared is our schedule.  This was birthed from my need to have a visual schedule in front of me, and Buddy's constant question, "Mommy, when is snack time?"  :)

This has been a  huge help for me "staying on target".  If I know Pumpkin (our youngest) will be waking up soon from a nap, I can re-work the schedule to make sure we cover what we "REALLY need to.  Plus, Ladybug and Buddy like knowing what we are doing for that day.  I deviate from time to time, and thats ok.  Just as long we know when snack time is, we are ok.  :)

Buddy likes to "change the schedule too".  He especially likes switching "Circle Time" with "Snack Time" :)

Bible: Our Bible verse for this week is Proverbs 13:1 ("A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke").  We discussed it's important to obey our parents (Eph. 6:1).  This verse also implies that fathers (and mothers) instruct their children in wisdom, and true wisdom comes from God.

We began learning Days of Creation (review if you did MFW Kindergarten) in Week 8 (we did Day 1 of Creation) and got through Day 3 of Creation (during Week 9).  

Ladybug's Bible Notebook
Each Day we study Creation, Ladybug adds what God created on that day.
Here, she has added up to Day 5!  Do you know what God created on the 5th Day of Creation?

Ladybug and Buddy also got new Bibles this week.  They were very excited to "read" in their Bibles during Bible Time each day. 

I love this picture!  After I took their picture, Ladybug and Buddy both started "reading".  It was so precious.  Oh, that our children would walk in the truth of God's Word.  

This week, we've also began learning the names of the books of the Bible.  Every time we learn a new book, we briefly discuss what's in the book. 

Grammar: We've been using the Student Workbook every other day now since we've added in the Bible Reader.  This week, Ladybug learned about syllables, long vowel e spelled y (as in pony), and consonant sound ch (as in church)  

Ladybug's workbook page 

Ladybug made a Cheese Booklet to practice handwriting and the consonant sound ch.  

Last week, the teacher's manual listed an activity we weren't able to get to.  Our activity was to write a letter to a family member of friend.  This is something we do frequently as I've found this to be a great way for all of us to be involved in my husband's ministry (Hubby is a Pastor).
Our church members LOVE getting cards from our children and it teaches our children to think of others before themselves. 

Ladybug's card to a sweet home bound church member

Buddy decided to write a thank you card to his Papa.  When I showed him the cards I had, so he could choose one to use, he said, "Where's the boy cards"? 

Note to self: Buy "boy cards"! :)

Math: We are using the Complete Book of Math (as recommended by MFW) and are still learning about addition. As I said in previous posts, we are behind "technically" in our Math pages, but are catching up!  One new addition concept Ladybug learned is addition sentences. 

Here is a page of Addition Sentences from the Complete Book of Math that Ladybug did this week!

This concept REALLY confused Ladybug at first.  We tried different methods and finally found something that worked for her!

We used pencils to help understand the addition sentences!

Ladybug is working on the problem listed above (      + 3    =   6  )
She took 3 pencils and then figured out how many more she needed to get the sum (6).  This visual aid HELPED so much!

Science: For Science this week, we discussed "Under the Sea" (ocean life)!  During snack time one day, we "dived" into our science book, and learned about the thousands of different animals that live under the sea.  

And after snack time, we went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef!!

Just kidding...sort of!  In Week 7, I wrote about using Google Maps to explore the Amazon River.  This week, we explored the Oceans using Google Ocean Maps!  Here's a "commercial" I found on Pinterest about the Google Map Ocean Projects! Ladybug and Buddy (and me) were amazed at the close-up encounters of sea life and the beautiful coral.  What an adventure!  I can't wait to visit again :)  

Since we were "under the sea", we decided to look more closely at one of the ocean's mysterious creatures - the jellyfish!  Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea.  Some have even been found in freshwater.  Did you know that jellyfish aren't really fish at all?!?  They belong to the group of invertebrates (animals with no backbone) and are related to corals and amemones. Fish are vertebrates, because they do have backbones.  In addition to no bones, jellyfish have no brains, blood, gills or heart.  Their bells (jellyfish's round, umbrella-like bodies) can reach 8 feet across, and their tentacles can be more than 200 feet long! Most jellyfish have see-through bells in all sorts of colors. Some even glow in the dark!

Buddy and Ladybug measure out 8 feet to see how wide a jellyfish's bell can get

Ladybug and Buddy made a cute (simple) jellyfish craft!  We used left-over coffee filters and stacked them together. Ladybug and Buddy painted the top of their coffee filters. After the filters dried, we attached ribbon using tape to the bottom.  

Look out for those jellyfish tentacles, Ladybug!

Lastly, we discussed how the ocean is salt water and did a simple experiment.

How to make an egg float?  Eggs will float in salt water (fresh water on left and salt water on right) because salt water is more dense that the egg.

We've had a GREAT Week 9 using My Father's World.   We are enjoying the memories we are making, the laughs we are sharing and the Adventures we are having! 

Have a blessed week!

Just had to share, here's a few pictures of Pumpkin (our youngest) who just turned 10 months today!

Pumpkin loves sweet potatoes!


I've had several inquiries about where I got the schedule we use.  Particularly, if there was a printable (s) for the schedule. Yes, there are printables and they are FREE!!  I found the printables online at

Here is the weekly grid printable.  I printed out one copy of each day, laminated each and put them on book rings (see above picture of Buddy holding the schedule to get a visual). 

Here are the picture cards that go on the grid.  I printed, laminated and cut out the ones we would use.  I put velcro on the backs and velcro on the weekly grid.

The purpose of the schedule is to use with workboxes (which we do have and use).  But we try to keep it simple!  I just use it as a schedule, so I don't put velcro on the workboxes.  

Hope that Helps!!  


  1. Do you have a "shared" PDF file of your schedule chart?


    1. Hi! I just updated THIS post with the FREE Printables! Look towards the bottom of post. Thanks for joining our journey!



  2. I am really enjoying reading your MFW 1 posts. We just started last week. I am following you via email subscription so I don't miss any of your posts.
    Have a great day!

    1. Thank you so much! I've enjoyed blogging our weeks and hope I can keep it up :)



  3. Where did you get the blue bible with the ship on the cover?! My pirate lovin boy would LOVE it!