Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MFW K Unit 2–Moon (Max)

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In this unit, we learned the letter Mm for moon.
Our Bible words were: I am the light of the world!


These are the books we enjoyed throughout the week – click on any book image below to read the book description on Amazon.  (We love to buy used copies; they’re usually in good shape, and the price is right!)

My kids really love The Moon Might Be Milk, and we all love the sugar cookie recipe found in the book!  I love the pictures found in On The Moon, as they are actual photos of the moon with hand-drawn characters added to the photos.  The text in that book is descriptive, yet very easy for a child to understand.

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Once or twice a week, we start our school day with a YouTube playlist of 4-6 songs/videos that go along with our current school lessons.  My boys like Richard Scarry books/videos around the age of five, so we enjoyed this silly little “Trip To The Moon”.


We don’t exactly do calendar time the MFW K way.  We print a calendar page from HERE (preK and K options available), and Max fills in the numbers.  For September, we took turns.  Max does a pretty good job with his numbers.  I love the cute backwards four, though!

For the rest of our calendar time, we’re using a foam board that we can bring out during school time (and put away later, as our kitchen table is our school room).  Right now, we’re:

  • adding a straw for each school day to our place value pocket chart
  • writing that school day’s number on the MFW K 100 Chart (not pictured…on the left side of the board)
  • singing a Days Of The Week and Months Of The Year song while Max points to the day/month on the board.



lots of lessons on how WE are to be the light of the world

Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun,
WE are to reflect the light of the SON!


Learning about S and it’s /s/ sound.
cutting out his M picture cards
sorting his S picture cards and M picture cards

stamping the pictures that begin with /m/

cut & paste – beginning sounds /m/ and /s/


(my own page…available HERE for MFW K users only)

handwriting/letter sounds
tactile handwriting/letter shape practice
(writing in salt with a popsicle stick)
(gluing dried beans on the playdough mat in my alphabet activities set)


learning about the number 2 and making pairs with the official MFW K math page
(See the shoes & boots?  He was finding things that come in pairs.)

We’re using butterscotch chips as manipulatives to fill in the ‘ten frame’, and we’re then using the same butterscotch chips to work on ‘even/odd’, ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’.  He may eat the chips when he’s finished with the page.  (We’ll have to switch to raisins as the numbers get higher, as I don’t want him eventually eating 26 butterscotch chips!)

Cuisenaire Rods – he LOVES this!


We made a moon phase flip book (scroll down – it’s linked near the bottom of the post, no picture – just text).  Each page has a plain circle, and I helped Max draw each moon phase.  We colored black the part that we can’t see, and I used glow in the dark squeeze paint to color the part we DO see.  We put the pages together to make a flip book of the moon phases.




Cute “rocket to the moon” craft, formerly found HERE, but it doesn’t appear to be available anymore.  I think I still have another copy of the printable template that I can scan if you’re interested in doing this craft with your own child.



“Moon Cookies” (sugar cookies) from the book The Moon Might Be Milk.  Max was so excited to help me make these cookies.  He did all the measuring and pouring.  I cracked the egg and did the mixing.  He scooped the cookies on to the cookie sheet and pressed them with a cup dipped in sugar.  I took care of the oven part, of course!  When the cookies were cooled, Max has a blast cutting them into moon shapes!  He cut EVERY SINGLE COOKIE before he was finished!



Max’s bulletin board at the end of this unit

just a cute picture I found on the back of one of his worksheets


(Jensyn is 3.5 years old.)

I don’t insist on participation from Jensyn.  She is free to join us or to wander away, but so far, she almost always wants to be a part of MFW K!  She sits with us as we read picture books, does the art or science projects, and completes papers or puzzles at the table.  She loves the Lauri alphabet puzzle included in MFW K!

My only goal for her this year is to learn the uppercase alphabet letters, and you may notice that in many of the activities that she’s working on…

sweet big brother Alex helping Jensyn do some pages

gluing dried beans on letter M playdough mat - good for more than just playdough!)
found in my alphabet practice pages set
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letter tracing

pages below are from my Solar System preschool pack ($2)

puzzle cards, prewriting practice


shadow matching


Jensyn’s bulletin board

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