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by sarajoy
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - Mythology and MFW (author response)
Replies: 13
Views: 8444

Re: Trouble with The Childrens Homer in CTG

I was skeptical going into the Greek myths. However, my 2dds (ages 8 and 10) have LOVED the Children's Homer...They had me reading it 3-6 chapters at time (so we finished early) with really great understanding and recall. I also checked out more Greek myths told by Jim Wiess(SP?) on CDs, we have fou...
by sarajoy
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Discussion & ideas about spelling rules
Replies: 46
Views: 17909

Re: Frustrated with spelling

I live for spell checker!! Yes, I have the video, actually my next door neighbor is currently borrowing it. I've also looked over the TM and I know it is not as big as "all that," but the charts and cross referencing stuff she has in there seems a bit extensive and complicated. I will be digging in ...
by sarajoy
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 17526

Re: Is this appropriate writing for 4th grade? (Writing Stra

I'm not an expert, but it sounds like something my 4th grade dd would write. When she does her writing, I don't worry about any spelling errs, I just mark them with the correct spelling right before she does the final draft . She is a horrid speller, so I just make sure we can figure it out. I'm pre...
by sarajoy
Sun May 30, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon - Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 5923

Re: Math. Math. Math

I agree with Crystal. I would recommend just stepping back a grade level...although I haven't seen this exact curriculum, yet. As a math teacher-by-degree, I would prefer a student have a better foundation and be "behind" according to some magic pie-in-the-sky grade level number than be forced to be...
by sarajoy
Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 12-13 Norway
Replies: 36
Views: 28729

ECC, Norway current events.

Hi all, This is so cool. Just before Christmas we finished learning about the Sami and did our Lappland felt square and read stories about the Reindeer Herders of northern Norway. Take a look at this article about the Bible being translated into their modern language. http://www.inspiremagazine.org....
by sarajoy
Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 18633

Re: Kingdom Tales in ECC

We are planning on using ECC next year, but I have an older TM. I do want to get Kingdom Tales though. Where are the discussion questions-I mean am I able to have access to them somehow, or am I out of luck since I don't have the newer manual? (always planning ahead) The questions must be in the bo...
by sarajoy
Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 58845

ECC wk 10 current events

Check out this article I found online from Reuters . It is about the H1N1 virus hitting the isolated tribes of the Yanomamo people(these are the people group we are learning about this week). The cool thing was that sharing this with my kids made these people more real and alive today. They even req...
by sarajoy
Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 5-6 Mexico
Replies: 63
Views: 34254

Re: Piñata help

I ended up holding our pinata most of the time, also....
SJ
by sarajoy
Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students
Replies: 26
Views: 10385

4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students

need ideas for a reluctant student I have a 5-year old who is academically ready for the 1st grade program, but he’s giving me a lot of resistance to doing any sort of “school” that isn’t an art project. I purchased both the K and 1st grade packages, and the K is WAY too easy for him, and he’s defi...
by sarajoy
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 5-6 Mexico
Replies: 63
Views: 34254

Re: Piñata help

You know, we didn't let the layers dry in-between(I just didn't want to get messy over and over again, just once), we just layered and layered and layered on newspaper until we guessed we had everywhere coated about 4-5 layers. I then put it in our utility sink to dry, I turned it after a day so the...
by sarajoy
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 5-6 Mexico
Replies: 63
Views: 34254

Fiesta

We just had our Mexican Fiesta for ECC last night. We had such a great time even though I made a mistake on the Dulce de Leche recipe(half a gallon does not 1 quart make &) ), our clay suns kept losing their rays and needed them to be glued back on, and one of our invited families was unable to make...
by sarajoy
Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Can younger siblings handle them?
Replies: 27
Views: 8307

Re: Question about the missionary biographies in ECC

Keep going with the "reading over their heads." Just today my 6yo dd had a dentist appt. so I thought I would read ahead a little on Cameron Townsend with my 8yo dd while 6yo was with the dentist. However, when she saw that was my plan as I grab the book to bring it in, she protested greatly that sh...
by sarajoy
Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 107719

ECC, sooo excited

I'm so excited, I wanted to share. :-) We have next door neighbors from Iran and they recently went to visit family in Turkey. They brought back souvenirs for my kids!! Travel brochures, some money from Turkey and Iran, some Turkish Nougats (Turkish Delight anyone?), tea, and even a travel brochure ...
by sarajoy
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 24514

Re: Handwriting question?

Hi all,

Just chiming in to say I have found those pencil grippers with the indents for the fingers here in the states at a local teachers store. I should really take a look at my kiddos grips tomorrow. It is something I have probably been lax in.

Also doing ECC and 1st.

SJ
by sarajoy
Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Science - Worms in Week 2, lots of questions
Replies: 33
Views: 13265

Re: ECC week 2 Worms-Ewwww!!

Okay, so I checked on the little buggers this AM and it appears that we have committed the severe crime of "wormicide." I won't recommend the Miracle Grow stuff probably has too much fertilizer in it....
by sarajoy
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Science - Worms in Week 2, lots of questions
Replies: 33
Views: 13265

Re: ECC week 2 Worms-Ewwww!!

We did this today...so I'm laughing at the eewwww factor with you. Considering I've got 2 girly-girls, we did alright. They put on their little gardening gloves and picked through the dirt as I turned it over. By the time we got 10 of those squiggly guys my oldest wanted to be digging her own holes ...
by sarajoy
Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 18633

Re: Kingdom Tales- Wow, what book!!

My mom read these books (originally a set of 3) to me when I was a kid and I absolutely loved them and the copies I have, have such beautiful artwork. I am so excited to have them as an "assigned" part of school...I can't wait to share them with my kids (again). SJ PS- I always loved the story of Am...
by sarajoy
Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 16833

Quill Pen

Both dds loved making the ink out of berry juice and writing with feathers yesterday! The hands-on projects are so much fun and really help our study of history come alive! I must admit that I chickened out on the quill feather writing!! I know that the kids would have such fun with it, but I could...
by sarajoy
Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Hands-on - Concerns
Replies: 20
Views: 8456

Curious as to the types of hands on

I am still considering MFW K or 1st. But I am curious as to the types of hands on activities in the the program. Are they alot of take your empty cereal box and make this type of thing that I am going to have to gather and keep empty boxes and toilet paper rolls in order to do them? It seems in the...
by sarajoy
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 11623

Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues

She refuses to be taught by me.... We are using MFW -K for our almost 5 year old DD. She is creative (such an imagination!), nurturing, and oh so stubborn! I am beginning to think that it may be possible that I just can not teach this child. She refuses to learn from me. The list goes on... but eve...
by sarajoy
Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - When would MFW cover these?
Replies: 84
Views: 27075

Health and Nutrition?

I was wondering when health and nutrition are introduced in MFW. Did we miss it in the earlier years, since this is our first year with MFW? Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:53 pm As for nutrition, there was a little bit here and there along the way in K with the v-v-vegetable unit, some senses anatomy w...
by sarajoy
Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling despite illness
Replies: 47
Views: 15901

I, myself, have had struggles and my husband has had multiple surgeries in the past 4 years. The best advice anyone ever gave to me was to remind me about how much our kids learn through life experiences. My kids are more sensitive to those that are wound and hurting because of what dh has gone thro...
by sarajoy
Fri May 02, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Any creative ideas??
Replies: 36
Views: 19010

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:48 pm My dd actually likes to draw but sometimes gets off course in her drawings of the story. Abraham and Sarah has a swimming pool next to their tent and everyone was sitting on the roof. We found these great animal stickers and used them for Noah's ark. She drew the ou...
by sarajoy
Fri May 02, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Badges - Ideas for wearing them and alternatives
Replies: 61
Views: 42140

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:25 pm I cut blank 3x5 cards in half and let my kids draw a picture for the unit. I wrote the words to remember in pen on the back of the 3x5 card after they drew their picture. These fit great in plastic name tag badges I found at Staples or Office Max. They wore these, ...
by sarajoy
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 29156

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:16 pm

I think Lowes has a white board kind of thing that just sticks to the wall and is also removable (w/out nail holes) It's kind of like the "Wall Pops" kind of things.

SJ