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by bethben
Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 165
Views: 134055

Salt map to solidify vocabulary

To review Geography terms, have your child make a pretend salt map. You can get a recipe for salt dough online. I gave ds several terms (like mountain range, bay, peninsula...) that I wanted him to include in his map. He then had to form these terms out of the dough and make his own country. He put ...
by bethben
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:13 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Preparation - Box Day! and helpful hints
Replies: 38
Views: 18693

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:38 pm Here's what helped us to make the year go smoothly. - I made copies of all the appendix pages and put them into a file folder in order. When I needed a copy for the day, I just pulled it out. - I also collected everything I needed for the crafts and science experime...
by bethben
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Independent Reading - Help sorting out how MFW assigns read
Replies: 8
Views: 7213

Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:45 am

In Adventures, I would assign some of the easier books for required reading. I don't know that ds would have read them on his own initiative.
by bethben
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Manipulatives - What have you used with Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 12644

Re: Singapore manipulatives?

Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 8:08 am
I would use poker chips in 3 different colors and mark them if I could actually find them at a store around here! The paper number discs we found to be very annoying- we just needed something more substanial to move around.
by bethben
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Schedule and daily amount of time
Replies: 13
Views: 8456

Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:02 pm We schedule math for 1/2 hour a day. About 10-15 minutes to explain and then 10-15 minutes of workbook. When we were using something else, I used to cross out 1/2 of the problems because he didn't need that many to "get" the concept, Singapore has just enough withou...
by bethben
Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Switching Math - Singapore mid-stream was successful!
Replies: 12
Views: 7319

I am still trying to decide if I should switch my daughter over to Singapore next year when we start using MFW. My daughter will be in 4th grade next year. She is very good in math and I feel she may be falling behind because we haven't learned a lot of the things on the test for level 2. Posted: S...
by bethben
Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Literature-rich (MFW) vs literature-based
Replies: 26
Views: 23470

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:18 am We are sticking with MFW. We did like the literature program, but ds really needed more than just a bunch of good books. He needed to DO stuff and not have to sit through more reading with his wiggly body. I like that MFW has activities scheduled and gives enough t...
by bethben
Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Updates - New editions & packaging on some items
Replies: 32
Views: 18137

American Pioneers and Patriots new edition

I've received my package for Exp-1850, but did not order the Pioneers and Patriots book because I already have a copy. The page numbers don't match up with the lesson manual. In fact, I haven't even been able to figure it out when looking at the topic for the day. My copy is about 6 years old. Is t...
by bethben
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:50 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Study materials
Replies: 19
Views: 9887

Nature study made easy with weekly assignments!

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:28 am

Here's my latest find. It's a blog that gives you a weekly nature study assignment with notebooking pages. For those of you (like me) who need further nature study direction, here is the place to go!

by bethben
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:12 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 16-17
Replies: 20
Views: 15267

Video/dvd versions of The Nutcracker?

I checked our local library and they have a lot of different versions of The Nutcracker on book and video or dvd. The thing is, I'm not familiar with The Nutcracker and I want to choose something that is "original" and not remade or I have no idea what I'm looking for. Can someone hel...
by bethben
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Long division
Replies: 11
Views: 8751

Ideas for division in 3A

I am having a hard time teaching my daughter how to divide. She has done this previously, but suddenly has hit a "road block." We are currently using Singapore math and are in 3A page 79. We struggled through pg 69 and I tried to explain it to her again but she just isn't grasping it. Any suggestio...
by bethben
Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Help when spelling is too hard
Replies: 15
Views: 10642

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:22 pm For dictation, I'm having my ds 7 go through Green Eggs and Ham. It's a little easier, on his spelling level and it teaches him basic sentence structure without him having to think too much on spelling words. we'll go over the passage and write down any words that a...
by bethben
Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 46060

Age appropriate

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:48 am I feel like MFW is more age appropriate and I can involve my 3 year old in school too without much trouble. One reason I switched is because I will have 4 year gaps between my last 3 children (eventually, it will be 10,6, and 2). The little ones would be left behind...
by bethben
Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Compare RTR to SOTW
Replies: 19
Views: 13555

Compare RTR to SOTW

Someone asked me about the difference between MFW and SOTW. I have never seen SOTW and I'm hoping some of you can give me answers. The main question I have is, why do you choose MFW over SOTW? MFW is more than history. It's the "everything else" too (aside from LA and math). I don't have to search ...
by bethben
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Language Arts & Math - Choosing these for Adventures (author replies)
Replies: 21
Views: 11981

Re: choosing math and LA for Adventures

This is for a ds 7 years old in 2nd grade. We use Singapore math - just because it teaches a child to think mathematically, doesn't involve a lot of busy work, and teaches how to do word problems which is the reason you should learn math anyway. I use something else for spelling. I tried queen homes...
by bethben
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 23412

Jesus Poster Wk 10 Question

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:13 pm "Jesus is the Giver of Living Water" in week 10: I've read thru the TM a few times looking for when to color the drop of water and paste it on our poster. I know we're supposed to put it on a glass or pitcher, but is it not part of the poster too? Or did I miss it s...
by bethben
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: Adventures in My Father's World -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 30
Views: 50184

He remembers what I taught!

Today, we were looking at some star pictures and ds said, "oh there's Betelgeuse". I thought to myself, "where did he pick up anything about that star?" You see, we're on week 28 of Adventures and ds learned about Betelgeuse in week 5! He remembered the lesson better than I did. It finally came to m...
by bethben
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - Many ideas!
Replies: 54
Views: 41556

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:27 pm We use something called Flashmaster. It's basically an electronic version of flash cards. it has + - x and division. It's not exciting but gets the job done. I'm also going to start with math wrap ups. Just a little plastic piece that you can practice math facts. Beth
by bethben
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Timelines - Help and ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 25551

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:22 pm Mine looks like julie's, only we have it on the bathroom door. Very simple just running down vertically. I also have the names of Jesus poster on another door to the garage (I don't have alot of wall space). Basically, we're never going to get into better homes and ...
by bethben
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Ideas when life puts you "behind" in ADV
Replies: 15
Views: 7979

I would skip going back also. If you're concerned about them retaining where the states are, just get them a state puzzle. I usually read a story about a state when ds is coloring his sheet. He still listens and we kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Don't let the curriculum be in charge of you.
by bethben
Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Babies - Teaching while expecting, taking time off
Replies: 9
Views: 8512

Re: Encouragement

Here's what we did (we didn't know about mfw 1st)...I used very short lessons (15 minutes per day max). Sometimes, if it was a lot of words, I would print them out on scraps of paper and play musical words. I would put them in a circle and sing and when I stopped singing, ds would read his word and ...
by bethben
Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 70053

There are some great book basket books to go along with the whole history cycle. They start with "you wouldn't want to..." For example, You wouldn't want to sail with Christopher Columbus", You wouldn't want to sail on the Mayflower", ect. Ds 7 reads them eagerly and they seem to be historically acu...
by bethben
Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Grading - Any advice on how to give grades while using MFW?
Replies: 19
Views: 10881

Grading - Any advice on how to give grades while using MFW?

Recording Progress I've seen a report card that our public school issues for grades 1-5 and they don't have "grades" like A-F. They have 3 (or more) levels of evaluations such as 1-exceeds grade level standards, 2- meets grade level standards, 3-below grade level standards. So in things like LA and...
by bethben
Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 46935

Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys

I am having a hard time finding books that my analytical, logical, left brained son will find interesting. I am doing Adventures with him and he is reading very well although it is not his favorite thing to do. He is not ready for novel type books yet (like the Little House books) because he gets o...
by bethben
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - MFW reminded me how wonderful it is!
Replies: 6
Views: 5174

I LOVE the library!!!! I've found so much stuff there. I have become a resource for my friends telling them what all they can find. My husband works at a Christian Publishing house and I guess I work against what he's doing when I tell all my friends about all the wonderful books he publishes that t...