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by Mommyto2
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 1st / K - MFW approach (author response)
Replies: 32
Views: 17476

Re: 1st grade phonics

My dd learned to read fluently for a 1st grader using only MFW phonics. We are on day 107 in 1st and she wants to read more than what is offered so I let her pick out as many library books as she wants. She picks out some she can read on her own which are most of the picture books and now is startin...
by Mommyto2
Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Different locations and styles
Replies: 49
Views: 20404

Re: When there's not a whole lot of green

How about going to the pet store? There are lots of critters there that can turn into "nature study." And then some days when mommy just can't handle a nature walk shhh don't tell anyone but we watch discovery channel or animal planet or similar. I know it isn't the same but in a pinch when I don't ...
by Mommyto2
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - Flashcards & Math Windows - helps, alternatives
Replies: 19
Views: 7201

Re: Flash card help . . . Trish? . . . anyone? please?

If you're able to go outside, try writing the numbers in chalk on the driveway and she can run to the answer....
by Mommyto2
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 110456

More Geography Games

Here's an FYI. Highlights currently has two kinds of geography games for purchase. One is Top Secret Adventures game for $19.99. This isn't the monthly subscription but a board game. We bought this and my 6 y.o. and 9 y.o. love to play it. It is geared more toward the younger end of the ECC crowd bu...
by Mommyto2
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Biographies - Handling delicate topics
Replies: 26
Views: 11795

Re: David Livingston biography

I am a mom who usually tells it like it is to my kids, maybe a little too much. Because of some things I read on the boards I did pre read the missionary books. I had originally thought I would skip this book because of what I consider poor family decisions by Mr. Livingstone. Also my children are a...
by Mommyto2
Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blending help
Replies: 25
Views: 9788

Re: Word list woes - K

Salmy, I went to a homeschool lecture one day that opened my eyes to helping and not just drilling or quizzing my child. The end point was that if your child isn't getting something give it to them. It is ok. For me it was very eye opening because for my older ds I had been quizzing everything and w...
by Mommyto2
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 5th grade - Experiences switching to Singapore
Replies: 14
Views: 6947

I am encouraged by other posters and where they started their children and how far they are now. I started my 9 y.o. in 2A after spending almost a whole year just on cementing his addition, subtraction and beginning his multiplication then starting Singapore. We had a bad public school experience. H...
by Mommyto2
Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - What age/grade does MFW introduce reproducti
Replies: 15
Views: 8833

Anatomy and reproduction

When is anatomy and reproduction introduced? :) Edie Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:37 am We used Adventures last year and I don't know which week (somewhere in the last half of the year), there is a science unit about the body or skeleton. Anyway we checked out the big body books from the library from...
by Mommyto2
Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - So glad we did K with an early reader!
Replies: 42
Views: 19120

Here's a little of my experience. My dd now 6 1/2 is in the middle of MFW 1st. It is very easy for her but we are not skipping ahead. I don't want my 16 year old going to college. So I thought down the road to what my pushing ahead would mean. I also don't want a year of what do I do now because she...
by Mommyto2
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: *Thanksgiving week fun - Don't forget!
Replies: 11
Views: 7450

We are going back to do the Thanksgiving week from Adventures too. We made the placemats. It was tough. DS could not get the over under concept and the papers kept moving and he got mad. We measured the Mayflower with sidewalk chalk on the driveway. It was the entire length plus a little bit and mor...
by Mommyto2
Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 1st grader - What to adapt in Adventures
Replies: 22
Views: 10804

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:32 am Just thinking out loud. I have a dd who only turned 6 in May. I know she could do more copywork physically but at six I don't want her to be a superstar. I just want her to be six. I pushed my now 9 y.o. ds and we hit a big wall in 2nd/3rd grade and are still recove...
by Mommyto2
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 28144

Re: ADD/ADHD

Posted Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:10 am I send a prayer out to you. I do have one 9y.o. with ADD and one very active 6 y.o. I would like to suggest that some children do very well with a schedule. Six might be a little young to understand time but when we have a strict schedule and it works a lot better. W...
by Mommyto2
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 1-3
Replies: 71
Views: 41217

Crayon Shavings - Another Extra Idea

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:55 pm We were trying to do a stained glass window. But this time I used too much crayon. I think a little crayon goes a long way. It just doesn't look like enough when there are big gaps in the crayon shaving. Next one I will use some black tape inbetween the "window pane...
by Mommyto2
Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:10 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Ideas for using 1st
Replies: 12
Views: 10702

Burn-out from dyslexia, dysgraphia, visual-motor proc. def.,

I have taught my mildly dyslexic, dysgraphic, ADD and auditory processing deficit child to read using MFW fairly painlessly - though we are still working out spelling and math facts (she has the "dys" for numbers too whatever it is called) - she is also extremely bright, artistic and musical. I hav...
by Mommyto2
Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for organizing without one
Replies: 32
Views: 17692

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:00 pm We school almost exclusively at the kitchen table except for reading and book basket. Anywhere else in the house and there is too much "outside interference" to distract him. He knows the rule is when he is at the table it is seat work time and the more he concentra...
by Mommyto2
Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 2A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 6646

Thank you. We tried "sharing equally" means dividing and it's amazing how skittles work so much better than blocks!!!

I think he has the concept in general now but we will definately practice more around the house as well as a few more days in school before we move on.

Brenda
by Mommyto2
Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:57 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 2A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 6646

Singapore 2A division

Last year we really didn't use a "curriculum" for math but spent most of the year on math facts for addition and subtraction and started multiplication. I introduced division but didn't really work on it at all. Of course we did some other stuff but the bulk of the year was review and mastery of add...
by Mommyto2
Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Lists in MFW Guides - Is it possible to get the booklist?
Replies: 23
Views: 13260

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:43 pm It's funny. I thought I would be purchasing a lot of books because we love books. Both my kids have their own bookshelves and we have adult bookshelves, school bookshelves, extra bookshelves, books in the closet....we love books. Now I go to the store and I can't st...
by Mommyto2
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Switching Math - Singapore mid-stream was successful!
Replies: 12
Views: 6160

Don't be afraid to go backwards

I started my 9 y.o. at 2A this year thinking it would be too easy because it was addition and subtraction but he really needed the review and some of it was new to him. I couldn't believe he hadn't caught some of this before. One thing that has helped us beyond measure is that I physically write his...
by Mommyto2
Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Non-USA Family - Will ECC work?
Replies: 9
Views: 5880

Favourite things from Adventures...

Shalom, I love to read the forums but rarely post. So let me quickly re-introduce myself. We are an Australian missionary family living in Israel. I am homeschooling our 2 kids, ds 7 (MFW1) and dd 5 (MFWK). We really enjoy MFW and look forward to starting ECC with ds in the Fall and MFW1 with dd so...
by Mommyto2
Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Has anyone's child learned to read with MFW-K?
Replies: 13
Views: 10381

Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 5:26 pm We are just finishing K and used it along with Adventures. My dd loved K because she could quickly get through it and then go play. At first I was a little worried that it wasn't enough. How silly of me. We have one week left and she is doing great in math and it is...
by Mommyto2
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Independent Reading - Help sorting out how MFW assigns read
Replies: 8
Views: 4964

Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 9:16 am We do both. Sometimes I assign an easy book from the book basket because I know the only way it will get read or looked at is if I read it or assign it. Other times I tell him to pick any book he wants and read. Unfortunately this usually means something from his si...
by Mommyto2
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 18066

1. We completed lesson 2A today and so far dd has not followed directions correctly a single time. Do I walk her through the excersizes? 2. And how much expectation should I have? For example, when she came close to following directions (today's lesson) she simply took their core sentence example (...
by Mommyto2
Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining 1st and an OLDER program
Replies: 80
Views: 27771

Re: First day of ECC and scheduling question with a 1st gra

I have a 1st and a 9 y.o. ECCer. I school my 1st from 8:00 to 9:00 then add in my ECCer. It helps that my 1st is an early morning person and my 9 y.o. likes to sleep a little later. I have him do his morning chore and then play quietly in his room until 9:00. This allows me to do the calendar stuff ...
by Mommyto2
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 25407

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:27 pm Another thought is to try to find some of the antique or older books from the used bookstore. Something that maybe your grandparents read from the Dick and Jane era. These tend to be a lot more sensitive in subject matter. Also try more nonfiction books. Just some t...