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by mamacastle2
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 18876

Re: Preschool idea?

I can tell you what we did. My now 5yo was ready to "do school" last year at 4, even the writing portion. She was the kid who learned her letter names all by herself and was always asking, "How do you spell ------?" and writing notes to everyone in the family. But I didn't want to push her or have h...
by mamacastle2
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Grammar - Help with specific questions
Replies: 6
Views: 3575

Re: Punctuation before quotation marks?

Thanks. I honestly never knew that rule before. And who knew there was a grammarbook online? The things you learn. :-)
by mamacastle2
Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - Mythology and MFW (author response)
Replies: 13
Views: 8330

Re: Trouble with The Childrens Homer in CTG

We didn't have any trouble with the Children's Home this year in regards to confusing beliefs. However, ECC was the first time my kids were really exposed to other religions, and they were like, "What? Is that the same God? How is that a different God?" And then this year when we were studying Egypt...
by mamacastle2
Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Why two spelling recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 12473

Re: Spelling programs - what do you think?

If you do spelling by your computer, you can use this website as your timer - http://www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/. We set it for 5 minutes and stop immediately when our time is up. My dd never takes more than 10 minutes to finish studying spelling, and often has no words to study ...
by mamacastle2
Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Streams & Victor's with younger grades (author reply
Replies: 32
Views: 15180

Re: What books in CtG do you omit for younger kids?

Have you tried occupying the younger kids' hands while reading to them? My kids are 9 1/2 and 7 (9 and 6 when we started CTG) and we also have a 4yo and 2yo along for the ride. I find if I occupy their hands with something, their mouths are quiet and they are able to absorb the content in the books ...
by mamacastle2
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - How much time to set aside? (silently, aloud, etc)
Replies: 9
Views: 5488

Re: Adventures?

One rule of thumb I've heard is "reading for an hour a day:" 30 minutes of mom reading aloud, 15 minutes of kid reading to mom, 15 minutes of kid reading to self. Over here, we get the reading aloud and reading to self done, but do not get the kid reading to mom done every day, probably more like on...
by mamacastle2
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 24023

Re: Help! How do I do this? (Teaching him to hold his penci

Check out this website - http://www.handithings.com/handiwriter.htm. Within a week, my son wasn't fist holding his pencil anymore.
by mamacastle2
Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 17313

Re: Help me evaluate writing WS Lesson #10

Julie & Crystal, Thank you SO MUCH for your help. I was hoping you both would chime in, and you did. :-) I freaked out a little when I read it originally because there were so many things to fix: putting 2 sentences together, lack of verbs, etc. I've been trying to *help* her with her writing, givin...
by mamacastle2
Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Worldview - Important growing lessons in CTG
Replies: 18
Views: 5939

Re: Struggling with mythology......

There's a brief explanation in the TM on the date that you start reading Homer. It was a quote from a book about why we read the classics. I thought it was good information. I know that as an adult I love Homer. There's just something about the adventure of Odysseus that thrills me to this day, and ...
by mamacastle2
Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Language & Math - Can I use any curriculum? MFW philosophy?
Replies: 33
Views: 12660

Re: LA choices

We are spending kind of a lot of time on all this, and I feel like a catering company. I've always reminded my kids, when they don't like something we are serving to eat, that they can't always have their favorites. We are a family, not a restaurant. Now I feel like I'm taking all this time researc...
by mamacastle2
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Comparing - Is Singapore Math better?
Replies: 19
Views: 11896

Re: Singapore vs Math-U-See

We do add in math drill games with the computer, flash cards, or other games that we have This is an important part of any math program, at least in my opinion. I've used 4 different programs with one child, and we had to add math drill to each of them. Singapore has worked wonders with us, but we ...
by mamacastle2
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Help with teaching
Replies: 36
Views: 9552

Re: Not really liking Writing Strand

I did a lot of soul searching with WS about 2-3 weeks ago. I spent all day looking at IEW stuff. However, it's too expensive for me. It just is. And I don't really like the "fill in the formula" kind of writing (or maybe I'm just telling myself that to make it easier on me since I can't afford it an...
by mamacastle2
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Comparing - Is Singapore Math better?
Replies: 19
Views: 11896

Singapore vs Math-U-See

Can anybody compare the two. Part of me wants to go with Singapore, because MFW recommends it. Plus, a friend HIGHLY recommends it. I had started Rod and Staff for 1st, but it just didn't work for my daughter, and I switched to the book in the 1st curriculum, and DD LOVES it! Then, I saw a video ab...
by mamacastle2
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students
Replies: 26
Views: 10157

Re: Another Kindergarten question ~

I'm thinking about her graduating at 17, and I see some of the areas where she's not quite at "grade level" etc. Nothing that's a huge deal, but I just wish I'd given us a little more time. Don't forget that you can take an extra year in the 5-year cycle, or make high school 5 years, etc. There is ...
by mamacastle2
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students
Replies: 26
Views: 10157

Re: Another Kindergarten question ~

My dd has a June birthday (will be 5 in June), and we are doing MFWK 3X a week. I don't push the reading part of it, but she is enjoying it very much. I knew I would have a hard time doing it full time next year, so I decided to stretch it out over 2 years. It is working out well for us. I don't pla...
by mamacastle2
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Discussion & ideas about spelling rules
Replies: 46
Views: 17562

Re: Frustrated with spelling - Related question

In other words, children who can really hear the phonics sounds, or learn them through practice, have an easier time spelling. For those with more experience than I, is this true? Hmmm... I know my dd9 used a pretty extensive workbook/phonics approach to reading and struggled with spelling up until...
by mamacastle2
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: CTG book ideas, favorites
Replies: 51
Views: 17062

Re: Hittite Warrior

Thank you for the replies. I'm going to keep reading!
by mamacastle2
Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Occupying many little ones
Replies: 42
Views: 12757

Re: Day 1 = Good, Day 2 = Okay, Day 3 = almost disaster

((Hugs)) Blessings and prayers, too. I don't have 5 under 5, but I have 3 under 5 and I know it's hard. It's stressful and aggravating and downright horrible at times. (Just being honest here.) But the *good* news is it's also fun and silly and downright heartwarming at times. So it's okay to feel d...
by mamacastle2
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Condensing K units to 5 days or less?
Replies: 20
Views: 9801

Re: Introducing myself with a couple of questions

I use the "lighter" 6th day when we have a busy day during the week. For instance, we attend Bible study all morning on Wednesday, so I do day 6 with my dd in the afternoon. And it doesn't really matter if it's the actual day 6 of the unit or not, we just do the literature part that day. We actually...
by mamacastle2
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 17313

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

Thanks, ladies. Those suggestions help a lot. I'd never heard of the readability statistic before, so that will be fun to use. And thank you for your checklist, Crystal. I think maybe instead of going forward this week, we'll go back and talk about some of the things we've learned previously and rev...
by mamacastle2
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 17313

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

Thanks. I also noticed the "Dick and Jane" writing, and when she did that specific lesson (I think #2?), she rewrote her sentences and they sounded awesome. But when she goes back into D&J writing, if I say "Hey, honey, it's sounding a little Dick & Jane-y," she has no idea what I'm talking about or...
by mamacastle2
Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. dual credit college courses
Replies: 35
Views: 11491

Re: Doing Running Start/College classes for last 2 years of

In our state, we can take college courses from age 13 on as dual enrollment. So I'm hoping that taking a course or 2 a semester from that point on will help us to finish an AA degree and still allow us to fully homeschool high school. I can't imagine missing all the super MFW high school stuff. The ...
by mamacastle2
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Bible - Memory work ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 4221

Re: CTG Memory work question

I remember hearing that monks in the renaissance used to memorize the whole book of psalms. Anyone else ever heard that, or am I going crazy??? But I think it was a little easier because it was mostly all set to music. And repetitive. Ooh, how about the Bible Bee? Have you heard of that? Kids memori...
by mamacastle2
Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 40590

Re: MFW Kinder Math Question

Just a quick reply to encourage you - I am not doing number sentences and honestly, when we get to the number cup and our bundled numbers, I just say, "Okay, here is 10. Now let's count 11, 12, 13, ..." I don't even ask, "How many is in the bundle?" or anything like that. I am so laid back now with ...
by mamacastle2
Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Bible - Memory work ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 4221

Re: CTG Memory work question

We are adding in verses from our weekly, outside Bible study. Or others use Awana verses. You can also just pick verses for character traits (we've memorized Matthew 7:12, Ephesians 6:1, 1 Thess. 5:16, etc.) in order to help our character growth. Go back over verses memorized from ECC, Adventures, a...