Search found 174 matches

by mgardenh
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 13906

Any advice for the overwhelmed?

Hi! We have decided to homeschool our children and are excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Our oldest did public kindergarten last year. I would really love some advice to help steer us in the right direction and get this journey started off right. Take a deep breath and blow it out slowly. Y...
by mgardenh
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - ESL, Bilingual kids,
Replies: 20
Views: 7660

Re: Difficulty with verbal recall???

I'm not Crystal but I would agree with her. You might want to talk to your ped. If you have some other source for eval pursue that. When I read your post I'd thought the same thing as Crystal. I too, have a dd on the spectrum (Aspergers). It definitely sounds like she has some sensory issues (audito...
by mgardenh
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - When would MFW cover these?
Replies: 84
Views: 28804

Personal hygiene for girls

Does anyone have any suggestions for teaching personal hygiene (or a health class) for girls? My 10 year old is getting to a tough stage - greasy hair, dandruff, pimples, deodorant... but I'm having such a hard time getting her to wear deodorant every day, brush her teeth, wash her face every day.....
by mgardenh
Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Tests - Does MFW include this? Do you add tests or review?
Replies: 26
Views: 12789

Should I Start Multi-Age Family Cycle

I currently use MFW now for 2nd grade and thinking of trying the Family Cycle next year. Do they ever add in any tests or quizes, not sure I would want them going all the way to 8th grade without some of that... Thanks Monica Harrison About tests. Most math programs have tests, so what ever your do...
by mgardenh
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K & 1st - Both plus an OLDER program?
Replies: 39
Views: 16571

choosing MFWK and 1st

Hello, I'm ready to get ECC for my 5th grader, but I am still hesitant what to do for my almost 6 yo and my current 7yo (will be 8 in July). I have not done formal phonics w/ the youngest as my 7yo has struggled all year and I was focusing on him. That is why I am considering MFWK for the 6 yo and ...
by mgardenh
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 52841

Re: Setting up a salt tray for phonics/writing

Walmart has bigger bags of colored sand. I have also bought it at dollar store in pretty small containers.
by mgardenh
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 52841

Re: Setting up a salt tray for phonics/writing

I use a rubber maid "take alongs" that is 12 x 9 and about 2 inches tall. We use colored sand. The each have their favorite colored sand. They love to play in it and draw and practice letters
by mgardenh
Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Streams & Victor's with younger grades (author reply
Replies: 32
Views: 16228

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

The TM will tell you some pages to skip in Streams of Civilization for younger children. Also Marie tells you in the manual things that will come up in the books that you may want to skip for younger children or talk about with them. She does a good job with this.
by mgardenh
Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Discussion - Learning without a list of questions
Replies: 17
Views: 7741

Read-Alouds ... scheduled in ADV?

Are the read-alouds scheduled in ADV? If so, I can see that these would be best to read, but if not, would I then be free to choose other selections? Are there discussion questions included in the guide, as well, for the read alouds? Or if anyone else knows of a place with discussion questions for ...
by mgardenh
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Adventures in My Father's World - Descriptions, user ?s
Replies: 8
Views: 5552

Re: Does MFW use a spine??

MFW history is really well done and chronological. So you will do adventures with American History in chronological order. It was not supper deep but you don't need that for second grade. THere was deffinetly no need to supplements and the librar books just added to what we were doing. When you get ...
by mgardenh
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - How long per day/time for MFW-1?
Replies: 30
Views: 13552

Re: MFW for 1st follow a 4 day schedule? did Sonlight for K

We did mfw 1st 4 days a week and school year round. I just did each day as it came. So that 5th day which was exploration day was on a different day every week. It worked out just fine. Some days it only took us an hour but usually 1.5 to 2. It did not take us 4 hours to do school till we got to 3rd...
by mgardenh
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-plus yrs old - Using MFW1 for grade 2+ language arts
Replies: 62
Views: 24384

Doing ECC, should I add 1st grade, too?

Hi there. We're at the end of week 6 with ECC and we love it. Nothing "wrong" with our previous program, it just wasn't working out anymore. Anyway, my kids, if in PS would be 5th, 4th, and 1st. Also have 3 y.o. and an almost 2 y.o. and one due in June. :) So, my 1st grader is doing ECC with the ol...
by mgardenh
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Corrections - Making them a part of our day....
Replies: 7
Views: 3780

Re: Making correcting a part of our day....

I find it is just easier to correct as we go. So I check dd's work as soon as it is completed or almost. Doesn't take that long and I don't have to worry about it. Particularly with math. That immediate feedback seems to help.
by mgardenh
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Siblings - Giving attention to each one
Replies: 28
Views: 10492

Re: Multi Level Teaching - Tell me I can do this!

I would agree with Julie. A six year old should be in K or first and if wanted they would join the others for some things but not all. The cycle is intended for 2nd grader to be folded into the mix. And the manual gives suggestions for older and younger students when needed. If you had your child in...
by mgardenh
Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 15604

Needing some encouragement

I'm feeling a little inadequate right now and just need some encouragement that I'm doing the right thing for my kids. We are currently in Adv with the oldest being 8 (almost 9) and in 3rd grade. He is doing beautifully with language arts. He REALLY struggles with writing. As in handwriting. It's m...
by mgardenh
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 25816

Re: early chapter book ideas

My dd likes Encyclopedia Brown and and Nancy Drew Notebooks books.
by mgardenh
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 32721

Don't be afriad! And thank you MFW

To call the MFW office if you have a question on how to do something in the curriculum. We doing GTG and K. Today in K we came to a part in lesson 6 that was the first time to do it. I didn't have time to come here to find out how to do it and didn't understand the instructions. Seeing how I looked ...
by mgardenh
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - What if you've already studied the ancients?
Replies: 21
Views: 9938

Re: Next year question

You can always e-mail the MFW office or call. They are great about helping you decide what is best for your family. My opinion would be that it depends if your previous program used the Bible as the core of history and you feel your children have a good Christian worldview of history then you are pr...
by mgardenh
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Do you recommend this for CTG?
Replies: 19
Views: 8052

Music in deluxe package?

Do all of you buy or add on the music cd's by all the composers for each level? Have you seen any benefit? We are getting the Piano wizard program to teach my dc keyboard/piano skills for music and I don't want to have to purchase more music material unless there is a clear benefit. I like music ob...
by mgardenh
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 31246

Re: It's me again. Help!! Can't deal with him anymore

As I have thought some more about your situation I had some ideas. They're just ideas, take them or leave them. He is adhd. Even though he is on medication, it doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't affect him. Some things to try (my dd is adhd among other things): * Have him sit on an exercise ball wh...
by mgardenh
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 31246

Re: It's me again. Help!! Can't deal with him anymore

((Hugs)) to you!. First and foremost you are not a failure and you don't fail at everything. Don't believe the lie. Secondly you succeeded at Math. He enjoyed it! While yes school can be fun not all of it will be. I hated school growing up (public school). Secondly. Take it slow. Maybe start with th...
by mgardenh
Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Teaching - What would you like to have known? Prevention!
Replies: 15
Views: 6703

Re: Preventing HS Burnout

Not getting burned out. I'd say only doing what's in the manual and the recommended LA and MATH (if you are able to). Not supplementing the curriculum. It is a complete curriculum and you don't need to add anything except where the hazels tell you to. Set time for school. Start and stop. Most of all...
by mgardenh
Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 28579

Re: Would you use uppercase lauri letters....? & autism ques

Mexmar, I've been stewing over your post. Particularly about the Autism. Here's what I think. Autism is a spectrum. So not everyone will be the same. Not everyone will have the classic symptoms. My thoughts are that because she is legally blind or nearly blind what she is displaying may just be from...
by mgardenh
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 28291

Re: Spelling, dysgraphia? pouring my thoughts out on "paper"

Bhef, Since I was talked about some here :-) (It's ok to talk about me). I thought I say hello! I was never diagnosed with dyslexia but I have been told by many people that I am. I fit the profile almost to a tea. So, I declare that I am. You can see it in my posts. I am about the worst speller in t...
by mgardenh
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Non-USA family - Is 1st complete?
Replies: 2
Views: 2942

Non-USA family - Is 1st complete?

1)I understand that there is no book basket for this grade - si that correct? We live overseas in a very small nation with tiny library...can I do this program with small library (it does have good books though - just wondering if they have any of the books that MFW Grade 1 needs...) 2)What do peop...