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by tangomoon
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Bible Translation, Missions, Service Projects
Topic: MFW sighting in Uganda
Replies: 1
Views: 4034

MFW sighting in Uganda

I was reading Ann Voskamp's latest blog entry with Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie) and noticed the MFW Kindergarten alphabet cards hanging on the wall of Katie's home in Uganda. :)
by tangomoon
Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When not fitting it all in
Replies: 52
Views: 21390

Re: Struggling to get it all done and we are just doing MFWK

Heather, I see that you've got two sets of twins. What a life-filled house you have! One thing I'm discovering is that there are days (weeks) where we can get everything in, and others where we do (maybe) the bare minimum. Every so often we even have a day where life lines up for some sort of extra....
by tangomoon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Complete Book of Math, specific questions
Replies: 18
Views: 11901

Re: Questions about 1st grade math

For the place value question about hundreds, if a bean (sticker, dot, etc.) is 1 and the stick is 10, then maybe you could do bundles of 10 sticks rubber banded together?
by tangomoon
Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling during difficult time - loss, caregiving,
Replies: 57
Views: 20145

What do you do when someones advises you to quit homesch

What do you do when someone advises you to quit home schooling? I really took it to heart today when this happened. A neighbor stopped by to wish us well on our move, and it was part of the conversation. She is about the age my mother would be if she was still alive, and for whatever reasons I real...
by tangomoon
Fri May 20, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 46625

Re: Math - Ideas for math in My Father's World From A to Z

Just wanted to share how we handled the 100s sticks and coin cup that ended up working really well. I used an approx. 12 oz plastic coffee can, which was the perfect size for the regular size wooden craft sticks. We used the plain wood ones, but for every 10th used a colored one. Bundles of 10 rubbe...
by tangomoon
Fri May 20, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Cuisenaire Rods, Questions & Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 15521

Re: Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet book question

DD really enjoyed doing the rods with the alphabet book.
by tangomoon
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 35671

Re: choosing between kindergarten and 1st

We have had such fun with the themes and Biblical truths in MFW K. We do tweak the phonics for my DD who is pretty much where your daughter is from the sounds of it. She still enjoys the (adjusted) activities, and is getting very proficient at the short vowel words. I'm introducing a few of the othe...
by tangomoon
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Teaching - What if I like to plan myself?
Replies: 4
Views: 2867

Teaching - What if I like to plan myself?

My question is both a pro and a con for MFW for me....I actually ENJOY the planning process. I LOVE pouring over book lists and finding great ideas for projects and so on. Before kids I wrote and gave presentations, I truly enjoy the prep process as I find it fun and creative. I love that I can cho...
by tangomoon
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 55093

Re: Okay, I'm confused (K related)

Here's what we do. Day 1: Picture Cards sheet Name each picture, color, and cut them out per p. 17. We then keep each letter's picture cards in a labelled envelope for use with p. 21 Picture Box activity. Day 2: Handwriting / Sound Discrimination Practice handwriting on front of sheet (p. 20), then ...
by tangomoon
Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14105

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

Just wanted to add that I normally write the numbers on the 100s chart and calendar, too. My K'er helps by telling me what numbers to make. We've just begun (in Week 17) some additional number practice by putting each day's coin cup amount (that begins in Wk 16) and the numbers for the date on a whi...
by tangomoon
Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 38188

Cute MFW-K story

We're on Day 1 of penguins. :) In one of the informational books on penguins, it talked about how a single male might try to steal another penguin's mate and showed a picture of the two guys in battle posture. We got a 10th stick for the hundreds chart today, so as we were bundling them up I thought...
by tangomoon
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ** Book Basket - Ideas for obtaining books (author reply)
Replies: 44
Views: 22698

Great resource for finding library books

I stumbled onto a wonderful free resource this morning for finding and keeping track of MFW book basket books at the library. http://www.worldcat.org When you search for a book, it shows cover art, as well as a listing of which libraries own the book. This is great if you happen to have a couple lib...
by tangomoon
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #15 - Elephant
Replies: 22
Views: 19791

Re: #15 - Elephant

We just watched a video on African animal life that is available currently on Netflix Instant, Animals are Beautiful People. It was geared pretty well for the younger crew. (Note: There are a few evolutionary references, and one mild profanity in the last 20 minutes when one animal is antagonizing a...
by tangomoon
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #20 - Jewel
Replies: 19
Views: 16212

Re: Can you recommend a replacement book for "A Cache of Jew

In The Children's Book of Home and Family , edited by William Bennett, Jr., there's a story called Cornelia's Jewels. A rich woman visits her friend's humble home and shows off her jewels. The poor woman responds by showing her "far more valuable jewels", her sons.
by tangomoon
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 13959

Re: Another book basket question

I just saw that our library has a series of A-Z books on the different states. M is for maple syrup : a Vermont alphabet / written by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, for example. Your library might surprise you, especially if a local school happens to assign state reports.
by tangomoon
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: ** Users explain why we love K!
Replies: 43
Views: 22177

...the themes are my favorite

I'm so glad that we decided to do K. Some parts of it are very easy for DD, but it's been great to cement her skills in those areas and we've been able to push just a little ahead in those spots with the phonics activities in a fun way. With math it barely feels like we're doing much, but I've seen ...
by tangomoon
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 27 & 28 (with Water; Fractions)
Replies: 19
Views: 7897

1st grade fractions - silly question

So we have just started fractions (formally anyway). CBOM pages have them coloring in 1/2 , 1/3, 1/4 of pictures etc. My question is when I'm reading the directions aloud to ds- should I pronounce 1/4 as one- fourth or one- quarter, or both ways? Without thinking I pronounce it as one quarter, but ...
by tangomoon
Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 34512

Re: Encouraged by the board

As a new homeschooler, I've also gained so much from the board. I come away feeling that this IS something I can do, and not just feeling like my mind will explode from too many competing choices.

Thank you to all (especially those who have used MFW for a while) who take the time to contribute!
by tangomoon
Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 17283

Re: Needing some encouragement

My DH teaches 4th grade at a public school, and I can assure you that handwriting is very, very low on the list of priorities in most schools. And honestly, with technology the way it is now, handwriting isn't nearly as important as it used to be (shh! don't tell the kids). The suggestions to try cu...
by tangomoon
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 35147

Re: Looking for accountability

Thank you all so much for the wonderful replies. I had no idea that the past few days were going to get so chaotic right after I typed the message. Talk about resetting your priority button! DH was in an accident on the way to work. Praise God he's alright, but the car will probably end up as a tota...
by tangomoon
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Can we begin the MFW cycle mid-year?
Replies: 54
Views: 16128

Re: Is MFW seasonal in scheduling?

There are a few of the topics in MFW K that fit well with a standard school year schedule ~ apples & leaves in the fall, goats & cows right around Christmas (tie-ins to the stable), vegetables & frogs in the spring ~ but these could easily be done at a different time of year without losing anything ...
by tangomoon
Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: # 9 - Octopus
Replies: 39
Views: 37018

Re: # 9 - Octopus

We used a couple of extra media resources. The Planet Earth DVD set by the BBC had several episodes on the ocean that were good overall. We also have a Wii, and the game Endless Ocean is an interesting way to see what undersea diving would be like (especially for those of us who are landlocked). Pro...
by tangomoon
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Cuisenaire Rods, Questions & Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 15521

Re: Cuisenaire Rods

My pages are torn out of the book and stored in their own file. Then each unit I pull out the ones that we'll be using and put them in page protectors. At first I really wanted them all in page protectors or laminated, but this was a cheap solution for the time being. :)
by tangomoon
Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Is it enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 18411

Re: K math - Many skills!

I tutor math online, and so often I work with students who can solve formulas, but have NO IDEA how to solve a real life application problem. Making math a part of real life is such a good suggestion in the K manual ~ helping set the table, sort things, simple math at the grocery store, etc. It seem...
by tangomoon
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 46625

Re: MFW Kinder Math Question

There are some good suggestions here (and more have probably been posted since I began this reply ;) ). You CAN do this. Please don't beat yourself up when something doesn't go well at first ~ making a few small changes may be all it takes. We have ALL had those frustrating days. Something to keep i...