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by Ruby
Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 25608

Re: Advice for those who have slowed K down or set it aside

okay, i love mfw, but after reading ruth beechick's " dr. beechick's homeschool answer book," i prayed about k with my just-turned-5-november 28th-daughter. in said book, the dr. states twice that in america kindergarten is not necessary. i can see that. in public schools and homeschools. some paren...
by Ruby
Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Reading - How does MFW cover this subject in grades 2-6?
Replies: 28
Views: 6977

Re: Question about reading in Second Grade and above

your mom is smart. listen to her. don't get your daughter assessed. ditch the workbooks. i think reading comprehension can be done by having her read something she's interested in and discussing the reading. again, for emphasis, ditch the reading program. you don't learn to read by doing a formal re...
by Ruby
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for keeping on track
Replies: 12
Views: 6045

sample "schedule" for Adventures?

I am struggling with getting on a routine for a easily distracted 7 yr old daughter and me the mom!! Does anyone have the schedule or something similiar they would be willing to share with me for Adventures? Thanks in advance! Deziray could you set a timer for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and work on one s...
by Ruby
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 16535

Re: Handwriting sheets for ADV?

i just used wide lined filler paper. i skipped every other line to make it easier on the eyes.

[Editor's Note: As recommended in the general supply list at the front of the Adventures manual.]
by Ruby
Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 33432

Re: Organizing

when i did first grade, i only had one child to teach so my days were easier. but, being ocd myself, and highly visual, i went through the tm a week at a time and wrote down a simplified form, like the blank calendar forms ( is a great site for printing out calendars and other organizi...
by Ruby
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Schedule - Balancing high school with youngers
Replies: 29
Views: 10385

Re: Could y'all help me organize my day?

if you have an older dd willing to help take care of the youngers, then by all means do it. if your two older girls can take care of the younger two, you could try working with your 10yo and 8yo, with your 5yo sitting in on that. if you can work in 15 min. blocks, group your group subjects together-...
by Ruby
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 33686

Re: How do you do school?

i heartily agree with trish- set a timer for short increments and when the timer goes off, stop, clean up and move onto the next subject. i read once somewhere that we need to teach in short segments to let our children absorb it all, instead of overloading them with info then expecting them to reta...
by Ruby
Wed May 23, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Why MFW suggests this (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 26
Views: 12521

Re: Saxon vs. Singapore for 2nd grade.

is it too late to add to the "choose Singapore" camp? well, anyway, i had the opportunity to ask a veteran homeschooler about saxon and i was told it is a spiral program, and adds practice and review with each lesson, then moves on quickly to a new concept for the child to learn. and the pace is ver...
by Ruby
Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Bible Learning - Book ideas for Preschool/Pre-K
Replies: 20
Views: 11287

Re: Christ Centered / Resurrection Centered Unit Study for P

shawna, i have made that recipie a few times with my sunday school kids (taught K and 1st for four years) and it was great! as long as you use the cresent rolls and press the seams so the marshmallows don't melt and ooze out (had that happen,too-lesson up in smoke) it's a great way for the kids to e...
by Ruby
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - What skills should be mastered?
Replies: 41
Views: 20562

Re: Seriously considering changing curriculum - q's!

here's a few more things to consider: the 2nd edition K manual has two pages on how to use the K program with a child who is already reading. so that is adaptable to your 5yo. and the author says that MFWK is much more than a phonics program-it's also handwriting, practicing fine motor skills by cut...
by Ruby
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year olds - Lots of activity ideas & experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 17159

Re: Thinking ahead

i think working with your son will depend on where he is developmentally. i think before 5 in a row is a great "readiness" program, if your son can sit still through it. my youngest will also be 3 in sept. and the way she is now, she could very well walk out on me as i'm trying to read to her! lol! ...
by Ruby
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Updates - Editions
Replies: 12
Views: 14638

what a blessing! box day is like Christmas!

so i got our K and Adv stuffs on Friday-yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of course, i am impressed with all the work Marie (and others, i'm sure!) has put into the new K manual. the "words from Marie" are inspiring and uplifting. can't wait to use them as part of instructing my dd. it struck me this morning (or...
by Ruby
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Writing - Lefties?
Replies: 11
Views: 5882

Re: MFW 1 - frustrated Lefty!

i also have lefties-two of them! one went to p.s. and dealt with being in a righty world. still dreamed of using lefty notebooks, though. my second-born did mfw 1st and struggled more with the actual writing more than the spiral being in his way-lol! but, to give my advice, i would just remove the s...
by Ruby
Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: ** Praise Reports about how God has used MFW-K in our family
Replies: 21
Views: 15081

Re: How has MFWK helped in character training?

i didn't start using mfw until my ds was ready for 1st grade so i can only tell you about those experiences. and they were awesome! he really gets it, the Bible, God, Jesus, that we need to pray for people who don't know Jesus. sunday school is one thing but i think when you are learning about God a...
by Ruby
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Compare - Is MFW 1st really as good as K?
Replies: 20
Views: 13845

Re: How does First grade compare to Kindergarten?

i'm gonna play devil's advocate-
if you have the extra money to spend, then get the pattern blocks! we liked them and still use them. and it's a sneaky way to get the kids to do educational activities.
by Ruby
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Composer Study - Ideas for CtG
Replies: 15
Views: 13690

Re: My kids groan when I play the composer cds!

I don't plan to die on this hill, LOL..i use this phrase with my husband..usually during my rants or when we are debating something. how refreshing to hear someone else using it! Or for Haydn's Surprise Symphony, they can crawl along like army dudes then jump up and die at the loud note? and regard...
by Ruby
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 48957

Re: Having trouble with motivation

my seven yo and i take a week off every six weeks. it helps his attitude a lot! our state laws do not require us to homeschool for 180 days, is very flexible and if the public schools can do it, then i want my kids to be able to as well. about being a perfectionist, i have a slight problem with that...
by Ruby
Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 66904

Re: My DD5 doesn't get /s/ + /a/ makes /sa/

here's my 2 cents worth: sometimes our kid's brains or hands or eyes are not ready for what we are ready to teach them. this doesn't mean there's anything wrong with either of you, it just means the timing is off. but don't ever doubt your ability to homeschool your child because she's not getting i...
by Ruby
Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 1B, Specific Lessons
Replies: 17
Views: 5607

Re: math singapore 1b

my son did not want to learn another way of doing the problem. he would just take out his handy-dandy hundreds chart and figure out the answer himself. do you have the home instructor's guide? it's invaluable for teaching the methods. it gives you instruction on how to teach the lesson and most time...
by Ruby
Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - MFW approach to creation/evolution? What age?
Replies: 77
Views: 28878

Re: Creation... dinosaurs...YE/OE... MFWK

okay here's my two cents worth; i have been saved for i forget how many years now. there are still issues i struggle with or have questions about. but here's what helps me keep my sanity-i am not called to know the answers, only called to have faith and know that God is sovereign! He knows the answe...
by Ruby
Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:23 am
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: General Ideas for Learning God's Story
Replies: 30
Views: 16758

Library Day?

How do you deal with the constant turn around with library books? Do you spend one day a week at the library or do you get a bunch for a couple weeks? Many times I have library books coming from other libraries that I've requested, so I feel like I'm at the library all the time--a great problem, bu...