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by Mom2theteam
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and K PLUS 1st
Replies: 14
Views: 8445

Re: How to juggle 2nd grader, 1st grader and Kindergartener

Welcome! I have 6 kids in a little less than 7 years. So, I totally get where you are coming from. My oldest is 10 now and is in 4th grade. We are doing the "Family Cycle" and are in Creation to the Greeks (CtG). Because I have 2 sets of twins, I do have 2 school years between my kids and because of...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 35933

Writing lesson plans??

Hello!! And Happy Holidays to everyone!! This year I decided to use a lesson plan to write everything in and any extra activities we do for G.C A-Z and Adventures (2nd grd) just so Im not writing so much in the actual manual but I'm wondering if this is really necessary??? it's not required by my s...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: * All Aboard the Animal Train! -- Preschool for 3s
Replies: 20
Views: 6368

Re: Preschool thoughts....

I am at this point planning to do All Aboard when my dd is 3. I thought of doing next fall but will have twin six month olds, so might not be good timing! Just a thought....I have 2 sets of twins. You will have a much easier time getting things done when your twins are 6 months old than you will wh...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement Tests - Helpful ideas for giving tests & evaluating results
Replies: 27
Views: 10856

Singapore math help

Hello! This is our second year with MFW, and we are in ECC. Because we started MFW late in the game, my 4th grader had started out with Math-U-See. At this point, he has completely stalled, and I am considering switching him to Singapore. I recently switched my 2nd grader to Singapore and he is mak...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Timelines - **Ideas
Replies: 68
Views: 45425

Re: Separate timeline for 1st and CTG or share?

Taking into account you have limited wall space, I would just do one. There are less timeline pieces in 1st than CtG. So, keep that in mind. I have 3 kids doing CtG together. We alternate who gets to color the piece we put up. They all color one though.
by Mom2theteam
Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Independence in CTG?
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

Re: 4th Grade - How Much Independently?

I've read most of Julie's responses. :) I'm in my 5th year. I'm doing CtG. I have 6 kids who are in 4th grade, twin 2nd graders (not fluent readers yet), twins in K and a 3 year old. And yup, I have a couple of children with character flaws. ;) My oldest is really tough when it comes to being indepe...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 18166

Re: Need character building, afraid I messed up

I echo what everyone else said. I just wanted to add that you should consider saving your Adv to start again after you finish 1st. If you start again, it won't hurt anything. The first few weeks will be review, but that is very common in school. You can dig a little deeper and pick your own read alo...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 25707

Re: How to use teacher's guide schedules - what do you do?

I used to copy my grid, like several of you. I have 6 kids total and don't ever plan to part with my manuals. :) But, I got tired of all the papers. This year, I got a great idea from someone else. I now use those post-it note arrows (like the ones that say "sign here" but blank) and I have one hori...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 94
Views: 21870

Re: Need advice: how to catch up in CTG?

Shawna, I will pray for you and your family. I like the idea of taking a week off the 3 R's to catch up on the other stuff, but I also agree you could just start where you are. In any case, you are going great. You have to take time to grieve and heal. That is normal and completely acceptable. Big, ...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Encouraging reluctant readers
Replies: 8
Views: 5653

Almost ready to start ECC!

I am glad that we've been on this journey together, especially since we have children with similar interests and who had similar struggles with reading early on. Remember that? It seems like so long ago now and I'm thankful that I had this board and you to share with during all my insecurities then...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 34311

New, can I combine 7 year old with older child in ECC?

Hi, we are in the process of choosing new curriculum for the fall, and I'm researching MFW ECC. It looks really good! I have an 11 year old and 7 year old. I wondered if I could combine them with ECC, and just use what I've been using in the areas where my seven year old isn't quite at a second gra...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Magazines - God's World News, More
Replies: 35
Views: 12494

Nature Friend magazine reviews?

I was curious if anyone has reviews of Nature Friend magazine. I have an animal-loving child here, in a very nature-oriented family in which birding is our primary hobby. She is still hesitant about reading for pleasure, and I'm hoping that a magazine just for her which fits her interests (and meet...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 8574

Re: Singapore math questions..

We also had to take a break to work on facts. We did it in 1B. It became clear that his dislike of math was because he didn't have the basic facts down. I tried all sorts of things to help him learn them. In the end, he just needed to sit down with flash cards and do it. We used the MFW flashcards a...
by Mom2theteam
Thu May 08, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Why two spelling recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 12050

Re: Why not continue with Rod and Staff Spelling?

Good question as I have been pondering this as well. We are moving to 3rd and we really like Rod & Staff spelling. I don't really seem to understand how Spelling Power works. :~ I'm hoping to look at a copy of it at the convention when I look at ECC. But, right now, we are leaning toward sticking wi...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for U.S. Presidents
Replies: 17
Views: 10078

Children's book of presidents?

Does anyone know of a good, unbiased trivia book for kids about the presidents that we could add to our presidents study in EXP-1850 ... ? I would like to have something with a few more facts and pictures that my kids could use to learn a little more about each president. Nothing too deep. I looked...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Writing - How to cut back
Replies: 21
Views: 8163

writing requirements in 1st

As you know, my son has significant fine motor delays and handwriting is nearly impossible for him right now. I don't know when he will be ready to write well. He will be finishing K this summer and will be ready for 1st (phonics and math), but I am very worried about the writing that is required. ...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - What if we finish the Math year early? or late?
Replies: 9
Views: 4715

Re: 2nd grade math, currently in Singapore 2A

I would keep moving at the pace that is comfortable for your child and not worry about it in relation to the school year. We are in the same exact spot. We are just about to finish week 21 in Adv and my son is doing Singapore 2A. We had to stop and get his math facts memorized better, so we are just...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - *How is it taught in MFW-1
Replies: 13
Views: 4508

Question about Math in 1st grade - 1st edition

What's the difference in the math between the 1st and 2nd edition? Does the first edition have daily activities scheduled? Or is it just a generic list of things, and you pick and choose what you do each day? Is there any difference in the scope/sequence in the 1st/2nd edition? The scope and sequen...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 16-17
Replies: 20
Views: 10652

Re: Nutcracker question for Adventures

The fight scene shouldn't be too scary. Usually these performances are very well done, and in good taste, and it'll be done in the full context of the story. Did you read the Step Into Reading version that MFW sells with your daughter? How about having her read it aloud to you (for reading practice...
by Mom2theteam
Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 8828

Re: First Grade Phonics

Great update! Glad to hear things are going better. :-)
by Mom2theteam
Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 8828

Re: First Grade Phonics

We do school on Saturdays too, but it isn't because of not wanting a break. I think breaks are good to prevent burn out. My husband works 6 days a week most days, including Saturdays. When he doesn't, we don't school on Saturday. But, we usually have at least one day off during the week for somethin...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 8828

Re: First Grade Phonics

We have a relaxed structure. LOL!! Basically, yes we have a routine that we follow, but it is definitely not set in stone at all. We do what works that day. I have 6 kids all 8 and under including twin 3 year olds and a 12 month old. Things can get derailed very quickly around here. My 8 year old ca...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 8828

Re: First Grade Phonics

My son HATED the word lists in the workbook. It should have taken 10-15 minutes, maybe 20. He was so miserable, constantly complaining about how hard it was, wiggling, falling out of his seat and making every excuse possible to drag it out. It was a character issue, and we have worked on that. But i...
by Mom2theteam
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 3
Views: 4327

Re: Penmenship

We use FLL for LA. There is some writing, but not a ton. It is mostly oral. If you do the enrichment exercises every day, there is more. We do some, not all. We also use WWE. So, we get handwriting when he does his copywork and narrations for that too. I did buy a handwriting program to add to Adv. ...
by Mom2theteam
Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 3
Views: 4327

Handwriting

Penmanship After trying other programs for 1st and K, I have decided to use Adventures for 2. I have a question about Penmenship. Is the copywork alone enough for penmenship or do I continue to use A Reason for Handwriting on top of what is asked for in Adventures? I would say it depends on how muc...