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by Metairie
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and K
Replies: 91
Views: 34455

ADV & K ... how do you combine?

In a few months I will have DD7 in ADV (second grade) and two in K, DD5 and DS5ish. I will also have a toddler helping us along the way. How do you teach ADV and K in the same year? Do you do all of each program, as best as possible, and let the Kinders listen in on ADV and get involved as they wis...
by Metairie
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Long days, am I expecting too much?
Replies: 10
Views: 4968

Re: Adventures Scheduling?

Well, I'm in the same situation. :-) It is taking longer each day than I thought. This last week starting K has changed a lot of things for us. I don't have the gumption or time to do all the crafts with both. My girls really enjoy the K crafts, so we complete K, then get the must haves accomplished...
by Metairie
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - Are activities overwhelming?
Replies: 34
Views: 10500

Re: Do you combine activities?

Thanks, ladies. We do K first and both girls love those activities. After K, this non-crafty mom and girls are ready to snuggle and read. Unless we all really want to do a particular craft, we will probably focus on K. :-)
by Metairie
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Preparation - Box Day! and helpful hints
Replies: 38
Views: 14368

Re: New to MFW...just ordered Adventures

First, welcome! You are never on your own here. Ask away. :-) We are a mid year switch also. We are loving Adventures and currently finishing up Week 4. My advice is to sit down with a cup of coffee (insert favorite beverage) and read the manual. It's been a blast. We are taking our time and doing e...
by Metairie
Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 22856

Re: ADV in First Grade?

This is why MFW is an amazing curriculum. It is beautifully and intelligently organized while being simple and flexible. I agree!! It does make it so easy for all of them to be a part of our home school curriculum, while still meeting their individual needs in LA & math. :-) Couldn't have said it b...
by Metairie
Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 22856

Re: ADV in First Grade?

You know, Carin, I am surprised how much Jordan is retaining from Adventures. She talks about our stories, draws pictures about them, listens to the read alouds. I just blogged about that on my weekly report last night. I am excited to see how they really can be combined after 1st grade. I like the ...
by Metairie
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 47543

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

I need to go back and read the instructions - we have probably never done this page "correctly." :-) Well, that makes me feel much better! :-) Your way sounds fun, Melissa! Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:35 pm by Metairie We are starting K tomorrow! Just had to share. :-) I read through the TM on my la...
by Metairie
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 47543

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

Thank you for spelling it out, tangomoon. It makes much more sense. Sound discrimination are the ones you don't cut. Some day I'm going to look back and have a good belly laugh about this! :-)
by Metairie
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Field Trip ideas for ECC
Replies: 16
Views: 12773

Re: How do you get your kids involved...

Of course! The local post office, fire department, police station, cheese shop, tiny grocery store here have all be so gracious. The small children's museum has a field trips there and free discovery boxes to check out. Zoos also give tours for homeschool students. As far as how to meet people, do y...
by Metairie
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Can we begin the MFW cycle mid-year?
Replies: 54
Views: 14339

Re: For those of you who are in the early weeks of a MFW Yea

Well, we school year round for several reasons. It's too hard to get the kids back into a daily routine if we take too much time off. My flight schedule dictates quite a bit; the months of April, August and December are minimal school months. June and July are way too hot to be outside between 10am ...
by Metairie
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Classics
Replies: 14
Views: 5623

Re: Veteran MFW moms, I have a question ~

Sandy, From what I understand, you're saying certain titles like the one I mentioned are in the back as a "read sometime this year" type list? That's all I'm really looking for. :) I think you'll see those listed as General Reading via various grade/reading levels. So you can do those "whenever" and...
by Metairie
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 11515

Re: Book basket, fun, not necessary?

Carin, Yep! That's us. If we have money, we buy books, then food. Well, maybe not that bad, but even date nights with hubby are at the local book store. ;) Our living room wall is lined with bookshelves (not the ritzy build-in kind, but lined nonetheless). I hope to have them full one day! :-)
by Metairie
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 11515

Re: Book basket, fun, not necessary?

Thanks again, Crystal, for trying to help me wrap my brain around philosophies here. Chelle, I guess it's an age thing, never really thought about it since she reads so well. She pulls books off our shelves and reads them on her own also. I have never thought about it being a book basket time, but I...
by Metairie
Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 11515

Re: Book basket, fun, not necessary?

Thanks again, Crystal! I love this forum. I've been approaching it from the wrong angle. I have been adding them for required reading/narration instead of letting my oldest pick and choose. I can see the benefit really coming alive when I take them to the library, or even our bookshelf, just for fun...
by Metairie
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Language & Math - Can I use any curriculum? MFW philosophy?
Replies: 33
Views: 12515

Re: LA choices

Why then with 3 kiddos like that, can I use MFW language arts recommendations? because I don't believe in finding individual language arts to cater to their strengths. Much wisdom! The more I just concentrate on teaching and not trying to find something perfectly for her, the better my daughter see...
by Metairie
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Should I just start with 1A for my 2nd grader?
Replies: 22
Views: 5640

Re: Where to start in Singapore?

We just started with Singapore a couple of weeks ago. When I called MFW, they recommended taking the online tests no matter what you have used in the past. We finished Saxon 2 in December and Juliette placed in between 1B and 2A. I am very glad we are using 1B first because it is so different. I wou...
by Metairie
Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Narration vs. Writing
Replies: 2
Views: 1828

Narration vs. Writing

We are in week 2 of ADV and LOVING it! For MFW 1 he would narrate the Bible story, usually a fairly long narration, and I would write it into his Bible notebook and then he would draw the picture. Now we are starting the ADV History notebook. For the first narration I had him give me one sentence. ...
by Metairie
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - Are activities overwhelming?
Replies: 34
Views: 10500

Re: New Here and made Final Decision for CTG...

You know we can hold your hand through any difficulties you might have. Between the archive forums here, and calling the office to talk to knowledgeable, friendly, helpful staff, you can do it! There isn't a mom here that hasn't struggled with any difficulties you might run into. And FTR, there are...
by Metairie
Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Posture, Desks
Replies: 22
Views: 9462

Re: K daughter tiring after writing

I have two, used student desks with storage collecting dust. I'm wondering if I need to bring them out of storage to use. I got them at a garage sale two years ago when my girls were no where near ready. The problem is, I usually move between the kitchen, living room and dining room table where scho...
by Metairie
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students
Replies: 26
Views: 10026

Re: Another Kindergarten question ~

Thank you so much for your replies. Here's why I'm thinking of doing K now as opposed to waiting until the fall. We started Adventures at the beginning of this month and are really loving it. We are using the book basket and complete about two to three days in a week. My daughter is in 1st grade, so...
by Metairie
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 11515

Re: Another book basket question

Wow, Crystal, thank you! I love, love, love the idea about State tourism websites, brilliant! I want to save my money because we are going to buy MFW K (hopefully deluxe) at the convention right around the time we get into the thick of the State Study. I can't do both. Priorities, you know. :-)
by Metairie
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Being content when the grass starts to look greener :)
Replies: 53
Views: 14421

Re: When to know when MFW isnt for you?

I hope some of this is helping Vicki, whose children are similar ages to mine. Well, my oldest is 7 as well. We have searched and searched, bought and sold numerous times (SL, WP, HOD, OM) then pieced things together, always leaving something out. MFW is exactly what we needed this year after not b...
by Metairie
Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:21 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 18155

Re: Placement - coming from HOD LHFHG

Another late responder here. My dd will be 7 tomorrow and we started Adv this week. We are loving it! My youngest comes in and out, but it is a perfect fit for big sis. I called MFW and talked to them about placement. They were spot on, even with waiting to start K with my youngest until the summer....
by Metairie
Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Student sheets -- Useful for younger siblings?
Replies: 44
Views: 11203

Adventure Student sheets Question

I will hopefully be buying Adventures in the spring and and trying to decide who much I need to budget. My older ones are 7, 6, and the next two will almost be 3 and 4, and the baby will be 1. How many kids would you buy students sheets for? What about the map? We are doing Adventures with my oldes...
by Metairie
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 28573

Re: Encouraged by the board

Me too! I just wanted to say I have never felt so encouraged since joining any board. I actually only come here now. :-) I feel like I'm home, grateful God led me here, and so glad I found such wonderful people who have been so sweet and gentle even with silly questions. MFW staff on the phone are a...