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by Smoakhouse
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: K & 1st - Favorite books and extra readers
Replies: 67
Views: 21598

Re: Looking for easy-to-read books for new reader

The readers that All About Reading has were great for my son when he first started reading.
by Smoakhouse
Wed May 08, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Notebook in Adventures
Replies: 7
Views: 4215

Re: Adventures: Bible & History, together or separate??

Great! That's perfect. I'm setting up the History notebook and a Bible verse notebook too.

Thanks,
by Smoakhouse
Wed May 08, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Notebook in Adventures
Replies: 7
Views: 4215

Adventures: Bible & History, together or separate??

Hi all, I wanted to go ahead and set up the History Notebook with the pages already in it. But I see that the Bible & History pages are mixed together. Are they taught together much like 1st grade or are they more separate subjects that can be done completely separately? From a quick look over the l...
by Smoakhouse
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: 8th Grader - When to start high school?
Replies: 55
Views: 29650

Re: High school questions - BTDT moms?

I did not use MFW with my oldest (now a Junior at the University of Tennessee) but we did do some dual enrollment. She was very mature and although we considered dual enrollment as a junior, at the recommendation of a educational consultant, we decided that she was not ready for community college un...
by Smoakhouse
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Review - after 1st, after 2nd, when finished early?
Replies: 40
Views: 12159

Re: Continuing Phonics/Reading after 1st grade

I have read the threads Julie listed, thanks, plus all the others I could find about reading. :) I went back to the manual, (novel concept I know) and re-read the suggestions as well as the instructions in Adventures. It looks like I'm doing everything I'm suppose to and still struggle at the end of...
by Smoakhouse
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 23836

Re: Work boxes and desk help

Hi Erna, We are doing a modified version of work boxes with Adventures right now. I use two of the Sterlite draws from Target, they are about $15 a piece. I don't use the number and strip system that is recommended. I just label mine by subject. Set 1 is.... Drawer 1 - Calendar Time: basically the s...
by Smoakhouse
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Read-Alouds - Specific questions
Replies: 13
Views: 5687

Re: Adventures Read A Louds

Thanks everyone. That's good to know. I will probably go with them as planned.
by Smoakhouse
Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Choosing ADV for More than 1 year? 2 years?
Replies: 16
Views: 8859

Re: Stretching Adventures out over 2 years?

Interesting. I was just thinking of the same idea. Except we are no where near Canada, just the stretching part. I have a later addition to the family and he will be working through the cycles alone. He is currently doing MFW 1st grade. I was thinking of a skip year and come back to Adventures for 3...
by Smoakhouse
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: General Ideas for Learning God's Story
Replies: 30
Views: 11152

Looking for more Bible activities for MFW?

I have started collecting ideas on Pinterest. You can check out my Bible Board at http://pinterest.com/cdsmoak/home-school-bible/
There are several other MFW users on Pinterst as well. If you need an invitation, feel free to send me a private message with your e-mail.
by Smoakhouse
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Record-keeping and Grades in Kindergarten
Replies: 10
Views: 5459

Grade reporting for Kindergarten... what subjects?

I was looking at my umbrella school's grade reporting page for entering Gail's K attendance and "grades." Thankfully you have a few options, including letter grades, pass/fail, and excellent/satisfactory/needs improvement/incomplete. But before you enter anything, you must choose the subjects, and ...
by Smoakhouse
Wed May 30, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Drawing with Children - Ideas and experiences
Replies: 24
Views: 9682

Re: 1st grade art and Drawing with Children

I thought some of you might find this link helpful.
http://www.squidoo.com/drawingwithchildrennature
by Smoakhouse
Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 43341

Re: Coin cup - more visual layout ?

I like that you left the nickel out at first. I can see how that would make it easier to see the place value.

Crystal, the zip lock bag is a good idea too. It is at least see through.

I'm contemplating getting play money and adding velcro dots to attach to a velcro strip.
by Smoakhouse
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Compare - Is MFW 1st really as good as K?
Replies: 20
Views: 10184

Re: How does First grade compare to Kindergarten?

I see what you mean about everyday math being done everyday. duh! We just started the penny a day this week in kindergarten. They won't take much time and I do ours now at the beginning of the day. School day #, Calendar, memory verse, time, and now coins. I was contemplating adding the shape blocks...
by Smoakhouse
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Compare - Is MFW 1st really as good as K?
Replies: 20
Views: 10184

Re: How does First grade compare to Kindergarten?

Julie, Thank you for the information and the link, it was very helpful. I'm always amazed that you ladies can seem to find a perfect previous thread for my questions. I promise I always search before asking questions but rarely seem to find my answers. :) Crystal, In reading the previous thread (see...
by Smoakhouse
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Compare - Is MFW 1st really as good as K?
Replies: 20
Views: 10184

Re: How does First grade compare to Kindergarten?

Thanks Crystal. This is helping me get a clearer pictures. I just need to come to grips with the fact that the unit part is bible, history & LA just like my Sophomores. :) I just really like the unit study approach but I don't see anything out there that I like better. ;) If you have time, I would l...
by Smoakhouse
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 30271

Re: What does your room look like?

Over the years we have schooled in several different locations. (3 houses, 7 rooms LOL!) I prefer a separate room with good natural light and easy access to the kitchen for messy projects. You can see our current room at this link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdsmoak/sets/72157627150147610/ Enjoy y...
by Smoakhouse
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library Routine
Replies: 9
Views: 4144

Re: Library Routine

Good tips. I'm going to make Thursday library day and Sunday request day. We only have 5 days to pick up any holds.
Thanks everyone.
by Smoakhouse
Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 32343

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

This is a Great post! This is something we all struggle with. I found myself looking for the "like" button while reading several of the post! ;) I will be re-reading and making notes to implement in our house. Several of them I already do. Yay! Some I only do myself and I need to be better about get...
by Smoakhouse
Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: WHL - Prep, General descriptions
Replies: 21
Views: 6702

Re: high school-World History -supplies

Julie you are a woman after my own heart, I LOVE office supply stores too. Especially this time of year when so many things are on sale. I wanted to note, if you are looking to get a calculator, make sure you get one that can be used on the ACT/SAT test. These things are like mini computers and you ...
by Smoakhouse
Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - Child who knows letters, adapting early lessons
Replies: 8
Views: 5150

Re: Advice need for the Kindergarten Curriculum

I'm in a similar position. I have read through the the phonics/writing section and stuck a "skip" post it note on all the parts that I am certain he does not need. We will be concentrating on writing lower case letters and working on the blending ladder. He recognizes some 3 letter words, but is not...
by Smoakhouse
Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: Notebooking or Scrapbooking for K
Replies: 8
Views: 6429

Re: Construction paper in 3 ring binders ?

Yes! Why did I not think of colored printer paper. I even have some in the closet. I'm going digging through my junk closet. %| Thank You! Postby Smoakhouse » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:02 pm As I was looking through school supplies, I have found that there actually is 8 1/2 x 11 construction paper as well ...
by Smoakhouse
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 18312

Re: K at a faster pace along with Adventures...help...

She is struggling to remember letter sounds and blending hasn't totally clicked for her yet and her letter formation needs work. Leap Frog video's has helped my son learn his letter sounds and start the blending process. You can get them on DVD or streaming on Netflix, if you happen to have that. H...
by Smoakhouse
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 51648

Tactile Letter Cards

I just ran across this picture of my daughter in PreK 4 with her Tactile letter cards and thought that someone here might find it useful for extra help in learning letters. I don't see why you could not make the lower case as easily as the upper. Tactile Magnet Letters Cards A - Aluminum B - Blue Bu...
by Smoakhouse
Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 43341

Days of School Number Chart

Hi Ladies, I wanted to share my weekend project! My husband just doesn't get excited about these things, wonder why? 8[] I made a Days of School Number Chart. I had one of these when my girls where young and we used it for years. I put it on a standard poster board. The post it notes are 2x1 1/2. An...
by Smoakhouse
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 20905

Skill Building game ideas

http://www.myobstaclecourse.com/blog/ I love this blog. This is a mom of an autisic boy who has found a way to help her son learn through game type activities to work on skills he need to improve. This keeps things fun and interesting for him. We all could borrow her ideas to make school activities ...