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by albanyaloe
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 14375

Re: Using the expression "through" in Singapore math?

Ah, thank you both, ladies :) Good visual there, thank you, that worked for me. I see now, pg 80. I just bombed out and packed it away yesterday! Yes, clearly we don't all speak the same English in the English speaking world, not even in England, as the play Pygmalion always reminds us. But I actual...
by albanyaloe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 14375

Re: Singapore 4A Text pg.37 onwards

Thank you Julie for responding to my plea again ;) Okay, he can actually do it in both those ways. The thing is in the second way you showed, he cannot remember all the numbers and has to jot them down before he adds them up. That is what I am unsure of. Is he allowed to do that? He's actually super...
by albanyaloe
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23381

Singapore Math -- Teacher's/Home Instructor's Guide

Hi there -- We used Singapore Math 1A and 1B last year, and will be starting 2A this fall. Has anyone purchased the Teacher's/Home Instructor's Guide for Singapore, and if so, do you feel it's necessary? Would I be missing teaching some key concepts a little better if I didn't have the guide? I did...
by albanyaloe
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 17907

Re: Talk to me, please...

Oh, I understand that very fine balance between ensuring that your children are doing ok, and then the need to relax. I'm not from the US, so I do not know testing works, but I have seen on the Christian Liberty site that you can do the California Achievement Test through them. It is even offered in...
by albanyaloe
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 20771

Re: ECC-Kingdom Tales

I think it is absolutely fine not to use Kingdom Tales. You know, I just did not like that book, I do not like fantasty. But my husband liked it, and read it and said it was actually very good. So he read it to them, to see what they thought, and they really enjoyed it, much to my suprise. They foun...
by albanyaloe
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 33237

Re: ECC Families- How's It Going?

Hi Stephanie and other ECC users So good to "check in" like this! We are loving our ECC, but got stuck in Africa ;-) Since we live here we decided to put a little more time into learning stuff in more detail and in doing a detailed study of South Africa, as it is our country. Then Grampa had a mild ...
by albanyaloe
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 33505

Re: Love MFW fast shipping!!!

That's lovely! Both my last orders were super fast too- international shipping to Africa. I am so impressed with MFW :-)

Lindy
by albanyaloe
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 36385

Re: Books for a 3rd Grader??

I'd like to second the Sugar Creek Gang series. Good and clean, and there are lots in the series, so they should keep him going for a while, or at least long enough for you to find those other titles ;-) My son also enjoyed Sign of the Beaver, My side of the Mountain, Hatchet, Island of the Blue Dop...
by albanyaloe
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 36385

Re: reading books for 5th grade

Postby albanyaloe » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:58 pm Hi Christie, You've received so many great suggestions, and I too think the Sugar Creek gang are a great, clean series. Just wanted to mention an idea, which you may already use. When my son gets stuck in a rut with books that don't challenge him as I th...
by albanyaloe
Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 49427

Re: It's the little things

That's what I love about MFW too- it doesn't have to be complicated and "wow', but it feels so good.
Thanks for sharing. ;)

Lindy
by albanyaloe
Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Why two spelling recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 14740

Re: Spelling for 3rd grade/4th grade

Hi Mommywings2006 R&S is lovely, but I do know that some of their diacritical markings and special groupings of phonics come into their spelling curriculum, and confused us. So it caused a problem too. Fine if you used their phonics in early grades- you'll catch on to it easily. It may be helpful to...
by albanyaloe
Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28389

Re: Is ECC too much for a 3rd grader?

I am doing ECC with my 8yo (turns 9yo in March) She's in 3rd Grade, and this year we also have a first grader and fifth grader. She sits in for Bible, Hero Tales, Living World, the Geography and lots of other stuff. What she doesn't do is properties of ecosystems, she just loses concentration with i...
by albanyaloe
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 19 & 20
Replies: 21
Views: 10369

RtR - Week 19 - Nine Men's Morris - Need help

We are having a little bit of a hard time understanding how to play Nine Men's Morris! Guess we need pictures to help us explain how the game needs to be set up and played. Anyone have any tutorial help? :~ Wikipedia has a couple of pictures, the top two pictures shown are the boards I vaguely reca...
by albanyaloe
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 36385

Re: Books for boys?

I also second the Sugar Creek Gang and Boxcar Children, especially the first 19, written by the original author. It depends if the child is reading the book themselves or having it read aloud, but here are a couple more which we loved. The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith (a mouse learns to read, but...
by albanyaloe
Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:01 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23381

Re: Singapore Math - Home Instr. Guide

I too am not a "mathy" person at all, and thought I really would need the published Singapore Home ed guides. We've tried lots of math and I always need all the help I can get. However, after searching this forum board, I took the chance and ordered just what MFW offers, and it was spot on. I keep t...
by albanyaloe
Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Will MFW be flexible enough? Bunnytrails ok?
Replies: 23
Views: 11392

Re: Rabbit Trails?

Thank you, for those comments. I am thinking about the fact that in the long run, this will lengthen the time we take to do a "year" of MFW, as you said, and think I will watch it and not follow every rabbit trail but perhaps just a few. I think it was such fun to see my son getting excited about th...
by albanyaloe
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 34012

Re: My Fathers World Vs. Rod and Staff

You've had great replies and although I don't have much to add, I wanted to add a few points about the advantages or disadvantages of R&S. Of course, we all know, in HS, a disadvantage to my family, may work out to be a plus in your family! Yes, the 2 curriculum use very different approaches, unit s...
by albanyaloe
Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:05 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Will MFW be flexible enough? Bunnytrails ok?
Replies: 23
Views: 11392

Rabbit Trails?

We're really enjoying using MFW ECC here in South Africa, though we are all very curious and tend to follow rabbit trails. The first 10 weeks we were very strict on staying on topic, but these last 2 weeks, we've sort of "grown" into MFW. So, for example, we've looked a little further into aviation,...
by albanyaloe
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Wall Map preservation / laminating / storage
Replies: 29
Views: 11078

Re: World wall map dilemma

I knew I'd have a problem with the map as our home is tiny and all windows, but hardly any wall space. I had thought to put it on a table .... but the table was too small. In the end I re-arranged our school room, and made a little nook in one area by swinging a tall bookshelf around, and voila, the...
by albanyaloe
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - When to start
Replies: 4
Views: 2833

Re: singapore ?

I thought it told us when to start in the Lesson plan, if I recall right. Flash cards are useful for doing this. I found it useful to them in families, ie: all the facts of each number and then move on. I have generally done addition 1-5 first then started the subtraction facts for families 1-5, but...
by albanyaloe
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - More ideas!
Replies: 50
Views: 17307

Re: looking for math drill ideas

Hi Samantha I am not too sure if my ideas would count for a serious definition of Math drill, but you asked what we do, so here is my answer;-) Yes, most days we do flash cards, but as you say, it would bore a child to tears to do them daily so we add the following things, depending on the age/grade...
by albanyaloe
Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 15202

Re: spelling power

We also use the 10 step spelling page, I just copied a whole stack, and also an ordinary notebook. I figured if I first tried a cheaper spiral notebook and it didn't work, then I could try the companies one, but it is really not essential. We use a thick piece of colored paper and a paperclip to ens...
by albanyaloe
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - What skills should be mastered?
Replies: 41
Views: 15457

Re: advanced Kindergardner???

I am not claiming to know the MFW K program, but just wanted to tell you that we've just ordered it. I've been asking the same questions, and half-doubting myself at times. My dd turns six in Oct 2012, can read level 1 books, do math addition sums to about 8, and several other "academic" things, but...
by albanyaloe
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:26 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Does this add a lot to the program?
Replies: 31
Views: 12877

Re: MFW K minimal order and a few ?

Thank you so much for all the replies. I really appreciate the great advice and information. I actually learned a lot about K, and found I have more questions too :-) which I'll post in another thread. I think we will go with K. My son pointed out that it is only the live parts of the kits that cann...
by albanyaloe
Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does it matter which version I have?
Replies: 8
Views: 7333

Re: spelling power CD

Good question. I didn't have the opportunity to purchase this second hand but really wanted to as I thought this was really expensive. But now I see what SP entails and am happy that we got it, with all the "bits". For one thing, the searchable word list. It wasn't obvious to me what this was. You c...