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by mshanson3121
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using Grade 1 with older child?
Replies: 2
Views: 1225

Re: Using Grade 1 with older child?

That's good advice, I like that. Thank you. I showed her and she said she thought that looked better than what she was doing.
by mshanson3121
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using Cycle out of order?
Replies: 2
Views: 4725

Using Cycle out of order?

Now, I know in my head it's clearly fine, as if you have younger children joining in with the olders... but, I'll ask anyways :) Have any of you (with your oldest), ever used the history cycle out of order? Such as starting with Exploration to 1850 first? We're coming to MFW late and have never done...
by mshanson3121
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using Grade 1 with older child?
Replies: 2
Views: 1225

Using Grade 1 with older child?

Have any here done grade 1 with an older child? Our daughter is 8, and has ASD (high functioning). She learned to read last year when she was 7.5, however not through phonics. She just picked it up through whole language/context clues etc... We were trying phonics but at that time she just wasn't re...
by mshanson3121
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2265

Re: Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?

Thank you for all the input. @lovekids83, I know what you mean about MFW K being so lovely. I used it with my youngest and I loved it. I *want* to use it because I think it would be a really good fit for where she's at emotionally etc... So maybe I could just use the Bible, Science, character etc, w...
by mshanson3121
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2265

Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?

Has anyone here used MFW K for an older child (ex. age 7?). My daughter has ASD (high functioning). She is very smart, but emotionally/socially more on par with a 5 year old. We have used some various phonics programs over the last couple years, and it has been a real struggle. In part I suspect bec...
by mshanson3121
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Creation to Greeks questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1751

Creation to Greeks questions

I am looking at using this for my son (9.5) who has developed a huge interest in ancient cultures etc... Are there hands on activities each week? He really wants crafts etc...
by mshanson3121
Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Which level for phonics?
Replies: 2
Views: 5244

Which level for phonics?

I would like some input on phonics please. My daughter is 6 (turned first of June). We have been doing a phonics program that she enjoys, BUT, I do not find that it gives much review at all. It's basically one worksheet per week. It's only week 6 and it's starting to move into digraphs, long vowel s...
by mshanson3121
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Placement & Using MFWK (author response)
Replies: 34
Views: 9450

Re: Two weeks in, need advice

I have an almost 5 year old and an almost 2 year old. My husband and I decided to homeschool year round because our 5 year old has autism and it also looks like our toddler is heading towards an autism diagnosis. Both of our children struggle with routine changes Hi :) I have a 9 year old son with ...
by mshanson3121
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: Should we wait longer to start K?

I hope something in my story is helpful. I think you've gotten great advice and it seems like waiting might be a sound choice. I just wanted to give you some things to consider about kids who need to learn a different way than we might want them to, and ways to not hold kids back when they are read...
by mshanson3121
Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: Should we wait longer to start K?

A wise K teacher encouraged me to start my summer Birthday boy at age 6 for K. Her reasoning, after 30 plus years of teaching, was his high energy, his emotionally not being ready for sit down work, and his lack of interest in pencil learning. She was aware that he had figured out 5 letter word rea...
by mshanson3121
Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: Should we wait longer to start K?

That being said, our focus with his K work has been a bit different than it was with my 2 older daughters, and I "tweak" it to fit his needs. My son, like your daughter, is very smart academically. He taught himself to read, he knew the letters and sounds before he even started K, he knows numbers ...
by mshanson3121
Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: Should we wait longer to start K?

I think the hardest part about children with health issues and learning delays is accepting them for where they are at rather then trying to make them their chronological age. Thank you so much. I think you, for the first time for me, really put it plainly for me to see what the problem is. I AM tr...
by mshanson3121
Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Will MFW work for Canadian families?
Replies: 34
Views: 11929

Using Adventures for Canadians

I hope this is okay if I share this here! If it's not please let me know. I know many Canadians wonder if Adventures can be used without a massive amount of work. I have come up with a great plan to combine Canadian and American history using Adventures, and I decided to start a blog for it. I thoug...
by mshanson3121
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Complete Book of Math, specific questions
Replies: 18
Views: 10733

Re: 1st Grade: Complete Book of Math reviews?

We are using it and my son loves it! I love that it gives hands on suggestions as well.
by mshanson3121
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-year-old - 1st for "2nd grade"?
Replies: 7
Views: 4047

Re: Use MFW 1 for 7 year old?

I would still call him a 2nd grader, based on age and his academic ability. He may not be capable of sitting as long as other kids, and he struggles with the writing, but it's not his fault he has SPD :( But not only that, he's academically right on par by all standards here, and well advanced in ar...
by mshanson3121
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-year-old - 1st for "2nd grade"?
Replies: 7
Views: 4047

Re: Use MFW 1 for 7 year old?

I would still call him a 2nd grader, based on age and his academic ability. He may not be capable of sitting as long as other kids, and he struggles with the writing, but it's not his fault he has SPD :( But not only that, he's academically right on par by all standards here, and well advanced in ar...
by mshanson3121
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Begin MFW 1st mid-year? Year-round schedules?
Replies: 18
Views: 5643

Shorten mfw 1st

We just finished hod lhfhg and are mid way through the school year. Due to family situations we didn't finish last year for first so just picked up this year where we left off in the summer. I am now looking for curriculum to finish up our year of second grade. Ds is 7, almost 8, and is somewhere b...
by mshanson3121
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to other in-depth Christian unit studies?
Replies: 21
Views: 12807

Re: Help me make up my mind...

Sorry, I should have clarified, we're from Canada - so we need Canadian social studies/history etc.. That's the big thing with Adventures - I'm going to have to do a LOT of subbing. I have thought of just skipping Adventures and going right to ECC, which the website says to do, but where DS is a yea...
by mshanson3121
Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Choosing ADV for More than 1 year? 2 years?
Replies: 16
Views: 8736

Re: Stretching Adventures out over 2 years?

This year, we're using Barbara Greenwood books (with MFW 1), right now using A Pioneer Sampler (which by the way, has been readapted, so it can be used for Americans, now, too). Awesome books. Examines the life of pioneers in the 1840s. It's set up to read as a journal, but has information and lots ...
by mshanson3121
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling by substitute teacher, traveling, moving
Replies: 33
Views: 8271

Re: Going crazy

Also, many people actually change their "year" at New Year's, and start a new curric. That's the beauty of homeschooling - you can make it work for you. You can change grades in September, January or March!
by mshanson3121
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling by substitute teacher, traveling, moving
Replies: 33
Views: 8271

Re: Going crazy

Well.. we've changed twice this year ;) Started with [one program] and that didn't work at all, so we just kinda bumped along using a bit of this and a bit of that and FINALLY I was able to get MFW grade 1. We're starting tomorrow. I can't tell you the peace I feel. How nice it is to have that teach...
by mshanson3121
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 36587

Re: Combining K and ECC

Well that's really good to know! I know that I could just start DS off on ECC, and then in another couple years DD could join in part-way through the cycle like many do, but honestly, I'd like to have them go through the cycle together, doing the same books (make it easier on me, lol!). I know that ...
by mshanson3121
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Begin MFW 1st mid-year? Year-round schedules?
Replies: 18
Views: 5643

Re: When to start grade 1?

I might put a big reminder in my manual that there are games in the manual for review, since some review is often needed after summer break. Maybe the first week of next fall will have lots of games :)

That's a great idea! Thank you, to just do review over the summer!
by mshanson3121
Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Science - Is there enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 17220

Science-Does any one supplement?

I am wondering if anyone has ever supplemented with a different science curriculum in the younger grades. I only got to thinking about this because I have the possible opportunity to review some curriculum from Apologia. I am wondering how it will fit. Thank you In grade 1 you can EASILY supplement...
by mshanson3121
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 13450

Starting grade 1 questions... advice!

So, I am so excited. We're starting grade 1 after Christmas. I have all our resources ordered or in place (as in science, music, art books and student sheets on order etc...). Can anyone give me any tips, advice on starting out, things I should do/buy to make it easier (ways of organizing) etc...