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by ruthamelia
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: First grade - summary sentences
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: First grade - summary sentences

Here are a variety of ideas you could try: 1. Have him say the sentence, you write it, then he copies it. 2. Pretend it's not about writing a sentence, and just ask conversationally what he remembers. Write down one sentence he says, or if he doesn't answer in a complete sentence, restate his answer...
by ruthamelia
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: What are your plans for 2018-2019?
Replies: 11
Views: 3232

Re: What are your plans for 2018-2019?

Jen- Thanks for starting this conversation! It is always encouraging to hear what other families are doing. Tricia- Do you have some materials that you like for your programming class? We had 2 kids work through a book of projects in Scratch this past year and they loved it. I'm still looking for so...
by ruthamelia
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Help!! Multiple grades
Replies: 5
Views: 1826

Re: Help!! Multiple grades

Hi there- I always find it encouraging when I find another working single mom who is homeschooling- makes me feel a little less alone! I must admit I have some fantastic help, though, and I hope you do too. I also had some anxiety last year when we were basically looking at 5 levels like you! Planni...
by ruthamelia
Thu May 10, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Loving MFW K but concerned about MFW 1st
Replies: 5
Views: 1634

Re: Loving MFW K but concerned about MFW 1st

Hi there- Just wanted to chime in since you specifically asked about something for a transition. My daughter finished the kindergarten materials around the time she was 6, and I could tell that she wasn't ready for the pace of first grade. I did use some materials to give her a few months of extra p...
by ruthamelia
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: What do you do with twins?
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

What do you do with twins?

I'm asking this early, because I think about it already! Also, because I know there are at least a few of you on here from time to time with twins. I'm wondering how you manage their learning in very early years? Especially if they don't pick everything up at exactly the same pace? Have you had issu...
by ruthamelia
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Subjects Covered
Replies: 8
Views: 2041

Re: Subjects Covered

Wow I know what you mean about different learning styles! We're up do 5 school age now, and tailoring to their individual needs and styles is one of the great benefits of homeschooling. My oldest nephew sounds like your 5th grader- he has always been quite independent, works well on his own, likes a...
by ruthamelia
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Opinions welcomed
Replies: 4
Views: 1522

Re: Opinions welcomed

Hi! I just have a few ideas for you while you are contemplating plans: 1- The goal is learning, not grade levels. You didn't mention what age your son is? There can be a huge difference between a September birthday and a July birthday, although they may be assigned to the same grade level. (But, you...
by ruthamelia
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Need some help with math, English, and pre-adolescence!
Replies: 4
Views: 1508

Re: Need some help with math, English, and pre-adolescence!

Hi Beth- It's obvious by your in-depth understanding of your son that he has a mom that cares deeply about him and his development as a person. I want to encourage you that that will go a long way! He will one day be able to look back on this time and know that you loved and cared for him, even if e...
by ruthamelia
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Juggling different levels
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: Juggling different levels

Hello- just a few thoughts! 1- it sounds like you have really paid attention to, and therefore know very well, your individual children's strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Knowing that, you are in a good position to make good decisions! I think the Lord will be faithful to guide you to good choices!...
by ruthamelia
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Writing for 10th grade?
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Re: Writing for 10th grade?

Take all this with a grain of salt, because we haven't hit high school yet! It has been my experience that reading good writing is one of the best ways to get from the "childish" writing you described to more mature writing. Great examples give a learner a role model to follow. That's one of the thi...
by ruthamelia
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Looking for PenPals for my DD & DS
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: Looking for PenPals for my DD & DS

HI- I sent you a PM but not sure if it went through? My niece and nephew are 11 and almost 9. If you're still looking we'd be happy to give it a try!

Ruth
by ruthamelia
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: 1st Grade Bible Notebook
Replies: 1
Views: 1314

1st Grade Bible Notebook

Is the first grade Bible notebook just bound empty pages? Or is there some kind of content or organization built in? Trying to economize and wondering if it would work just as well to make our own.

Thanks!
by ruthamelia
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Exp to 1850 daily time?
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Re: Exp to 1850 daily time?

We're on week 24 of exp to 1850 right now. I would say it has varied from 1.5-3 hours, not including any breaks, and only for the subjects you listed. That is with 3rd 5th and 7th graders. The middle school science takes a little longer, but he does much of it independently. As we get nearer to the ...
by ruthamelia
Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Struggling reader 2nd grade
Replies: 6
Views: 2630

Re: Struggling reader 2nd grade

I'm sorry I don't have experience with dyslexia to help with but I'm sure others will! I just wanted to offer one idea. One of my nephews was much slower than the others to develop reading skills- and looking through your list I could have said a lot of those things of him as well. I used Pathway Re...
by ruthamelia
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: November Check In
Replies: 5
Views: 6275

Re: November Check In

So encouraging to hear how others are doing things! And challenging to remember what the goals are for the year! I do know one of my big goals was to get a structure that works for our unconventional teacher schedule, and I think we've done pretty well. It took some getting used to, but for the most...
by ruthamelia
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Check-In Time
Replies: 7
Views: 7203

Re: Check-In Time

First I just want to say that I appreciate reading these tidbits about what everyone is doing! Makes everyone feel a tiny bit less like strangers in my computer! It's also nice to know that everyone has hiccups and struggles, not just us, as well as reminding me of how many things are going well rat...
by ruthamelia
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: MFW K Break
Replies: 5
Views: 6164

Re: MFW K Break

I'm wondering how far you got before taking a break? I think we kind of toughed our way through the blend ladder for several weeks, doing LOTS of modeling and emphasizing single sounds, as Tricia said. Then at some point it just clicked. I wonder if you might back up 3 or 4 units from where you were...
by ruthamelia
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Older kids, 6th-8th and teens
Replies: 40
Views: 16972

ROAD TRIP- need suggestions

I'm hoping to sneak in some education on the 11-hour drive we have upcoming. Looking for suggestions of good audiobooks. We are in "9th" grade/AHL , but it doesn't have to be directly related to this year's study. Just some suggestions of good family listening. Thanks! Rhonda in AR Hi Rhonda- I sur...
by ruthamelia
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Grammar - Ideas when struggling
Replies: 17
Views: 5769

Re: How do you use Applications of Grammar?

I think Jen is right- you can do this book either way. It's more about what works for the individual student. My nephew finished All In One about half way through the year. So now he is about half way through Applications. He is a pretty independent and very bright 13 year old, and I would say he is...
by ruthamelia
Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Science - Lab questions
Replies: 15
Views: 7876

Re: Science Lab reports

Agreeing with Julie, if you're concerned about being prepared for college lab science courses (I think I took at least 5 or 6 of them) there is not a formula to writing lab reports. Likely each individual instructor will have their own preferences and set of instructions. So what you ask your son to...
by ruthamelia
Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Why two spelling recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 14015

Spelling by sound and structure. "So easy"

This is my first week of homeschooling, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but my 2nd grader thinks the spelling book is way too easy for her. Last year, she was in a Christian school, and her spelling book was much more advanced, and she was easily getting 100% on almost all her tests. She eve...
by ruthamelia
Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Math Sequence - Algebra 2 before Geometry?
Replies: 8
Views: 3662

Re: 9th grade math - Alg2 or Geometry?

One opinion I read recently suggested that jumping from geometry to precalculus could be harder than from algebra 2 to precalculus. That might be another reason to do geometry before algebra 2.
by ruthamelia
Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Sign language as foreign language?
Replies: 12
Views: 5961

Re: Sign language as foreign language?

Hi there- ASL is a great option for a "foreign language"! I really struggled when I tried out Spanish in PS high school, and I ended up doing ASL instead and have always been glad I did. I'm sure it would be prudent to check, but I never had a problem with colleges or anyone else recognizing this cr...
by ruthamelia
Wed May 11, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Assigning Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 5443

Re: How many books?

My oldest niece and nephew are above average readers, and I must admit I'm living (reading) vicariously through them all the books I wish I had read when I had the time! During the summer I make a list for each of them for the following year. Then they can choose from that list all year long. I put ...
by ruthamelia
Wed May 11, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13032

Re: family learning cycle

Yes it works! We're in RTR right now with 6th grade, 4th grade, and 2nd grade. It simplifies so many things to have them all working through the same material. They can talk with each other about what they're learning and have meaningful conversations because they're learning the same things. It's p...