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by mamanamadee
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 35040

Re: Just curious about some things...

Let's see . . . No flag, no pledge Our older dd learned it in ps, and younger dd and ds will learn it when we make it around to US history in a few years. I have no plans to recite it daily. We start school in the morning and try to get Bible and core subjects done before lunch. After lunch is fun s...
by mamanamadee
Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Alternatives for kids who don't want to color, draw, narra
Replies: 13
Views: 10212

Re: tired of coloring and narrating- what else?

In terms of variety, my girls really enjoyed making lapbooks this past year. We did this completely outside of MFW stuff, just to try them out. Since they liked it, I purchased a blank template book for lapbooking so that we can make lapbook-like pages for our notebooks next year in CTG. I know that...
by mamanamadee
Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 46465

Re: Switched-On Schoolhouse

I just wanted to add a little . . . I have used 3 subjects of LifePacs this year with dd12--Bible, Science, and Language Arts--all "below" her current "grade level". For our family's needs and the goals I had for this child, it has been a good fit. Having said that, I cannot wait to be done with the...
by mamanamadee
Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: EX1850 - Read aloud books
Replies: 9
Views: 7339

Re: Substitute Read-Alouds for Ex - 1850

What about the Heroes of History biography of John Smith or William Penn? (by Janet and Geoff Benge) Those are around the same time period as Almost Home. We have found this entire series to be very engaging.
by mamanamadee
Fri May 22, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Organizing everything
Replies: 23
Views: 11717

Re: Kindergarten questions

I am a perfectionist by nature, but out of necessity, I became a minimalist this year with Kindergarten. :-) I just hole-punched all the pages and stuck them in a binder. The 1" binder I have everything is not quite big enough :) I put everything except the binder in a small clear tub from Wal-mart....
by mamanamadee
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: Badges - Ideas for wearing them and alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 66557

Re: Can someone explain K badges?

If you would like to see/use the clip art badges I made, you can email me, and I'll send them to you. I tried to attach a sample to this reply, but I couldn't figure out how! :~ ETA--If you do not have a manual, I'm pretty sure that I would be violating copyright laws to give out ...
by mamanamadee
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 28964

Your dd sounds very similar to my 5yo. She just took off reading on her own. (And she's a lefty.) When I first opened my box of MFW K I was soooooooo excited and very overwhelmed as well. But as I got into it, I found that it is really very easy to do, especially since my dd is already reading. I do...
by mamanamadee
Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - So glad we did K with an early reader!
Replies: 42
Views: 26360

Although she'll be kindergarten, I think MFW first grade might be more appropriate for her since she's already reading three letter words. lisa My "advanced" K dd started this school year already reading cvc words and short words with consonant blends and digraphs. As far as reading level, I am cer...
by mamanamadee
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Other Ideas for Exploring Countries and Cultures
Replies: 20
Views: 33202


Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:18 pm Here is the list our family is using next year--some don't really fit with the countries, but at least I already know almost all of these! :-) Intro: This is My Father's World US: Great is Thy Faithfulness Mexico: Doxology Canada: What a Friend We Have in Jesus Braz...
by mamanamadee
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Compare ECC books to Years 2-5
Replies: 14
Views: 9466

Thank you all so much. Your replies told me exactly what I wanted to know. As much as we are all enjoying ECC, I'm really excited about the history years ahead!

by mamanamadee
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW - What do you love?
Replies: 38
Views: 20364

Everything said so far is great. Reading this message board is primarily what convinced me that MFW was right for our family. When my first child was about 2yo I started going to conventions and researching curriculum. I fell in love with the idea of classical studies--my kids *needed* to learn Lati...
by mamanamadee
Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Supplies - When should I order the MFW-K caterpillars &
Replies: 22
Views: 12365

We did the anthill last year in late March in Missouri. I remember that it was still quite cold when I ordered and that the ants arrived within the 2-3 week time frame--not longer than 3 as I expected. You will just want to make sure that they won't be sitting in your mailbox for hours after deliver...
by mamanamadee
Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 70420

Brazilian chocolate treat - butter?

The recipe calls for margarine. Does anyone know if I can use real butter? according to several recipes online Yes, you can. In fact, I'll use real butter if I get around to trying this one. Let us know how it turns out. -crystal Wow!--these were yummy! They turned out great, but we ran out of spri...
by mamanamadee
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Convention - What is said by MFW that gets people so excited
Replies: 18
Views: 11475

Box Day, in person, with MFW staff

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:29 pm We got our ECC and K curriculum at convention yesterday and it was so exciting to open the boxes and finally be able to look through everything in person! The MFW staff at the booth was sooooo wonderful and David Hazell's workshops were fantastic! AND dh was VERY im...
by mamanamadee
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #10 - Water
Replies: 24
Views: 24897

Water Books

A couple of books I have for our W-water unit:

All You Ever Need by Max Lucado

I Am Snow by Jean Marzollo (a Scholastic "Hello Reader" they had at Wal-Mart--to go with Day 3)
by mamanamadee
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 10354


Does anyone have their children do this daily? We have not (yet) but I'm thinking this would be a good habit for dd8 to start. I can already hear her telling me "I don't know what to write about," so I thought I'd be prepared with some prompts. I googled journaling prompts, and there are many out t...
by mamanamadee
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 35015

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:46 pm Our 5th grade dd (with much the same reading comprehension issues) really likes the Moody Family Series by Sarah Maxwell. There are 4 books in the series-- Summer with the Moodys, Autumn with the Moodys , etc. The author is a hs graduate, and her main characters, t...
by mamanamadee
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW workshops & audio CDs -- Reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 31238

Surrendering Our Lives & Empowring Your Homeschool

Just wanted to say that I attended Surrendering Our Lives & Our Families for God’s Purpose and Empowering Your Homeschool with Eternal Purpose this summer and both were FANTASTIC. I'm sure that's no surprise to any of you who have been around here very long. For this first year MFW-er, those two wor...
by mamanamadee
Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Some users like to make a tentative daily plan
Replies: 33
Views: 17005

We have a semi-finished room in the basement that I have set up as a classroom where we do anything messy, disruptive, or that could turn into a long term project--art, music, geography, science, K, etc. I also set up a toddler play area down there with 6 different boxes of Pre-K toys to rotate thro...
by mamanamadee
Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Need reassurance/advice (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 35
Views: 15165

I always did very well in math and tested high on standardized tests (public school) and I still sometimes count on my fingers, out loud, or with little patterns of dots on my paper. I don't find that it causes me any problems.