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by beaglemamma2008
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Describe and explain
Replies: 37
Views: 20112

Re: Adv book basket

I was recently wondering the same thing, Erin Kate. On any given week, we can have as many as 30 books in the book basket. I have wondered if I would be better off with a smaller selection of "found-on-everyone's-book-list" kinds of books versus a plethora of "whatever-the-library-happens-to-have" k...
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:56 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 46718

Re: MFW-K- Number Cards...I saw them...and lost them...

Lisa, glad you found them again and glad they'll help you and your children in some way this year! When I did K with my oldest three years ago, we did use plain old index cards with plain old handwritten numbers stored in a plain old Tupperware container. ;) And did it get the job done? Absolutely! ...
by beaglemamma2008
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things (ICDAT) - Users answer questions
Replies: 25
Views: 11778

Re: ADV I Can Do All Things Art ???

Hi Tammie! We weren't very faithful to complete our art lessons in Adventures last year, but we did do enough that I remember the way it was scheduled. The year started off with lettered lessons (Lesson A, Lesson B, Lesson C, and so on). We did one a day until we completed all of those. After that, ...
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 14869

Re: Taking days off? Shorter school week?

We're another 4-day-a-week family. We currently have co-op three Fridays a month, and we use the other Friday for field trips, to catch up on neglected household chores, or just to hang out in jammies and eat popcorn! :-) This means we have to do math two or three times a week during the summer to s...
by beaglemamma2008
Sat May 21, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things (ICDAT) - Users answer questions
Replies: 25
Views: 11778

Re: 2nd grade art

We did art for about 7 or 8 weeks, then I dropped the ball. Dd loved it, though, so we plan to work on our lessons over the summer. And just to clarify, it won't cost $40 per child. :) You'll just need to purchase one $40 book, then purchase the paint and marker cards for each child, and copy pages ...
by beaglemamma2008
Sun May 01, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 7+ years - Using K character & Bible for summer or extras
Replies: 7
Views: 6356

Re: Character Training When Missing K?

Agreeing with the others that you could easily add in the character part of K during the summer. Julie's idea would be a very easy way to get it accomplished! But I also wanted to mention that you'll also get lots of character training in 1st. The weekly Proverbs are priceless. (And honestly, I thin...
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 26676

Re: Question about Adventures

Actually, there is more notebooking in 1st than in Adventures. I think if you're having her do the notebooking in 1st, I would just make Adventures notebooking optional. If she wants to join big brother in making her own U.S. notebook, great; but if not, she's done plenty just by doing the notebooki...
by beaglemamma2008
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Hands-on - Homemade and inexpensive
Replies: 15
Views: 9135

Re: If you could have only one....

I'd say it depends on what level you're doing. We used Base 10 blocks for 2A, and it made addition and subtraction with regrouping easy-peasy! :) You could do 10 beans glued onto a craft stick (then swap the stick out for 10 individual beans) or 10 craft sticks bundled together with a rubber band (t...
by beaglemamma2008
Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Manipulatives - What have you used with Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 10233

Re: How much to buy for Singapore? (Manips/guides)

We're only in 2A right now, so I might not be the best source of info, but here are a couple of manipulatives I've found handy. :) Base 10 blocks Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Starter Kit (LER0930) by Learning Resources (blue) These were great when teaching dd subtraction with regrouping. (For...
by beaglemamma2008
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Any creative ideas??
Replies: 36
Views: 21147

Re: My first grader has decided she hates to write

I wish I could offer you advice, but instead all I have are (((hugs))). We went through the same thing last year. But I hope I can encourage you by telling you that the notebook pages this year in Adventures haven't brought about any complaints at all. Now that I think of it, they're only about once...
by beaglemamma2008
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - Can MFW work if we LIKE/learn by reading??
Replies: 21
Views: 10670

Re: Should we switch back?

:-) I saw the pages on your blog! Thanks! I will admit that my kids loved everything we actually did with MFW. Mine, too. :) I usually have to give myself quite a pep talk before I drag out the supplies for craft projects or science experiments, but my kids love doing those things and learn so much...
by beaglemamma2008
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - Can MFW work if we LIKE/learn by reading??
Replies: 21
Views: 10670

Should we switch back?

I am wondering what to do... We finished up MFW K and 1st this year (already!) with my two oldest. So, we started another program. BUT, while I love the reading, the time commitment is killing me! I did not enjoy all the hands-on things in the lower grades of MFW; we skipped most of them, and the k...
by beaglemamma2008
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - How much time each day and #days/week
Replies: 34
Views: 16496

Re: ADV suggested time schedule

I tried a strict schedule, but it made everyone miserable! I have learned that what works for us is to have a very, very loose schedule (actually, just a certain order that we do things in). We do Bible at breakfast, "academic things" (math, English, spelling, book basket) in the morning, read-aloud...
by beaglemamma2008
Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Studies - Repetitive?
Replies: 28
Views: 10161

Re: After week 13 in ADV ...

My experience is that, while Adventures does contain the right amount of history (age appropriate for a 2nd or 3rd grader, not comprehensive), what it has really done in our home is helped us to develop an overall sense of patriotism. We've listened to lots of patriotic music and really taken the ti...
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Bible - How is it integrated with history?
Replies: 15
Views: 9229

Science and Bible?

Right now we're learning about Jesus as our Shepherd and reading Mountain Born. I think we're getting more Bible from our read-aloud than from anything else right now. It is simply beautiful how the Lord led Marie to put all of this together! Soooo thankful for MFW!!!
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 28-29
Replies: 11
Views: 7975

Re: Science explanation needed! (air resistance)

Does that help to explain the experiment's purpose? It's a gravity experiment that attempts to take away the factor of air resistance to show that when air resistance is not an issue, then the only force acting on the falling objects is gravity. When air resistance is an issue, mass (weight) does h...
by beaglemamma2008
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Measurement & weights (US + metric)
Replies: 26
Views: 10006

Talk to me about Singapore math. Specifically metric sys

Okay, my oldest is several years away from starting a math curriculum if we follow MFWK. I'm not really planning ahead, but I can't stop wondering about this. I see Singapore math is recommended and I've seen in other places that it is very good as well. However, my understanding is that it teaches...
by beaglemamma2008
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 22729

Re: ADV at not-quite-6?

I did end up beefing up first grade--(used an Old Testament lap-book from Homeschool in the Woods), used a more advanced set of Bible Readers...etc. since the Bible Reader was too easy for her. But the main reason I'm so glad we went with first grade was the character-building emphasis of it! Great...
by beaglemamma2008
Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Describe and explain
Replies: 37
Views: 20112

What is the Book Basket

I am totally new to MFW. I have sometimes seen people referring to the "book basket", but I can't find anything on the website or in the catalog that talks about this. Can anyone tell me what it is? Is there a list of the books somewhere? Thank You! Yes, there is a list of books in the back of each...
by beaglemamma2008
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 22729

Re: ADV at not-quite-6?

Scattered thoughts here ... I'll try to get them all down before they disappear! :-) Doing Adventures in 1st: (1) There are some people who use Adventures with an advanced 1st grade student. (I actually have a bloggy friend who is doing it this year.) So yes, it can be done and can be done well! :) ...
by beaglemamma2008
Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: History - Does chronological study start with kindergarten?
Replies: 14
Views: 6574

Re: History for a 1st grader...?

I hate to have to admit this, but it took me a while to view Bible as history. I guess that's a result of the way my mind was shaped as a child: "Real" school was Monday through Friday when we learned about real events of the world, and "church" school was Sunday when we learned about events of the ...
by beaglemamma2008
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ** More user praise reports!
Replies: 35
Views: 15195

Re: I love Adventures!

kanderson wrote:DS keeps asking how much longer until we start the "America" stuff. Lol.
:-) Love this! My dd now calls the Celebrate America CD her "country music." 8[]
by beaglemamma2008
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Babies - How do you home school with them in the picture?
Replies: 53
Views: 22163

Re: I just had to say

What an encouragement! We're another Adventures family that has enjoyed our year immensely, but you've just given me hope that next year will be equally as wonderful. And although I won't have a new baby next year, it will be my first year to teach two separate programs (ECC and K). I'll just think ...
by beaglemamma2008
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Discussion - Learning without a list of questions
Replies: 17
Views: 8536

Re: Read-Alouds ... scheduled in ADV?

No, no discussion questions. Just great stories to read together. And as for subbing them out, yes, you could easily do that if you wanted to. (But we've really enjoyed the selections that are scheduled!) Like Tricia, our discussions just happen naturally. Or I'll find dd somehow "acting out" someth...
by beaglemamma2008
Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 20630

Re: MFW K for kindergarten or preschool?

We also use MFW K over 2 years. We used MFW K for our oldest dd's K year, but she had already learned to read with another program at the time, so we just continued with what was already working for her. As for the K math, we used it and loved it! It really does teach them a lot, just in a gentle wa...