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by Wendy B.
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-plus yrs old - Using MFW1 for grade 2+ language arts
Replies: 62
Views: 26046

Re: Reading/Vocabulary Programs?

Has she ever had her hearing tested? Due to the history of ear tubes and muffled sounds, an evaluation by an audiologist might be a good place to start. Your pediatrician will be able to make this referral. If you have her work through MFW 1 phonics, you will be able to assess her phonic skills. If ...
by Wendy B.
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-plus yrs old - Using MFW1 for grade 2+ language arts
Replies: 62
Views: 26046

Reading/Vocabulary Programs?

It is our first year of homeschooling and I'm learning that my almost done with third grade dd really struggles with reading/spelling and vocabulary. She doesn't seem to be able to sound out words she doesn't know, she just guesses or makes up a word if she doesn't know a word and she spells words ...
by Wendy B.
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Quantity expectations 1st-6th
Replies: 39
Views: 11239

Re: Writing Strands

I also help my kids A LOT with writing in the beginning. First we talk through the assignment and brainstorm ideas. Talking through the process helps my child organize his ideas. Once he has a good idea of what he is going to write then he starts to put words on paper. I am willing to help as much a...
by Wendy B.
Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 18426

Re: Help with Dick/Jane writing

I would point out how many times she used the word "is" and encourage her rewrite one sentence and remove the "is". For example, "She is in the third grade..." could become "This third grader lives in *city,state* with me." I would put the word "is" on a banned word list for future assignments. I wo...
by Wendy B.
Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Schedule - Starting RTR week 1 mid year?
Replies: 5
Views: 5075

Re: Is it too late to switch to MFW?

I know, I know, it's never too late, but I am stressed none the less. My DH lost his job in January, we moved across the country in April, lived in a hotel for 3 weeks, and now, I'm working a part time job to help us get back on our feet while homeschooling. Because of all this, I jumped ship and u...
by Wendy B.
Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 36422

Re: needing some encouragement all around

Like Julie, I am a better-late-than-early kind of gal. However, in your post there are some potential red flags for LDs that it may be worth exploring. Hearing issues, speech issues, sensory issues, the "weird" handwriting, and the poor visual memory ( spelling), etc. could all point to a learning d...
by Wendy B.
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining 1st and an OLDER program
Replies: 80
Views: 30799

Re: Help and encouragement needed.

I had a busy 6 yo when I worked through ECC. I did not expect her to remain engaged with the ECC stuff. If she joined us that was great but usually she did not and that was OK too. If she became distracted while we were working on ECC stuff, I encouraged her to go participate in another activity. So...
by Wendy B.
Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 40157

Record keeping with MFW

My oldest will be starting Adv for 2nd grade next week. Because of the homeschooling status that we chose for our state, we are not required to submit anything to our local board as far as records go. But, I would like to keep some kind of record for each child to have for various reasons. How do I...
by Wendy B.
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling while working, earning a degree, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 16282

Re: MFW and working full time

I have always worked while homeschooling. My current work schedule is 2- 12 hour shifts per week which leaves me 4 weekdays per week to do school. Actually it is 5 weekdays one week and 3 weekdays the next week but it all works out. When my older kids were teens they would work independently on my w...
by Wendy B.
Tue May 21, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 40131

What does a day look like teaching two different grades?

So our boxes arrived, everything is organized, and everyone is excited. (Especially my ds who asks every.single.day. "When can I do my ant hill?!") But how does it look once we start? Any tips on laying out a day with two totally different curricula going at the same time? Do I teach K to my ds one...
by Wendy B.
Wed May 01, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General help starting/transitioning/Mod 1
Replies: 64
Views: 20925

Re: Science alternative for 7th/8th

She outlined the text and used her outline to answer the summary questions. She uses highlighters extensively. Vocabulary words would get one color, formulas another, etc. Her theory is that she can not have too many highlighters. Ha! She re-reads her notes/outlines/etc. daily in preparation for the...
by Wendy B.
Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 20190

Re: Could I add reading program to MFW 1st gr??

I've taught MFW 1 with a child who was doing some reading. I'm currently working through it with a child who need lots of review. I am not familiar with emerging readers. If it is a collection of readers, then it would be doable. In the MFW 1 grid there is a check box for reading review. Simply allo...
by Wendy B.
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General help starting/transitioning/Mod 1
Replies: 64
Views: 20925

Re: Science alternative for 7th/8th

Bob Jones is harder to teach in a homeschool setting than Apologia. Bob Jones is written for a typical school setting and assumes a knowledgeable teacher. Just something to consider. Jeannie Fulbright has stated in her FAQ on her website to not use her Elementary series with 7th grade up but to tran...
by Wendy B.
Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 20190

Could I add reading program to MFW 1st gr??

Hi again!...i am really interested in MFW 1st gr for my oldest ds who will be 6 next month, for our first yr hs next yr....i like the looks of the program, but my only hesitation is the reading aspect. My son is an advanced reader, finishing K in ps right now. I would like the phonics portion to re...
by Wendy B.
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 14130

Box Day-Ready to start tearing into Learning God's Story

I'm so excited! We got our box today! Kids were having a break today in the beautiful sunshine outside today, playing with some side walk chalk and bubbles and the UPS guy showed up with our box, so I spent the remainder of break tearing into my box. MFW 1st looks wonderful. If any of you ladies ha...
by Wendy B.
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: 8th Grader - When to start high school?
Replies: 55
Views: 31613

Re: High school questions - BTDT moms?

Higher level science courses will have a math prerequisite requirement. For example, Chemistry 1 will have a prerequisite of Algebra 1. If he is not ready to move on to Algebra 1 then he will not be ready to advance his science sequence.

HTH
by Wendy B.
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: 8th Grader - When to start high school?
Replies: 55
Views: 31613

Re: High school questions - BTDT moms? dual credits

My oldest will be 13 this summer and starting 7th grade in the fall. Age-wise he could be an 8th grader, we chose to hold him back and start kindy at 6. He is a very smart boy, but lacks motivation in school unless it is something he is interested in. My question-- I went to a talk last night about...
by Wendy B.
Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and K
Replies: 91
Views: 39892

Re: Getting Concerned, Please Help

The year we did MFW K and Adv. was one of my favorite years. Due to dynamics within my family,I did not do a lot of combining nor expect them to work independently. Typically, I would start with the K'r . Once she was working on the project (or doing a unrelated craft project), I would start working...
by Wendy B.
Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and K
Replies: 91
Views: 39892

Combing K and Adventures for Bible...which way?

Planning on doing MFW K and MFW Adventures with my 6 and 8 year old next year. I know both do Bible in the program. For time sake, I think I might combine some of that. We are a new Christian family. My kids don't know hardly anything from the Bible except the general stuff like God created you and...
by Wendy B.
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 22927

Re: Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

The bias to box/planned curriculum is a relatively recent phenomena. When I started homeschooling in 1994, there was a lot more support for a variety of homeschooling styles since we had far fewer options. Find what works, ignore the critics, and move on. I wouldn't recommend planning on adding in a...
by Wendy B.
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13367

Considering MFW K

Hello, our son will be 5 in September and we will be starting kindergarten with him. Are there threads already started about how MFW works as far as combining children? We will have a 5yo, 3.5yo and a new baby come September. Is it possible to keep children separate as well? It is easy to combine k...
by Wendy B.
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Books - Why are there so few for this curriculum?
Replies: 28
Views: 15584

Hard time deciding! MFW vs. Sonlight

I had pretty much decided on using Sonlight and now i'm starting to doubt my decision, sorta. One thing that worries me is the questionable material that they will occasionally use and even though they explain in the IG some of what i've heard about certain books in the upper cores doesn't sit real...
by Wendy B.
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Books - Why are there so few for this curriculum?
Replies: 28
Views: 15584

Trying to decide on MFW?

This is our first full year homeschooling. I'm using a textbook based curriculum this year, and while it is thorough, we don't enjoy it! I've been looking at MFW and Sonlight for next year and I just can't decide! If anyone has used both, can you give me a comparison? I want a curriculum that is th...
by Wendy B.
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 10066

Re: Struggling reader in First; excited about readers

Pathway readers helped improved fluency with my struggling reader. All three of my older children read through several levels of Pathway. They just really liked the storyline. The stories build on each other, and the book as a list of new words for each story. I had my child first read the new words...
by Wendy B.
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining part of MFW1 with non-MFW programs?
Replies: 30
Views: 13768

Re: MFW1st/MUS/AAR/Adventures.... help?!

I vote for... a) Stick with MFW 1st entirely. Keep it simple your first year homeschooling. This will give you the opportunity to work on routines, habits, etc. which will benefit all of you in the future. Since she is already reading, the phonics in MFW 1st may be all she needs to take the next ste...