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by Tina
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 5th grade - Experiences switching to Singapore
Replies: 14
Views: 6689

Hi: My 10 ds made the swith from another curriculum to Singapore this past summer. We started in August. I chose to take him back to 2A (he could have started in 2B) but I wanted him to have success and learn the Singapore way of mental thinking before I put him in a level where he was learning new ...
by Tina
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 5 & 6
Replies: 13
Views: 7646

HISTORY: We loved learning about Massachusetts Colony. We originally come from MA and are planning a trip back soon and are very excited to be planning a trip to the Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation. It was neat studying about our home state. I have been learning so much myself from Building a Cit...
by Tina
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 3 & 4
Replies: 10
Views: 6596

Weeks 3 & 4

We enjoyed making the wigwams. We liked coating them with glue and making the door when it was dry. We had different colored wigwams here! We also had the opportunity to get together with a few other families and do an "Explorer's day". One mom set up sheets on a clip-board with descriptions of each...
by Tina
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for Bible: The Book of James
Replies: 8
Views: 7503

Thanks, Dawn for those tips on the index cards. We punched holes in our index cards and are using those circle metal clips to hold them together, then we can add more index cards if needed. I have also used 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock to write the bible memory on to also study from. I am really amazed at h...
by Tina
Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 1 & 2
Replies: 10
Views: 10237

Explorer's review We liked the review of the explorer's. We needed to use more than one page for our summaries. Making the cake is a fun experience that each child remembered from ECC. Do it again, its fun! Also, we are finding the placemat maps handy, one per child! In week two, let the kids make ...
by Tina
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for science: Animals & Classification (Zoo
Replies: 18
Views: 10184

Discover Trunks

Missouri's conservation commission has "Discovery Trunks" that can be checked out two weeks at a time. They have many different topics to choose from (bats, trees, birds, etc) and I am going to get the owl pellets from the conservation commission. The benefit to using the trunks is that they are fre...
by Tina
Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing guides? Match history/read-aloud?
Replies: 26
Views: 11257

1850-MOD - 8th grader

I'm planning to do the 2 progeny press guides for my 8th grade dd this year. What would be 2 good books to do? A couple of years ago I read "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" or something like that. It was a good look at the effects of slavery. I'm considering that. With the layout of the year 1850-Mod,...
by Tina
Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: Rome to the Reformation -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 13
Views: 17465

Well, it has been a couple of months since we’ve finished our Rome to the Reformation study but it has also been a very busy season too so I’ve delayed in my final note about our experiences this year. This was yet again another great year in My Father’s World. We continued on with our timeline that...
by Tina
Mon May 05, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: * RTR is absolutely wonderful!
Replies: 25
Views: 15953

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:36 am The chess -- we never knew how to play chess before, and now my two in RtR want to play it with everyone! They ask to play with anyone who enters the house. It is fun. Even more fun when other children come over and they all say "hey, let's play chess!" Thanks for s...
by Tina
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:47 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 14776

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:13 pm Hi: This year I am doing CtG with a 10 yr. old dd and an 8 yr. old ds. My ds is doing remarkably well! The study and time frame he understands well. He has developed so many skills this year from this study. Studying along with the bible reading has been good for h...
by Tina
Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:39 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-plus yrs old - Using MFW1 for grade 2+ language arts
Replies: 62
Views: 23104

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:17 pm Hi: I want to encourage you too. My ds is in 3rd grade (I call it 3rd grade) but reading, writing and spelling have not come easy to him. Writing and spelling are still a struggle, and reading is improving each year. I would say that he is 2nd/3rd grade level, a mi...
by Tina
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - How much time daily for ECC?
Replies: 37
Views: 15322

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:14 am I also have a 5th and 3rd grader and toddler! It usually takes about about 4 hours to complete our day. We are using CtG, and used ECC sucessfully last year. We would always add in extra read alouds and sometimes other stuff (speech class practice, AWANA, etc) but ...
by Tina
Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Phonics review in grades 2+
Replies: 9
Views: 7425

SSS - Starting over in 3rd grade

My 2nd grader is using Spelling Power and is at Level A. She just finished Review Test 4 and missed 4 words. Many words in her everyday writing are spelled incorrectly. Do I need to switch spelling programs or is she at her level for a 2nd grader? Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:55 pm I just wanted to g...
by Tina
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 20257

My son doesn't like to sit

I sure hope you all have some ideas for me... I have 2 dd's and 1 son. He is 6 and very active, doesn't like to sit and do things. I have really had trouble with his behavior this year, from defiance to disrespect, disobedience. My thoughts keep drifting towards "Egypt". (the Israelites complaining...
by Tina
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Is it enough? Do you supplement?
Replies: 35
Views: 16680

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:33 am Hi. I had something occur this week that might be of encouragement to you as you decide whether MFW is for you. I have, over time, collected...or held onto, homeschool books of all sorts because others were going to throw them away. I just hate to see this happen, ...
by Tina
Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SSS - Ideas for reinforcing spelling words
Replies: 25
Views: 10348

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:52 am Hi Bobbi: We are in the second year of using sound and structure with our 2nd child, ds 8. I used it last year with him (2nd grade) and he just didn't retain any of the spelling. We did not finish the book before 2nd grade was done--we got to lesson 24. When we star...
by Tina
Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SSS - (Spelling by Sound and Structure) - Experiences
Replies: 7
Views: 6735

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:37 pm Donna: I too am using R&S spelling with sound and structure for the first time this year with my ds. I really like it. He caught on a lot more than I thought he would. This is the first formal spelling program I have done with him. It is a very gentle review of phon...
by Tina
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - How do you do this at your house?
Replies: 26
Views: 12611

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:40 pm Here in our home, we experience book basket in several ways. Each day the dc have a set time for independent reading. My dd (10) will read a chapter book she is working on (sometimes it is on topic for our study, most of the time it isn't) and my ds (8) must read t...
by Tina
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 19011

Reading - Should I be assigning specific lessons?

Could some of you tell me how you do/did reading with your second graders? My dd is a good reader and seems to simply get interested in a book and I let her go with it. We don't do a question and answer about the book, though I do try to have her tell me about it. Am I missing the boat anywhere? It...
by Tina
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Older child who still needs work on reading
Replies: 46
Views: 14163

need encouragement with slow reader!

Hi, I will begin adventures this fall with my 8 yr.old and 6 yr. old. My struggle is with my 8 yr. old son. He should be going into 3rd grade according to his age, but he is behind in reading. It is such a struggle for him, and he feels so bad about it. He is so worried someone may ask him to read ...
by Tina
Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - When to begin essays & reports?
Replies: 14
Views: 7217

At what point does MFW teach...

My oldest is in 5th grade and doing LL. We love this. At what point does MFW teach how to make an outline or write a book report? I know that LL has outlines in it but I am not sure the right form of things like this and for book reports. English is my weak subject. Also when he does the language b...
by Tina
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Spelling Power) - Describe how you use this, time,
Replies: 50
Views: 20894

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:01 pm I believe that on your step of "we correct them", it should be automatic correction. For example, you are right there while the child is spelling the word on their paper, and if they get it wrong, you automatically correct them. Also, stop the test if they get three...
by Tina
Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?
Replies: 28
Views: 15847

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 5:44 pm We are finishing up PLL this year and will move onto ILL for my 3rd grade son. We have also adjusted, omitted, added and included in our studies on PLL. You can do as much or as little as you feel your student can handle. My son was not one who enjoyed writing at al...
by Tina
Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?
Replies: 28
Views: 15847

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:34 pm MY ds is also one who does not like written work. I have worked him up to writing maybe 5-6 sentences per lesson (that requires writing). Last year, we started writing at least one or two, then we moved up to 3 or 4, now we are onto 5 or 6. If I must cut a lesson in...
by Tina
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 1 & 2
Replies: 19
Views: 17134

RtR week 1--bible library & clay tablets

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:15 am We did the little craft in How the Bible Came to Us with the match boxes for the bible library. Here's how I made it work: I couldn't find a large matchbox that fit just six small boxes in it, so I bought six toothpick boxes instead. They didn't fit in the large ma...