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by Crystallea
Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Combining with older grades - More help
Replies: 22
Views: 10553

Re: How to teach a K, 1st, 3rd & 4th grader AND 2 1/2 y.o. t

give yourself time to find the rhythm of the program. My littles last year (4, 5,5) went to Camp RunAmok each morning. Not recommending it, but it is what happened and we all survived. Well, some dishes didn't, but for the most part ...... 8[]
by Crystallea
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 66096

Re: what is wheat paste and where do you buy it??

in my wallpapering phase, I used wheat paste to glue the paper to the wall. So you might find it in the home repair/decorating department. If I recall, it seemed quite inexpensive even then.
by Crystallea
Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Spelling Power) - Describe how you use this, time,
Replies: 50
Views: 26118

Re: Spelling Power: You can't make me like it....

With 4 doing SP, we rotate activities. I start with DS who is the most reluctant, set timer for 5 minutes. the other 3 are drilling math facts in some way (we WILL learn them eventually), timer goes off, DS switching with DS and first one reviews, while testing. 2 DD are drilling math or reviewing s...
by Crystallea
Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Spelling Power) - Describe how you use this, time,
Replies: 50
Views: 26118

Spelling Power: You can't make me like it....

It was going to be overwhelming and TOO much work, I just know it!!!!!!!! I have 4 kids at different levels--this won't work. :~ We actually enjoy it, all four kids. :-) &) Even my very reluctant student comes ready and willing to work. I had to tweak it a little to keep the other 3 busy and not wan...
by Crystallea
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to other unit studies
Replies: 44
Views: 21300

Re: Is ECC going to be boring?? What about MFW K?

Absolutely, positively NOT boring. We loved it, loved especially the food!!!!
by Crystallea
Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: CTG book ideas, favorites
Replies: 51
Views: 22817

Re: Readers (esp. for CTG)

I just went to Amazon and bought a selection of books and found 8 books in the 4 for 3 special offer. I got Adam and his kin, Mara, Cat of Bubastes, Bible Heroes and bad guys, Mystery of the Roman Ransom, Polycarp, Adara and a dover coloring book on OT stories. cost about $40, free shipping. But I c...
by Crystallea
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 25700

Re: Switch to MFW?

I used Sonlight K, 1 and 2. And I love the switch to MFW. I could not complete all that the guide had planned and I know you can pick and choose, but I always felt guilty or maybe I was missing something. What I love about MFW is I can get it done. My kids are retaining so much from the short and sw...
by Crystallea
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 27026

ECC and blessings

Every time I want to post I just want to say how blessed I feel to have found MFW and ECC, so I usually just say nothing. But today I must proclaim: We are having so much fun and learning SO much. I am amazed how the geography game gets the locations in our brains. When something comes up in the new...
by Crystallea
Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Wall Map preservation / laminating / storage
Replies: 29
Views: 12286

Re: Wall Map

Our teacher's resource room for the public schools allow us to us their equipment. Laminating is .50 a foot and it is about 3 feet wide. it is by far the cheapest way to go in this area.
by Crystallea
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 18387

Re: Writing Strands

Just listened to the tape. loved it. I enjoyed his humor, am excited to see where this program will take us this year. I don't know how to teach writing, have dreaded it and am relieved that this program will take us through the steps. Thanks for going the extra mile to send the cassette to the comp...
by Crystallea
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 37175

unbelieveable start

We have loved the beginning of ECC. I am actually hearing from my kiddos "I love school this year". Granted it's only been 3 days but it has been easier than I could imagine. This is our first year using MFW and was hoping it would live up to the incredible reports you ladies give and it seems to. C...
by Crystallea
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Cursive - When does MFW start & misc cursive ?s
Replies: 49
Views: 35609

Re: handwriting

Thanks for the input. Looks like the jury is still out. My solution at the end of last year was to tell them to connent the letters any way that felt right to them as long as it was legible for me. Not sure that was a good solution, but it got us through the day. We shall carry on and keep trying. M...
by Crystallea
Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 29618

Re: Just curious about using workboxes and MFW

I use a similar notebook system. I made up a grid for each of my students. I labeled them Day 1 day 2 etc. mainly because if Mondays work didn't get done on Monday we all felt "off". Then I scheduled their independent work on this grid. I then staple it to a folder with 2 pockets. Under this page I ...
by Crystallea
Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW workshops & audio CDs -- Reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 28901

Re: 7-CD Workshop Set - Very Encouraging!!!

I just got the 7 cd set also. I could so ditto your post--same two cds listened to, with many interuptions and playbacks but so worth it. so encouraging. I am constantly in self-doubt. Did I pick the right curriculum, can I really homeschool 6 kiddos, etc.? Hearing David describe the why behind the ...
by Crystallea
Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Box Day - Unboxing!
Replies: 11
Views: 7803

Box Day - Unboxing!

First impressions All I can say is WOW!!! After reading so much praise for MFW and ECC in particular I was trying to not have too high of expectations. After thumbing through and reading portions and checking out the books, I am VERY impressed. I love the fact that the student pages are notated wit...
by Crystallea
Fri May 22, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Organizing everything
Replies: 23
Views: 10495

Re: Kindergarten questions

thank you ladies for the ideas. I think "tacky minimalist" is just my style. With the addition of each kiddo, everything has had to become very functional. So I really apprectiate the ideas that have been field tested. looking forward to implementing these ideas. Can't describe the excitement and th...