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by Renai
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Minutes with Marie
Topic: Minutes with Marie - Light
Replies: 3
Views: 3495

Re: Minutes with Marie - Light

I love this. It reminds me that my oldest daughter, 15yo now, still remembers what she learned about being a light from MFW K 10 years ago.
by Renai
Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 34443

Re: Switching from Sonlight?

We also moved from SL to MFW when my oldest was K age. it sounds like you are probably doing Core A, which most veterans will say is a good 1st grade program. That's what we were doing when we switched. Loved MFW and did it for years! Now, I have my 4 year old coming up behind her (my oldest is 15 n...
by Renai
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 48114

Re: Why can't I find any long term MFW users?

I haven't been here in a while. I started using MFW with my oldest when she was in between K and 1st, and we went through CtG before she went to a charter school. Our surprise child is using the toddler toys (which I actually bought when I had a home daycare), and will be going through the cycle as ...
by Renai
Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 34443

Re: Sonlight vs. MFW

I used SL prek and K. Well, actually only got through to almost half of K before I stopped- I didn't think my dd was "getting it." What drew me to SL were the books, as I'm a big reader, and my daughter loved for me to read to her. Another problem I had, besides the perception that she wasn't gettin...
by Renai
Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 13659

Re: Teaching an only child?

I know it's been a long time since I've been on the board- about 1.5 years I think! We also went through secondary infertility. I had always wanted 4 children. When we went for walks and my husband and daughter were ahead of me holding hands, I would see a vision of a smaller child holding his other...
by Renai
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 14-15 France
Replies: 24
Views: 16450

Window on the World: Albanian music

Since the people group in week 14 is Albania, and we know so little about it, I went searching. I found a website where you can listen to Albanian radio. It is http://www.albanianmusicbox.com/. You have to select a station, and for this service you do not have to register. Scroll down the page and i...
by Renai
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Narration & Comprehension, plus general K encouragement
Replies: 15
Views: 6926

Re: Reading comprehension for K

Hello, Just wanted to add another word of encouragement. My daughter was the same way, couldn't remember birthday, address, or phone number, and - my goodness, how embarrassing, since I've worked preschool for so long :-) , lol! Not really, I wasn't embarrassed, I just chalked it up to, golly gee, I...
by Renai
Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Literature-rich (MFW) vs literature-based
Replies: 26
Views: 18944

Just adding our previous books

I am thinking that if we do go with MFW, that I will add our previous books to the Book Basket as well. There are so many good ones! Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:53 pm Another good thing about MFW is many of the same good books you want to add in are already listed in the MFW book basket list- by we...
by Renai
Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:01 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Describe and explain
Replies: 37
Views: 18765

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:10 pm

Just wanted to add that book basket is designed for the "Learning to Love to Read" stage. They can choose whatever book from the basket and browse.
by Renai
Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:50 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 21103

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:58 am My own daughter was 7 finishing 1st grade. Learning letters was done scratching large letters in the dirt and having her walk them. Spelling was done bouncing on an exercise ball. She stands up doing most of her seatwork. There's a certain friend that comes over, a...
by Renai
Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Literature-rich (MFW) vs literature-based
Replies: 26
Views: 18944

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:13 pm We started out with another preK and K. Then I found MFW and have done 1st, finishing Adventures and will move into ECC next year. Actually, it was the ECC that drew me to the curriculum in the first place. Although I like the 4-year history idea, I also wanted dd t...
by Renai
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:13 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 17710

Re: Testing - how do your children do with MFW

Our state (NC) is very aggressive with reading and math in the early years - too aggressive. Due to the more gentle nature of MFW, I am expecting my child to test below in 1st and maybe 2nd, then level off and probably start testing above in 3rd. Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:52 am I just wanted to re...
by Renai
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Language Arts - Still working on reading
Replies: 11
Views: 5906

I agree with the above. Since my daughter reads in a completely different language anyway, I knew she wouldn't be reading anything in book basket (unless found in the other language- even then...). She enjoyed the pictures, and I read a lot of books. A LOT of books. I found a Bible she could read. S...
by Renai
Fri May 30, 2008 12:51 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 59474

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:36 pm

enature.com also has bird songs.
by Renai
Fri May 23, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 35502

Another Adv. moment. Or, we obviously watch too much soccer

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 3:55 pm Hey all! So, I'm reading the facts on the back of the Illinois sheet. I get to the part where it reads, "The great Chicago fire..." Whereupon, I get interrupted by dd, "Oh, you mean Chicago Fire! That's the soccer team Cuahtemoc Blanco (Mexican soccer star) plays on...
by Renai
Mon May 05, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Phonics review in grades 2+
Replies: 9
Views: 7683

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:47 pm My daughter turned 8 at the end of September, currently in second grade Adventures. Since we hs bilingually, we waited a year before teaching reading in English- she'll just finish MFW 1 phonics at the end of May (she's doing well, I should add!). I was also wonderi...
by Renai
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 32-33
Replies: 7
Views: 6479

Books for New Mexico

Since there aren't many book suggestions for New Mexico, I thought I'd post a series. We just call it the "Carlos series." It's based on a boy that lives in La Espanola Valley in northern NM (about a 20-30 minute drive from me :) ). They are bilingual picture books by Jan Romero Stevens. The titles ...
by Renai
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Testing - Do I need this in MFW-1?
Replies: 6
Views: 6314

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:16 pm As this is a Charlotte Mason method, the habit of narration is your "test" of your child's comprehension of what is taught. The child is also learning to write a one (and later, two) sentence summary of the Bible stories. This process helps you help the child rememb...
by Renai
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: History - Does chronological study start with kindergarten?
Replies: 14
Views: 6441

1st grade History

Is there something that we can supplement for History for MFW1st? Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:16 pm We did MFW1 last year, and I admit, I started to use something to "supplement" history. After the first month however, I used MFW1 as is without supplementing, it just wasn't needed. As this is a Char...
by Renai
Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone age to begin? Tips for younger users
Replies: 56
Views: 24011

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:17 am And just to set you at ease, there is no "magic" age opportunity for learning languages. The only benefit of early foreign language learning is opportunity of speaking without an accent. And, having been around a lot of different cultures (as have the Hazells I'm s...
by Renai
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Double digit addition and subtraction
Replies: 4
Views: 4502

Yes, Dee, that makes a lot of sense! I'm glad we're not alone in the borrowing/carrying thing too. I actually do have that graph paper in the house (somewhere- been put away for a couple of years now). We took a break from math yesterday... we'll be back at it today with money and graph paper. Thank...
by Renai
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Double digit addition and subtraction
Replies: 4
Views: 4502

I'd forgotten about money, silly me. She likes money :). I'll try that today. Does it seem strange that she can borrow, but forgets regrouping?? Or is it just me? It's funny you mention adding from left to right. I actually do that now that I'm older. Don't know when I figured it out, but it's not s...
by Renai
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling while working, earning a degree, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 15850

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:06 pm I work part time both in and out of the home (to end this spring hopefully the outside job). I must be out of the house by 12:30 to go to work (dd goes with me- it's a preschool) and the goal is to have things done by then. For us, if it's not done in the morning, ...
by Renai
Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Comparing ECC to other geography programs
Replies: 22
Views: 9893

Thanks to you both! I feel better knowing MFW has it covered as far as the eastern hemisphere, and glad it's not all just stuck in one particular place in the curriculum. ECC is actually the whole reason I switched over- I wanted dd to get the geography and the mission focus earlier than 5th or 6th ...
by Renai
Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 6-7
Replies: 28
Views: 19435

Bread chemistry video

There are free science videos available on newtonsapple.tv. We are studying bread, and they have a video called Bread Chemistry! I had just found it as dd was checking on the yeast experiment. It was great reinforcement, and only about 5-7 minutes long. Not boring, great humor. You can find it here:...