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by GoodCat
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Baskets - What kind of book "basket"?!
Replies: 25
Views: 16751

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:15 pm I went to WalMart and bought one of those decorative canvas storage thingies :) Its pretty large. Probably like a medium sized laundry basket. It can hold around 30-40 books. I bought a smaller one that matched and I use it for baby books and such. But if you have a...
by GoodCat
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Placement - Using MFW1 with a reading child
Replies: 37
Views: 16488

MFW1 was great for my good reader

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:45 pm When we did MFW1 with my then 5dd, she was a pretty good reader. She was reading cvc and two vowel words pretty easily. MFW1 was great for her. It taught her many special sounds that they need to know to progress in their reading. She didn't get bored and adding in ...
by GoodCat
Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:12 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 1-year-olds and ideas that are working!
Replies: 22
Views: 14437

Re: Things I have tried

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:26 am We just finished up a year with a little one. She turned 2 in April. - One of the things that really helps us is having a snack time. I try to schedule it when I'm getting ready to do our reading for history or our read a loud time. I'll make popcorn (my kids love p...
by GoodCat
Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: God & the History of Art - Starting in RTR? Later? Sibling?
Replies: 9
Views: 9935

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:15 am I have some experience using this with my..then...6dd. When we started CtG this past school year I had a 11dd, 10ds, 8ds, and 6dd. So you can see I had 2 that were under 10. From my experience it is not the difficult as long as you don't expect perfection. Like Cry...
by GoodCat
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blend Ladder extra ideas
Replies: 21
Views: 14198


Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:58 pm Over here we play games with flashcards when learning blends. I show them a flashcard and if they say it correctly, they get to move their pieces. It always amazes me how much they like this and it works. No matter if it was my brainy, learns everything quickly chil...
by GoodCat
Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - (God and the History of Art) - Overview & Experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 9827

Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:08 pm Just adding my experience. This was the first year we used GATHOA in CtG. I did it with (at the time) 11dd, 10ds, 8ds, and 6dd. They all really enjoy art. It is now their favorite part of school. Even my 6 dd could do some or most of what they asked for. It stretche...
by GoodCat
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - What age/grade does MFW introduce reproducti
Replies: 15
Views: 11754

Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:32 am A few months ago my oldest dd who's 12 started asking more in depth questions. So I got out the encyclopedia and had a talk with her. But it still wasn't complete I don't think. So I'm looking forward to reading this book with her and maybe my ds who's 11. I think i...
by GoodCat
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 37347

Can they honestly do this together?

I have 4 children I will be teaching next year. 7th grade, 2nd, K, preschool, plus a toddler running around. I am really concerned how this will all work. My 7th and 2nd grader will be starting RTR. Can they honestly do this together? See, my 7th grader is use to working on her own. I know she like...
by GoodCat
Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Different locations and styles
Replies: 49
Views: 25084

Re: Charlotte Mason nature studies

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 7:47 am When we first started doing nature walks, my dd was in k then 1st. We would go into our backyard and I told everyone they would observe what ever they liked. So the older ones would go and find something that interested them and would start drawing or collecting sam...
by GoodCat
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Patricia St. John books--wonderful!!
Replies: 17
Views: 7917

Star of Light

This is such a good book. It is sad and hard at times, but it does have a good ending. My children really enjoyed this book and it did help them to understand that we live in a fallen world but in a gentle way. I hope you enjoy the end as much as we did :)

by GoodCat
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Ideas: ECC Fun extras
Replies: 36
Views: 20395

That sounds a lot like what we did. Although we didn't do it for the whole 2 weeks. I think I'll do that next time around :) We did usually have a feast of 2-3 days at the end of every country we studied. My children loved this and would look forward to it. They still talk about some of the foods we...
by GoodCat
Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Ideas for Step 3
Replies: 7
Views: 5662

Hi, I bought a container of "letter tiles" at my school store. They only cost about $5 and had both upper and lower case letters. When they get to that 3rd step, they pull these out (not always, but mostly). They can do them on their own so I can continue working with the other children (I have 3 do...
by GoodCat
Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Scheduling Grammar & Progeny Press
Replies: 41
Views: 14451

I have a 7th and a 6th grader doing All in One English this year. So I think we won't rush and we'll continue with WS and maybe a Progeny Press Guide.

Thank you again for all you help!!!

by GoodCat
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 39
Views: 20328

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:26 pm I'm the opposite. We used an spiral notebook the first year and it didn't work real great with my kids. So I bought the record book and my kids loved it. It helped them to see what they needed to do and gave them the area to do it in. You know you kids and what wou...
by GoodCat
Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 33485

Hi Kristen, I've found that some years (like the ones when I had really little ones), I would need to just start school and see how everything flows. Then I could get a better understanding on what I needed to do with my family. In fact, that is where I'm at with this year. We are doing RtR with my ...
by GoodCat
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 29079

Here's our experience... When we started in ECC, I had only read "fun" books with my children. I had a good range of ages (6m - 10). I really thought that the biographies would be way over their heads and that they would get bored and not want to listen. I really stressed about it before school star...
by GoodCat
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - (God and the History of Art) - Overview & Experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 9827

I have to agree. We just finished our year of CtG and we love GATHOA. I even did it with a 6dd, 8ds, 10ds, and 11dd. The little ones did just fine. It was challenging at times but they learned a lot. I would definately recommend it to anyone!!

by GoodCat
Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - How long per day/time for MFW-1?
Replies: 30
Views: 16384

When we did 1st, it took my dd about 1 hour (maybe less) to do the 1st stuff. But then she also sat in with our read-a-louds and science, and would do what ever fun things we were doing in ECC.

What a fun year for all of us!!! I hope you have a blessed year too!!!

by GoodCat
Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - Some users like to make a tentative daily plan
Replies: 10
Views: 7181

Hi. This will be our 2nd year with MFW. I'm trying to figure out how to schedule our day. I had a hard time deciding whether to continue homeschooling, and the kids wanted to keep doing it! So, with the 2 little ones, I just really need more order this year. AND, to make it harder, we have a baseme...
by GoodCat
Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 20158

2nd and 3rd graders

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:27 pm I'm doing CtG this year with a 6th,5th,3rd, and 2nd grader. My dd in 2nd does just fine. She listens when I read and even reads when we do our bible time (they take turns reading). She does the science with us and really enjoys it. She has her own language and math...
by GoodCat
Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 16575

Printing lined paper for notebooks

You know what I mean, right? Is there an easy way that is neat and I am just not thinking right? I keep thinking that we either have to write in the lines (bleh...messy), or I have to get my word processor to make a page of lines that won't cover the picture (bleh...takes lots of trial and error). ...
by GoodCat
Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Corrections - Can children help check their own math?
Replies: 5
Views: 5833

Hi Winni, Like Crystal, I check things as we go through the day. Like if we are doing language.. I'll check it while we are doing it together or when they are done. Same thing with math. Usually I'm teaching or going over new ideas, so after that we check their work. You're right that it would proba...
by GoodCat
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:28 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 45726

Re: Switched from textbooks to MFW

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:47 am I used textbooks for 5 years. K trough 4th. I really like K and some of the phonics of 1st and 2nd. It is a good thorough curr. and bible based. However, it is very work book heavy. And it is really geared to be taught to one child at a time. As the children get ol...
by GoodCat
Tue May 13, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - The Children's Homer pronunciation help !
Replies: 9
Views: 6422

Hi Winni,

I looked up some words in the dictionary and some on line to find out how to pronounce them. The ones I couldn't find I just did my best with. The children didn't realize any different.

by GoodCat
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: * We're having fun in CtG!
Replies: 50
Views: 30150

We are just loving this year

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:45 pm We are just finishing up week 5 of CtG. We just are loving this year. We keep saying over and over how this is the best year of homeschooling for us (we've homeschooled for 7yrs). We just love studying history from the beginning and we are learning about Egypt righ...