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by niki
Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:47 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 20457

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:49 pm OK, here's my 2 cents... I'm getting started with my third child (I'm a slow learner) who has just turned five and has been showing reading readiness and the ability to start the K program probably this entire school year. She just turned five and will be starting t...
by niki
Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Glimpses of Adventures - Having fun in December! March!
Replies: 12
Views: 8449

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:41 pm We are on week #25 in ADV after our "mid-winter break" last week. We are right on track for where we wanted to be at this point! Hooray. It doesn't always seem to go that way :) I'm excited to make corn casserole tomorrow...we didn't have any corn in the house - ima...
by niki
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 34055

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:08 pm I love the idea to have literature day every day. As I was going through my TM, I didn't even want to miss the "alternative" books. So, even though my K'er will be doing book basket with the olders (she always has been), I really want to give her some attention that...
by niki
Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 2nd grader - Adventures vs. ECC
Replies: 52
Views: 18702

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:57 pm We are doing ADV with a 1st (reading/writing great) and a 2nd grader this year. The year has been a breeze (because the kids love it, not because it too easy - but it's easy for me and that's a real bonus). Don't skip it, it has been our best year yet. Each year of ...
by niki
Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts - Are the MFW recommendations the way to go?
Replies: 34
Views: 16489

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:24 am

I second what others have said about Honey for a Child's Heart. I also thought there we plenty of good reading books from book basket.
by niki
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Older child who still needs work on reading
Replies: 46
Views: 14937

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:07 pm I wanted to encourage you too. My dd, who's 8, can still be at times a reluctant reader. It can feel overwhelming as their teachers, especially when we start comparing them to other kids their ages... I added so much pressure because of that! I wanted to second the ...
by niki
Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - You can just buy the books and stay with MFW!
Replies: 37
Views: 19177

I was wondering if any of you got your TM early and bought books that could be used to avoid the library and scheduled them in? Oh I usually read to the kids all the book basket books as we love that time snuggling on the couch together. Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:21 pm You can absolutely purchase ...
by niki
Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ** Book Basket - Ideas for obtaining books (author reply)
Replies: 44
Views: 21548

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:22 pm I too have a great library system, but...sometimes I forget to put our books on hold - and I RARELY search them out when I have all the kids with me for "library day" which is usually the case becuase they LOVE the library. Soo... they like to know what we're lookin...
by niki
Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Making a difference in PARENT's love of books!
Replies: 4
Views: 4375

My husband discovered Book Basket!

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:25 pm I just want to share... Last night my dh brought a book into our room from the book basket (one of the little one's had asked him to read it while I was out a bit for the evening), he asked if I'd read the book. I hadn't read it, so he read to me and afterward just ...
by niki
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K & 1st - Both plus an OLDER program?
Replies: 39
Views: 16867

How do I juggle K AND 1st and an older program?

This fall I will have a second grader who is probably more like a first grader in terms of reading. I would like her to try to do ECC with her older sister to ease my load, so I only have to do the K with her younger sister. There's also a 3 yo to keep things interesting. Or should I just do the 1s...
by niki
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Encyclopedias - Are these nice to use with MFW?
Replies: 26
Views: 13304

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:44 pm I have to say that we've used a 1992 set given to me by a friend that was moving - bless her! My kids love them. They are constantly pulling them off the shelf to look something up, or just look through. We've used them from K and on... Maybe I'm old fashioned, but ...
by niki
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement Tests - Helpful ideas for giving tests & evaluating results
Replies: 27
Views: 11709

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:30 pm My 9y.o. placed in 2A, we've really struggled with math over the years...but she loves Singapore, and is about to start 2B!! She's so excited and says she loves math...I almost do a double take to make sure that's really my kid talking! Don't feel bad - just jump in...
by niki
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 8506

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:24 am We have a creative writing notebook. I do not grade or correct it :) It's their work "personal notebook" or journal if you will. They either write something of their choice, or I'll give them a topic or a question. They love it, they write lots (and I must say I was...
by niki
Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: ECC - Younger siblings will learn, as well!
Replies: 17
Views: 9377

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:40 am What my ECC year is looking like with my 9,7 and 5 y.o. I have MFW K and for her I'm pretty much just getting her to read and doing to worksheets, 100 chart, calendar and phonics from MFW K along with some ETC. She can really come right along with my 2 olders in ECC...
by niki
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW workshops & audio CDs -- Reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 27147

School at Home or Family Education

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 8:17 am I was at INCH and went to David's newest talk - GREAT! I highly recommend listening to this one. A few things I gleaned: -Am I impressing God's Word on my kids and is it central to our day? -What I'm accomplishing at home will endure for generations - we're teaching...
by niki
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 112929

Vocabulary Game

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:22 am We've made a game out of our geography vocab cards that we make on our Fridays. The kids love it. It's review, dad draws a card from the pile, and they stand up if they know it...if they get it right they get a "three pointer" and if it's wrong (just because they wa...
by niki
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - Many ideas!
Replies: 54
Views: 34204

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:50 pm In ECC we have a scheduled drill for Mon - Thurs, and I'm so glad it's scheduled, we really need it here, but I need a handful of tricks up my sleeve to keep it from becoming mundane! Sometimes I do write on the dry erase board. One other thing I found is they love ...
by niki
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Combining K alongside an OLDER program (author response)
Replies: 55
Views: 25216

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:38 pm I'm working on a schedule myself for K and ECC. I guess it's been said many times on this board that you don't have to do everything from each curriculum. So for me I'm teaching ECC to my older 2 and K to my youngest. While my older two are doing book basket, I'm a...
by niki
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Topics - Do you limit books to the topics of the day?
Replies: 6
Views: 3552

We're typically like Jenn. All our stuff is in the book basket for the week or two that we're on...along with what the kids picked out at the library.

Then we just set the timer and away we go!!!
by niki
Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 16-17 Germany
Replies: 16
Views: 14618

DH found a great book for book basket...

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot (a true story of the Berlin airlift na dthe candy that dropped from the sky) by Margot Theis Raven

Beautiful and heart warming (mommy cried) I just saw that Gwen found this book too - Don't miss it!
by niki
Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Books - Ideas for using the Illustrated World Altas
Replies: 12
Views: 6813

Thanks, it seemed when I let the kids pick each section I even had more of their attention. :) Also, I did find we were using it at the end of our day when I was more than ready to be done...we picked it up yesterday evening before bedtime, and they loved hovering around to listen! THANKS!
by niki
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Cursive - Can I add this to 1st?
Replies: 5
Views: 5704

I took my own twist from A Reason For Handwriting, which seemed overwhelming/discouraging to her...she's a 1st born, perfectionist. So, I write out a short, verse from the Bible (a Proverb, or an adaptation of one) and write it out at the top of her paper and let her do her best at it. It does help ...
by niki
Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:03 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Combining - Balancing the olders & the youngers
Replies: 7
Views: 6419

I have 2 dc doing ECC and my youngest in the MFWK. We are all about ECC, my kids love it and my k'er will even jump in from time to time throughout the day. I do not MAKE her do any part of ECC, but sometimes she has to be doing "work" with us. I don't accomplish EVERYTHING in the MFWK, but we try t...
by niki
Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can't seem to fit it all in! Sick days,
Replies: 68
Views: 18625

We are reading Cameron Townsend right now to my 9 and 7 year olds. I'm certain that some of what I read goes in one ear and out the other! While I'm reading they color, play with little figures (horses, dinos, or whatever). At times they ask questions that show me they are listening, for eg. "what d...
by niki
Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement Needed - Do all children like school?
Replies: 72
Views: 26859

Do my kids like school...yes and no, we are still trying to get out of summer mode - which was, play, play with friends, play and play some more!! So they really just want to play - right now they drag their feet quiet a bit sometimes, but parts of the day they love: book basket, read-a-loud, geogra...