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by Buttercup78
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Independent Work in Adventures
Replies: 5
Views: 3890

Re: Newbie Question - Daily Schedule

I was thinking similar - do book basket time for one while working with the other. If that doesn't work, do group stuff together, then daughter does book basket while you work with son, then work with daughter and son is free to go. Looking back, that's pretty much what crystal already said. Ok, gre...
by Buttercup78
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Magazines - God's World News, More
Replies: 35
Views: 13833

Re: God's World News Magazine?

We like it and it allows me to check off "Civics" as having been studied for the year!
by Buttercup78
Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Timeline - Ideas & details (1st)
Replies: 39
Views: 19032

Re: Organizing the kiddos

We are getting ready to start 1st and plan to do Adventures next year (Almost more excited about Adv. than 1st!) I didn't know there was an Adv timeline. Do you think we will want to just continue adding in our 1st timeline (maybe not permanently affix the New Heaven & New Earth just yet) or start ...
by Buttercup78
Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Timeline - Ideas & details (1st)
Replies: 39
Views: 19032

Organizing the kiddos

Last night I opened one of the student sheet packs - Wow! There's a lot in there. Heehee. :-) Now I'm working on the Jesus poster pieces. And I love the schedule ideas in the front of the TM. :) Have you decided on a timeline method? I'm lacking wall space and not sure what to do.... I saw one mom ...
by Buttercup78
Fri May 25, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - MFW methods really work!
Replies: 20
Views: 11704

Hands on through elementary school??

Hi, Im looking to use the K program next year with my daughter and it seems like it is very hands on with activities and projects. Im wondering for those of you who have been using this for awhile, if that (the hands on approach) continues through out the program or if it is just in the early years...
by Buttercup78
Tue May 22, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: General ideas for Creation to the Greeks
Replies: 63
Views: 34385

Re: Bloggers If you post about CTG on there

I've blogged a bit through ADV, but totally skipped ECC this year. :~ I just resurrected my blog and plan to post about CTG this year, probably starting in August. Link in my signature.
by Buttercup78
Tue May 15, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 113239

Fun resources for ECC

I got my Oriental Trading catalog recently and saw some inexpensive things that would be great for ECC! Flag of all Nations - a 15-foot flag banner with different country flags http://www.orientaltrading.com/flags-of-all-nations-line-of-flags-a2-25_135-12-1.fltr?Ntt=flag+of+all+nations Animal Globe ...
by Buttercup78
Mon May 14, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and K
Replies: 91
Views: 38507

Re: Any way to combine K & 2nd?

My daughter has been tagging along with my 2nd son since she was 2 and he was 4! When it was time, she got her own math and language/reading instruction. Now they are 7 and 9 and going into CtG in August. My 5-1/2 year old just started K today. He is NOT interested in tagging along with anyone!
by Buttercup78
Mon May 14, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 60508

Re: Adventure state study

That looks great! When we did ADV, I got a magnetic map puzzle with each state (or a few small states) being a piece of the puzzle. Well the magnets weren't very strong and we ended up losing some states :( This would have been much better! Plus the kiddos wouldn't have fought over who would add the...
by Buttercup78
Mon May 14, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 39627

Re: Planners

I was in the same boat (although only 2 kiddos in the same program) but I needed a planner. At convention this weekend I really perused a lot of them. I finally settled on one I had forgotten about that I used to use in my first years of homeschooling (10 yrs ago). http://www.fergnusservices.com/ It...
by Buttercup78
Mon May 14, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 20493

Re: Anyone delay starting Kindergarten? Or done K in 2 yrs?

My answer is yes to both! With my now-9yo, he was so eager to start so we started K at age 4-1/2 and stretched it out over 2 years. (Easy to do if you divide the lesson into 3 days per week). We actually just started K with my 5-1/2yo today! I was going to wait until July but he INSISTED that we sta...
by Buttercup78
Sun May 06, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Preparation - ECC is ordered, how do I get ready?
Replies: 62
Views: 37911

Re: ECC Notebooks?

Even though we are using 1st edition, I bought the student sheets new. So I just went through them, removing the POE pages (actually I kept some of them like the maps for showing the deserts, rainforests, etc) and divided the sheets by week. Then I put each week or couple weeks in a page protector. ...
by Buttercup78
Tue May 01, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Language & Math - Can I use any curriculum? MFW philosophy?
Replies: 33
Views: 13483

Do you use all of MFW?

Hi again I have a 10 yo, 8 yo and 5 yo. I'm thinking about ECC. I'd like to know how many of you use MFW with all the grade resources that MFW suggests? By this, I don't mean the book box (? hope I've got the right name) I mean do you use their Math and LA and Spelling suggestions? If you do use it...
by Buttercup78
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 35-36: Ideas for adding an extra country to ECC
Replies: 18
Views: 15382

Re: If you added a country to ECC...

I want to add Israel because I think it will be a good ending with moving on to CTG (We school year-round, so the summer break won't be very long in between). Not sure if we'll have time for it, but if we do, I think for science I would just do things along the same lines as the other countries - no...
by Buttercup78
Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 34324

Re: Today - I'm certain that I am not organized enough

More encouragement here. We are also in an 180-day state. We have 44 days in as of today. We are starting Week 5 of ECC. We WILL NOT finish the curriculum, I guarantee you, but we will get in our 180 days. We have a Keepers of the Faith club that meets twice a month - if little or no school gets don...
by Buttercup78
Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 16195

Re: Poor Handwriting...Perfectionist

I don't know anything about that software, but I make tracing pages for my 8yo recluctant writer also. I use a font called "Penmanship Print" that I downloaded for free online. If you find it and download, just know that to make a 'space' you use the ` key (the key to the left of the number 1 on you...
by Buttercup78
Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 20822

Re: Kingdom Tales - you could have warned me

We bought Kingdom Tales at our HS Convention. DH and I went alone and stayed at a hotel that night. I started reading KT after he was snoring beside me and I seriously had to fight to not stay up all night reading it! Just couldn't put it down! I think I read it during the whole drive home the next ...
by Buttercup78
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Laminating?
Replies: 19
Views: 8212

Re: Laminating Machine? Yes? No? Maybe?

I love, love, love my laminator! I got it at Aldi for $20. They usually have them every year but I can't remember what month.
by Buttercup78
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 19 & 20
Replies: 21
Views: 10390

Re: RtR Castle Model substitution?

We have not done RTR but we LOVE the Castle-Building Cards! There is so much you can do with them, and as was mentioned, they are easy to store and don't take up much space.
by Buttercup78
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 34256

Re: What level do I need for my son? First timer here...

Cindy, that is the best answer I have ever seen to this oft-asked question!

Another point I thought of is that if your child is reading going into Kindy in ps, they don't bump them up a grade because of it - they're still Kindergarteners! There is so much more to a "grade level" than reading level.
by Buttercup78
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 30380

Re: New to Unit Studies, love the idea, but have a question

You've got it right, but you can also do some combining once your younger is in 1st. You can do the math and language from 1st and they can sit in on ECC for some things. There are lots of great ideas on here!
by Buttercup78
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 36445

Re: Early Elementary Avid Advanced Readers?

I have the exact same child! Some of his favorite series are the Wally McDoogle by Bill Myers and also the Dixie books by Gilbert Morris.
by Buttercup78
Wed May 11, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Sheets - Enjoying them (teachers too!)
Replies: 2
Views: 3759

Re: ADV, Ready to start the states!

We are on the 14th state study right now. The children are enjoying it! My 8yo loves to read every fact on the back of the state sheet. Then they like to look up the birds in our bird book. Then they have to go check the birdfeeder on the front porch... :) We are actually behind and trying to finish...
by Buttercup78
Mon May 09, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 17911

Re: MFW and parts of speech - and mandatory testing

Just want to chime in and say that yes, testing is required, but getting a certain score on the test is not. Just another hoop we have to jump through is the way I see it.