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by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon May 07, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling by substitute teacher, traveling, moving
Replies: 33
Views: 8781

Re: advice on schooling while traveling

Is a particular time of day that you're trying to fill? Or do you want to keep up on skills? Do you need something to keep them busy on the car or airplane? Or are you trying to finish the year by a certain date? I have different opinions based on those, too. Yes, I am trying to fill a few mornings ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun May 06, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Preparation - ECC is ordered, how do I get ready?
Replies: 62
Views: 37898

Re: ECC Notebooks?

I put all of the student sheets into page protectors and then into a binder marked "student sheets." As my dd used them, I put them back into page protectors and into a binder marked "geography notebook." It's easy at the end of the year to take them all out and get them spiral bound (stold Trish's ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed May 02, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Quantity expectations 1st-6th
Replies: 39
Views: 11101

Re: 1st & 2nd Grade Writing?

This is coming from the "what worked for us" file. (Trish's way of double dictation actually sounds better to me, I'm just giving more ideas.) To begin with, my dd was too young to be doing ADV. When it was time for written summaries, she would get frustrated, but oral narrations would go on and on ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue May 01, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 33484

More thanks for the MFW board

I definitely can be accused of being online too much. Although, when Reid was younger, I mostly posted during lunch or after school (or I'm a night owl, so late at night). Now, Reid's pretty independent. And I'm home most of the time, 3 days a week I'm running a home dialysis machine with scattered...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 25655

Re: Ideas for K first day of school?

One fun thing is taking a picture of your child holding up the TM for that year. I missed that for 2 of the years . . . I wish I had them all. Take a bazillion pictures! At the table with their new pencil box, in front of the wall map, in front of a tree in the yard . . . whatever you have. It's so ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 34198

I'm in crisis mode...please talk me down

:~ Simple...I need simple. I've had a hard time this last year trying to get everything done with both kiddos. My ds was in NO way ready to do RtR with dd so I used Adventures with him. Well...not really. We have done the bare, bare, bare, minimum. That is fine...it has given him more time to focus...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Adventures - Flat Stanley book/activity
Replies: 5
Views: 5386

Re: adventures/flat stanley....

My nieces and nephews did it in public school and had a blast! (It helps that their other grandma is a professional author.)

I think Julie may have done this??? I remember somebody doing Flat Stanley with MFW . . . it sounds so fun.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28360

Re: Would ECC be better for 3rd/4th or 2nd/3rd?

This is wonderful Cyndi! Thank you! It helped on many levels. I'm thankful our crazy story could help someone. I think you'll do great with ECC. Just remember that "advanced" means "5th grade and up" and does not mean "your really bright little children." :-) You can use a bit of that with your old...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28360

Re: Would ECC be better for 3rd/4th or 2nd/3rd?

I didn't read everything, so forgive me if I'm off base, but I had to take a deep breath and decide to share my story before I chicken out . . . I started ECC in the fall of my dd's 3rd grade year - but she was only 2nd grade age. It went wonderfully! She absolutely loved it and participated in ever...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in 1st
Replies: 22
Views: 7727

Re: Need help picking curriculum for a younger child

I really like the idea of waiting until her 5th birthday to start MFWK. It works so much better then, IMHO. And it sounds like she already loves it, so that's cool! She'll love sitting in with big bro on the ADV stories and science and then getting her own Kindy time for worksheets. I can see includ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 2A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 6794

Re: 2nd grade math

When my dd was at that point, we pulled out the cuisenaire rods (singles) and built the problems. It helped her "see" what was going on. Doing the 5's with nickels and the 10's with dimes really clicked with her, too. Just one option -- I have a wiggler, so doing hands-on stuff helps her think.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Review - after 1st, after 2nd, when finished early?
Replies: 40
Views: 12426

Finishing 1st grade -- but have weeks more to fill

We are finishing up First Grade next week, but need to keep going until June for various reasons. I integrated SWR into our day when we completed the Blue Notebook, and that works very well for our family (it's my second time around with the SWR program). Just wondering if anyone has had to fill ou...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Summers, Gaps, Weekends
Replies: 35
Views: 13795

Re: Any recommendations for summer reading?

MFW1 is so interwoven with lessons from the TM, the Bible Reader and the Bible Notebook, I don't know how you would pull anything out to use individually. You may use a child's Bible, like "The Beginner's Bible" to read from and then have dd keep a sketchbook of pictures that she draws or traces wit...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 27783

Re: Happy Dancing...the TM's great schedule suggestion!

I need to know I am not always a 'home school mom', but spend far more hours a day as just 'mom' loving my children (yes I love them when I teach, but for me it is a different focus). Love this. So glad that your day went so well. There is true wisdom in getting school work done in the mornings. It...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Spring Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 22
Views: 12657

Re: Passover - CTG Anyone celebrating it?

I was thinking about coming on and asking for tips on making this doable, too. We have major extended-family health issues going on right now and are having an off-kilter couple of weeks. I'd love to do "something" special for Passover, but I'm not going to have the energy for full bore feast. I don...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Can I add Latin to MFW? (and an alternative suggestion)
Replies: 34
Views: 14790

Latin vs Spanish

Help me decide. I live in an area where Spanish could be very useful for my kids (and I want to learn it as well), but I know Latin is the base language for many languages, including Spanish. Should I just be patient and have them learn Latin now, or let them learn the more useful language now and ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Notebook summaries
Replies: 18
Views: 8306

Re: What is "notebooking"?

I thought it was in an actual notebook but it sounds like it can be done on pieces of paper and then put into a binder. It can be done either way. My dd has used a spiral bound sketchpad for nature notebook, a lined spiral notepad for science . . . usually loose sheets that go in a binder. MFW stud...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I change it around?
Replies: 19
Views: 7200

Order of your day... can it be random with 1st?

Hey everyone! My MFW1 stuff is boxed away in storage until closer to time, so I can't easily look at it and see to help myself answer this question. But I know you helpful folks will have some great advice! I read somewhere... can't recall where... about a mom who wrote each subject for the day on ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Sheets - Keeping children's attention
Replies: 17
Views: 5468

Re: ADV State Sheets?

We checked out "A ________ State Alphabet" from the library for every state. They always start with with something the state is famous for - like "E is for Evergreen: A Washington State Alphabet." It was fun for my dd to find facts in the book that were also on the state sheet. Just an idea - someti...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Need to beef up Adventures or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 4955

Re: Skip adventures or not?

My son made his own notebooking pages on the computer, so he didn't like the structure of notebooking pages. We took Julie's ideas back then and also created our own pages for ADV, but used the donna young website for writing line guides because my dd likes to write. Another thing we added was inte...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 13088

Re: MFW without the book basket?

We recently decided to stop calling it a "late fee" and start calling them "contributions" instead. It feels a lot better...8[] yep yep yep 8[] I just wanted to throw in here again that the "Cooking the ___ Way" were by far the best books we used in ECC. We were able to check them out for almost ev...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Need to beef up Adventures or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 4955

3rd grade - Need to beef up Adventures or not?

I've used ECC, 1st and K. Currently we're using 1st for the 2nd time. :-) This year my oldest is using AP History & English, I can't wait to use MFW Highschool for my other kids tho! ;) My next one is 8, she has a late birthday so she's either one of the older 2nd graders or youngest 3rd grader. Sh...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: History - What are the benefits of studying history?
Replies: 13
Views: 3762

Re: What are the benefits to studying history?

Another thing kept coming to mind. It is a verse in the Bible. Romans 15:4, " For whatever things were written before were written for our learning , that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." So the Bible tells us that HIStory was written for our learning and in H...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: History - What are the benefits of studying history?
Replies: 13
Views: 3762

Re: What are the benefits to studying history?

I guess I'm a homeschooled convert to history, having started being homeschooled myself in my 40s :) I'm so using that line, Julie! :-) It is strange, isn't it, that "school" seems to be so focussed on Math and Science while homeschooling is more geared to History and LA? I found that odd myself, a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd grader (or advanced 2nd) - Adventures vs. ECC?
Replies: 63
Views: 23233

Re: advanced reader and questions for second grade 2nd

I've done Adventures and based on what you said, it would work great for your daughter! Rmember that the guidelines that are mentioned are the MINiMUM that they need to be able to do. So, where lesser advanced students would only write 1-2 sentences about a topic, your dd could write 4-5(or whateve...