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by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Adventures with an academically advanced student
Replies: 20
Views: 17891

Re: MfW vs HoD- with some special issues...

Speaking of labels, I had a great conversation this morning about "organic evaporated cane juice" still being really truly "sugar." Sometimes labels help, other times they're just words. It is funny to me that those of us who were labeled gifted in school don't want to call our children that!! They ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things - Experience with different ages & aptitudes?
Replies: 25
Views: 11120

Re: I can do all things art (with Adventures)

Ok, I'll be the lone voice who didn't like ICDAT. :) We tried it and did the first 26 lessons or so, but just couldn't stay with it. My girls found the drawing too cartoonish and they prefer DWN to it. I am hoping that God and the History of Art knocks my socks off, though. :-) I always feel like I...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography or Cultures?
Replies: 17
Views: 6307

Re: ECC Geography?

I just received ECC in the mail yesterday! {happy dance} ;) I have heard of a lot of this 'shelving' of POE. Is there something I need to know about POE before we dive head first into it? Just curious... I'm going to answer "no." Some people really like POE and get a lot out of it, so I don't want ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography or Cultures?
Replies: 17
Views: 6307

Re: ECC Geography?

I'm going to say the same thing as Crystal, with my spin -- it might help, it might not -- You do a unit study of 15 different countries, but get glimpses of many more countries in the continent you are studying - there's 7 distinct sections to study each continent. The people groups that you pray f...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: CTG - Talk me into it
Replies: 31
Views: 12085

Re: Boy, do I want to do CTG!

Are any of my reasons ones that should tell me I should not do the program? Is the whole thing just full of reading and writing so that one does not have an alternative? I'm not really sure how to answer because I don't want to sound snooty. There's either really not that much reading in CTG or I'm...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Timeline - Ideas & details (1st)
Replies: 39
Views: 19162

Where to put First Grade timeline?

We have chosen to live in a very small home (less than 750 square feet) and wall space is at an extreme premium. It's an old mobile home and so the ceilings are also very low (a tad less than 7 feet), so even what wall space we have is limited by that... no height. And bookshelves take up much of t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 27591

Re: Chapter books for young girls?

this was my go-to booklist with my dd from Julie -- this whole thread is really good, but I tried to link right to Julie's list -- http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=4439&start=25#p57926 When my dd was in 1st, she read *everything* by Cynthia Rylant. over and over. Our library had hundre...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Compare CTG to other ancient history programs?
Replies: 23
Views: 16289

Am even allowed to ask this?

I know this forum is hosted by MFW and don't want to be disrespectful whatsoever. But I DO need to know: did you find CTG boring? Dry? Dull? I have read some reviews on other boards that said they did, but that was not the majority. I am just trying to get some feedback so I can compare families th...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 17393

Re: Books for ECC

"Cooking the ______ Way" were our favorites by far, so I ditto that suggestion. Books I remember buying (because they were so good): *The Hundred Dresses *Betsy-Tacy books (do you have girls? the first 4 books in that series are great) *Stone Fox *Anne of Green Gables *Rainbow Garden *The Secret at ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 23560

Re: READY TO START! Any advice ?

We're glad to have you here, Erika. If you can giggle at all our goofiness and mistakes with us, you're MORE than welcome. I love a forum where we can keep it real and not picture perfect. The great thing is that when other people spend time around our children they say things like, "Your children a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 23560

Re: READY TO START! Any advice ?

MelissaM wrote:I agree with Cyndi about the blogs - one thing I'm trying to learn is to never compare my backstage footage to someone else's highlight reel, kwim?
YES! I am in love with this statement now. I think I need to print it out.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 23560

Re: READY TO START! Any advice ?

I see these Mom`s who not only homeschool several kids, but also document every step on blogs and I think... Wow supermom`s! 8O lol No offense to anyone doing that, but I kind-of see those blogs as Christmas letters. "This is the absolute best of what we did this week, because if I told you the who...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Tips (author response)
Replies: 30
Views: 16697

Re: summary??

He either wants to tell me everything (every little detail) or I can't get anything. I would say it's definitely normal for that age. I agree with asking the questions up front or giving a reminder that he's going to need to be able to give you two good sentences about what he learns while he's lis...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Exactly how do you do this at your house?
Replies: 30
Views: 12207

Re: PLL Dictation

Oh wow. Yeah, I figured that was what the eraser was for. Erasing and correcting works for us.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 23560

Re: READY TO START! Any advice ?

Welcome!!! :-) I love excitement. I love newbies. Newbies are always excited! I am not super organized. I used to be, but my dh and I were like The Odd Couple when we got married and have both compromised a bit. I do recommend flipping through all the tips at the beginning of the TM's at least twice...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Ideas when life puts you "behind" in ADV
Replies: 15
Views: 6577

Re: Finish Adv. or move on to ECC?

I had to do a similiar thing towards the end of ADV. We got a late start that year and schooled through the summer, so in July and Aug, we just couldn't do school everyday -- we lived in WA state and that was the only nice weather we got for the year! I found it pretty easy to do more than one state...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Starting Adventures late? Thanksgiving, 4th July?
Replies: 8
Views: 4129

Does MFW Adventures have a specific schedule?

I am currently using a different curriculum and am thinking about using Adventures with my oldest ds who will be in 2nd grade next year and I have a couple of questions. Does Adventures have a specific schedule that is to be followed so that it follows the holidays, etc. Like is it suppose to be st...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math - Roadblocks & taking a break
Replies: 20
Views: 8822

Singapore 2A - first meltdown?

Math has come easily so far for my ds8 and he is about 85% through Singapore 2A. At the end of this past week though he had his first math melt down complete with tears. He says he is tired of having to think in math! So... what would you do???? My thoughts were: back down for a review to give him ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 19000

Re: Dairy Free Hasty Pudding?

I'm so glad I read this thread. I needed the laugh! When we did ADV and made hasty pudding, dd was still off dairy, so we used Rice Milk and Nucoa. Everybody in the family loved it. I made it again later with butter and cow's milk. bleh. not as good. Almond Milk just sounds too nutty to me. (I had t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Ancient World
Replies: 3
Views: 4828

Ancient World

When we hit questionable "times" (heh heh) in a book, I just lean back and let her go --- "Oh really? Well, wouldn't it have been difficult for people to visit North America 15,000 years ago when it didn't even EXIST yet?!" We need to work on debating while still being respectful . . . Either my dd ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Patricia St. John books--wonderful!!
Replies: 17
Views: 6355

Re: The Tanglewood Secrets

jasntas wrote:I just requested the DVD from Netflix. I'm sure we'll be disapointed as movies never seem to do the books justice but they're still fun to 'compair'.
I keep telling my dd that I watched that movie when I was a kid and just loved it! We're finishing the book early, too. It's just so good.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 27628

Re: Finger grip?

SarahP wrote:should I work with him on his grip or should I continue to have him use the tri-pod gripper and let it work itself out?
I would think that having him use the tri-pod gripper counts as working on his grip. If it works, use it. (I really wanted to say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it.")
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Drawing with Children - Ideas and experiences
Replies: 24
Views: 10739

Re: 1st grade art and Drawing with Children

I loved DWC. Seriously - it was my favorite art program ever. I have recommended that book to so many people and lost my copy when I loaned it out. Maybe it was my engineering background vs. an art background? I think Usborne and Scholastic books about how to draw certain animals/people, etc., are p...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 14083

ECC- Maybe, I can actually do it this time! Help!

I NEED encouragement and help! I taught in ps for 9 years previously. I've been homeschooling for the last five years. I have switched programs constantly trying to find a good fit. :~ No,I'm not proud of that, but I want to totally not hurt his ed in any way. It's clear that he is wiggly, distract...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Should I challenge a child who's advanced in math?
Replies: 54
Views: 17236

Re: 1st Grade Math--keep thinking I need to buy Singapore 1A

Hi Julie! *waving* Well, isn't it nice to have your little story captured on a thread like that? LOL!!! *blush* (What's nice is that never once have Julie or Crystal said, "I told you so" to me. Yes, they really are that wonderful.) But, yes, Melanie, I would suspect that you are doing plenty of mat...