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by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Read-alouds: Going faster?
Replies: 1
Views: 1296

Re: Schedule for Read Alouds

I've found that even when the assigned chapter from the read-aloud relates to the daily history lesson, it's not that important that they line up exactly. We've read ahead, and we've fallen behind and caught up, etc., and it all comes together in the end. Now that my dd is reading a lot of longer bo...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - Handling delicate topics Bible, Science, Art
Replies: 34
Views: 10750

Re: The ... Topic

This is *my* opinion, and just one of many. If it's your ds that has questions, then I believe you should ask your dh to have a talk with him. I believe it's important to keep communication open between children and both parents, but when it comes to sensitive subjects, certain things should be sepa...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 3 & 4
Replies: 10
Views: 7162

EX1850 - fun Pilgrim video on netflix

We found a Charlie Brown video on Netflix that does an awesome job at "cartoonizing" some accurate facts about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, Squanto, and the First Thanksgiving. It is a 24 min video (and does include all of the Charlie Brown characters, not so factual there, but very fun) called "The...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 18, 19, & 20 (including the Revolutionary War)
Replies: 14
Views: 8765

Re: Ex to 1850.? Read Carry on M. Bowditch before JohnnyTrem

I don't usually plan much ahead. It's just that the Revolutionary war is one of my favorite time periods(along with pilgrims and pioneers), so I wanted to scope out the books available and plan what to read when. I may even stretch out some of those weeks so I can fit in more read alouds and extra ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 18, 19, & 20 (including the Revolutionary War)
Replies: 14
Views: 8765

Ex to 1850.? Read Carry on M. Bowditch before JohnnyTrem

I have read both books to myself before and plan on reading/ listening to both for my boys this year, but I'm not sure which to do first. I don't remember if Mr. Bowditch had much about the Revolutionary war or not. I was thinking of doing it first (in weeks 14-16), then doing Johnny Tremain(week 1...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri May 10, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Where did your child place after MFW-1 math?
Replies: 26
Views: 7665

Math placement after 1st grade

Where/how did your child place after completing the 1st grade curriculum? Do most people go to Singapore after 1st grade? I would say that "most" people around here go on to Singapore after 1st grade, because that is what MFW recommends and it is an excellent math program. You have (2) options for ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ADVentures - NOT needed alongside older programs! (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 42
Views: 17426

Should I teach Adventures and Creation to Greek together

I am finishing MFW 1st and ECC with my 9 and 7yr olds and planning for next year. I love American history and want my soon to be 2nd grader to do Adventures. So, that would mean doing Creation to Greeks and Adventures together next year. Has anyone else done this? Any suggestions? Kathy Mom to a 9,...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 36386

Re: reading books for 5th grade

hmm . . . I'll admit to being a Grisham fan. I got hooked in my 20's and read every new book as it came out. Now, I'm not too interested. I was intrigued when I saw he was writing "for kids" so I read the first Boone novel a couple of years ago (it seems, anyway). My dd is in the 5th grade and I wou...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets - Organization
Replies: 22
Views: 8427

Re: ECC-Organizing worksheets

I keep thinking of spiral binding MFW worksheets at Staples before we start so that it looks similar to the MFW1 Bible note book. I haven't done it yet though. Do you think it would work for ECC? It *could* work - it depends on how you want to arrange your Geography Notebook. My dd included the pag...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Cuisenaire Rods, Questions & Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 14708

Cuisenaire Rods and Book Question

Can someone tell me about the book that goes with the cuisenaire rods? I don't usually purchase books that I can't see the activities in and I can't find any example pages online. Also, are the activities for this book planned in the guide or is it something you just schedule on your own? Thanks fo...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Read-Alouds - Specific questions
Replies: 13
Views: 5770

Re: Adventures Read A Louds

I had a very tender 6yo girl when we did ADV. She really enjoyed all of the read alouds. We were blessed to have Sarah Whitcher's Story when her cousins were staying with us, and we got to do family read-aloud every night. It was a great book for the girls, 6 and 8, and the boy, 12. The book that ca...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28389

Re: Is ECC too much for a 3rd grader?

Here's another vote for stretching ECC -- we did that, too. There's just so much great stuff in that year. The book basket list is phenomenal, too, which makes it easy to add in more info. Plus, zoo trips are so applicable, as are any cultural centers or museums you may have near you.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 9936

Re: Struggling reader in First; excited about readers

My only suggestion is to have her read aloud to someone else. As in, the dog or cat. Or her stuffed animals. Someone that doesn't talk back. Getting those "old timey" readers where she can pretend to be the one-room schoolhouse teacher just might be the ticket. Reading and reading aloud are two diff...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets & Parent Supplement (2nd edition) - Reviews
Replies: 7
Views: 3394

Re: Student Sheets

I think the best answer would be "notebooking sheets." Yes, there are a lot of maps. The coloring pages are related to the country being studied, including a flag page that the student colors realistically, then writes a notebook page. There are also a lot of science pages, not necessarily Q&A, alth...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Choosing ADV for Less than 1 year? Summer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7731

Re: Coming back to MFW and lots of questions

Hi Heidi! :-) This is Cyndi . . . we know each other in real life! I can't give advice on schooling a big family, because I just have one child - but I do think your dd could handle ECC on her own if you decided to do that. I don't want to part with my materials because we will be using them again, ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 26386

Re: Pencil grip

My dd had terrible eczema on her hands when she was 4/5yo and learning to write. The worst area was the middle finger on her right hand, and I couldn't bare making her hold the pencil "correctly" because it truly was painful for her. She's still got a funny grip 6 years later, but her writing is bea...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: * Singapore 5B and then IF TIME 6A/B
Replies: 2
Views: 2669

* Singapore 5B and then IF TIME 6A/B

Hello, everyone. My name is Dana, and I am in my 7th year with MFW. I have used all of the years except high school, and loved something about every single one. We start back over in ECC next year. I have a 3rd grader who is a bit behind (strong 1st or weak 2nd grade reading level), a 6th grader, a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28389

Re: Is ECC too much for a 3rd grader?

ECC is perfect for an 8yo girl! :-) My dd did ECC in 3rd grade and we had an amazing year. You definitely need to keep in mind that the TM is written for 3rd-8th grade and not expect your 3rd grader to do the advanced assignments, but it is still an incredibly full year for 3rd grade. I was very imp...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Choosing ADV for Less than 1 year? Summer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7731

Re: Just Purchased MFW Adventures

Can anywone tell me how realistic it would be for me to finish Adentures by July. Realistic? Yes. But it will take a little work on your part to decide which material to combine for certain weeks. There is a stand-alone week for Thanksgiving that you can completely skip and save for another year si...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Bible - Is it enough?
Replies: 8
Views: 3698

Re: Adventures Bible

I was more looking for something that he could do on his own and we discuss it. From my experience, the Bible time in MFW is better done as parent-led study. That's just not a subject I would hand off for my child to read on their own, such as science - "Here read this chapter, then give me an oral...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: K & 1st - Favorite books and extra readers
Replies: 67
Views: 22014

Re: Reading book suggestions please

Hi, I could use a little advice choosing some books for my daughter to read. Tabitha is almost 6 (her birthday is at the end of January). She has been reading since she was about 3.5 year old. It's been awhile, but I was in those shoes . . . I glanced through the thread that Julie linked to refresh...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Academics - Adding to CTG?
Replies: 17
Views: 7383

Re: Advice/Help with my 10yo, please

Another thing that hit me as I was rereading this post, I remember discussing last year how CTG seemed so much easier than ECC. For many different reasons, I really struggled with my dd zooming through school when she started CTG. That was when I picked up the extra Bible curriculum - so my dd could...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Academics - Adding to CTG?
Replies: 17
Views: 7383

Re: Advice/Help with my 10yo, please

just brainstorming (and keeping in mind that sometimes "boredom" is "hormones" at this wonderful age) - I purchased Bible curriculum from CLE. It's good. And it's independent. I make sure she reads the entire passage in the Bible along with the lesson in the workbook - Your dd is writing and illustr...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24893

Using ECC first was a huge help

I wish I had a better rememberer -- I feel a little like Pooh Bear. But I know that using ECC first was a huge help and eye-opener before doing CTG. I know there will come a day in CTG that you will say, "Oh! This is why we did geography first!" You will find yourself saying, "Now remember when we t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for science in RTR: The Human Body
Replies: 18
Views: 9330

Re: RTR skeleton questions

Julie in MN wrote:really our skeleton had all its organs
That's good to know. Hilarious, but good to know.

Thanks for responding, ladies. That does help a lot with my planning.