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by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 38237

That's so cute! :-)

We don't have a set day of the week to go to the library anymore (not since MFWK), but I do get the "Where's your sidekick?" question if I stop in to pick up books on hold without my dd.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Should I challenge a child who's advanced in math?
Replies: 54
Views: 17242

Re: 1st grade math

This is just my humble opinion, but yea! that she's grasping concepts easily! Sounds like the phonics are perfect for her, and she's one little girl that is going to think that Math is easy! That's awesome. I would embrace that and keep following the plan. Sure, you can start something else if she's...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 26811

* Children seem to really *see* what your priorities are. When you choose to spend time with them, they see that. When life happens and you need to change your attention to something important like a new baby or an illness, they see that. When you are distracted by any little thing such as a laundr...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 117836

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:11 pm We loved MFWK, too! What a great curriculum. One thing that I wished I would have done was take more pictures during school to add the notebook at the end of the year. We have pictures of the Butterfly Garden and Ants, etc., but I wish I would have recorded more thi...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: K & 1st - Is there a book basket? Can we add one?
Replies: 13
Views: 6749

I never had a library card... until MFW

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:56 pm My little book story . . . I never had a library card in my life until we started MFW. My dd and I got our first library cards on the same day. Now we are at the library almost once a week, and sometimes stop by just for fun! We own a ton of books, and I used to be...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 12312

I'm just adding a quick ditto to what Crystal said about us not meaning that you need to QUIT and wait another year. When I was in a similiar situation (very similiar), I backed off and slowed down for a few months. After my dd turned 5, she was so much more ready to follow directions at a table. Tw...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 12312

Just going to chime in a tiny bit. I started with MFWK with my dd when she was 4.5yo, because she was already reading at a 1st - 2nd grade level. Goodness - if she could do that, she must need school! Well, it wasn't school that taught her to read - it was copying me over time. And it wasn't school ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Phonics with a regional accent?
Replies: 7
Views: 4459

It's OK if you drag it out and sound funny to yourself when you're teaching phonics. I'd recommend singing the short vowel song pretty often. And relax. :-) Try growing up in Worshington with a mamma who did the worsh on Saturdays. (I do not say it that way.) My sister is still always "fixin' to go"...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Books - Encyclopedias & Info Books for MFW-K
Replies: 47
Views: 22087

MFW K & Encyclopedias

OK... I cannot imagine sitting down with my 5yo and reading to him from an encyclopedia. Can some seasonsed Moms tell me how you go about introducing your topic for the week? I know...once again...I'm thinking too hard but I'm just trying to wrap my mind around things :) Chrystal H My dd really enj...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 46739

Calendar & 100s Chart

OK...I know this is minor... but how do you do it? Do you keep your calendars up and out. Do you keep them filed in the kindergarten notebook and pull it out? Do you write in the day/number or does your kindergartener. I would love to hear how you gals make this work in your home! Chrystal H From t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from other issues
Replies: 21
Views: 6055

Just chiming in with another book suggestion: The Personality Tree by Florence Littauer. From what I've read, not knowing your son, he's a little "Melancholy" trying to make everything perfect so that everyone will be happy. And he thinks he can only be happy when everything is perfect. I'm a melanc...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Any creative ideas??
Replies: 36
Views: 21159

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 11:40 am

I agree that the DWC lessons really helped my dd be ready for the notebook, but she still does some silly stuff, too.

That's one of the things that make it special.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: ** MFW-K Units - Special memories
Replies: 28
Views: 15837

Re: Bible & Character training is included!

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:55 am Big ditto to southernshae on MFWK being full of character training. (And so glad I can't ditto her on the spider!!!) Open the back cover of your TM when you get it, and there you go -- 26 Biblical lessons tied to your units. One that was of special interest to us wa...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Parents - Books, Support, Self-Cares
Replies: 30
Views: 9345

Re: We finally found "gentle"

I don't know exactly how to word it. I just feel different about her, about teaching, about school. It's not perfect everyday, but M.M. has disappeared. I think you've said it very well, and I agree that it is a beautiful thing. I'm one that has to remind myself that homeschool is about my dd's lea...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 38237

9 yo can't wait to start!

My 9 yo dd can't wait to get started in ECC. Since I told her about the program, she keeps taking the brochure and writing down all the books and asking questions. She doesn't even want to finish summer vacation! Tonight she looked on the calendar for Labor Day, because we usually start school the ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining 1st and an OLDER program
Replies: 80
Views: 30820

Combining Bible for Adv and 1st

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 11:25 am It is impossible to separate the Bible out of MFW1. It is the spine of the program and all of the reading lessons connect to the Bible Reader, which goes along with where you are in the TM. You will want to "do Bible" in 1st when you are "doing reading." The Prover...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 35362

So thankful that MFW isn't workbooks!

Because of our impending move to Colorado, I'm not ordering ADV until we get settled in a new house (to be named later). My dh will be starting his new job in Denver on Monday - wow! He'll be doing a lot of commuting at first, waiting for our house here to sell. So, while dd and I are hanging out, w...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 36458

Thanks for the heads up. I was just briefly looking through the articles and really clicked with the article called Constructing a Simple Household Routine written by Marilyn Rockett. author of Homeschooling at the Speed of Life (roughly p. 19 of the magazine). I've never read her book. never heard...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Training behavior, daydreams, silliness, more
Replies: 25
Views: 10525

For my dd, the thing that has been most effective out of toys to help the wiggles, dance lessons, diet, cushy booster seat, timers, breaks, etc., is a regular exercise routine. I put her in a chain gym for kids and she goes to classes several days every week and loves to practice at home. Getting he...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling despite illness
Replies: 47
Views: 17109

Hi Jenni! Sounds like a very interesting talk with your ds! I'm still in the process of being healed. We had my 8-year old niece with us for 10 days at the end of August and it kept me on the go. It was a little stressful to deal with the cousin-rivalry and all the activities, plus we are in the mid...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Help Getting Started
Replies: 22
Views: 12935

Help with math materials

Where is the calender? I have looked and looked. Also, what day do we start using the yellow/blue circles? Any information will be so helpful. Actually, we didn't get the neat pre-printed fill-in-the-number calendars with MFW1 like we had with MFWK -- and we were BUMMED about it! We bought a big wa...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 27601

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:37 pm Amy, I hadn't even thought about the Bluedorn's having a booklist. I will check into it. And thank you for the insight about the Abeka and SL readers. One idea in my head. You mentioned you want to have her read out loud to you. I tend to prefer "below" reading leve...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - Meeting state requirements
Replies: 84
Views: 31057

Occupational Education

Hi, does anyone have recommendations for occupational education in a concrete way for MFW K and 1. We live in Washingotn and it is a required topic. Hi Heidi! I took a "homeschooling qualification class" at Spokane Falls Community College. (I didn't know anyone in the area and needed to get plugged...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year olds - Lots of activity ideas & experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 14122

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:46 pm My dd was a self-taught sight-reader with a natural understanding of phonics. I read to her many times a day, always moving my finger under the words that I was reading. Once she started reading on her own, I would help her sound out the words she didn't know. I bel...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:28 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 35725

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:46 pm I've admitted on this board before that when I first looked at the K program online I thought it would be far too easy for my dd. I was a little hesitant to order a 1st grade program for a 4.5yo, though. I discussed it with David Hazell and his reasoning on teaching...