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by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue May 20, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Where did your child place after MFW-1 math?
Replies: 26
Views: 8659

I hope Paige chimes in here! I'm following Paige's and Crystal's advice for my dd, and starting her in 1A even though she places easily into 1B. Note, she will be a young 2nd grader. We're going to take the extra time to improve speed and accuracy on math facts and build a solid base. I also think i...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun May 18, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K & 1st - Experiences teaching them together
Replies: 39
Views: 20541

Does the 1st grade go by the same routine?

I understand how the routine is set up for MFW-K, and what the 6 days are comprised of. Does the 1st grade go by this same routine? Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2008 2:33 pm MFWK has a light day called "book day" on the 6th day of each unit. MFW1 has "exploration day" every 5th day, written to be on Wednesd...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon May 12, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 15499

Preparation - Box Day helpful hints

Some of the things that I did with MFW1 have really helped our days go more smoothly - for me. I like to skim the manual, then set it down for awhile and reread it later. After I did that, I went through each supplemental part and saw how it fit in. I went back through the TM and decided to use the ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat May 03, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: 100th Day - Activity Ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 25969

100th Day

100th Day Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:42 pm We made a 100 cake and invited grandparents over to share it with us. I just baked two 8" round cakes, then cut squares out of each middle. Line up the two squares to make a "1" and you have two "0"s leftover. We laid the numbers out on a foil-covered piec...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri May 02, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Lapbooking with MFW
Replies: 37
Views: 18766

Any sites/resources for fun book projects?

As a general rule, we narrate books and keeps things simple but from time to time the kiddos like to do a "book report." I'm looking to make a list that they can choose from instead of assigning something. Some books are better suited for a particular project over another, etc... I was wanting to b...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri May 02, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - MFW methods really work!
Replies: 20
Views: 12911

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:50 pm Thanks, ladies. It's so true, isn't it? The stuff that I have to reschedule and drag my feet and force myself to do is always the stuff that causes the lightbulbs to flip on and the bells to ring. Sooner or later, I'm going to learn to trust the curriculum and just...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri May 02, 2008 12:45 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 27299

Re: This curriculum is even better than it looks.

This curriculum is even better than it looks. Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:05 pm Ditto! We LOVE it!!! It's so much better than workbooks, and so well put together. Great focus on Bible, excellent library book choices, easy to explain/understand phonics, fun science, hands-on math, art and music appre...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu May 01, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Encyclopedias - Are these nice to use with MFW?
Replies: 26
Views: 16079

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:07 am I asked that question myself last year, and the ladies on this board encouraged me to pick up a used set that my library was selling. I'm so thankful I did -- we have a 2002 edition, and we love them. We love to look things up, and we even use the pictures for insp...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu May 01, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Ideas for reading to fidgety kids
Replies: 28
Views: 16746

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:29 pm You mean they aren't supposed to fidget????!!!!!! We fidget at our house. Squishy balls are good. Cooshy seats are good. Lacing toys work sometimes. Rolling around on the floor happens, especially during oral drills. Coloring during a story works really well. Life i...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu May 01, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Is MFW-K enough
Replies: 20
Views: 11378

Re: THank you

Thank you all for your responses. DH thinks I am spending WAY too much time on this website and researching homeschooling. Honey, they all do. :-) We have a farm and ds is our "ranch manager." He knows so much about things that other kids his age have no clue about. He started learning to count whi...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Describe the Kindergarten day for me
Replies: 18
Views: 12270

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:07 pm I'm up for it -- this is keeping me from cleaning house on a snowy afternoon. I hope this doesn't infringe on a copyright!! Everyday in K , you add a number to the 100 Chart and discuss the calendar in some way. Then you count out the number of the day in items and ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: For busy/wiggly/kinesthetic boys (and girls)
Replies: 17
Views: 13021

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:43 pm Some things that jazz up K a bit for a child that knows their letters: - Get up and dance while singing the songs (you can't yawn when you're jumping). - Act out the "words to remember." - See if your dd and ds will cooperate to lay on the floor and put their bodie...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:53 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Kindergarten can be spread 2 years, BUT many wait
Replies: 67
Views: 23053

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:14 pm IMHO, having been there, I would work on your child's dexterity. Your dd is probably all ready to sit still and work on a page, etc., which is necessary for K, but being so young, she may not be physically able to write upper and lowercase letters on the lines. My d...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: ECC Photos
Replies: 14
Views: 10237

My dd was SO EXCITED to see these pictures! Why? The charming dhotis? No. The beautiful Saris? No. (Excellent use of material, though!) She was was excited because those kids have the same timeline she has!!!!!

LOL!!!! Sure looks like you had a great time in India! Good for you!!!
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Bible in K?
Replies: 16
Views: 10320

We memorized a verse to go with every lesson. My dd remembers all the "Words to Remember," but not all the verses -- so we didn't really memorize each verse, but we learned it. The Words to Remember are perfect for a child that is K age. I find myself quoting Hh Horse almost daily . . . . "I obey ri...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Academics - First review weeks at a faster pace?
Replies: 22
Views: 13131

Enjoy life!

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:21 am Honestly, so what if school is only an hour a day? We get to enjoy life! We use the word lists as spelling lists, too, and we play the Leap Frog Spelling Bee game. She loves to play war with cards, or play store, as well as other educational games, and she reads to...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: **The many delights of MFW-1st - More testimonies
Replies: 28
Views: 17064

I cannot tell you how much we have been enjoying MFW1 this year. I thank the Lord for leading us to this wonderful, Biblically-based, hands-on, literature-centered curriculum. I thank the Hazell family for all of the work they've done on this wonderful curriculum! And, I thank all of you on this me...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: PLL & Spelling - Do I add these for a 1st grader reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 9557

Should I add Spelling and PLL to 1st with a 7.5 yo?

I'm using the first grade program with my 7.5 year old, and he is doing wonderfully well with it. (We are somewhere around day 80.) I've purposely moved slowly with it as he is one of those children who stress easily when a lot of new skill-based information comes at him quickly. (I think it is the...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 1st or K - Help for child who is reading (author reply)
Replies: 33
Views: 20549

It was the best decision we could have made!

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:55 am Reading just came naturally early on for my dd. She could easily read second and third grade readers at the beginning of MFWK. It comes at different times for every child. We decided it was best for her to go through phonics anyway, to build an understanding of the...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 19 & 20 (with Water; Ordinal Numbers, Greater/Less Than)
Replies: 6
Views: 5674

Science With Water

We are really having fun with this topic -- Science with Water! My dd's nickname is Water-Baby! She's a swimmer, puddle-stomper, and rain-dancer and she'd live in the bathtub if we'd let her! :) So, we've been having our science lessons while she's in the tub! Most of the experiments in the Water bo...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 16595

Re: writing struggles

Toni@homezcool4us wrote:I especially like the suggestion to type it out and increase the font size.
Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:39 pm

Ditto. BTW, I use "Century Gothic" font, which is the closest to Manuscript that I have found.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 3 year olds - I can't help but!
Replies: 7
Views: 8899

Mercy, I'd just like to offer a little hug and say that you're not "pushing her" if you're letting her set the pace. Answering questions is not pushing. I know that you know that, but I just wanted to say it. It's a delicate balance when you've got a curious little learner -- you know what she's cap...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - Handling delicate topics Bible, Science, Art
Replies: 34
Views: 13603

My incredibly sensitive 6yo dd would not be able to handle some of the things you're concerned about in the OT. I'm in those parts myself in my One Year Bible now, and it's hard enough for me. I loved Julie's answer. Your ds may be ready for it, but I would keep a close eye on it in case he needs so...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 1st Bible - Precious moments with children
Replies: 10
Views: 7952


Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:33 pm For an example on how the Proverbs lessons work -- a little while ago, her verse to learn was Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control . When I explained that "full vent" means when a person loses their temper a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When not fitting it all in
Replies: 52
Views: 24194

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:31 pm You have YEARS ahead of you to school your precious children, don't let yourself get too wrapped up in these few months of slow progress. I can guarantee that your children are still learning plenty from you in this season, even if you're not "hitting the books" as ...