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by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Will MFW be flexible enough? Bunnytrails ok?
Replies: 23
Views: 11354

Re: Rabbit Trails?

What are your thoughts? Do you ever follow that old rabbit trail or are you strictly "to the map" ? Everybody is a little different in how they handle their schedule. I have a really good friend who allows (and sometimes causes!) rabbit trails whenever something is interesting. If they take two yea...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 36479

World Map Globe

At my dd's bday party last year, the kids played relay games in the field by our house. When it was time for the "carry a beach ball in between your legs while running" game, I pulled out 3 beach balls. The moms there all started laughing. A lot. "What?" "Only a homeschooler's beach balls would all ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?
Replies: 93
Views: 31434

Re: Youngest Ready for K, What to do?

I have an "advanced learner" dd who could read fluently and do math at a young age. I even gave thought to starting her in a 1st grade program at 4yo. :~ (I'm so embarrassed about that now, but there ya go - it's the truth.) I did start her in MFWK at 4.5yo and went through it as written. She was al...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography or Cultures?
Replies: 17
Views: 5740

Re: Quick ECC question?

Wow . . . umm . . . I don't know how to answer other than "no." The culture part is way more than WotW. Let's see . . . In Global Art, you are reading more about the country being studied and then doing a craft. You cook something special for each country. If you can get only one book for each count...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Blessed
Replies: 34
Views: 9443

Re: Read-alouds & Crying

The read-alouds should come with a box of kleenex. ;)
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Place value & general teaching helps
Replies: 19
Views: 9294

Re: Son not getting place value-MFW 1st

do you have the Cuisinairre rods? You could try counting up ten 1's and placing them next to a 10, then adding more to the side from there?
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 36941

Re: Bakery Field Trip??

Our local Basha's gave an excellent tour a very small homeschool group - with preK kids included. It was really fun. The Boston Globe has a 4 minute you tube video out called "The Printed Page: A look inside the newspaper printing process" that gives a modern factory view of printing a newspaper (wi...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Timelines - **Ideas
Replies: 68
Views: 51808

Dumb Timeline question....

I've only done these via 3x5 cards folded accordion style and via book....even drawing and recording info in columns! But dd wants a wall timeline and frankly I can't wrap my brain around it. We don't have a long wall, but we have one spot down the hall that could work well. So it needs to do a bac...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Books - Augustus Caesar's World reviews, ideas ifchallenging
Replies: 37
Views: 17179

Re: Augustus Caesar's World...really enjoying RTR

We are loving it, too. I really get into reading aloud from Augustus Caesar's world! So dramatic! LOL! I like the style, though - so much better than a dry textbook. My 10yo dd is in week 6. We've going to open all the jello boxes and make the arch tomorrow! :-)
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Pre-Algebra, longer transition to Algebra?
Replies: 8
Views: 4576

Re: Singapore Math -- ready for pre-algrebra?

*whew* Thank you. I'm a little too challenged right now to quote specific bits, but all three of those replies were very helpful. I think because I was finding my dd "ahead" enough in some areas that when I dug into the math and discovered certain topics weren't going to be taught at all, I panicked...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 21642

Re: How do your kids "do" school?

I do know that they have the skill to be able to sit and pay attention properly when they have random group things (ie: church, etc.) so I don't fret too much at home. That's exactly how I feel. Besides, my dd is very kinesthetic and can retain a ton of info while she's lolling all over (as I regul...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Fall Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 49
Views: 36924

Re: Curious (CTG Feasts)

well, last night at bedtime my dd sat up and yelled, "MOM!!! It's Rosh Hashanah and we didn't have apples and honey!!!" I told her it's a 2-day holiday and we could do it tomorrow (today). We also have latkes every Hannukuh and play a game of spinning the dreidel. But we did those things before we e...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Adventures with an academically advanced student
Replies: 20
Views: 16250

Re: 8yo "bored" with curriculum

I beefed up quite a bit of ADV for my gifted dd even though she was a younger age. There's just lots you can do with it. My dd read a gazillion books. I'm not sure if your son would be interested in that, or if "hands-on" truly means "must be doing things with my hands." My dd did all of her own gro...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Properties of Ecosystems (POE), helps
Replies: 36
Views: 19039

Re: ECC Properties of Ecosystems

Hi Wendy - I was in the same boat as you doing POE with ECC with my dd. And that book was definitely not at a happy, sunny beach. I finally shelved it and maybe did a blue box thing every once in awhile. We focussed more on the CBoA and learning about the climate from book basket. Looking back, I fe...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #13 - Cow
Replies: 30
Views: 21442

Re: Questions about Kindergarten Unit "C is for Cow"

more brainstorm . . . what about C is for Coconut and use some solid coconut oil as a spread or drink coconut milk? I just baked cod in coconut milk for dinner last night. Even my picky niece and nephew declared, "This is YUMMY!" C can still be for Cow on your flashcard. It makes that sound. You jus...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Ages - Advanced assignments?
Replies: 19
Views: 7724

Re: ECC advanced?

I know of some moms who used part of the advanced stuff or modified bits of it for younger kids, but I ended up shelving anything that was "advanced" for my third grader part-way through and we had a great year in which she learned a TON. My dd is bright and loves worksheets, but she just didn't nee...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Music Resources - Hymns, My Father's World(K song), & others
Replies: 30
Views: 15590

Re: Resources for learning hymns?

I've had the same issue. This year, I actually sat down with the RTR manual and picked out hymns that would kinda sorta line up with topics, either Bible or Science or a person being studied, etc. I bounced that against a list I had from Julie and Crystal to make sure that I wasn't going to be repea...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 34135

Re: Help! Feeling Overwhemed

My biggest freak-out year was CTG. I felt utterly and completely overwhelmed. I'm not even going to look and see if any of that was archived last year because it would probably be embarrassing. :-) I was on here a LOT, plus lots of pm's to get me through it. It makes me wonder, though. CTG is Bible ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Lapbooking with MFW
Replies: 37
Views: 16945

Re: Lapbooks with CTG?

The first thing, though, is to realize that kids *can* learn while they wiggle. Not all kids. I can't. But some really can. Eventually I started checking this on my son. I'd let him roll around on a giant exercise ball while I read, and then I'd ask him randomly to repeat back what I'd just said. H...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 30273

Re: how is k, 1st, Adv. like the first history cycle

I don't have my ADV manual handy, but I know that when my dd did ADV we used a ton of AG books. She read all the way through many of the series (as Crystal mentioned, there's some TM notes on some of those) and we especially used the Cookbooks, Craftbooks and "so-and-so's World" books. They were a g...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Wall Map preservation / laminating / storage
Replies: 29
Views: 11076

Re: World wall map dilemma

I love the cool ideas, but from another viewpoint - we have the wall map up, a globe and the placemat, and I would say that my dd used/uses the placemat world map about 90% of the time when referring to a map. She loves her placemat!!

I'm dying to know if the roller-screen idea works, though!
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Lunch & Breakfast
Replies: 38
Views: 13779

Re: Quick & Easy Lunch Ideas

I cook big supper meals and save leftovers for lunch the next day at least 3-4 times each week. I try to always have ready-to-go protein available, then we just have to add fresh veggies, fruit and nuts.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 18-20 Kenya
Replies: 58
Views: 36019

Re: ECC Global Art - Possible Ivory Soap Substitute

We don't use bar soap at our house, so for soap carving, we used a neutrogena bar that got brought home from a hotel stay! ;) We also used that for melting soap to make "French Soap" in the France unit. It's good to know that some bar soaps are softer than others - I'm just not too crafty, but I lik...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Preparation - Box Day when we are new to MFW or to hs
Replies: 16
Views: 6220

Re: Starting ECC Monday (8/6) and freaking out!

No worries- you will be just fine:) The first two weeks are really used to just get your feet wet with ECC. If you don't have time to get books from the library it is no big deal. In week 3 they will start visiting countries and starting specific science topics (USA and forests). So just take the f...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st grade for an advanced reader
Replies: 36
Views: 12661

Re: Questions about MFW 1st grade

It was my impression that you were asking if the phonics in MFW1 would be appropriate, or if you should get another 1st grade program before starting ADV in grade 2. I agree that you want a complete 1st grade program before starting ADV. The reasons I would recommend going with MFW1 have to do with ...