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by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:04 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - What skills should be mastered?
Replies: 41
Views: 16293

From the things you've posted in the past, it sounds like you're already doing quite a bit of "school" with your little guy. It also sounds like he's at a great place to start MFWK. If it were me, I would wait until fall, but you could certainly start in April if you wanted. I just don't recommend t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Where did your child place after MFW-1 math?
Replies: 26
Views: 7702

I think starting at the beginning would have had its benefits. That is what I plan to do with my daughter ~ I won't even give her the placement test. Sorry if this is TMI. ;) Paige -- this is a hi-jack thank-you, but THANK YOU! It really helped me to read that! Good confirmation from someone who's ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Where did your child place after MFW-1 math?
Replies: 26
Views: 7702

Thanks so much for chiming in, Amy!!! I've been planning on starting my dd in Singapore 1A next year (ADV) regardless of placement, just to get used to the new style and enjoy math time. Your post convinced me that's a good move. I'll probably have more questions for you in the fall. ;-) My dd is yo...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?
Replies: 93
Views: 32969

I think I need to apologize for being bratty -- the ladies that I thought would chime in and advise you to wait another year didn't respond at all! I hope I didn't stifle them by saying what I did. I always question whether to give my opinion on some of these issues because I have an only child, and...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - What if I WANT us to work together?
Replies: 14
Views: 6503

Thanks so much for the replies. It is a blessing to get quick advice I can count on.
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?
Replies: 93
Views: 32969

4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?

I am looking at options for my dd for next year. It will officially be her "preschool" year but she will turn five early in the year - November. Academically she is advanced, and very bright. She picks up everything by osmosis, and knows most of her letter sounds, how to count to 20, shapes, colors...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Badges - Ideas for wearing them and alternatives
Replies: 61
Views: 47362

K badges

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:38 am We made two, too. :-) Actually I made one and dd made one. I posted all of the alphabet flashcards around the room like a wallpaper border, then we stapled the appropriate badge under each letter as we finished each lesson. It looks so cute, and they are such great...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - Ideas for children who resist
Replies: 26
Views: 14439

Writing without lines

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:13 pm I just looked back through my dd's K work. (I save everything, I'm crazy.) Her writing was so sloppy and uneven in the beginning, and there's evidence of my leaving little dots to trace everywhere. We didn't start school until January and went so slowly at first (i...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 16039

Re: Tracing Words

After reading Jen's post, I hope I didn't come off sounding not very nice! What I was trying to say was that knowing what my dd could and could not see with her lazy eye helped me understand what she was dealing with. I know how difficult it is for her to force it to work, but when she does, she can...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 16039

Re: Tracing Words

Rachel -- I may be too late on this, and could very possibly be way off base, so please forgive me if this doesn't compare. My dd has to wear an eye patch (not drops) over her "good eye" and I always felt so sorry for her if she said she couldn't do something because of it. Mommy-ness set in, and I ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - Must I use it?
Replies: 13
Views: 6426

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:11 pm You can also check out the threads for each math or science topic in the First Grade Idea forum on this board. Several of us add extra books titles that we used for each topic, and that would give you more options that the moms have basically screened. Since they a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: # 5 - Nest
Replies: 53
Views: 49912

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:15 pm An idea that came to me while doing the nest lesson was how a bird wing's comes out to shelter its young. I had dd get down on the floor and pretend to be in a nest. Then I swooped down :-) and stretched my arm out over her and said something like, "don't worry, my ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blending help
Replies: 25
Views: 10076

Memorizes

My son can memorize words and recognizes them easily but when it comes to blending...forget it. He can not put sounds together like SA. He automatcally adds a M or T to the end to make it a word. Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:51 pm I told dd that we were building syllables, not words. But since every ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Definition of "sums up to 18"
Replies: 3
Views: 5326

Alright, maybe I am just doubting myself, but could someone else be my extra brain to think through a question I had about the addition portion of math? In trying to help my child learn why/how things add up to be sums, am I supposed to go through the "sums" up to 18 (9+9, 10+8, 11+7, etc.) or the ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Allergies and MFW programs
Replies: 15
Views: 9519

Hi Mike -- I don't have a recipe for gfcf brownies. I use Pamela's brand mix, and they always turn out great. I don't have the package to look at now, but I'm fairly sure it's guaranteed to be 100% dairy free. For the chocolates, I use Ghiradelli's semi-sweet chocolate chips. I melt a cup of chips a...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Supplies - What do you put into your Files/Folders?
Replies: 18
Views: 9946

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:10 pm Erin, that's a great idea if you want to keep everything in a binder all year. Page protectors, though, would get thick, and I wouldn't have hole-punched Kindergarten workbook pages, either. Using a binder with those big hole-punched manilla envelopes to hold a week...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Supplies - What do you put into your Files/Folders?
Replies: 18
Views: 9946

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:00 pm We loved Kindergarten!!! This is how we did it -- I used plain manilla folders, one for Creation and then one for each letter. I wrote on the label spot the number, letter and topic. For example, #12 Gg goat (farm animals). Before we started the year, I tore out all...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Allergies and MFW programs
Replies: 15
Views: 9519

You really are being too nice to someone who was whining, "Why do we have to live this way?!" I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I had a very bad attitude about it. I need to be thankful that I have a healthy family and I know what to do to keep us that way. I'm loving the fact that I'm finding ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling by substitute teacher, traveling, moving
Replies: 33
Views: 8905

Hi Mike -- How much is Julia "schedule driven?" Is she going to be upset if things are done differently than she is used to? When I went through a bought of illness myself, I had to give my dd a lot of gentle reminders that Daddy or Gramma or Papa may not do things just like Mommy, but it doesn't me...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Teaching - What would you like to have known? Prevention!
Replies: 15
Views: 6781

I wish that I would have had Kelly's 1-10 from the above post posted on my wall to ram them into my head everyday and quit beating myself up over the little things! I'm still thinking about printing that and hanging it by my computer. (I still probably would have smirked back then and said, "oh, I t...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Being content when the grass starts to look greener :)
Replies: 53
Views: 17540

I don't research other curriculum anymore, except to glance through different Language Arts occaisionally. I do find myself pouring over things in the upper levels of MFW, because I'm so excited about it. Before I started homeschooling, I attended a 24-hour class at our local community college. It w...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:13 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: **Considering MFW1 - User testimonies
Replies: 22
Views: 13736

Which program has been most special?

Which program have you enjoyed more, or has been most special to you. K or 1st? And why? I read this and told my dd that another mom was asking which is better - kindergarten or first grade? DD said, "BOTH!" Then I asked her what was best about kindergarten and she said, "Mommy!" "What do you like ...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 11 & 12 (with Beach, Under the Sea; Subtraction)
Replies: 11
Views: 5827

Wee Sing DVD

We borrowed a DVD from the library - Wee Sing Under the Sea. Great video that dd loved watching. And watching again.

All day lonnnggg, just a swimmin' in the sea . . .
by Cyndi (AZ)
Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Readiness - What to look for in a 6 year old?
Replies: 14
Views: 4459

I honestly respect Kelly's wise answer, but just wanted to toss in another viewpoint. My 5.5yo dd is doing very well with MFW1 this year and I plan to teach Adventures next fall when she is 6.5yo. I have no qualms about it. I'm actually looking forward to her "hitting a wall" and having to slow down...
by Cyndi (AZ)
Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 14865

Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?

I am just curious if anyone here does a 4 day school week? This is what my mom did most of the time she homeschooled--though not with MFW--so it is very familiar to me. My oldest child is in 1st grade--we have a homeschool co-op on Mondays and try as I might, it just does not work to "do school" on...