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by TriciaMR
Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 16493

Re: Writing Strands 3 & hand-holding

Crystal, Thanks for posting the link to that second article. I'd read the first one, but the second one... Was a great reminder to be a coach/mentor/editor in all subjects, not just writing. I've been slowly coming to this realization, and this article kind of put it all into words. I think it is ha...
by TriciaMR
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Tips (author response)
Replies: 30
Views: 18546

Narration needs something fresh

I need some updating on our narration. We've been doing it since K, so I think we know "what" to do, just need some fresh ideas on the "how" part. I ask the kids to tell me what they remember from the lesson (and there are 3 of them listening, sometimes a 4th if my not-quite-2nd-grader joins us), a...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Writing - How to help my child summarize
Replies: 14
Views: 5908

Re: Help with summaries in ADV

Just to add, that's an awesome written summary for a 2nd grader. My dd (3rd) doesn't write summaries. For ECC Science, she dictates them to me (very wordy, too, and I have to help her pare them down), and I type them in a word document and we print it out for her to add her drawing to. She loves to ...
by TriciaMR
Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep - Poll on how long you spend, & when?
Replies: 16
Views: 7309

Re: when do you plan?

My kids and DH are at AWANA on Sunday nights, so in those 2 hours I pretty much make copies, read the TM for what we will cover for the next week, and print out anything extra (spelling lists, verse copywork frame, etc). I pay attention to how long we are on each country/continent (I'm doing ECC), a...
by TriciaMR
Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Content - Describe your screening of book basket selections
Replies: 15
Views: 8945

Re: Book basket books-- are they "safe?"

Just pay close attention in the notes for age/grade level. A couple of times I didn't, but I read the book myself (because I hadn't read it before and it was thicker, more novel-type book), and thought, "Not for my 3rd grader, but when we go through this again in 8th grade, she can certainly read th...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #19 - Rock
Replies: 21
Views: 18942

Rock (question)

I am looking ahead to next week and we will be on Lesson 19 - Rock. I see that they want us to go outside and collect rocks. Well, we live in Ohio and right now there is at least 1-2 feet of snow out there. Any suggestions on what to do in place of collecting rocks. Can I buy rocks anywhere? Thanks...
by TriciaMR
Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Can our family really do a Unit Study?
Replies: 23
Views: 25589

Amy, I'm just using ECC this year, but everything up to now has been scripted... "Read these pages in this book." There may be a "see notes" in the grid (the weekly schedule) that will either give you word-for-word what to say, or an experiment to do, or the details just wouldn't fit in the grid. Th...
by TriciaMR
Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 29644

I got magnetic tape from Michaels craft store and wrote subjects and put them in order we do things on the white board, as I only have one. My thought was that I'll add more strips (in different colors) for my boys, and when they are done, they can move the magnetic strips to the bottom of the board...
by TriciaMR
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for organizing without one
Replies: 32
Views: 21069

Our "official" school room is the formal dining room, as we have an eat-in kitchen. Each of my kids has a desk, and I have all our stuff spread out on the formal table. One desk I picked up for $3 at a used curriculum sale. The other two are my husband's and his brother's that they had when they wer...
by TriciaMR
Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 27039

My dd asked yesterday, "Why can't we do school tomorrow?" And, she has kind of hinted a couple of times through this break about school. I said, "Because tomorrow is Saturday. Do you really want to do school on Saturday?" All I got in return was a sad, dejected face. I think this is the first time m...
by TriciaMR
Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Libraries - How to stay off their Most Wanted List
Replies: 11
Views: 4871

Amy, Don't feel too bad. This is the first year I've actually paid fines - and I can renew on-line! And the library sends me e-mail reminders when I'm overdue! How's that for bad? Sometimes I just forget. It happens. If I were you, I would go in and face the music. Apologize, bring homemade cookies ...
by TriciaMR
Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 14-15 France
Replies: 24
Views: 19264

Our Eiffel Tower

We decided to do the optional activity and create a model of the Eiffel Tower. We didn't have craft sticks, so we used pipe cleaners! You can see a picture of it at my blog.

My dd and I had lots of fun and laughs doing this together.

-Trish
by TriciaMR
Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 14762

Handwriting paper and age appropriateness

I am wondering when you all switched from a dotted lined first and second grade paper to plain notebook paper. I had expectations of switching my 8 year old to lined notebook paper but in watching her write using that paper I am rethinking that one. Connie Connie, Abeka switches the kids over to Wi...
by TriciaMR
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Discussion & ideas about spelling rules
Replies: 46
Views: 22480

Just ask the kid...

I was contemplating moving down to "B," but I was not sure dd would want to make a "dictionary." So, when we got to spelling today, we went over the words she missed, and why we missed them. Then, I told her about going back one level, and doing the dictionary thing and studying and sentences and wh...
by TriciaMR
Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW - What do you love?
Replies: 38
Views: 17824

How do I know MFW is for me? 1. Tears have been reduced from a daily (or every other day occurrence) to maybe once every 3 weeks - and that's from me getting frustrated and not being a good parent, not with the work level. We used Abeka the previous 3 years of school. 2. My dd enjoys it and looks fo...
by TriciaMR
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - How to fill state requirements
Replies: 49
Views: 21233

Being a Military Brat... I got European Art and Architecture when we traveled Europe when we lived there. I got Utah history in 3rd grade, when I lived in Utah. This was scattered around through the school year. I got Texas History in 7th grade, when I lived in Texas - a whole year. (And, Texas hist...
by TriciaMR
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Read-Alouds - Specific questions
Replies: 13
Views: 6420

Farmer Boy "Keeping House" Chapter, need advice

I am reading ahead in Farmer Boy. I read the Keeping House chapter tonight where the children are left alone at home. I am a little troubled by how they did all these things that they knew were not allowed and there are no consequences. I am especially troubled by the fact that the children covered...
by TriciaMR
Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Literature/English Credit
Replies: 31
Views: 19963

C.S. Lewis Perelandra for High School

I am getting ready to order this book, as suggested in the manual. I was just wondering if anyone has read this series. For those who have read it, would we be lost reading this one without having read the first book in this series? I think you would be fine. You would have more "history" about som...
by TriciaMR
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - Many ideas!
Replies: 54
Views: 38817

Math fact "stories"

My dd is VERY right brained. So I made up some stories. The main thing is the kids need to automatically know what adds up to 10. So, we had the following "stories": 9 is a magician (draw a 9 with a top had, and a face in the circle part, and an arm coming of the side holding a magic wand) and he ha...
by TriciaMR
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 43016

Some encouraging verses

"But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is a reward for your work." 2 Chronicles 15:7 "... nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on Thee." 2 Chronicles 20:12b "Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude (substitute child's name for "multitude"), for the battle is...
by TriciaMR
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 32301

Re: ADD/ADHD

Posted Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:52 pm I have a very active dd. When we were doing K (with a different program), I would let her swing while she read the blends off the flash cards. Every 5 she got right, she jumped off her swing, ran around the yard, and then back to the swing. On cold winter days, she d...
by TriciaMR
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 66143

ECC - Week 11 and the Carnival Dancer art project

Well, I feel like we finally had a really good successful art project. We did the Carnival Dancer. I looked at floral wire at Michael's and found some that had some kind of raffia wrapped around it. It seemed pretty stiff. So, we used that and just regular yarn that I had bought for one of the other...
by TriciaMR
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Measurement & weights (US + metric)
Replies: 26
Views: 11621

Use body parts?

One thing I have done - get a ruler or tape measure and find a body part that is one inch long and one cm. Perhaps the distance between the end of the thumb and first knuckle is an inch? Perhaps the distance of the end of her pinky finger is a cm? You get the idea. Then, let her write that on her fi...
by TriciaMR
Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 66143

Markers for geography game

We're laminating our maps, and then use low odor dry-erase markers to "mark" the country on our map when we play the game, as little boys tend to bump the maps and mess up the pennies when we play with pennies. That way I don't have to draw circles. (Make sure it's the low-odor ones. I've found the ...
by TriciaMR
Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 66143

Geography Game - South America

Thanks in advance to those who answer! Is there a reason French Guiana is not on the list of countries? It is physically in S. America. We made our game today - I went ahead and added #13 French Guiana to our deck of cards... Don't know why it isn't included. (For N.A., we added Puerto Rico and Gre...