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by TriciaMR
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 30682

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:53 am We have enjoyed Cynthia Rylant books. There is a Henry and Mudge series and a Mr. Putter and Tabby series. I read these aloud to my 3.5 year old twin boys while my dd is doing her seatwork (she is listening in). She always sneaks the books later to read them hersel...
by TriciaMR
Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Success with ECC
Replies: 11
Views: 5095

Special needs sibling....need advice!

I have a nine year old son and a 13 year old daughter. My daughter has special needs. Last year I did Adventures with both of them, and it went fairly well (both kids really enjoyed it). Because of the multi-level aspect of MFW, I felt this was a great fit for us (both doing their own math and lang...
by TriciaMR
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Ideas for an auditory learner
Replies: 1
Views: 1774

Sounds like he may be an auditory learner? Maybe he needs to hear the problem. Can you have him say, "Six minus four equals" as he looks at the problems? My dd will say "Take four a way from six and you get 2" out loud, all the time, while she is doing math. I figure some day, she won't have to say ...
by TriciaMR
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 39
Views: 18084

Wondering if I need to get the record book

byhisgrace wrote:I was going to purchase Spelling Power for the fall and was wondering if I needed to get the record book for the appropriate grade? Any suggestions would be helpful.
By His Grace,
Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:36 pm
No. A spiral notebook will do just fine...

by TriciaMR
Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help when child grumbles, not focused,
Replies: 58
Views: 25005

That's my biggest motivator for dd - if there is some activity, she can't do it unless she's done, or at least put in a good effort. For example, tonight's a Keeper's meeting. That motivated her to finish her handwriting page and math pages quickly. Too bad I don't have something for every night. -T...
by TriciaMR
Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone set-up, features, versions, time,
Replies: 92
Views: 36403

Re: What are the stickers that go on the keyboard for?

Most likely you'll need it for the n with the tilde over the top (you know, n~, but that part is over the top). I'm trying to remember from high school Spanish if there were any other letters. Otherwise, they use the same letters as we do.

by TriciaMR
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: Weeks 29 & 30 (with Plants; Time, Money)
Replies: 13
Views: 8248

Lima Beans!

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:22 pm Lima beans work great! Soak them overnight first. Then, get a jar (with all the wrapper off - we used baby food jars) wet a paper towel and fold it in 4ths but leave it long. Make the paper towel into a circle and press it up against the inside of the jar. Then put ...
by TriciaMR
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 30064

Well, thanks to this thread, I *remembered* to take pictures of the kids today. I wrote the date, "Exploring Countries and Cultures," and John 3:16 on the white board and had them stand in front of/under it. I also took pictures of them outside. I'll have to remember to do it at the end of the year,...
by TriciaMR
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 25428

Define Rigorous

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:03 pm I haven't started ECC yet, but I have been looking through the manual... Is it going to be lighter than Abeka? Probably yes, in some ways, but probably more rigorous in other ways. I didn't buy Abeka's Bible program, so right now it's Awana's Sparky Climber handbook...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Singapore horizontal math problems
Replies: 15
Views: 10056

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:03 pm My dd had trouble with subtraction especially (we use MUS). For these, I made up stories (she is somewhat right brained). The number 7 is "Superhero 7." So, I drew 7 on the white board quite large, and then we made the horizontal line into a cape and wrote a 3 on it...
by TriciaMR
Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Spelling Power) - Describe how you use this, time,
Replies: 50
Views: 25821

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:17 am I will say Spelling Power is a good fit for my dd. My dd (7.5yo, 2nd grade) is somewhat a perfectionist (gets it from Mom), but I explained to her that this is how we find words she doesn't know, and we only study words she doesn't know. (It also helps me not be har...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Educational Toy Packages - Questions + Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 14634

Activity Ideas for Preschool (former Toddler Package)

Is there an activity sheet/booklet for the toddler toys? At conference, I asked for and received the booklet for the preschool toys, but then realized after I got home the activities are all for the 3-5 yo preschool package not the 2-3 yo toddler package. We have two of the toddler toys - the one w...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Kindergarten Readiness - Fine motor skills; Play
Replies: 15
Views: 9611

I thought of one this morning: squirt guns (or water guns). Get the cheap kind from Party City or something (they come in a pack of 10 or 12). They're harder to squeeze. On a really hot day, set some empty paper or plastic cups up on a wall, fort or other elevated surface, and have them shoot the cu...
by TriciaMR
Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 30834

LEFT handed

He's left handed. (the only one in the family that is!) I have no idea how to teach him to write. Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:43 pm My tip would be to mirror image him. I had a friend that wrote left handed and he didn't arch his hand over the top. He said his mom taught him by sitting across from h...
by TriciaMR
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 29321

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:46 am We spent from August through November just working with my dd memorizing her math facts (addition and subtraction). I came up with different ways to help her. And we practiced and practiced. I didn't want to go on to the next book until we had those down. Well, it ...
by TriciaMR
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness for K - Waiting on a Reluctant Learner
Replies: 9
Views: 7051

Help with Kindergarten Reading

We are using MFW K and so far my daughter is not catching on to the reading. We are in lesson 10. My daughter is 6 1/2. I also have a 4 1/2 year old who is doing great with the reading in MFW K. Any suggestions? Susan Is your 6 1/2 a very active kid? My dd was (still is, but she can sit still much ...
by TriciaMR
Fri May 30, 2008 1:09 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 42130


Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:28 pm In Colorado is the Great Plains Conservation Center. They have a typical plains log cabin, tepee, and lots of wild life. I think that would be great for Adventures. I would love to do that with someone, when it gets warmer, but before all the local preschool classes...
by TriciaMR
Wed May 28, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blend Ladder extra ideas
Replies: 21
Views: 13188

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:35 pm I'll offer something. We started with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Didn't work for us, but there were some concepts that really helped. One was "Say it fast." You say two words, slowly and separately, your kid says them fast. For example, you say, "...
by TriciaMR
Sun May 18, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Helps, creative ideas for teaching in general
Replies: 29
Views: 15358

Using MFW methods has helped big time

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:36 pm Even though we're not doing ECC or SP yet, using MFW methods has helped big time. She was struggling so much with spelling before - even though we were writing them and saying them every day. I researched Spelling Power (spelling is a very weak subject for dd). Our ...
by TriciaMR
Sun May 04, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Bible Devotions / Quiet time: Ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 17226

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:10 pm Oh yeah. My dd was a very active 3 year old when I was pregnant with my twin boys. She was taking a nap, but I was needing two. I started 15 minutes of quiet on the bed. She got to pick out 2 or 3 books. Head and feet had to stay on the bed and no talking (or no wo...
by TriciaMR
Sun May 04, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Mental Math - What to do if your child struggles with this?
Replies: 14
Views: 9158

Have your child teach the lesson

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:00 pm

I have her teach her Barbie dolls or stuffed animals a subject. (I do limit it to 3, or she'd bring them all, LOL.) I sit in with her "class". She thinks it's cool to have school with her dolls and animals.

by TriciaMR
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Kindergarten Readiness - Private preK vs homeschool
Replies: 17
Views: 11790

Let me preface this... I have no experience with Abeka PreK, but I do have experience with teaching her Abeka K, 1st, 2nd (finishing up in 15 days!) And now that I've read more educational philosophies and looked at other curriculum, I can't stand Abeka. I have an almost 8yo dd, and almost 4yo twin ...
by TriciaMR
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 43826

I use an Excel Spread Sheet

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:46 pm Well, right now I only have one child that I'm officially "teaching" as required by state law (the other 2 are only 3 1/2 years old). I currently keep a spread sheet in Excel. Down the left is the day "number" (we're required 172 days, averaging 4 hours a day for a...
by TriciaMR
Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Occupying little ones while I read
Replies: 7
Views: 8823

Building... and throwing?

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:12 am
My sons love mega-blocks. They'll build towers and basements and garages with those for hours. How about Nerf balls if he really likes to throw?

by TriciaMR
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 40545

Describe a traditional textbook curriculum

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:28 pm I've used a textbook curriculum for the last 3 years, for K - 2nd. (I will be using ECC next year and am so excited). It is a very thorough curriculum, and if your children transition back into private/public school, it will be similar (or if they are transitioning ...