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by my3boys
Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Combining K alongside an OLDER program (author response)
Replies: 55
Views: 25326

Re: ECC and K- Any tips on doing these concurrently?

We are doing ECC and k this year. We do the K theme lessons, stories, calendar, # chart/coin cup at a circle time first thing in the morning. Then I do academics and ECC with my oldest for the rest of the morning. After lunch I do the k reading lessons while my oldest is occupied with independent wo...
by my3boys
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 18-20 Kenya
Replies: 58
Views: 36075

Re: African dough animals

We're using 'model magic'. You could just do it with playdough though - it will air dry.
by my3boys
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Assigning Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 5580

Re: Assigning Literature/Book basket recommendations

We also have a book basket time - these are mostly the books with pictures in them - non-fiction or short stories. Then we also have a reading time that is for an assigned chapter book. I have found that I can't leave that up to ds or he will not read at all or will take an entire year to read one b...
by my3boys
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: #19 - Rock
Replies: 21
Views: 16605

Re: Rock (question)

We have some trading post type gift shops where they sell polished stones - you can buy little baggies of them.

I was also thinking about making clay 'rocks' for them to do rock painting.
by my3boys
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Getting supplies & materials ready for MFW-K
Replies: 54
Views: 22929

I am doing MFWK with a 5yo and 7yo with a 3yo tagging along (they were 2,4, and 6 when we started). When I first got the guide I was very overwhelmed as well - the set up makes it a little hard to visualize what your K day will look like. After the first week we were in a routine and it was super ea...
by my3boys
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 16492

Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:06 pm Hi Tamara, I tried to PM you but I couldn't figure out how - so I hope it's OK to write my list here. I based this on what was available to me and also on the general reading list at the back of the manual - my ds is 9 and has read quite a few of those, but it is a ...
by my3boys
Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Libraries - How to stay off their Most Wanted List
Replies: 11
Views: 4312

I have often thought that if I could make one day a week library day and just make it part of our weekly routine that I could probably do better with it. This doesn't work for me in the winter because I am usually home without a vehicle to go anywhere. With routine weekly trips though you would also...
by my3boys
Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Help for specific needs, & Determining needs
Replies: 25
Views: 8786

I am using MFW K with a 7yo with learning disabilities. He is using it with his 5yo brother. This is the third K program that I have used with him and it has by far been the best suited to his needs. The reading lessons are seperate from the themed units which works well for him - we do the unit les...
by my3boys
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Blend Ladder extra ideas
Replies: 20
Views: 12354

My boys are both doing the same thing only with different letters - I remember my oldest doing it too and not being sure what it was about. It will pass - I think it is just their way of figuring it out.
by my3boys
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Help for specific needs, & Determining needs
Replies: 25
Views: 8786

K or 1?

My dd is 6 1/2 she completed K in christian school last year. She did fine. But I decided to use MFWK because she still struggled with writing and fine motor skills. The thing is she knows all letter sounds and can read the last books of the K program. Three letter words are not fluent, she can rea...
by my3boys
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 20036

I made a reader list for my ds at the beginning of the year from the booklists in the guide. I scheduled one or two chapter books for each unit and he is reading some non-fiction books from the book-basket as well (but I give them to him and say 'read this some time this week'). My little ones that ...
by my3boys
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW - What do you love?
Replies: 38
Views: 15583

I think I could fit the 'curriculum junkie' criteria. I've used SL, WTM, Winterpromise, Beautiful Feet, Ambleside, and now MFW. The good news for you is that all of the curriculums you listed are very similar in style and so although you may not feel like it, you have narrowed your search down to th...
by my3boys
Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - *Homeschool Funnies
Replies: 107
Views: 36587

K science fun

We are doing Water this week. I had a little glimpse into how my 4yo's mind works :) We talked about liquid water, and then we poured it into the ice-cube tray to make 'solid' water. The next day we took 3 ice-cubes out of the tray and let them melt in a bowl. After the ice-cubes were melted my 4yo ...
by my3boys
Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Help for ages 7-8
Replies: 17
Views: 9771

If this helps put things into perspective - my 7yo is just learning to read and write CVC words. By the posts here, it doesn't sound like there are very many 7yos ready for a lot of dictation, so your child is probably doing just fine.
by my3boys
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Educational Toy Packages - Do these make good gifts?
Replies: 10
Views: 3369

We used it as Christmas presents one year too. We wrapped everything individually. That was 2 years ago and my younger two still use everything. They couldn't do the puzzle with the people for quite a while - it's harder than it looks!
by my3boys
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in K
Replies: 28
Views: 9214

K, Preschool, and ECC

Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:50 am I am doing k with a 6yo, 4yo and also have three 3yos tagging along. Academically my 6 and 4 yos are at about the same level and so they are both doing the phonics and writing activities - the 3yos are not. We have 'circle time' in the morning, which includes 100 ch...
by my3boys
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 34247

I don't know anything about your situation, but thought I'd share my experience just in case it helps. My almost 7yo ds is doing K with my Kindergarten age child. I struggled through K (different programs) twice with him and ended up stopping about half way through each year because he wasn't pickin...
by my3boys
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Using MFW Overseas (or in neighboring countries)
Replies: 53
Views: 19330

Using K with 6 feet of snow?

Hi all. I'm a military mom of two terrific kids ages 5 and 2.5. We just received our MFW Kindergarten curriculum. I am really excited to start homeschooling. But, I live in an area that gets about 6 ft of snow a year. Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:00 am I'm not sure where you live, but we live in Nort...
by my3boys
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Different locations and styles
Replies: 49
Views: 20802

Winter

Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:00 am I'm not sure where you live, but we live in Northern Ontario and we get a lot of snow and cold here. I used to stay inside a lot, but I have three very busy boys and my house was beginning to be ruined by excess energy. Last year I invested in good boots and snow ge...
by my3boys
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24893

I think MFW will bring back the balance we so desperately need. Do I continue with the LA that I had purchased for this year and then look at next year, next year? Or do I change that too? So, changing is daunting. I will continue to pray for direction. I will start with ECC for now....and pray, pr...
by my3boys
Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 38710

Combining ECC and younger child learning to read

Can I do ECC with a 4th grader & 2nd grader? Hi, I am new to this board. I have been looking at MFW for the past 2-3 months now. And am thinking of purchasing ECC for dd(9) and ds(7). Ds(7) is still in the 'learning to read' stage. He's progressing, but he is not a fluid reader yet. Dd(9) on the ot...
by my3boys
Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 16163

Legibility expectations

I have a left-handed third grade son who is struggling with handwriting. Well, maybe I'm more of the one struggling trying to read it. He doesn't seem to mind. He is doing cursive now, and does better with that than with printing, but I am concerned with the printing. We have mostly just done the M...
by my3boys
Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Measurement & weights (US + metric)
Replies: 26
Views: 9232

Maybe you could find a measurement workbook (like the ones they have a Walmart) and just do a quick overview before going on to the next level. I think visualizing measurement comes more naturally for some people then others. I cannot visualize any measurements (I've often wondered if this is some s...
by my3boys
Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24893

Question about ECC (thinking ahead)

Just a real quick question: is there history not taught in ECC? Is it skipped that year to focus on Geography? My ds is learning technical skills in ECC that I don't think we would have addressed as in depth in a history core. Things like using reference materials, and reading maps and graphs. I kn...
by my3boys
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 15214

Is this sentence average?

I was just wondering for a first grader who has aspergers (high functioning Autism). Who has a great difficulty writing. Where do you think what she wrote falls in. Normal, Above level, or below. I am just talking about the sentences not the spelling. Here is what she wrote to summarize the Solomon...