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by asheslawson
Sat May 07, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Hands-on - Homemade and inexpensive
Replies: 15
Views: 8171

Re: If you could have only one....

Hello...found a good set if you do want to get a set of base 10 blocks @ rainbow resource center. Found some super cheap counting connecting cubes for @ american science & surplus (sciplus.com). Just in case you do want them. I don't think you have to have them - but I think they are helpful and the...
by asheslawson
Mon May 02, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 22953

How much to buy for Singapore? (guides)

Ashley, so you find the HIG helpful? Math is definitely not my thing. I'd better wait to purchase anything extra until I get the other items (textbook, lesson guide, etc.) in from MFW. I've only ever used the workbooks and the hands-on illustrations found with the old curric. I used. Rubies...I fin...
by asheslawson
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Lessons beyond the books, faith connections
Replies: 45
Views: 15596

Re: OT (a bit) - thank God for page protectors

Cyndi - that is so sweet! Sometimes I neatly write a 'journal' entry of a very special memory that is connected with a story they wrote or a picture they drew & I cut it out & affix it to the back of the artwork. Now - when I leaf through that special artwork - that little preserved story I saved me...
by asheslawson
Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Lessons beyond the books, faith connections
Replies: 45
Views: 15596

Re: OT (a bit) - thank God for page protectors

I think I'd just leave them the way they are. My mother-in-law always tells the story of when my DH and his cousin were young and got handprints on her door frames and how she still cherishes them. Must not have been washable stuff back then... Smudged pages & tiny fingers, Memories of homeschool l...
by asheslawson
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Is it enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 16549

Q about the math in Kindergarten?

When I used the K program years ago, we tried to use the Cuisennaire rods/alphabet book and my oldest dd hated it. Granted, this is my traditional/textbook child. So when I re-bought the kit again, I decided NOT to purchase the rods/alphabet book and would just buy Mathematical Reasoning from Criti...
by asheslawson
Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: End-of-year finale, parties, celebrations
Replies: 15
Views: 6167

Re: Kindergarten Graduation today:-)

I love it - we recently finished MFW K as well & I might use a few of your ideas for my dd!
That would be a really nice way to review her kindergarten year - which was priceless in my heart!
by asheslawson
Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Manipulatives - What have you used with Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 9241

Re: How much to buy for Singapore? (Manips/guides)

I use things around the house...but I found that in teaching Singapore there were a few manipulatives I wished I'd had (I taught 2A-2B this year). One was a metric ruler - only because NOTHING we had around the house had metric measurements on it. (I had plenty with centimeters - but nothing with a ...
by asheslawson
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 25940

Re: Assignment board? Good, bad or neutral??

Thanks for the responses...& Trish - my son doesn't often work ahead willingly either - haha...but if we have something to do that will decrease our time at home that week - I will tell him he needs to & he is able to pick what assignments to tackle first & see them checked off when done. My dry era...
by asheslawson
Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 25940

Assignment board? Good, bad or neutral??

My son is a first year homeschooler, age 10, and would be in 4th in PS. I cannot wait for school time everyday - he's not quite to that point, but he is resisting much less. I was blessed with a gift from a teacher at our church that cleaned out her classroom. It was a fabric wallhanger with clear p...
by asheslawson
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 31677

Feeling MUCH better! especially with Singapore!

I guess I'm like many - especially at this time of year - reviewing, analyzing, deliberating, staying up late reading forums! All in attempt to make sure I've chosen well. Last year it was choosing my curriculum from MFW as a 1st time homeschooler to a kinder and a 4th grader. This time it was over ...
by asheslawson
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 32415

Re: So FRUSTRATED

Again - just good to hear all the great things happening as well as see you guys being "real" about the tough times! And to jasntas, Tammie...I did notice your sig yesterday: "The days of a mother are long but the years are short." I just have to say - I love that. Somedays - I feel worn from the tr...
by asheslawson
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 18-20 Kenya
Replies: 58
Views: 34914

Global Positioning Project - Week 20 Kenya (ECC)

We really had fun doing the global positioning project, but I guess I am not quite up to all of this! Anybody else struggle with converting miles per hour to how many miles they would travel per minute. I'm great with the math once I know the correct equation - but I just didn't figure it out. Clear...
by asheslawson
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 32415

Re: So FRUSTRATED

All I can say is THANK YOU for such candor. I love reading the posts here for ideas, but sometimes I feel like homeschool goes so smoothly when I read how much others accomplish. I, like u8mycrayons, am a first generation homeschooler, from a family that never took me to church. It was my stepgrandf...
by asheslawson
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Babies - How do you home school with them in the picture?
Replies: 53
Views: 20245

Re: I just had to say

We are loving it too! I am a first year homeschooler & doing ECC w/my fourth grader, age 10, & MFW K with my 6 year old. She's already finished K, but we're moving a little slower through ECC, but having fun. I have so many volunteer activities that I'm involved with that it has been a big help that...
by asheslawson
Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Help with teaching
Replies: 36
Views: 10198

Re: Not really liking Writing Strand

I don't know if I can be of much help because I feel often like I can't keep up at all. I work from home for my church, plus I babysit. I also have a senior in public school and we are filling out tons of scholarship apps and everything of that nature. I serve on the school board for our school dist...
by asheslawson
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 3-4 United States
Replies: 67
Views: 44306

Celery Experiment

Just an idea we did when we did the celery experiment. We did it as the curriculum suggested in water with xylem tubes removed & one stalk without removing them. However we did a 3rd glass...we slid a knife up through the center of the stalk from the base toward the leafy part, but stopped cutting a...
by asheslawson
Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: Exploring Countries and Cultures -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 41661

Re: Exploring Countries and Cultures -- Share Your Experienc

I just have to say that I have been struggling to "stay on top" of things - this is my first full year of homeschooling and my 10 year old has always been public schooled. I started with this and I have had so many points that we had to slow down because of older children, doctor's, car problems, co...