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by Mom2theteam
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: Field Trip ideas for Exploration to 1850
Replies: 19
Views: 17900

Re: Mega Field Trip to D.C.

You can also go visit Thomas Jefferson's Home. http://www.monticello.org/ If you are willing to drive a little, there is a TON of history. Several battlefields: Gettysburg, PA is only a couple hours drive. Battle of Antietam in MD isn't far either. I LOVE that one. It had a really big impact on me a...
by Mom2theteam
Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Being content when the grass starts to look greener :)
Replies: 53
Views: 17472

Re: The Grass is not greener on the other side...

Thank you for sharing this! It actually almost made me cry. I am really struggling to decide what to do for next year. We are finishing up K this year. I'm still not totally sure what I want to do, but I think I've decided to stick with MFW for 1st. I think I'm feeling that "the grass is greener..."...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?
Replies: 93
Views: 32887

Re: When to start K?

I have experience with this. :D My son has a mid-Oct b-day. I decided I would start him in the winter of the year he turned 5. Well...it didn't go well. He was very easily frustrated and distracted. He clearly was not ready. I was advised by some wonderful BTDT moms on here that I should put it away...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 36233

Re: Herding cats.... Thats my life!

I had to giggle a little when I read your title. I have 5 kids who are 5 and under including 2 sets of twins. I am always saying, "it's like herding cats." People laugh, especially in public. I'll be back tomorrow to read everyone's advice. Looking forward to it. ;)
by Mom2theteam
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

He got it!!!! Thank you!

I really wanted to send out a heartfelt thanks to those of you who encouraged me to "cease and desist" K with my young 5 year old. I tried to start him last Jan. He was just over 5 and I felt he "should" be able to go ahead with K. I also felt he was a little behind because he still didn't know all ...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 46581

Re: MFW K 100 Chart...sort of dreading it *blush*

Skip counting!! Why didn't I think of that?! Thanks! I'm really glad I asked. Now, I'm not dreading it like I was. :-)
by Mom2theteam
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 1st or K - Help for child who is reading (author reply)
Replies: 33
Views: 18257

Re: Kindergarten or first grade?

My oldest is just 5 and will be started (restarting) MFW K in the fall. So, take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I think there is a big part of being ready for K that is a maturity issue rather than an academic. Does that make sense? Even if academically, she is ready for 1st now, does she have th...
by Mom2theteam
Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13338

Re: What does "tagging along" look like in practice?

Thanks everyone for the wonderful ideas! I know this can be done. I just need to do it and allow it to take time to fall properly into place. I have realized over the last few months that I have higher expectations than what reality can be for our family. I have a lot of little kids. Things aren't g...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13338

Re: What does "tagging along" look like in practice?

Oh look! I figured out how to multi-quote. :-) You probably won't like my answer, and I wouldn't have liked hearing it when my oldest was 5. I tried to start when my oldest was 5 (for 1 month) with 4 children 5 & under. I gave up, and wisely waited until he was six. Actually, that is great advice, b...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13338

Re: What does "tagging along" look like in practice?

Thanks everyone. I have the CD of David's "Occupying Toddlers..." I have listened to most of it. But, not all. I need to finish it up. Your ideas sound great. I guess I'm struggling because my kids all want to do things together. My 5 year old will complain if I let the 3 year olds play with lacing ...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Is it enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 18368

Re: Q about the math in Kindergarten?

Yes, there are 2 pages per letter. I took all of mine out and put them in page protectors and then into a 1" Binder. I also cut out the front and back covers and put those in the View pockets on the front and back of the binder. (I also tore out the instructions and any other pages in the book. I pu...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year-olds - Feeling left out of K and olders, scheduling both
Replies: 31
Views: 11358

Re: Including a 3 year old in K? And preschool vs preK

My oldest has an Oct. b-day and my 3 year old twins have a Dec. b-day. So far, I have definitely found it to be an advantage to look at them in terms of the younger age. So, my twins turned 3 this past Dec, but for the purposes of the school year, I consider them to be on the 2 year old side of thin...
by Mom2theteam
Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Bible in K?
Replies: 16
Views: 8849

Re: Bible in Kindergarten

We are only doing the K program this fall. We do a memory verse to some extent already. I pick a verse and display it on our kids table. (It has Plexiglas covering it to protect the finish. I just slip things under it to display, like art projects and memory verses.) I have them say it everyday for ...
by Mom2theteam
Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Hands-on - Can MFW work if we LIKE/learn by reading??
Replies: 21
Views: 10663

Re: Should we switch back?

What I have found from this little sickness of mine is that so many of these great vendors use the same books, just in different ways or at different times. So please don't think you have to choose either the "doability" of My Father's World or the great literature of Sonlight. Most of the books So...
by Mom2theteam
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Educational Toy Packages - Questions + Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 12757

PreK Toy package

I was wondering if any of you out there have used the preK package with your younger kids in a large family? I was actually thinking about buying it for my almost 4 (that makes me weep a little) year old. He is extremely active and will be even more independent next year. I'm just not sure he'll si...
by Mom2theteam
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for phonics in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 69
Views: 55057

Re: Setting up a salt tray for phonics/writing

I use plastic container also. I have a black one from a restaurant. (Supposed to be "disposable," but easy to wash and reuse.) I used sugar. It works well because the container is black and the sugar is white. My son loves it. :-)

Where do you get colored sand?
by Mom2theteam
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Start K slowly or wait?
Replies: 93
Views: 32887

Working on routine, independence, and attention span

I have 5 who are 5 and under. We tried to start K this year with a young 5 and just turned 3 year old twins. (They weren't doing the K, but you know, they wouldn't exactly leave us alone either. ;) ) Plus, I have twins who were around 8 months at the time. (They will be a year in less than a month n...
by Mom2theteam
Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Educational Toy Packages - Questions + Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 12757

What would you purchase for ages 4, 6, & 8?

I am planning on starting my (to be) 8 yo ds in ADV. I wondered about getting the PreK Package for the (soon to be) 4 yo ds and some of the Kind. package for the (soon to be) 6 yo ds who is not reading yet, but knows most of the alphabet sounds. It looks like the Kind. has such a lot of fun activit...
by Mom2theteam
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. dual credit college courses
Replies: 35
Views: 13785

Dilema college courses vs. MFW WHL

So, my son has the opportunity to take, Bible, Western Civilzations 1, and an English class at our local bible college in the fall. I know he can handle the work, that isn't the issue. My problem is that I LOVE MFW! I had planned on him doing WHL, in fact I already bought it! I know the teaching wo...
by Mom2theteam
Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 27501

Re: Help! How do I do this? (Teaching him to hold his penci

Thanks for all the tips!! I'm not too much a stickler for him holding it exactly correctly. I don't hold mine right. But, he is way off, with the pencil end tipped forward in his hand instead of back and his index finger...I don't even know how to describe it except to say it's way off, not just res...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

Carissa, you are right. I have a good friend who has 3 children right around my kids age. She doesn't have any twins, but we like to remind each other that this is the hardest time. No matter how many kids we ultimately have, this will be the hardest stage because all of them are still young. It wil...
by Mom2theteam
Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

Thanks Ladies. It is good to know I'm not alone. I feel a little silly because I did read about this happening to many other moms who started about when I did. I was hoping I wasn't making the same "mistake." Ha, ha! That is okay. I did know we might have to wait. I'm okay with it. I think you are r...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

Thanks everyone. I spoke to my husband. I was pleasantly surprised that he is totally fine with us waiting a little longer. He said, "if he isn't ready, he isn't ready." He also liked the idea of year round school. It seems as if he may be slowly coming out of the classroom mindset. So, we are going...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

My son is definitely ahead in Bible. I don't know what being ahead in science would be. LOL. But, he is very interested in learning Bible and science type info. Right now, his big focus is on dinosaurs. Thanks for reminding me that reading isn't all it is about. I'll gently remind my husband of that...
by Mom2theteam
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 14069

Re: Am I doing the right thing with my young boy K'er?

Kathi, thank you so much!! I really needed to hear several of those things. I'm so glad you said not to give up my quiet time. I was feeling guilty for holding onto it so tightly. But, I do feel I need it. Thank you for validating that. I really can't do it very early in the AM. I actually really wa...