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by rebeccal2002
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Tips (author response)
Replies: 30
Views: 15991

Re: summary??

It usually depends on his mood. I have 3 going thru CTG, so after I read something I ask them for one thing that they learned from the reading and we go around the room listing things. When it's him and me one on one, I ask him to tell me "what happened." I sometimes will give him a prompt like, "Fi...
by rebeccal2002
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 18-20 Kenya
Replies: 58
Views: 36117

Re: Global Art--Substitute Ivory (Africa) help

eta: i think i'm confusing this project with the other soap craft. (the inuits) [Canada] i skipped the 2nd soap craft because the 1st soap craft was enough.) sorry. :) we used lever soap (it was white and we had quite a few bars of it in the cupboard). it was the messiest craft we did. we just carv...
by rebeccal2002
Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Week 1 (including the Sabbath & Creation)
Replies: 52
Views: 37319

Sabbath dinner was lovely

Hi, we've just started CtoG. Sabbath dinner was lovely. The Challah came out perfectly and my DH said it was nice to focus on God before we ate. We always pray before dinner, but something about the ceremony of it all was very special.

Rebecca
by rebeccal2002
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Charlotte Mason in MFW 1st?
Replies: 10
Views: 6160

Charlotte Mason in MFW 1st?

MFW1...to use or not to to use..... We are planning to start hs next Aug. with a ds in 1st (now in ps K) and a dd pre-K. A couple of weeks ago I asked for members' insight on whether or not MFW curriculum would be a good fit for our family. Thanks so much for the replies, I was especially impressed...
by rebeccal2002
Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 5th grade - Experiences switching to Singapore
Replies: 14
Views: 7384

Re: Too late to start Singapore?

Just a quick question... Are her math facts strong? My 9 year old got stuck and I realized she hadn't hammered out her times tables yet. So I gave her a week long break on the math program and had her memorize her times tables. I tested her on 2 tables a day until she had them down. Now her math pro...
by rebeccal2002
Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help when child grumbles, not focused,
Replies: 58
Views: 21329

Re: Can I be real? So frustrated

Oh thank you for posting this thread! I'm laughing and crying right now, because it has been a very hard week. I can so relate what you all are saying. I wonder sometimes why we are home schooling when the 4 year old and 2.5 year old are in their rooms wailing while I try to continue to read about a...
by rebeccal2002
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Music Resources - Hymns, My Father's World(K song), & others
Replies: 30
Views: 15604

Re: Hymn CD?

This is a cool thread. I was just wondering about (yesterday!) a hymn CD. I play piano, but I don't always like to bang on the piano during music time (baby naps in the am). And I can sing better and lead our little group of singers if I'm not playing. I was listening to samples on Amazon and I'm pr...
by rebeccal2002
Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24897

Re: Saving ECC for the middle of the cycle??

I think that if you're not sure, to just go with the MFW recommendations. It seems that they set out the cycle for a reason. :) I can tell you that we were with a different curriculum before this past January and ECC has had more impact on my children and on me as the teacher than any of our other h...
by rebeccal2002
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Streams & Victor's with younger grades (author reply
Replies: 32
Views: 16631

Re: Child's History instead of Streams for littles using Cto

That being said, has anyone used A Child's History of the World with C to G? Hi, we've used Sonlight and I've read Child's History to my kids. Part of me wishes I hadn't, but it was what Sonlight provided as a spine in their History so I plodded through it. I haven't used it with C to G though. I t...
by rebeccal2002
Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 28816

Re: Please help me know what I am dealing with!

Hugs Amy, I could has written most of your post. My son, now 7, 8 in Jan, is taking his time "getting it" too. I'm trying not to freak out with him because he is still learning to read. We are on day 91 and he still has to sound things out. And I still have to remind him of rules to vowel sounds, et...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 11940

Best tool for early handwriting...

Hi! I have a dd whose brain is far ahead of her hands. We just began MFW 1 today...it went fine (She loved those pattern blocks!). I'm really excited for her to take the next step into reading! Anyway, handwriting is a difficult thing for her (though I see big improvement from just a month ago befo...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 20821

Re: Kingdom Tales - you could have warned me

This is why my DH reads the read-a-louds. I just lose it sometimes. With Kingdom Tales, sometimes I will notice my DH getting emotional, he'll have me read for a few paragraphs and then we switch again, so that we can keep going with the story. I think that the emotion of the writing goes over the k...
by rebeccal2002
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 33283

The Chinese Invented Ice Cream! (ECC)

So I made Chinese Fried Rice today for our end of China meal (lunch). I know, it's Wednesday. :) Some liked it, others asked, "is there anything else?" :) I nicely told them to try it, that it was what the Chinese ate almost everyday. Then one of my girls chimed, "Can we have ice cream? The Chinese ...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Supplies - Art - What type of colored pencils? Markers?
Replies: 30
Views: 12481

Re: Where did you get markers for Drawing w/ Children?

Do the roseart and crayola marks work okay for it then? If so, I have a bunch of those. And they are washable...still a plus in this house! I guess I will just start out with those. My son loves art, but I don't want to invest a lot into high quality art supplies yet until I know caps won't be left...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28439

Re: Please help me!!!!

We got about 12 weeks into core 3 and then I said, "ENOUGH," and returned everything except the readers and read alouds. Then we discovered MFW. We LOVE it. Glad you came to a decision about ECC. We're still having fun with it and learning even though we have a lot of littles in the house right now....
by rebeccal2002
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 14413

Re: spelling power - talk me through it please!

I do what Trish does. This routine is started AFTER the placement tests are done. (Don't have them study words missed on the placement tests...) Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it and it won't be a big deal anymore. I find the instructions a bit verbose. :) We have had GREAT success with SP this...
by rebeccal2002
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 12215

Re: Need some encouragement. My child is not enjoying school

Hi, here are some words of encouragement: :) When my 1st born was 5, I thought I would just teach her to read during her "k" year. (K isn't compulsory here...) So, I got out my 100 easy lessons book and sat her down next to me at the table. I would tell her what to do and then she would fall off the...
by rebeccal2002
Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library Routine
Replies: 9
Views: 4228

Re: Library Routine

One thing that helps me is that I only go to the library on Friday. And I only renew on Friday. Our books are due after 3 weeks. So every Friday I make a habit of logging in to my library system and renewing all the books that are due that week. I've found that if the books come due on different day...
by rebeccal2002
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - MFW approach to creation/evolution? What age?
Replies: 77
Views: 22905

Re: Creation... dinosaurs...YE/OE... MFWK

Hi, It kind of makes your head spin, no? :) I am from a Christian background and upbringing, but my parents believed the Gap Theory. That's to say, they thought there was a 1st creation, Lucifer rebelled, there was a big war, it messed up the earth and creation, dinosaurs died, everything died (this...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 33739

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

Short answer: Get on my knees and pray, crying out to God and begging him for help. I would love to have the answer to your question. It is a constant struggle. We have schedules, chores, I sometimes fall back on the flylady way of doing things (flylady.net). But there really is no end to the const...
by rebeccal2002
Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 21-22 Saudi Arabia
Replies: 30
Views: 20350

Re: We skipped the trash sorting worksheet (ECC wk 22)

But I'm wondering.. if you recycle and compost, then why would your trash be so gross?? LOL! Well, not EVERYTHING ends up in the compost. Sometimes, runny oatmeal goes in there. (We're on septic, we try not to scrape any dishes into the sink.) Sometimes a poopy diaper goes in there. (Even though we...
by rebeccal2002
Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 24449

Re: Major organization help needed

Hi, I'm not sure what your house is like, but you mentioned you have a kitchen table. Does that mean you have a dining table too? If so, I'd move into the dining room. There would be more wall space for maps, artwork, etc., too. For years I tried to hide my school stuff so our house didn't look like...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 16194

Re: Handwriting--How far to push??

To be honest, I'm in the same boat as you - a 7 year old boy, who, when he tries, can write very neatly, but usually it's like a chicken scratching. He's a righty. I usually encourage him to make sure other people can read it too and if it's just WAY too messy, I have him do certain parts over again...
by rebeccal2002
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 94
Views: 25330

Re: Need advice on what to do....we are so behind

I think it's all in how you look at it. My oldest, if in public, would have just finished 5 grade. We're doing ECC and we are just starting the Middle East. (We started late Jan). Anyway, you're WAY ahead of us! :) We just had another baby (2 weeks old!) and so we'll probably fall further "behind." ...
by rebeccal2002
Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Ideas: Preschool boxes
Replies: 17
Views: 7771

Re: Preschool box ideas

Even with the best of toys a 2 yo doesn't have a very long attention span! :) Our girls liked those magnetic "paper" dolls. We have some wooden ones from Melissa and Doug and a cheaper Dora set. The Dora set is ripping apart. :) For some reason a box of Dominos was really fun! And depending on if sh...