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by far above rubies
Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I start MFW-K in the wrong season? Midyear?
Replies: 20
Views: 8409

Re: Couple more questions about Kindergarten from a newbie m

I agree... this is my 2nd time using K and we started at different times of the year. The biggest issue was getting the ants/butterflies when we did the unit, but it's not a huge deal not to do those things at the exact time of the unit.
by far above rubies
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd grader (or advanced 2nd) - Adventures vs. ECC?
Replies: 63
Views: 23100

Re: ADV or ECC for 3rd grader

We did ADV when my oldest was in 3rd grade and it was perfect. I'm glad we waited until she was in the 4th for ECC. There was plenty to build her skills in ADV and we have some great memories. :) In fact, if I were to do it over and I knew then what I know now, if I started ADV for an oldest 2nd gra...
by far above rubies
Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 32964

Re: I would Love to Hear about ECC?

We came close to not doing ECC and I'm so thrilled that we move forward. We're learning about other cultures and groups I've never even heard of. It's a different way of going about things, as the start-up seemed slow, but of course, we've accumulated tons of knowledge. :) I'm about to fall asleep, ...
by far above rubies
Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 21243

Re: 1st or Adv for 1st grade?

Ah, we loved ADV. I was able to use it with all of my older children. My ker is an "older Ker" as her birthday is in Sept. and I went ahead and waited until this year. When we did ADV, my then 3rd grader, 1st grader, and 5 year old were all able to participate. They all learned and enjoyed the mater...
by far above rubies
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 33345

A round of thanks to each of you. :)

I was just telling my DH that this has been our most successful year yet. And this has also been our best year using MFW. The support I've found on these boards has made all the difference. :) I wish I'd come here years ago, when we first tried MFW and struggled through. So, thanks to all of you who...
by far above rubies
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 33811

Re: How do I break away from the textbook?

I could've written your post and thanks to Tricia for commenting. :) I've gone back to textbooks so many times, especially in the area of LA and Math. This was the first year we started off with all of MFW's recommendations, switched temporarily to textbooks, and the joy of homeschooling was sucked ...
by far above rubies
Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 19054

Ker is reading (yay)

Ker I wrote about a few weeks ago is just blooming left and right! I never thought that an accelerated pace would actually do the trick. :) We're beyond excited for her and I love watching her eyes light up when she realizes she can read.
by far above rubies
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 33811

ECC- Maybe, I can actually do it this time! Help!

I NEED encouragement and help! I taught in ps for 9 years previously. I've been homeschooling for the last five years. I have switched programs constantly trying to find a good fit. :~ I keep trying to return to total textbooks and I know this would be a better fit. I do think ECC is a great progra...
by far above rubies
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 18-20 Kenya
Replies: 58
Views: 35900

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

Yes, in the end, I gave them both a couple of butter knives and they went to it! :-)

Main point is that they had fun, so all was well. :)
by far above rubies
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Science - Is there enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 17950

Re: Future Sciences, microscopes, and lab kits

We just sent off for our ants! When we did MFWK the first time, the ant hill was one of the highlights! Those things lived for 3 entire months! We kept expecting them to die after a few weeks. It was so neat to watch them.

So, this time, I ordered the SUPER supply!!! :) :-)
by far above rubies
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Some users like to make a tentative daily plan
Replies: 33
Views: 13402

Re: ECC Questions about Scheduling

I've done Bible/activity/Geo/Book Basket/Sci first and then had them go onto independent work and I've also followed the grid, straight down the page, too.

I think it depends a lot on the day and what's going on. And goodness knows each day is different.
by far above rubies
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year olds - When to start homeschooling
Replies: 29
Views: 17674

3 y.o. boy -- need advice about what to purchase

This is my first post. I have two boys age 3 1/2 and 1 1/2. I have been looking at homeschool curriculum/approaches since my oldest was an infant hoping to be up to speed by the time he was ready. I am attracted to the MFW curriculum and Charlotte Mason approach in general. My question is what mate...
by far above rubies
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling despite illness
Replies: 47
Views: 16918

Re: So Confused

I really can't add more than the others, but wanted to also send you some hugs. Don't feel too bad. Life happens. I feel guilty about a lot of stuff, as well, especially since we had the baby in the middle of July (when we usually start our school year) and while we started in late August, I've felt...
by far above rubies
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets, Stickers, Passports - For little ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 9688

Re: ECC what all do I need???

I think it really depends on your children.

When we did ADV, I got student sheets for my K4, 1st, and 3rd grader. But this year for ECC, I haven't had the need for the student sheets, passport, stickers, etc. for my K'er. She has enough worksheets in K. ;)
by far above rubies
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW workshops & audio CDs -- Reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 27144

Re: I ordered a few of MFW CD's by David Hazell...so glad!

Aren't those CD's great? I was so glad that I ordered them and they were the catalyst of my returning to MFW. I needed to hear them to finally "get it." I really wish I'd had the CD's before we tried MFW K the first time. I would've understood it so much more.
by far above rubies
Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography - Is this the only chance to get it all?
Replies: 7
Views: 3851

Re: Help me understand this history cycle

LOL, ya'll are great. Here's an example of something that happened today that got me concerned. We're finishing up our study on Germany this week and when I asked the children to give me any info they've learned on Germany--as in they could've told me anything they wanted, they weren't able to tell ...
by far above rubies
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 19054

Update on accelerating MFW K

So, I just thought I'd try it out--we're doing 2 lessons a day. Yesterday, we did Days 1 and 2, today we did Days 3 and 4. I didn't use the math page or the drawing page and I'm letting her practice writing her letters on a little chalk board we picked up from an old-one-room school house museum. ;)...
by far above rubies
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 19054

Re: How to accelerate MFWK?

Oh yeah, those sound like some great ideas! My son has autism (Aspie) and he's the exact opposite with attention span. We actually have to set a timer for him just to give him a time limit. Otherwise, he will spend HOURS on one task. Once he gets focused on something, there's no distracting him. Goo...
by far above rubies
Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 19054

Re: How to accelerate MFWK?

Ooooohhhhhhh...... she does really, really, really enjoy writing on the board!!! Perhaps I could even work that in as a reward type thing? If she pays attention during the lesson, she gets to write on the board? Or we can just do the lesson from the board? And yeah, what is it about magic markers th...
by far above rubies
Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6+ year olds - Modifying MFW K to a faster pace
Replies: 38
Views: 19054

Re: How to accelerate MFWK?

Oh goodness, if we're able to just make it through the reading lessons, I'll be happy, happy, happy! :-) She's my 3rd, so I've definitely done the "school by the rules" thing and have learned to really enjoy the children. They grow up so entirely too quickly. But I also want to give this a fair shot...
by far above rubies
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:59 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: 10601

Re: Not doing the experiments

I think it's a mix between they're falling flat and time. LOL When I do get the materials, we do the experiment and the children don't really care if it falls flat because they like the interaction. I, OTOH, get frustrated because my life is a bit chaotic right now, especially with the just turned 3...
by far above rubies
Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Reading - Phonics questions, sight words,
Replies: 15
Views: 7398

Re: MFW-K--short vowels only?

I've used both this approach and one in which everything is taught during the 1st grade. I think spending a year only on short vowels is great. My oldest deal well with everything thrown at her in one year, but two of my other children are completely different learners and will likely do better with...
by far above rubies
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 27755

Re: Flipping the schedule on its head?

Well, this morning it hit me that I'm teaching a Kindergartener, 2nd grader, 4th grader, preschooler, and a 6 week old (just 6 weeks today). I'm also running a home and taking care of all the HR stuff for my husband's company. I mean, it finally hit me. LOL I think I need to cut myself some slack. :...
by far above rubies
Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 12195

Need some encouragement. My child is not enjoying school

I just need some encouragement.. This is our first year homeschooling.. My daughter is 5 and we are doing MFWK. She is not enjoying school at all and I am getting stressed out. She lasts about 5 minutes and then she is done. She especially hates when she has to try and write letters or numbers. She...
by far above rubies
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 19
Views: 6347

Re: Not enjoying our 1st few days (also, ADD suspicions?)

I've tried to read through and skim as best I could. I just had a baby a couple of weeks ago, so I cannot promise that any of it will flow or be coherent by any means. LOL My oldest was thought to have ADD/ADHD when she was in preschool. We had a very rough couple of years in the early stages of hom...