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by far above rubies
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Timelines - Help and ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 21899

Adventures timeline

We used some orange yarn and taped it up to stretch across our 8 x 8 dining room wall.

Somehow it worked. :)
by far above rubies
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 28184

Re: Organizing your school day

Our schedule has changed over the years. When I only homeschooled one child, had another in therapy, and my youngest was just a toddler, I really just went with the flow. Now that I have three school aged children, one in therapy, and a newborn on the way, we've had to be far more structured. Basica...
by far above rubies
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Is MFW-K enough
Replies: 20
Views: 8954

Re: Anyone do MFWK by the guide (no extras)?

I remember our first time through and I thought I needed to add stuff, but after listening to the CD on hands-on Kindergarten, I "got it" and really wish I'd just used it as written. So this year, that's what we're gonna do. :)
by far above rubies
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28109

Re: Not convinced ECC is the right choice for 2011

I think you've already gotten some fantastic input and advice. I just wanted to share that we're doing ECC this year and my older two are 9 and 7. (My 6 year will do the K program). We did ADV last year and it was awesome. One thing I'm doing is not having my 9 year old (4th grader) do the advanced ...
by far above rubies
Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 13226

Re: Changing from HOD to MFW??? Anybody???

I was a MFW user who switched and a year later, returned to MFW, where we have remained since. They are both great curricula but MFW works best for our family for right now. I do miss HOD from time to time--it's a very sweet program. :) And as for working with them individually, I seem to get more o...
by far above rubies
Thu May 19, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - MFW books are already checked out!
Replies: 16
Views: 5420

Re: Library books - frustration

This is the very reason why I started my school year early last year and started reserving books 2 weeks in advance. LOL This year I intend to start late (new baby arriving this summer) and hope the same technique works. :) Hehe. I've often thought of that. My hope was that by starting early or lat...
by far above rubies
Wed May 18, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Cuisenaire Rods, Questions & Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 14583

Re: Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet book question

It's nice to have if you can swing it. I used it the first time I taught K, but I didn't understand the thoughts behind it, so put it away, thinking it was a waste of money. So I wasn't going to buy it this time around, until I heard the Hazell's CD workshop on teaching K and 1st grade. Then I "got ...
by far above rubies
Wed May 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - MFW books are already checked out!
Replies: 16
Views: 5420

Re: Library books - frustration

This is the very reason why I started my school year early last year and started reserving books 2 weeks in advance. LOL This year I intend to start late (new baby arriving this summer) and hope the same technique works. :)
by far above rubies
Fri May 13, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 17882

Re: MFW and parts of speech - and mandatory testing

Our state requires annual testing and prefers setonhomeschool.org (I think that's the site) if we choose to test privately. So far, so good. This will be our first year using PLL/ILL, but we did also find that during the test, there was an example of the problem/question, so there was kind of a quic...
by far above rubies
Fri May 06, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd-4th grader - Adventures vs. Years 4-5
Replies: 43
Views: 14117

Re: Beginning MFW this fall...need some advice

Ditto!! Start off with ECC. ADV really is for those who have 2nd/3rd graders who are the oldest in the family. We loved our year of ADV but it really is something to meet a special need before going into the cycle.
by far above rubies
Thu May 05, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Schedule and moving faster
Replies: 15
Views: 4687

Re: How to handle being "behind" with Singapore Math?

Ah! Actually she is an extremely mathy child. I forgot about that! LOL At the moment, she is choosing to work through 5 lessons of math a day in her current curriculum. She always finishes in about an hour and asks if she can move on. And yes, I forgot how simple and straightforward Singapore is. I ...
by far above rubies
Wed May 04, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Schedule and moving faster
Replies: 15
Views: 4687

Re: How to handle being "behind" with Singapore Math?

Ah! Actually she is an extremely mathy child. I forgot about that! LOL At the moment, she is choosing to work through 5 lessons of math a day in her current curriculum. She always finishes in about an hour and asks if she can move on. And yes, I forgot how simple and straightforward Singapore is. I ...
by far above rubies
Wed May 04, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling during difficult time - loss, caregiving,
Replies: 57
Views: 19980

Considering MFW & Afraid, Plus Dad's sick

I have home schooled for 8 years and always used the "school in my house" approach (complete with DVD teachers). Next year my girls will be in the 7th and 4th grade and I would like to combine as many of their classes as possible. I am just down right terrified of messing them up by changing from a...
by far above rubies
Tue May 03, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - *How is it taught in MFW-1
Replies: 13
Views: 5226

Re: Did you use a different math for 1st grade?

We did use a different math for those grades and now I regret it. I wish MFW still had their CD "Hands on Kindergarten and First Grade" available. I've listened to it twice and both times was like, "Aha! I get it now!" I wish I'd heard the reasoning behind it all years ago when we first started with...
by far above rubies
Sun May 01, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 15380

Re: How do you distinguish between end of year burnout and .

We usually get burnout this time of year too, and when we switched to a July to April schedule, it seemed to help quite a bit. We were done by mid-April, but we were starting up in mid-July, when it was simply so hot outside that we really just didn't feel like being outside anyway. Then we were abl...
by far above rubies
Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd grader (or advanced 2nd) - Adventures vs. ECC?
Replies: 63
Views: 23099

Re: ECC or Adventures for 3rd grader

Oh you sound like me!! We started out with MFW, switched to HOD, and found our way back to MFW last year and finally feel as though we've come back home. We did go with ADV for her 3rd grade year and I'm so happy we did!!!! It was the best year of our school history. This upcoming year we're going t...
by far above rubies
Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 25330

Re: Question about Adventures

I had my 5 year old join us in ADV this year and she enjoyed it, however, she wasn't doing her own program, save a K4 program at the time. She enjoyed the hands-on projects in ADV, and a few of the coloring sheets, but she didn't really "get it," for the other things. I just re-listened to my David ...
by far above rubies
Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 26488

Which subjects independently?

We do a lot of the same thing, but with the ACE Goal Cards. That was one part of ACE which we held onto. The cards are cheap, I can fill in the subject, and then write in page numbers or whatever. It helps my very visual children know what's coming up, and what assignments are expected of them that ...
by far above rubies
Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Will Singapore work? Extra ideas?
Replies: 14
Views: 5488

Re: Singapore math--is it good for struggling learners?

I don't know if I'm a good example or not. I have a son with special needs, but he also has Asperger's/high functioning autism and mental math is his "thing." He did beautifully with Singapore. He struggles with reading and writing, but Singapore has always fit him well. We're giving it another shot...
by far above rubies
Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 27755

Re: Anyone do afternoon school? (Or any other modified sched

OK, so I created a grid, based on MFW's suggestions. It includes the time allotment (ie 10 minutes, 20 minutes, etc.), but I did not include specific times. This way, the children know when our max time is and when we'll move on to the next thing (which will be great for the Aspie), but it won't tie...
by far above rubies
Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General in 7th vs. 8th
Replies: 55
Views: 16691

Re: ECC Science for 8th grader...enough??

I agree with the others about the co-op class. We were in a co-op for several years and even had a Biology teacher teach the high school students Biology, but they only met every other week, for about an hour and then had an extra lab on other days. It was definitely NOT something appropriate for ac...
by far above rubies
Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Manipulatives - What have you used with Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 9565

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

Yeah, that's kinda how I feel about manipulatives. I always struggled with math and it's amazing how much manipulatives helped me grasp concepts. But my cart is already up to $150. LOL I guess the good part is that if we stick with it, I have many more children coming up behind, who will also benefi...
by far above rubies
Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 32964

Re: Intro, some questions, ready for any and all advice!

MFW took some adjusting for me but what won me back in for ECC and the rest of the cycle was realizing that my children (participants ages 5-8) retained everything we'd covered during our ADV year. Not only had they retained it, but our ADV lessons were their favorite part of the year. They couldn't...
by far above rubies
Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year-olds - Feeling left out of K and olders, scheduling both
Replies: 31
Views: 10492

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

Yep...my dd missed the cut off in one district by ONE DAY!!! ONE DAY!!!!! I have an August birthday and while I was happy that I wasn't held back a year (this was all back at a younger age. LOL), as an adult, I think I would've thrived better if my parents had given me an extra year. Most of my frie...
by far above rubies
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 39512

Re: Do you use any planner software along with MFW?

I've tried using HST, but it wouldn't work for me. LOL

I've used regular teacher manuals though, especially when we used the MFW K. It did help to keep all those extra things organized and in the schedule.