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by 4monkeyz
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 1-2 Introduction
Replies: 80
Views: 62641

First Day!!

We have started ECC!! The passport application was long, but I have a chalkboard wall, so as we went through the slip of paper I would write the answer on the wall for them to refer back to. They loved writing the checks!! Then I was nervous about tackling POE with a 9 yo, 7 yo, 5 yo & 3 yo -- but I...
by 4monkeyz
Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Combining Adventures and 1st
Replies: 60
Views: 24362

Re: Bible with 1st and 2nd grader

Hi! We did Adven. & 1st last year. What I did was use Adven. Bible as our "main" and then since we hadn't done 1st before, I did 1st's Bible with my dd as part of her school time. It was so much fun! I even had my own little pad of paper and drew along with her. :) I loved it!! She did too. It was a...
by 4monkeyz
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Supplies - Ordering for more than 1 student
Replies: 9
Views: 5626

Re: Ordering extras for more than one student - question

We are getting ready for ECC and K this year. I bought student packs for my 4th & 2nd graders, but not for my younger girls. However, I did buy a flag sticker book and passport for each child. It looks like something the 4 and 5 yo will enjoy. I also know we are going to be doing ECC at least twice ...
by 4monkeyz
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: **The many delights of MFW-1st - More testimonies
Replies: 28
Views: 13495

I must share...

We just finished our Summer Reading program at our library and my 7 yo dd read 53 books over the course of 7 weeks!!! :-) She started the school year with little confidence in her reading abilities, could read simple three letter words and was balking at further instruction. I was at a loss. At the ...
by 4monkeyz
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Language Arts & Math - Choosing these for Adventures (author replies)
Replies: 21
Views: 8372

Re: New to HomeSchool!

Welcome to Homeschooling! It is will be an amazing journey for your family!! :) We finished Adven. this past year and it was so much fun. Such a sweet program. The PLL is a wonderful book. I have mixed ages so we did a majority of it oral and everyone kind of chimed in. I did have my son do a letter...
by 4monkeyz
Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 110346

Re: Bulletin board

Thanks Julie & Gratitude!! I laid out some of the pieces last night to get a feel for the size, etc. I think I will put our church missionaries per specific countries and then where ever we are in WotW might go up too depending on space. Also have maps in the parent packet, so I thought about maybe ...
by 4monkeyz
Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:21 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: 16946

Re: Kindy and 1st Too Easy?

There have already been many great comments - so I just want to chime in with how much we loved 1st! :) With my first child, I didn't really "do" anything formal in the way of phonics and he really struggled. I think it was a combination of him not being 100% ready and me pushing him too hard. But I...
by 4monkeyz
Sun May 19, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Exploring World Geography - What to expect for different ages
Replies: 52
Views: 19080

Re: Exploring World Geography - Oh my!

Thanks Melissa for chiming in. :) That is very encouraging! It is helpful to hear how much your kids learned from the Geography Game - I have read others saying the same thing and that is a great encouragement to play it. I sometimes think things are too hard for my kids and I chicken out instead of...
by 4monkeyz
Wed May 15, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Exploring World Geography - What to expect for different ages
Replies: 52
Views: 19080

Re: Exploring World Geography - Oh my!

Thanks ladies! I breathed a sigh of relief at your replies. :) I just don't want to overdo it if that makes sense? Two years ago in our homeschool infancy, we crashed and burned with what we were then using...it was largely the materials and I think I was over doing it just a tad. ;) So I will put t...
by 4monkeyz
Fri May 10, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: # 8 - Dinosaur
Replies: 40
Views: 35347

Dd - Dinosaur

When I was grocery shopping today at Aldi I found dinosaur chicken nuggets! :-) I thought it would be perfect for when we get to the letter D as a fun lunch. I know, rather silly, my wonderful dh gave me a long pause look and said, "I am sure she will love it." ;) It is one of Aldi's summer specials...
by 4monkeyz
Tue May 07, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 110346

Re: General Ideas for ECC

An idea I found via google is to make continent boxes ~ each box contains a variety of items on that particular continent. Some ideas would be stamps (found at local hobby store), flags, plastic animal figures (like the Toobs), currency, pictures of people/art/food/houses, postcards, paper dolls, sp...
by 4monkeyz
Thu May 02, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Ideas: ECC Fun extras
Replies: 36
Views: 15152

MFW seems like perfect fit... have a few questions

I also see that homeschoolshare.com has free lapbooks for many countries. I'd love to hear ideas on how to mix things up for the days that we are feeling up to using the scissors and glue. Hi Yolanda! This is our first time through ECC, starting in the fall, and I love the lapbook idea!! Have you h...
by 4monkeyz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Bible Learning - Book ideas for Preschool/Pre-K
Replies: 20
Views: 7756

Re: Do you have a favorite Bible for Tots and PreK

I'm not sure if you have already found a new Bible....The one we use and love is "The New Children's Bible" by Anne de Vries. The illustrations are lovely and there are no images of Christ. It isn't a complete Bible, but more select stories from the OT and NT with Bible references. I love the hardco...
by 4monkeyz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Lessons beyond the books, faith connections
Replies: 45
Views: 15575

Re: Home school blues & appreciation for the wisdom in MFW

Yeah. I call it "January Blues." Except this year it slid into Feb. I always felt so awful feeling so...depressed...but then a homeschool magazine arrived via email & several of the articles talked about the winter blues...the importance of being in God's Word, meditating and slowing it down. So I s...
by 4monkeyz
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 34912

Boys of Wartime...

I found this really neat book series at the library, "Boys of Wartime" by Laurie Calkhoven. It would work beautifully with Adventures or US history studies. The first one is "Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776" and then the next one is "Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863." I read the first one an...
by 4monkeyz
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 13700

Re: Box Day-Ready to start tearing into Learning God's Story

Yay for Box Day! We are finishing 1st and it was so much fun - I can't wait to do it with the littles when it is their turn. :) We didn't have much success hanging things on the wall in a non-permanent way this year, so instead we used a small photo album for the timeline pieces in Adventures (plus ...
by 4monkeyz
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Summers, Gaps, Weekends
Replies: 35
Views: 13346

Re: Summer?!

Thanks ladies! I remember dreaming about having extra time back on this thread. Maybe you'll see some ideas: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10913 Julie - there are some really good ideas on that link! Thank you. It got me thinking, we did miss some of the art assignments and we also ...
by 4monkeyz
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - Must we do all the experiments?
Replies: 6
Views: 3685

Re: Science in Adv. Is it different from 1st?

Hi! We are finishing up with Adventures and I will be honest I found the little Usborne books do have quite a few experiments, but I LOVE the First Encyclopedia of Science. There are sometimes experiments, but, ahem, if it is a crazy week I might skip. (my turn to hide) :) I have found the book to b...
by 4monkeyz
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: *MFW 1st - Descriptions
Replies: 10
Views: 4502

Re: 1st grade questions

Hi! I wanted to chime in and sing First's praises too. :) Our family has used a variety of other methods for teaching reading and this is by far my favorite. We started our MFW journey this past fall with Adven. (loved it!) and I had heard good things of First, so I bought it for my dd. Wow. Solid p...
by 4monkeyz
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 34912

Re: Books for a 3rd Grader??

Julie - our ECC box came and I "caught" him trying to sneak the missionary biographies!! I told him he should probably wait and be surprised later. :) My kids had so much fun this year with Adven. that waiting for ECC seems as hard as waiting for Christmas day. What do you think of the Trailblazer s...
by 4monkeyz
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 34912

Re: Books for a 3rd Grader??

Thanks ladies!! I requested a few of the titles from my library. All very good books. :) I love having readers in the house, but it just solidifies the need for bookshelves and our book collection needs to "grow up" - board books won't cut it anymore. Lol.
by 4monkeyz
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - Making it fresh for 2nd or 3rd sibling
Replies: 9
Views: 6316

Re: ECC and what else for me? 3, 5, 7, 9yo

I am planning on using ECC next fall with my 7 & 9 too!! :) I don't have MFW K, boo, it sounds like so much fun. I considered buying it but I have various materials from my older two and the finances aren't available. Over the past few days I have been sorting through boxes and deciding what to keep...
by 4monkeyz
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets - Organization
Replies: 22
Views: 8123

Re: ECC-Organizing worksheets

For our Adventures materials this year I used an accordion file folder from Walmart. It held two students worth of work. Ahead of time I went through and hole-punched the notebook pages, noted anything for cutting or song sheets that would get put in a sheet protector and then I put the papers in th...
by 4monkeyz
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Books - Why are there so few for this curriculum?
Replies: 28
Views: 14179

Re: Hard time deciding! MFW vs. Sonlight

Hi! We used SL in 1st grade with my oldest and I found the books to be a little advanced, which from my understanding is bcs. each core is for several age groups. Bcs. I had a more sensitive sister tagging along, I found myself skipping some of the books like "Family Under the Bridge" was about a fa...
by 4monkeyz
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 31205

Re: Box Day for us!!

I am making myself NOT look at the TM or Student sheets until I have finished Adven. SO excited!!! In highschool I was looking at various mission opportunities but then after HS I met my dh and we got married, had kids right away, moved...and overseas missions has gone on the back burn for now. I am...