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by hsm
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 18613

Re: Help with Dick/Jane writing

Yes, Julie! You hit the nail on the head...it's less varied than Dick and Jane. But, I do agree with both of you that since there is little action taking place and being she is a young writer, I don't think it is entirely odd that she wrote in this manner. At least she completed the assignment, righ...
by hsm
Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 18613

Re: Help with Dick/Jane writing

I agree it is hard to come up with different starters. Even as an adult, I can see how it is easy to fall into that trap. Tricia, does it change your opinion if I tell you she is "technically" a 6th grader? Yes, I am thinking, "ack!" I went over the examples in the WS book with her before the assign...
by hsm
Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Cost - Concerns, Priorities
Replies: 41
Views: 16545

Re: price changes

Thank you Lucy!
by hsm
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 94
Views: 27234

Re: Getting behind schedule

Thanks for the encouragement, ladies. I am glad to hear I am not alone here! I'm a box checker, but since I need our light days to be on Wednesday, I have Monday in the TM be real life Thursday, Tuesday in the TM be real life Friday, etc. So, it is okay to not have those days line up. Really. And {h...
by hsm
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 15533

Re: Spelling - we have not yet begun

It took me forever to get to spelling! I was feeling just like you. Then, once I finally buckled down and did the placement tests (which we did on a Saturday morning if memory serves me correctly), it still took me a couple of weeks to really start doing spelling. I was ready to throw in the towel. ...
by hsm
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 24099

Re: Missionary biographies

Can't wait to start Nate Saint next week! Sounds exciting! Thanks for the tip on the YWAM bio's of his sister and the other men.

I may take Tricia's advice and work on Cameron over the summer during a slower time of year.
by hsm
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 24099

Re: Missionary biographies

Thank you for all the comments. I sure hope I didn't sound nitpicky (or worse). Thank you Cyndi for letting me know you found it to be the most dull of the bio's. And, gentlestrengths, those are some good tips. I do try to do those things but perhaps I need to do a better job at it. And, yes, it is ...
by hsm
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 17204

Re: Writing Strands

I promise I checked the archives first...how did I not see the complete archive of WS praises/encouragement &) Thanks, Julie, for the link. I like your analogy of the working the writing muscles. I think that workout is what is "strange" to me (for lack of better word). It seems so broken down, but ...
by hsm
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - Meeting state requirements
Replies: 84
Views: 32149

Re: Puberty Books?

I second The Care and Keeping of You Book. My dd 11 has read it and it gives the information clearly yet gently. I gave her the book after a lot of conversations on the "topic". We have open communication so she feels free to talk to me and ask me questions about anything. She was ps'd until age 10 ...
by hsm
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Exploring World Geography - What to expect for different ages
Replies: 52
Views: 21436

Re: Exploring World Geography-3rd grader

Thanks for making me feel better about skipping it! Now, I can quit stressing and get some sleep ;) I think I will just copy some of the pages when I feel like it and save the book for when she is in 8th grade. I appreciate all of the input! Oh, and 4monkeys...I LOVE your mini cherry pie idea....yum...
by hsm
Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:15 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Books - Questions about using the Atlases
Replies: 8
Views: 7992

Geography

Hello again all, We just started wk 3 of Geography, and I see it lists such and such pages in the Classroom Atlas. Are those pages just for reference to the maps, or are we actually supposed to be reading and working with (absorbing) the information included on each page as well? Good question! We ...
by hsm
Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I start MFW-K in the wrong season? Midyear?
Replies: 20
Views: 8566

Re: Regret that I didn't choose MFW K

In my experience when I continually feel pulled one direction and go a different direction, it is usually God leading me the other way. When I don't listen, I don't have peace. This applies to my life in all areas not just homeschooling. This is only my 2nd year homeschooling and my first year with ...
by hsm
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition
Replies: 30
Views: 17310

Re: Sticking with MFW is really working!!! Loving Saxon 87!

I love this post, thank you! We, too, are trudging through Singapore. We started at 2B and trying to get through 5B by the end of the year. My 6th grader, who I pulled from ps last year, is doing all of those books in a year! It is discouraging some days and your post was reassuring. We are very new...
by hsm
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Helps, creative ideas for teaching in general
Replies: 29
Views: 13943

Re: Stop me from jumping ship with SP

Thank you Trish and Julie for the tweaking tips and encouragement. I may do something like that with my struggler. Asheslawson, thanks for the SP plug :) My oldest, who is a natural speller and was ps'd through 5th grade, loves doing a spelling workbook so I don't know how SP will be for her. But, s...
by hsm
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: ECC Research - Worldbook, Reference books, Library
Replies: 9
Views: 6182

Re: Using Public Library Website for ECC Country Reports

I had tried looking at our library website at one time for this very same idea and I couldn't find anything helpful at all. But, after reading your post, I looked some more and found a plethora of goodies!! Thanks for this post! I am so excited :-) Mine was listed under Kids- then Homework Help, in ...
by hsm
Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 37113

Re: needing some encouragement all around

Like Julie, I am a better-late-than-early kind of gal. However, in your post there are some potential red flags for LDs that it may be worth exploring. Hearing issues, speech issues, sensory issues, the "weird" handwriting, and the poor visual memory ( spelling), etc. could all point to a learning ...
by hsm
Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 37113

Re: needing some encouragement all around

HSM- I don't have older children yet so can't give you much help there, but I would second that your k'er might need more time. With some of hearing impairment, speech delays, and sensory issues, as well as what you describe as his tantrums, I think you will have to rethink the typical trajectory. ...
by hsm
Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 37113

Re: needing some encouragement all around

Gratitude, That is a good point. I never really considered it since he is almost 6 he *should* be ready for school, right...at least kindergarten? But, your perspective is something to consider. His intellect is right on target but emotionally, yes, we have work to do and maturity that needs to deve...
by hsm
Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 37113

Re: needing some encouragement all around

Ahh, Julie, thanks for the nice long encouraging response. I have been really overwhelmed and I just needed someone to vent to and maybe throw a couple of ideas at me. I was thinking like you were about my son with handwriting. I don't want to turn him off on it, so maybe holding off is better. Funn...
by hsm
Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Need reassurance/advice (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 35
Views: 12056

Re: Singapore Math

I am not sure that it is abstract rather than more visual and requires thinking. It focuses on mental math. Let me try to explain what I mean. By visual, I mean, the book uses pictures to explain concepts. This works for my kids as they need to see it to understand it. I am afraid I can't explain th...
by hsm
Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Need reassurance/advice (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 35
Views: 12056

Re: Singapore Math

I started both of my girls on Singapore in March of this year. They were public schooled until November of last year (2012). I pulled them out as 2nd and 5th graders. We started our hs journey using Horizons for the younger and Teaching Textbooks for the older. I decided to make the switch in March ...
by hsm
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23790

Re: Singapore Math -- Teacher's/Home Instructor's Guide

I just started Singapore in March of this year. We were new at everything...mfw, Singapore, and homeschooling period. I am not confident in math, especially the Singapore way. I used 1B for my dd8 and 2B/3A for dd11 so far. I did end up purchasing the Home Instructor's guides after asking about it o...
by hsm
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Minutes with Marie
Topic: Petrified Wood
Replies: 4
Views: 6163

Re: New Post from Marie

This was so wonderful and refreshing to read. I feel so blessed to have found this curriculum. When I read things like this written by the author, it reinforces my belief that God led me here. With this kind of heart going into the curriculum, my children will be blessed. Thank you Hazell's for your...
by hsm
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Assigning Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 5770

Re: Assigned Reading

Julie, My kids are definitely readers. I have found that a lot of times if I leave them alone they will read for hours. My oldest has to be told to turn her light off at night or she would stay up waaaaay to late reading. ;) So, maybe, I don't need to assign reading time per se. I might just assign ...
by hsm
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Assigning Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 5770

Re: Assigned Reading

Gratitude: I love that your children find it a reward to read something you want. A little reverse psychology? ;) Maybe I will try something like that. I do want to have both girls read aloud to me more often. I have failed to do that as much as I should. Dawn: I love the idea of assigning specific ...