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by hsm
Tue May 28, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 129650

Re: sensory bins with K & siblings

I think this is a great idea! I use sensory "pans" (ie cake pan full of sensory items) for my preschooler and a 2.5 year old I watch. My preschooler will be doing K this year but the 2 year old loves doing this. She prefers to be at the table playing with this type of stuff rather than in a differen...
by hsm
Tue May 21, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Do you recommend this for MFW-1?
Replies: 19
Views: 10052

Re: Honey for a Child's Heart....

I was going to post the same thing about For the Children's Sake that comes with the K package! I have been reading it and it is so wonderful. I feel so blessed by this book! I almost ordered Honey for a Child's Heart because it looks so good but I decided to "hold my horses" and wait until next yea...
by hsm
Wed May 15, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 12427

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

asheslawson, I really appreciate your perspective and encouragement. I, too, like adding better. I don't know why it is so much easier to "get". My dd's are the same way and just this week I had "taught" them how to figure the answer to a subtraction fact by adding. It seemed to help them considerab...
by hsm
Fri May 10, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW only? Anyone ditch most everything else?
Replies: 39
Views: 16857

Re: A few final questions before hitting "place order" butto

Erna, Thanks for the reply. I am going to use all of the recommendations this year. I feel very optimistic and hearing that you have been pleased after several years is very encouraging. Good idea, Kelly! I do hit Goodwill a lot but I never thought about other thrift stores. I always like to check t...
by hsm
Thu May 09, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 12427

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

Stephanie, that was very helpful, thank you. I tried something like that with dimes and pennies but I think that went over her head. I like your idea better. I am sorting through our legos this morning trying to get several sets of 10 similarly colored blocks to use in place of the cubes. As many bl...
by hsm
Tue May 07, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 12427

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

It is good to hear that others use manipulatives even in later years to get the concept down. That does make me feel better. Thank you all for the advice and encouragement. I am going to hit the pause button and let her play with the manipulatives and really focus on the number bonds and math facts ...
by hsm
Tue May 07, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 20499

Re: I think we are done...is it horrible to be done now??

I don't really have any advice here, but just want to say hang in there! You have a lot on your plate. I feel the same every day with distractions, interruptions, and lack of cooperation with my preschooler and a 2 year old I babysit. It is so frustrating and I don't have as many littles as you so I...
by hsm
Sat May 04, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 12427

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

Sheesh, I am afraid I have not done so well teaching her this. :( She always wants to use her fingers and I have discouraged it trying to get her to solve problems either from her memory (from flashcard drills) or the "Singapore way" (mental math). I guess fingers and manipulatives are not bad. I ha...
by hsm
Sat May 04, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 12427

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

Thanks for the reply. We have been using manipulatives that we have at home (pennies, beans, etc) but maybe the cubes would be a better visual because they look like the place value blocks. I also gave her 5 pennies and a dime. Then, I told her to give me $.07. Of course she couldn't do it in pennie...
by hsm
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone headsets, special needs,
Replies: 14
Views: 7554

Re: Rosetta with hearing impaired mom/children

I just spoke with Bret and he suggested I buy a microphone to attach and listen to the lessons through the computer speakers. That would work perfectly for us. And, if I see the need to use a headset also (to eliminate distractions), I will look into purchasing Trish's recommendations. Thank you eve...
by hsm
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone headsets, special needs,
Replies: 14
Views: 7554

Re: Rosetta with hearing impaired mom/children

Wow Trish, thanks! It is so funny you mentioned Logitech. The girl specifically pointed out that headset as one that would not work. Hmmmm.... interesting. I just looked at the link you posted, and it just might work! So, is the microphone separate from the headset? And, looking at the product you l...
by hsm
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone headsets, special needs,
Replies: 14
Views: 7554

Re: Rosetta with hearing impaired mom/children

Thanks, Julie, for your response. My post did feel lonely, but I kind of had expected that could happen being that this was a question that I know few people ever have dealt with. So, I appreciate your response and recommendation to contact Rosetta directly. Duh! Why didn't I think to do that? :~ I ...
by hsm
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - MFW approach to creation/evolution? What age?
Replies: 77
Views: 26577

MFW Editions?

I seem to remember an article? or post? about the books that MFW has edited to contain more Christian references, such as the Usborne encyclopedia, etc. I'm trying to find that information. Can anyone tell me where I might find it? Thanks! I am a newbie here, but I do remember reading this so I che...
by hsm
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Supplements needed? Extra workbooks, other topic
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

Re: Singapore question

Thanks for the reply. I am leaning toward purchasing them and using only as needed. Which, in my case, as needed could be all the time! :~ Math is not my strong suit. I am not terrible but like a previous person posted, I may not remember it all or be able to teach it well, especially mental math. L...
by hsm
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Supplements needed? Extra workbooks, other topic
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

Re: Singapore question

I just placed my order for Singapore! I can't wait until I can order ECC and K in the next month or so. Very excited to start anew! Thank you to everyone for their responses. I will think about all of the responses and keep all of these thoughts in mind as I decide whether to get the HIG and/or extr...
by hsm
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Supplements needed? Extra workbooks, other topic
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

Re: Singapore question

Thank you for your response Michelle! I am so nervous about switching math just because what we are doing now is adequate and my daughter really doesn't like math. And, I am a bit math phobic myself so I am afraid to try something that may be hard for me to teach. However, I want her to understand a...
by hsm
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 26329

Re: Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

Ok off to enjoy a picnic and do a rock hunt by the stream to round off the rest of our "academically strenuous day" Unit 19, Rr Rock, day 2 activity- go on a rock hunt :) What a fun outing! Sounds like a great time and this is what I look forward to. I will have a kindergartener along with my ECC g...
by hsm
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 26329

Re: Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

The bias toward box/planned curriculum is a relatively recent phenomena. When I started homeschooling in 1994, there was a lot more support for a variety of homeschooling styles since we had far fewer options. Find what works, ignore the critics, and move on. Excellent advice! I wouldn't recommend ...
by hsm
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 26329

Re: Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

Here are some random thoughts on why I felt I saw this early on: - As I mentioned, MFW originally was written for grades K-6. - Many folks try ECC only (which for one thing was only written for 2nd-6th at first), and aren't happy with focusing on geography before history. Or, they were skipping the...
by hsm
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 26329

Re: Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

It sounds like your plan for the mfw cycle works perfectly and there is a thread on doing a condensed version of history over the summer before HS so that could be doable for you. I think I have read that post before. I will look for it again. I am just finishing our first year of homeschool and I ...
by hsm
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 26329

Wanting to start next year-lots of questions!

I pulled my children out of public school in November of this school year. I have a 5th grader, 2nd grader, and a preschooler (he is 5, but he has a late birthday). We are currently using an eclectic approach using Story of the World Vol. 1 for history. I have been led repeatedly by God to MFW and I...