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by hsm
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 44849

Where to start? 6th and 4th grade

This year we were working on the early explorers and colonists. I've never used MFW before and have no idea which unit to start with. Having a 6th grader we wouldn't be able to complete the full cycle. I can use advice. Thanks! Candee I think the general answer would be start them both in ECC, then...
by hsm
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 30558

Re: Entertaining youngers

Thanks for chiming in Tricia. Those are some good ideas. I didn't know Keva structures came with a book. And the timer idea just might work. We use a timer for other things so he is used to the idea. Thanks again!
by hsm
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Enrichment Items & Trusted Resources - Reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 19394

Re: Looking for Reviews on Enrichment Items

Thanks for this post! I have a similar post going and these items weren't on my radar...they are now. Going to get Rush Hour and Kisses from Katie for my 7th grader (and me). My son plays Rush Hour during occupational therapy and it is a great game and he loves it! I don't know why I didn't think to...
by hsm
Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Conventions & Expos - Help "seeing" MFW!
Replies: 22
Views: 13596

Re: Curriculum expo

I am debating on going to this as well. It is in my neck of the woods too! For those who have gone to these, do you find it worth it if you already know you are going to purchase?
by hsm
Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Sign language as foreign language?
Replies: 12
Views: 7281

Re: enrichment items

Thanks for the Signing Times tip! I am going to check out on Netflix. And, I think I will add Hearing Everett to my cart :-)
by hsm
Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:18 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Combining K alongside an OLDER program (author response)
Replies: 55
Views: 30302

Re: Kindergarten with ECC?

Yes, I have found that a visual schedule helps immensely with my fidgety little guy. And the circles are so simple, yet very effective....and free :-) As far as listening to ECC, I don't know how much he'll actually listen and participate. My active boy does not sit and listen :) I had been debating...
by hsm
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Combining K alongside an OLDER program (author response)
Replies: 55
Views: 30302

Re: Kindergarten with ECC?

Agreeing with everything Melissa said. We are doing K and ECC this year. They do go very well together. Often my olders join my K'er in his science activities because they are just a lot of fun and my older girls like hands on activities. Like Melissa, I also recommend the Complete Book of Animals. ...
by hsm
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 38133

Re: ECC for 3rd?

Just agreeing with others.... my 3rd grader is enjoying ECC. Yes there are more advanced things I don't have her do such as the Exploring World Geography book, but that is my choice. She could do some of the pages, we just choose not to. She loves the crafts, cooking, coloring pages, bible work, pas...
by hsm
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:01 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SSS - Users answer questions
Replies: 27
Views: 9875

Spelling in 2nd grade

We've got about 4 lessons left in Spelling By Sound and Structure, with 40 days left in our school year. In Spelling By Sound and Structure, my daughter does part A on day 1, part B day 2, she spells the words on her own with hints if needed on day 3, we test on day 4 and re-test if needed (on the ...
by hsm
Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Independence - Nervous about 7th grader and independent learning...
Replies: 13
Views: 7748

Re: developing a 7th grader's independence

Thank you both for those ideas. I will be sure to have a sit down at the beginning of the year to make a plan with her. And, I like the idea of slowly adding things in and starting her earlier than the other two. Great ideas, thank you!
by hsm
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Computer skills, Typing/Keyboarding
Replies: 18
Views: 11431

Re: Learning to type

My girls love Typing Instructor for Kids. They have learned a lot with this program. I purchased the download version from Amazon. They also do a free online typing game called Dance mat typing.
by hsm
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Independence - Nervous about 7th grader and independent learning...
Replies: 13
Views: 7748

developing a 7th grader's independence

I am looking ahead to next year when my rising 7th grader will be expected to start working more independently. She is not a very independent learner. She wants me to be with her the whole time she does school. She needs a lot of direct instruction. I do not mind doing this to be honest but I know I...
by hsm
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 59669

Re: Why can't I find any long term MFW users?

Not a long term user here....this is our first year and we will be continuing with mfw as we have found it fits our family and our goals for our children's education. I found your post interesting because when I was researching curriculum before we started mfw, I tried my hardest to find negative re...
by hsm
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 46679

New to MFW - wondering about ECC

I am currently in my first year homeschooling with a third grader, first grader, 5 yo, 3yo and 8 month old. I am using Sonlight and I like it, but it isn't quite working for our family this year. So I am almost certain we will be trying ECC next year. I'd order only ECC for all three kids (I'll hav...
by hsm
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia extra CDs, kits, lapbooks, fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 27998

Re: Apologia kits 7th-8th grade

A couple of years ago when we did Flying Creatures/Apologia I ordered a kit from Home Science Tools and I was pleased with that purchase. I am like you in that we do not live close to a shopping area. We don't even have a grocery store in town. ;) I forget stuff or maybe I don 't have extra money th...
by hsm
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Special Needs - User experiences with MFW Language Arts
Replies: 21
Views: 8087

Re: Spelling question

I don't think the rules in SP are that great. They might say "The long-e sound is spelled e, e-consonant-e, ee, ey, ie, ei, ea, i, y" in SP. (There are 9 ways to spell long-e!) In AAS, you work on ONE of those ways at a time. I completely agree with this. The rules in SP are not helpful in my opini...
by hsm
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Special Needs - User experiences with MFW Language Arts
Replies: 21
Views: 8087

Spelling question

We have been using MFW's recommendations for spelling so far, SS&S this year and I'd love to know if anyone has used SP with a child with dysgraphia? My dd is an excellent reader, so she often knows when a word "looks" right or not when she spells it. But if she doesn't spell it right the first tim...
by hsm
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Drawing with Children - Supplies
Replies: 11
Views: 7656

Re: Drawing with Children art supplies

Thank you for all of the tips :-)
by hsm
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia extra CDs, kits, lapbooks, fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 27998

Re: Apologia kits 7th-8th grade

Thanks for those links! Those are helpful. Just needed an idea of what to expect supply wise so I can be ready ahead of time. Thanks again :)
by hsm
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Do you recommend this for MFW-1?
Replies: 19
Views: 10052

Re: Getting ready to order 1st!

I wholeheartedly agree with Kelly that the deluxe is worth it. She is correct that the deluxe pricing is really really great. Even if you don't use all of it, I think you still come out ahead.
by hsm
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Do you recommend this for MFW-1?
Replies: 19
Views: 10052

Getting ready to order 1st!

I am so excited, we just got our tax refund back and I get to order our 1st grade curriculum. Just wanting to make sure I am ordering correctly, so I was hoping for a little guidance. I have two children who will be using 1st. We are finishing up K next month and I want to go straight into 1st as t...
by hsm
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Will MFW work for Canadian families?
Replies: 34
Views: 14564

Re: How long does ECC take?

I thought I would chime in and mention that the Complete Book of Animals might be a nice science supplement for your young children. My 8 year old loves it and it is packed full of a lot of information.
by hsm
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 27008

Missionary biographies?

We love the missionary biographies! They have been an amazing blessing to our family. I really can't put into words the effect they have had on us...not to be melodramatic, but so true! And we really love Kingdom Tales too! I have gotten chills reading it on several occasions! Enjoy your year with E...
by hsm
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Choosing MFW1
Replies: 3
Views: 1849

Re: New to MFW with a placement ?

I think your plan sounds great. I have found one of the biggest blessings (of many) of homeschooling for our family is being able to use whatever curriculum and level of curriculum that each child needs in order for them to reach their potential. I have a dd that is on the advanced side in some area...
by hsm
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?
Replies: 28
Views: 19857

Re: questions about copywork

Interestingly, she doesn't tend to make as many mistakes in the bible copywork or the Hero Tales character traits cw. I write that on the white board for her to copy and the bible copywork I use printouts from MamaJenn so the words are at the top of the page. This might go along with Tricia's sugges...