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by hsm
Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Our first year and getting behind
Replies: 23
Views: 10195

Re: Kindy Help

Another bit of encouragement...my son turned 6 in October so he is an older Kindy kid. Someone had encouraged me on this board before that as long as he started the family cycle by 9 [ http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6415&p=96224#p96221 ] we would be fine. So, if I got Kindy and 1st d...
by hsm
Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Our first year and getting behind
Replies: 23
Views: 10195

Re: Kindy Help

If it makes you feel any better, we are just starting Unit 11 and we started Kindy the first week of August. We have had a lot of interruptions so it has been a slow year. If you don't think she will mind working in the summer then that is what I would do. I don't like the feeling of being rushed no...
by hsm
Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition
Replies: 30
Views: 17310

Re: Is saxon easier to teach than Singapore?

So, for me, Saxon is easier to teach because I'm not actually teaching it. I let the video teacher do all the work and just dig deeper when my dd has a problem or makes a mistake. Saxon includes a lot of repetition, so it can get a bit boring, but my dd surely knows her math after doing the same ty...
by hsm
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 14747

Re: need help with Singapore 4A problem

Ahhh! Thank you both! You each gave different ways of looking at it. I was almost there; just couldn't get that final step down for some reason. I really hope I don't keep hitting bumps. I need to get through the next few books! Eeek! Anyways, thank you both very much.
by hsm
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: # 3 - Leaf
Replies: 43
Views: 40841

Re: baking powder biscuits - Bee Tree

Thank you!! I knew I could count on this board :)
by hsm
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23790

Singapore math lesson plans?

Hi, I see on the website that MFW offers lesson plans for math. We have been using Singapore with HOD's plans, but are doing Adventures in the fall for 2nd grade. Can anyone tell me about these plans? Specifically, can you give me an idea of what a lesson would entail, and your opinion if you think...
by hsm
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Complete Book of Animals
Replies: 31
Views: 13833

Re: questions about The Complete Book of Animals

I am home now :-) Basically I was going to say what Cyndi said. We enjoy the book here. We don't find the illustrations cartoonish. They do not look like the illustration on the cover. The information is presented in a simple easy to understand manner. My young 3rd grader who loves animals and const...
by hsm
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Complete Book of Animals
Replies: 31
Views: 13833

Re: questions about The Complete Book of Animals

Ack! I wrote a nice long reply to this and it disappeared! I am running out now so I can't respond right now, but I concur with Cyndi. I will give more details when I get home. :-)
by hsm
Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Student Sheets in K - Not needed for younger siblings
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

Student Sheets in K - Not needed for younger siblings

I have three children. dd1 age 5 (6 in Sept), dd2 age 3 (4 in Nov) and a baby boy. I plan to use and have already purchased MFW K for the oldest to begin this fall (Aug 2014). I'm thinking it might be a little easy for her because of what we're doing this year (SL P4/5 with LA K and Singapore Early...
by hsm
Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 14747

Re: stuck on a couple math problems

Interesting.... this really was a new way of doing it for me. I wonder if I was taught differently or remember differently? :~ Well, nonetheless, thanks for explaining it. It makes sense the way you worded it.
by hsm
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7682

Re: Kindergarten altered for special needs

This turned out to be an encouraging post :-) I love all these responses...thanks ladies!
by hsm
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: LLFT - Describe Language Lessons for Today, Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 11756

Re: New Language Arts recommendation?

Just letting everyone know I just saw the samples for this on the website....looks wonderful! I wish I had it for my 3rd grader this year. Oh, well, I will get a chance with my ds in a few years.
by hsm
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7682

Re: Kindergarten altered for special needs

Jen- yes, we definitely took for granted the ease of learning for my girls especially my oldest. When he blended the first time, we jumped and celebrated, got all crazy. The girls joined in...it was great! Then, we went to the store and bought sundae fixin's! Over the top? Maybe, but we definitely t...
by hsm
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:26 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Prep for High School - Writing, grammar, more
Replies: 44
Views: 20061

Re: writing before high school

To me, the goal before high school is to move from writing solid sentences to writing an organized paragraph. I think MFW writing materials are solid as long as a parent is giving consistent feedback to the student. And finally, I feel when you get to 8th grade, it's a good time to evaluate how it'...
by hsm
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Special Needs - K over 2 years & other adaptations
Replies: 21
Views: 7682

Re: Kindergarten altered for special needs

Hi Jen, I was hoping you would chime in! I love those ideas! We do some tactile stuff like the salt tray or sometimes I use cornmeal. I have also used the paint bag idea but I like the idea of the hair gel better-less smelly and cheaper. My favorite idea you mentioned was "painting" the chalkboard! ...
by hsm
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 14747

Re: stuck on a couple math problems

Thank you! I get it now! I don't know why I couldn't wrap my mind around it today. &) And, glad to hear I am not the only one who thinks the rounding is odd!

Thanks, Cyndi!
by hsm
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Ideas & experiences using MFW
Replies: 65
Views: 22294

Re: needing some encouragement all around

Jen, thank you for the encouragement. Right now his therapies are only on Tuesdays but we will be adding another one or two. I like the idea of keeping everything on one or two days like you said. When we have his therapy, my girls save some of their work that we do that morning to do in the waiting...
by hsm
Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 1A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 9588

Singapore 1A-1B...too much thinking? 1A teen numbers

Ok, I went back to parts of 1A that we skipped (because I knew she wouldn't get it) and I don't think it's gonna go this time either. We are just starting addition/subtraction with teen numbers. According to the textbook, the way to do this is to make a ten first (instead of 9+4, regroup it to 10+3...
by hsm
Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Prep for High School - Writing, grammar, more
Replies: 44
Views: 20061

Re: research, teaching about plagiarism, and bibliography

Thanks, Julie. This gives me a nice outline to go from. :)
And, as Julie mentioned in her first response, I welcome any other comments to my original post. Can never have too many perspectives ;)
by hsm
Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Prep for High School - Writing, grammar, more
Replies: 44
Views: 20061

Re: research, teaching about plagiarism, and bibliography

Julie, What you said was very helpful. Having her write a series of paragraphs (6th grader) and a series of sentences (3rd grader) is a great way to look at it. That is basically what I am looking for in this project. I am not looking for an opinion from them on the topics. They really just need to ...
by hsm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 27953

Re: Book ideas for reluctant 8 year old girl

We love magazines here! I was out of ideas for quality magazines though I hadn't thought of Clubhouse Jr. I wanted to caution anyone reading this thread that I purchased some DK biographies for my daughter (age 8) who is a reluctant reader as I mentioned. The books are great; HOWEVER, I recommend no...
by hsm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 27953

Re: Book ideas for reluctant 8 year old girl

Kelly, Thank you for your feedback. I never heard of the Circle C series and they look great! I ended up ordering several Step Into Reading books and DK biography readers from Amazon last night. I think she will love them. My next chapter book series to attempt will be the Circle C books because the...
by hsm
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 37113

When homeschool gets tough - then what?

I am homeschooling my 9 year old & my 13 year old & a friend's 12 year old. I am becoming over-whelmed. My son is starting to really struggle through Saxon 87 - not horribly - but it's getting frustrating. I had to pull my friend's son off to work on facts, which he is finally getting down. But he ...
by hsm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: When my post seems to disappear
Replies: 3
Views: 3795

Re: Post disappeared...

I checked the drafts but it isn't there. But, you know what I bet happened? I bet I hit preview then closed out. I remember my dh wanting on the computer and I was trying to be quick. Oops! Oh, well, I didn't say anything earth shattering anyway. :-)
by hsm
Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing Skills - Discussions about student writing
Replies: 47
Views: 18613

Re: Help with Dick/Jane writing

Shawna and Wendy, Thank you for that positive feedback. Luckily, I have not sat down with her yet to go over this assignment, so I am able to take your positive comments and give them to her during our revision process. It is heartening to hear from all the replies that in general the writing is goo...