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by Lucy
Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Help with using the CD, including MAC users
Replies: 9
Views: 5396

Re: MAC?

I really do not think you need the forms. You can just use Marie's idea in the manual with the spiral notebook. You will end up having to run off a form for every day. We never used the forms. We have the old version of SP, but I saw the forms on a CD and we just stuck to the spiral notebook. It's w...
by Lucy
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Streams & Victor's with younger grades (author reply
Replies: 32
Views: 15542

My kids were 3rd and 5th when we covered this year and most of the days I also read from it. Sometimes I would read it quickly and then summarize. What I found is it filled in the gaps so well with the other resources that were being used to give a complete look at the time period. I felt that my Su...
by Lucy
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining 1st and an OLDER program
Replies: 80
Views: 26812

Hi Toni, Since the first grade science is not integrated with other subjects in that year as it is in K and Adventures, it is very easy to just set it aside and allow the first grader to join his siblings for science. Most first graders really like this and it makes it easier on the family only havi...
by Lucy
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 31759

Phonics, Phonics, & more Phonics

My 5yo son just started MFWK. He is SO ready to read. He was actually fussing at me all summer that I should be doing reading lessons with him because he wants to read. We started some months ago with a reading program, but we both got frustrated. He is very bright, but like to do things HIS way. H...
by Lucy
Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K vs 1st - What skills should be mastered?
Replies: 41
Views: 14178

Reading but not writing

I have been reading the boards and see the recommendations for a K and 1st but not sure where to start. Our DD who will be 6 in the fall, K now: can read 3 letter words, but not writing all the alphabet yet. Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:26 pm I would consider giving the office a call as they are grea...
by Lucy
Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL - User tips for hurdles that first week of high school
Replies: 28
Views: 11136

Hi Bakermom, My daughter used this program last year and by far the writing was the most challenging aspect of the program. Remember that you will be looking for progress throughout the year and that she will grow as a writer. Every time we came to an argumentative paper in the year we went back and...
by Lucy
Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing guides? Match history/read-aloud?
Replies: 26
Views: 11307

I think whatever you agree on will be fine for your daughter. For my kids, I let them pick from a list of several that I had chosen. The only thing that I would suggest is to stick with the middle school books. The goal of using PP guides is to help them to learn how to begin to analyze and study a ...
by Lucy
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 31759

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:52 pm Just wanted you to see some archives that may also help you see why those who have kids that are reading when they hit K age still choose to use the K program. Within my this topic you will see one post that has many other links as well. Hope some of this will help...
by Lucy
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Books - Ideas for using the Illustrated World Altas
Replies: 12
Views: 6304

I would heartily agree with the moms who are encouraging the use of lots of good library books on the 2 week topic that is being covered. I remembered too that we used lots of videos(DVD's now) when my kids did this the first time through. This is another good option even if you have a older kids to...
by Lucy
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - How far does MFW 1st take the new reader?
Replies: 8
Views: 6015

My last decision is in regards to what to order from MFW. I am going to order K for sure. I am trying to decide between ordering the 1st grade package for my oldest daughter or only ordering K and having my 1st grader join in and picking a separate math and reading for 1st. Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2008...
by Lucy
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 28721

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:46 am The only other thought I had was that if your 4 year old could use the pre-school package and you could use the suggestions listed by the author in this link to teach K and pre together if your 6 year old is not first grade yet. Just not sure what level those younge...
by Lucy
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Help Getting Started
Replies: 22
Views: 11464

Complete Book of Math

I have ds (8) and ds (6). I am excited to get started!! One question - I ordered the Complete Book of Math for my 6 year old - should I go through it front to back, one section at a time? Or should I skip around? Thanks!!! Anna Hi Anna, In the first grade manual the topics are all cycled through tw...
by Lucy
Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Laminating?
Replies: 19
Views: 7808

But also keep in mind that you CAN purchase the A-Z flashcards (Lucy, am I talking about the right cards?) separately. If you have just two kids and laminating costs as much as the cards Yes, those are the alphabet flashcards. That is a good thought too about how much it cost to laminate verses jus...
by Lucy
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Prep - Laminating?
Replies: 19
Views: 7808

Remember too that although you can reuse the games for later kids that each set of student materials will come with new games and calendars etc. The K does not come with another set of A-Z cards so those are probably good ones to think about laminating. Just a thought since it can be costly.

Lucy
by Lucy
Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Science - Ants, Volcanoes, and Butterflies, oh my!
Replies: 47
Views: 13930

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:10 pm I think we have done butterflies 3 times since my kids were little. I remember the last time we did it over a year ago I felt this would probably be the last time. It was a bit sad! Anyway, you could do it at anytime during the year but spring or when your weather i...
by Lucy
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - Description, topics covered?
Replies: 21
Views: 5417

Hi Kathy, When you look at the contents notice too what is being covered in bible. The name of Jesus being studied that week often goes with the science concept to make the abstract idea become more concrete through the science lesson. I love this part of Adventures and only wish that my kids had be...
by Lucy
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Writing - High School questions, Writing With Skill?
Replies: 10
Views: 5614

Hi, I will just add on to what Dawn has already said. We piloted last year so I am not sure of all the changes but it was enough but not too much writing for my daughter. It was her most challenging subject(besides math) and we just kept working through it. I agree that the instruction is good. The ...
by Lucy
Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Combining siblings in the same hs level
Replies: 24
Views: 9437

Hi, As the time gets closer you may decide to keep your kids separate since this would give your 4th grader the opportunity to complete all of cycle before heading for high school and would allow your 2nd grader one more year to have a sibling to do the curriculum with together. After having a high ...
by Lucy
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Singapore horizontal math problems
Replies: 15
Views: 7941

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:45 am I can feel your "pain" as they say. I would not give up just yet but follow some of the ideas given here. I know it may sound like a cop out answer but I would call the office and speak with David or JD regarding your struggles. There have been times when I have fe...
by Lucy
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Question for those who have used this a long tim
Replies: 39
Views: 16122

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:12 pm I know this is can sound a bit cliche but I have to ditto all of Crystal's reasons for staying with and continuing to love MFW. I think over all for us, in a nut shell, it would be the consistent biblical world-view that is well presented in every year without sacri...
by Lucy
Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 35872

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:50 pm First of all whatever you decide to do your oldest will get it all again in high school . So with that in mind I am in total agreement that you can NOT do them both in the same year. It is way too much information. We are only in our first year of high school but fr...
by Lucy
Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Reading - Students who are NOT big readers
Replies: 13
Views: 4311

Re: Will my child get bogged down?

First of all, he said the expectations would be the same for all children, but the time it took would differ. This is reasonable, since I remember a high school friend who took longer than the rest of us to do the daily reading, but she still had to do it all. Just wanting to ditto Julie's thoughts...
by Lucy
Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Science - Is there enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 16872

Just another poster agreeing that all we ever did was MFW science and it has been enough. We are now in our 7th year with MFW and have found the science very balanced with everything else that is taught .Now my kids are in Apologia, but we did use all of the 5 year cycle science.

Lucy
by Lucy
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - What does your math lesson look like?
Replies: 10
Views: 5435

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:20 pm The one part I wanted to make clear is that although the workbook is meant to be done independently, Singapore assumes that each textbook lesson is taught to each child. This part is to be done with the child, which insures that the child has the concepts before mov...
by Lucy
Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Science - Lab Supplies, Kits, Microscopes
Replies: 17
Views: 8075

Hi Tracey, MFW gives you a couple of places that you can order these from in the lesson plan book that comes with the package. One is the Apologia site https://apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=26_29 and the other is http://www.naturesworkshopplus.com . As Dawn has alrea...