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by tiffany
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Independent Work for children with RTR?
Replies: 23
Views: 12870

I hadn't planned to have them do as much reading alone as they are this year, but with my 1 1/2 year old, my 2nd grader(finishing up MFW 1), and my Kindergartner- I didn't feel I had a choice. My 4th grader, who does not enjoy reading much, had minded the most. I miss it myself, because I like learn...
by tiffany
Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 5th grade - Experiences switching to Singapore
Replies: 14
Views: 7314

We did math over summers, with an occasional week off to help prevent burnout. Also, if they missed math due to sick days or other reasons, we made it up on the weekend. I found it hard to double up on lessons. Like you, my child that was the farthest behind had the most issues with math. I am doubl...
by tiffany
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 26549

I'd like to hear more about how people do this. I could never quite envision it. I imagined having to constantly write it out every week because of the erasing. Now the magnet strip sounds like a good idea. Please everyone share how this works for them. My kids have a check off sheet, but I like the...
by tiffany
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for organizing without one
Replies: 32
Views: 18239

We have a four seasons sunroom right off the laundry and kitchen area that we use for homeschooling. It was actually one reason we bought the house. When I saw the built-in cabinet unit complete with drawers and storage slots, I was sold! All the windows make me happy. I need lots of natural light. ...
by tiffany
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:31 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: 38050

My daughter will only finish RTR before moving on to high school. We have a Netflix membership, and I hope to have her watch some of the multiple choices they have on American history. I haven't decided if I'll have her do that over the summer or watch it with the younger kids when they encounter th...
by tiffany
Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Grammar - Ideas when struggling
Replies: 17
Views: 6099

Julie, No, I love quick and easy. I just thought there wasn't enough info. in the book to do some of the later lessons of All in One without a lot of extra tutoring on my part. But again, it was my first time using it and every child is different. I guess it was my understanding that these were inde...
by tiffany
Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Helping kids to enjoy
Replies: 6
Views: 4047

You know the old saying, "that you can't judge a book by its cover." I found that some of my kids were limiting their choices to the most appealing looking books. So, on the first book basket day after we've been back from the library with new books, I give them a brief idea about what is in each bo...
by tiffany
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - How is it different?
Replies: 17
Views: 6703

Is it really good for every student?

I am doing Adventures this year and am not satisfied with the math program my 2nd grade ds is doing. It is moving very fast. Would I have the same problem with Singapore? Do you find it to be hard for your children? It has worked for all 3 of my older kids, with differing math aptitudes and learnin...
by tiffany
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Singapore horizontal math problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8430

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:30 am In my experience, your problem as you have described would be a problem within any math curriculum. I would try some of the suggestions before making your decision. Drills might be helpful as well. Of course you want him to understand how the numbers work, but drill...
by tiffany
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Is this included in MFW-K?
Replies: 16
Views: 12626

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:37 am

The curriculum is complete with plenty of built-in opportunities for enrichment. It is well set up to do all at once or break up into small sections throughout your day.
by tiffany
Thu May 29, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Magazines - God's World News, More
Replies: 35
Views: 13809

Magazines - God's World News, More

God's World News Magazines..... Does anyone receive Early Edition or Taking Off? I'm wondering the content and if the age levels are on target. We've used God's World News for years. I think the age guidelines are pretty accurate. My kids read it once a week during their reading time. I'm looking f...
by tiffany
Sun May 25, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing guides? Do you let your child choose?
Replies: 5
Views: 4072

I let my daughter pick two for next year. She will be in 8th grade. We would have done them this year as well, if I had realized they were recommended. Oops! She picked Anne of Green Gables and Bridge to Teribithia. She looked at the Progeny Press website to read the book summaries, jotted down a ha...
by tiffany
Sun May 18, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Should I just start with 1A for my 2nd grader?
Replies: 22
Views: 6316

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:38 am I wouldn't worry about placing too low. We came into Singapore from a different math program and had to start back a bit because of differences in the program. It hasn't hurt us a bit. We did some math over summers. Recently, I had wanted to move my 7th grade daugh...
by tiffany
Fri May 16, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Choosing & trying out different ones
Replies: 50
Views: 17085

Listening

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:19 am Don't forget that a lot of children's DVDs have a Spanish track available from the main menu. Great opportunity to hear a lot of Spanish. Music is good too. We have a cd called UniVerse of Song. It was available in Spanish and French when we purchased ours. It was ...
by tiffany
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:46 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 15736

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:05 pm I have a 7 year old doing CTG this year. He started earlier in the cycle, because he had already completed a complete phonics program when we switched to MFW. I certainly think you can do CTG with a 7 year old. You can hand pick your books for book basket to help ta...
by tiffany
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Will MFW be challenging? (Author response)
Replies: 6
Views: 10510

Is MFW college prep?

I am wanting to know about the academic rigor of this curriculum. I love the looks of MFW but have never used it. I am wanting to know, if I were to stick with this curriculum for the rest of our hs years, would my children be well prepared for college exams and college level work? I have 3 childre...
by tiffany
Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things - Supplies
Replies: 13
Views: 8754

DVDs

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:16 am I also have the DVD's that go with this. I think they are wonderful! I know people think they are expensive. I think there may be a discount if you already own the book. Think of the time period you'll use the book and the number of children that will use it. Think ...
by tiffany
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW only? Anyone ditch most everything else?
Replies: 39
Views: 14934

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:57 pm I was trying to build my own program before we started MFW, and I must admit I wasn't having much success, leaving gaps in my children's education and leaving me with a feeling of failure. I didn't want to use workbooks, or computer school, but I needed some struct...
by tiffany
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 28190

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:53 pm We are doing K and CTG this year. We try to start our school day by 8:30 but usually it is 9:00. With the ages of your kids, it might be easier to get off to an early start. The kids do their morning chores before school: rooms, getting dressed and groomed, bible r...
by tiffany
Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 13289

Yes, I think it would work to teach Kindergarten to them together. The Kindergarten can be scheduled with breaks throughout your day. You could save projects and such for that nap time you still have. There is a lot included in the MFWK program. With your active group, it may be good to find some no...
by tiffany
Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for science in RTR: The Human Body
Replies: 18
Views: 9257

RTR - Body Book models for each child?

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:06 pm by tiffany Starting to look through my RTR manual. I was wondering what other large families have done with the Body Book models. Did you do a model for every child? Or did you make it a group project? We would probably have 4 children wanting to participate in this...
by tiffany
Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Ideas: Yummy suggestions for all those boxes of pudding!
Replies: 9
Views: 6526

Ideas: Yummy suggestions for all those boxes of pudding!

I read somewhere in my manual that we need several (15, I think) pudding boxes for week 6. Not being regular pudding eaters, I was wondering how we'd use that much. I ended up going to www.kraftfoods.com and typing in pudding in the recipe finder. You can even type in your favorite flavor if you wan...
by tiffany
Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 2-year-olds - Ideas for occupying
Replies: 26
Views: 11875

Save the nap time for projects that would be difficult to do with interruptions. I have tended to save the unit study portion for nap time. I found it helpful to have a 30 min. tv break in the morning as well, while I got the kids started on their math lessons. Library videos are good for that. My 2...
by tiffany
Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Phonics - Ideas for kids not sounding out, sight-reading
Replies: 11
Views: 6531

How about Explode the Code books in addition to the MFW program? It's a pretty fun way to reinforce those phonics. Some websites list what is in each book so you would know where to start. At his age he would probably be able to do most of it independently. If you're not familiar with the books, you...
by tiffany
Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - What does your math lesson look like?
Replies: 10
Views: 5659

Debbie, I was the one who commented on the "family size" issue. One reason it is a better fit for us than what we had been using is that Singapore includes time telling, fractions, geometry, etc. The program we were using previously did not include those things, which left me looking for additional ...