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by Jenn in NC
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:40 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: CTG book ideas, favorites
Replies: 51
Views: 18395

Re: Have any of you read these and what did you think?

God King and Hittite Warrior are very good.
by Jenn in NC
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - Flashcards & Math Windows - helps, alternatives
Replies: 19
Views: 7283

Re: Flash card help . . . Trish? . . . anyone? please?

She has never liked doing flash cards, but today was a true adventure. Sorry, not Trish. Just Jenn. But this made me laugh. :) I have no help to offer you as flashcards have always been considered by most of my children to be torture devices. We just use various games, and computer programs like Qu...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - What if I WANT us to work together?
Replies: 14
Views: 6374

Re: Independent school work...singapore, PLL/ILL...

Agreeing with the others that your kids are still young enough to need your involvement to varying degrees. But I would like to encourage you that this season will pass so quickly. Before you know it your oldest dd will be doing more and more on her own and even able to help teach the younger ones o...
by Jenn in NC
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: Keeping kids' attention while reading aloud
Replies: 8
Views: 8167

Re: Ideas: Keeping kids' attention while reading aloud

Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:31 am by Jenn in NC When we did K, we used a computer-based encyclopedia instead of the book version for some of the science info, and my kids all loved that. I don't know if that is a good option for you or not, but the multi-media content available in the computer based ...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Tips (author response)
Replies: 30
Views: 15545

Re: Narration needs something new....

Oh, I saw something once - a "Narration Cube" - We have been using this and I really like it! The kids think of it as a sort of game, and I take a turn too. That helps them have someone to model after, and it is just always more fun when mom joins in. We did ours as cards I made up on the computer ...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 5B, Specific Lessons
Replies: 17
Views: 5964

Re: stumped on singapore 5b problem

That might be helpful for kids who are less abstract thinking than my oldest. I'm sure it is how I will teach it my middle girl and thought it was worth trying to re draw it. They never need the abstract equations. Ditto on this for my ds 9, when he gets there. Went through it with ds11 the way you...
by Jenn in NC
Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 38910

Re: Whoa and do you keep complete workbooks?

where to put workbooks like Singapore? On a shelf near the computer and then you can others when they are stuck? I can testify from recent experience that this is a very helpful option. :) And I do think HSLDA recommends keeping at least some through-the-year samples of your children's work, even i...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24498

Re: Why all of the emphasis on ECC?

I haven't read all the replies, so forgive me if I am saying something that has already been said, but I personally think that ECC is about so much more than geography and maps. It is about seeing that the world is a very diverse place, that there are LOTS of other places and cultures besides the US...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 13860

Re: Spelling Power Woes

I'm wondering if I'm the only person who gets extremely stressed just looking at Spelling Power! I bought it last fall to do with my 3rd grader (ECC) and I was so overwhelmed and confused just trying to read the directions on how to implement the program. I consider myself a fairly intelligent pers...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 5B, Specific Lessons
Replies: 17
Views: 5964

Re: stumped on singapore 5b problem

aha! Thank you very much. That does make sense on my side of the screen, and it is ever so much more mathematical than my not-so-logical method :~

(these smilies are so fun)
by Jenn in NC
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Writing - How to help my child summarize
Replies: 14
Views: 5341

Re: Help with summaries in ADV

Man! Every time I have a free minute and check this board you guys have me singing some little song for the next three days. :) Cyndi, at least two of my boys could never have done that much in the 2nd grade. I wouldn't worry. Agreeing with whoever it was that said it is better to be more clear in t...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep - Poll on how long you spend, & when?
Replies: 16
Views: 6502

Re: when do you plan?

Well I'm not very good about planning a week or two in advance. Maybe someday. Right now I have a lot of littles who keep me very busy and very tired :) But I do get up in the morning before my kids do, and I use part of the time while the house is still quiet to look over the day ahead of time, mak...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: New board features
Replies: 11
Views: 6120

Re: Aacckkk!!!

cbollin wrote:but it's ok. small stuff. right? It's still us. I think???? I'm still me.
Yep. Still us. Just blue. Yeah I like the blue instead of the green.

And no more bumping, I see! Yea! Thanks MFW staff!
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: New board features
Replies: 11
Views: 6120

Re: Let's play with the new features

Does anyone else have UK spellings on their side of the screen?

For example I can change this to another colour if I want to...

This is way too much fun :)
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: Bookmarking threads
Replies: 2
Views: 2814

Re: Bookmarking threads is fun!!!

The difference between BookMarking a thread and subscribing (or watch) a topic is that when you bookmark it, you will NOT receive notification that a new reply is on that topic. When you subscribe, you get a notice that it was answered. Oh that is helpful, thanks for mentioning that. There are so m...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 21088

Could he do a problem and then go do something physical? I don't know what he likes, but we have a chin-up bar & I can have ds go back & forth from writing to that. Or can he do his work on a marker board? Tried the marker board right after you posted this morning Julie. Way too fun. More like art ...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 9376

Thanks Lucy! I think I am understanding now. We haven't stressed memorization of the facts yet b/c his brain has been pretty saturated. I actually think he is picking it up as we go along though. Anyway thank you for clarifying all that for me :)
by Jenn in NC
Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - Starting Adventures late? Thanksgiving, 4th July?
Replies: 8
Views: 4041

We are in RTR but we are going to go back and do the ADV Thanksgiving week this week. Haven't done it since oldest was in 3rd grade. Should be lots of fun!
by Jenn in NC
Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:57 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 9376

Tammy -- I was just thinking about this again this morning and remembered that for one of my sons I had to add some sort of reward to our daily drill time in order to elicit a bit more enthusiasm on his part. I don't remember what we did... maybe m&m's or something equally unhealthy but motivating? ...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 9376

Re: I need a math life line.

I don't hold back help from those facts. The speed comes with time. I think this is absolutely key when trying to help a kid not become overly frustrated with math. Patiently and gently working towards the goal of automatic recall of the facts, and giving as much help as needed. My all time favorit...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Ideas & experiences using MFW
Replies: 65
Views: 21443

Julie, I love this idea: If that doesn't work & you need to do mornings, I'm wondering if the *time* of the procedure is consistent? If it is, then what about making 2 plans for that time of day? We do something like that to allow for my husband. I have been trying to think of a way to deal more eff...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 14716

Re: Are the cards helpful?

I have a set and have never really used them. But they do seem like fun, useful (painless!) activities -- and they might someday (when I have more time) be a good way to fill in some gaps. At any rate, we are using SP without them, and the kids are learning (and liking spelling! Maybe they're weird?).
by Jenn in NC
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - Must I use it?
Replies: 13
Views: 6296

For those of you in small cities

We aill be ordering ECC for my 9yo ds for September. For those of you in small cities, did you find your library had sufficent books for ECC off of the book basket list, or do you wish you had purchased some. Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:25 pm When we did ECC, I found that my small town library (it b...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 29890

A bit more independence in jr. high age

MFW encourages using materials to help with working toward a bit more independence in jr. high age so that you will be able to have those 60 minutes to treat the K and 1st grade age students just as if they were your first born when you had more time. Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:53 pm This is one of...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 15318

Do I need a supplement?

Also, when you have a child beginning with CTG in the second grade, can the studies be put at his level easily enough or do I need a supplement to achieve this? Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:41 am As far as whether CTG is doable for someone in this grade range -- we just finished doing this year with ...