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by Jenn in NC
Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:03 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 2nd grade and RTR
Replies: 21
Views: 10433

Re: Combining 2nd grader into RTR

The second grader will get it all again so I am more worried about he enjoying it than remembering everything. You are right! I have to continually remind myself of this. Interesting what you said about not keeping your dc together and how freeing that has been for you. I have been trying to keep m...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:26 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: CTG book ideas, favorites
Replies: 51
Views: 18172

My grandmother got me all her books that were in print when I was a kid and I don't remember any of them being anything less than totally engaging. I do love her books. They are updated now but still wonderful. Just a little heads up if you decide to read Twice Freed early instead of waiting till RT...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Combining CTG & 1st
Replies: 23
Views: 7640

Combining CTG & 1st

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:18 pm We are finishing up CTG right now (wk 33), and I am doing 1st with my 6yo at the same time. He is only about halfway through the program though, so we will continue on with 1st at his pace into next year sometime, alongside RTR. It all works out really well! We have...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I switch the order of ECC countries?
Replies: 9
Views: 4126

I don't post much these days, but I happened to see this thread and wanted to mention that my experience has been that it is less stress on the teacher to just do things in the original order in the tm. Also, I have found that in a situation like this, it has turned out that my kids have really enjo...
by Jenn in NC
Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Why did MFW choose Streams of Civ.? (author reply)
Replies: 20
Views: 14415

I'm trying to bring my 6th grader up to speed. He loves history! I was thinking of having him just read SOTW, but then saw that MFW uses Streams of Civilization instead of book 1. Just wondering why? Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:54 pm We are close (about 7 weeks out) to finishing Creation to the Gree...
by Jenn in NC
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement Needed - Do all children like school?
Replies: 72
Views: 26019

Lately all she does is complain

I'm looking for some advice on how to handle my almost 8 year old dd. She is very smart and up until about six months ago seemed to enjoy our schooltime. But lately all she does is complain about school. I understand how her personality operates because she is the same as my husband. She hates sche...
by Jenn in NC
Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:34 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Combining K or 1st vs. just join older sibling (author reply
Replies: 26
Views: 15233

Just ADV turned out to be a mistake

Ages 8 & 6 - I decided to go with just ADV, and it turned out to be a mistake Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:59 am I agree that probably the best thing you could do right now would be to call the office. That will help not only with placement issues but also encouragement that you can do this! I was in...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Comparing - Is Singapore Math better?
Replies: 19
Views: 12539

But what I'm asking is if you think that given my daughters previous math background, do you think she would be successful in Singapore? Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:48 am We switched from MUS to Singapore almost 3 years ago when my second-eldest was having a lot of trouble and needed a different app...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Facts of Life - Handling delicate topics Bible, Science, Art
Replies: 34
Views: 10110

This is one of those subjects that every familly will deal with in a different way... but so far in our home it has not been a problem. I have been surprised to find that my boys generally don't ask questions about things that are beyond them. I have three who are reading now, and they all have resp...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 14559

Alternative method - 2-page spread

I tweaked Marie's suggestion because I wanted to. We would have our notebook open so that there is a left page and a right page. Instead of doing quick start step 6 on the backside of the sheet we were working on, we did Step 5 on the Right Page (which we made with two columns by folding the paper ...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 14559

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:51 am

We have been using the printed sheets from the cd-rom. After the ones I printed run out I am not going to print anymore of them. It is just too much of a waste of ink and paper for me.
by Jenn in NC
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - How far does MFW 1st take the new reader?
Replies: 8
Views: 6111

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:52 pm MFW1 does a fantastic job of teaching phonics. I would not skip it with your oldest if you want her to have a solid foundation in phonics before moving forward. Gotta agree here. Speaking from been there, done that experience. MFW 1st provides so much more than just...
by Jenn in NC
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: 29674

Help deciding what to use for my 10 children

I need help deciding what to use for my 10 children. My children are ages 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 5 months. We don't have to worry about our 18 y/o; she's going to NWC in a few months. The other 2 high schoolers are also set. What would the next 5 children use with MFW? HELP ME! Posted:...
by Jenn in NC
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 27898

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:45 pm

I don't know if you are all using (or have used) mfw 1st grade or not, but Marie covers this really well towards the beginning of the year in that program. It has helped my son tremendously.
by Jenn in NC
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24285

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:36 am Evita, just to comment on what Kelly and Crystal have said -- in going through CTG this year, I have been finding over and over again that our time spent in ECC last year is invaluable to us now. No need to reiterate all the points they have made -- I just wanted to...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - What standardized tests are out there?
Replies: 39
Views: 17895

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:04 pm I wanted to agree with the ladies who recommended going with a tester who will administer a woodcock-johnson test. Well worth the extra money because of the low key nature of the test. Both my boys of testing age have always done very well -- always better than I ex...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:15 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Science - Is there enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 17628

Just agreeing with the others that so far the science has been plenty to keep us busy and happy and learning a lot! I even have at least one amongst my kiddo's who has decided to be a scientist when he grows up. I don't know if that aspiration will last or not, but I do know that all my dc seem to v...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:48 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Academics - Do supplements enhance or burden?
Replies: 11
Views: 7100

I completely agree with Tammy. I think it would be way too much for you and for your kids. Just my opinion, of course. But my copy sat on the shelf. I just did not have the time, and the kids didn't have the time or the need to do any more. On the rare occasion I did pull it out I found it wasn't he...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 25985

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:23 am Just agreeing with Trish that getting those math facts down pat makes everything math related so much smoother. It is well worth the loss of some forward-motion in your math program, imo (you will make up for it in the long run anyway)... I really think that at thi...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math - Roadblocks & taking a break
Replies: 20
Views: 7854

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:31 pm We did something similar to help my (then) 2nd grade son. Our tester/evaluator suggested that we drop our official daily math time down to whatever our son could easily handle. Even if it was just one problem a day, then that's what he suggested we do. He told us no...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:03 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Body Book questions, sibling sharing, paper
Replies: 25
Views: 6337

It was (gasp!) Halloween, which the kids are aware of, but we sort of ignore. This strikes me as extremely funny :) Well thanks for your thoughts everyone! I am still undecided what I will do exactly... but I am thinking that if we do a group effort, oldest will get very irritated at middle 1 and m...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I change it around?
Replies: 19
Views: 7069

Schedule - Can I change it around?

Can I move Exploration Day to a different day? I'm currently using Adventures and 1st together. I wanted our Exploration Days to be on Friday with Adventures. But that leaves us switching memory verses mid-week (instead of starting with fresh ones Monday) and that is difficult. Does anyone have goo...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:38 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Grades 2 to 8...isn't that an awfully large span?
Replies: 31
Views: 12566

Brotherly attachment

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:30 am I wanted to encourage you about the age-span of your kids. My 1st and 2nd are not that far apart, but my 1st and 3rd are... there are 4.5 years between them. I never originally intended that my 3rd ds would follow along in the study that his two older brothers were ...
by Jenn in NC
Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - *What do you love about it? Descriptions
Replies: 19
Views: 11914

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:20 pm We like Singapore a lot over here too!! And those early books are fun for the little guys. We have issues with fractions too, though. Even after adding Key to Fractions to our Singapore program. I guess fractions are just a difficult concept. Hope your plan works!!
by Jenn in NC
Thu May 22, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 16645

Writing for 11 year old, 8 year old

I value Writing Strands because it just focuses on particular writing skills that may not be caught by free writing or other writing within a curriculum. Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:13 am I really appreciate this particular aspect of the WS curriculum. My son really needed the very specific instruct...