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by RachelT
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Weeks 2 & 3
Replies: 42
Views: 37665

Re: CTG - Weeks 2 & 3

Hello! I posted pictures of our Rosh Hashanah celebration, complete with honey loaf and apples dipped in honey. You can find the post on my blog by clicking on the link below.

http://rachelsreflections-rachelt.blogs ... weeks.html
by RachelT
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Weeks 4 & 5
Replies: 34
Views: 23827

Re: CTG - Weeks 4 & 5

Hi! We had a lot of fun with pyramids in Week 5! We could never find any sugar cubes locally, so we used Legos to build pyramids - which the children were more than happy to work on while I did some reading aloud to them! I've posted pictures of these and some of the experiments that we did about py...
by RachelT
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 39801

Re: Not a very successful first day....

Hi! I checked on this thread to encourage - and also to find any tips for myself! We had some rough moments today, too. Somehow we got a lot done in the morning, but the attitudes and picking at each other happened during the afternoon. The kids said they were tired and I even slept later than norma...
by RachelT
Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 35834

Re: Spelling, dysgraphia? pouring my thoughts out on "paper"

Have you ever heard of the Hank Zipzer books? Henry Winkler aka "the Fonz" from Happy Days is dyslexic. He now authors children's books about a kid named "Hank" who is very much like himself. We have listened to some of them on cd in the car and the first couple of books are about Hank's challenges ...
by RachelT
Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 35834

Re: Spelling, dysgraphia? pouring my thoughts out on "paper"

Hi Brooke! I haven't seen this post until just now (Sat.) and you have already gotten several responses and I'm kind of reading them as I type here. (I might be "the lady that has use Barton for awhile.") I do want to add that you need to separate the act of spelling words (using a code to symbolize...
by RachelT
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 22009

Re: Handwriting woes!!

Hi Irmi! HWT has been a lifesaver for my ds. Along with dyslexia, he has dysgraphia which effects writing. Writing is VERY difficult for him. However, HWT really simplifies it and has helped a lot. We do about a page every day and it has been good practice. This is where we really work on making our...
by RachelT
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Choosing & trying out different ones
Replies: 50
Views: 22501

Re: Foreign Language Choice?

Hi! We are just starting out with Rosetta Stone this week. We also have church teams that go to Haiti and we sponsor a child there, but we are using Latin American Spanish. I took Latin and my husband took Spanish. However, we are having the children learn Spanish because we now have a large group o...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Week 1 (including the Sabbath & Creation)
Replies: 52
Views: 43989

Re: First Day with CTG!

We spent an extra half hour looking at Joni Ereckson Tada's website because of the art lesson. That was really neat to see. We are enjoying CtG and especially "Dinosaurs of Eden"! The kids did want me to read more yesterday. We have talked about Genesis and creation science in the past, especially i...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Dictionary ?
Replies: 3
Views: 5021

Re: Dictionary ?

Hi! We did that today and only looked up the definition of the word "book". I explained the whole idea from EFRU about how a "definition" is a border or frame around a word, defining what it is and what it isn't and a "derivative" come frome "de" and a Latin word meaning "river" or "stream", so it's...
by RachelT
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP/Spelling - Method for struggling or very young child
Replies: 43
Views: 20959

Re: Spelling Power for 6-year-old?

Hi! If you call the MFW office I am sure they can help you get a plan together. When I talked to someone at MFW about it on the phone, this person said that SSbS is really to help 2nd graders with a phonics review and said to go ahead with my dd and begin using SP. My dd is only about 4 months from ...
by RachelT
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 39801

Re: Day 3, new to homeschooling - don't know if I can do thi

Wow, what a lot of support there is here! I am glad you have received so many encouraging replies. We all need this from time to time. Today was our first day "back to school" after having several weeks off. Even though my children have been homeschooled for four years, my son still did lots of comp...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - K-2 classics, read-alouds
Replies: 21
Views: 10483

Re: Another question about Favorite Classics........

My children are 7 & 9 but we also still read lots of picture books. Last year there were many of them from the library that supplemented ECC. I also have a Children's Treasury of the 20th Century and The Children's Book of Virtues. They have great illustrations, but are compilations of works from va...
by RachelT
Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - K-8 daily time frame (author response)
Replies: 45
Views: 18821

Re: Done by Noon??

Hi! We haven't started back to school just yet, but we will be in a few days. I agree that we have never gotten to start before 9am, so we always have some school work left to do after lunch and our kids take music lessons so that adds some time each day. I think that ECC generally took us around 4 ...
by RachelT
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Special Needs - User experiences with MFW Language Arts
Replies: 21
Views: 8549

Re: modifying Language Arts for a dysgraphic student

Thanks Chris for your thoughts! I am going to also look at your planner and assignment sheets that you found! Julie - thanks for the encouragement and for giving me "permission" to continue to do ILL orally. I think I will keep the workbook format so that he can fill in blanks for some of the simple...
by RachelT
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Siblings - Giving each child their own Math/LA -- even twins
Replies: 36
Views: 15675

Re: Trouble in twin-land

Hi Trish! I just wanted to add a couple of things. First of all, I'm married to a twin! I think it was good for them to be in different classes in school and I think it would be helpful to teach your twins separately in math and any kind of phonics/reading/language arts. The twins will be aware of h...
by RachelT
Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 33300

Re: handwriting for a lefty

Hi! We don't have any lefties here, but I did want to say that we use Handwriting Without Tears and it's supposed to be helpful to lefties.

Rachel
by RachelT
Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6 year olds - Do you call them kindergarteners?
Replies: 16
Views: 11524

Re: Summer Birthdays..

Hi! I have a summer birthday, and although I am of the female gender I did fine, but was younger than almost everyone else in my classes. My parents waited with my younger sister who has an August birthday and did not start her in K until she was 6 - because of me! I don't remember this, but apparen...
by RachelT
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - When help is needed
Replies: 23
Views: 13483

Re: Handwriting for boys in Kindergarten

Hello! Handwriting has been a challenge for my son - and still is a challenge today! He is my first and Kindergarten was our first "official" year of homeschooling, so I wanted to "do it right"! (How's that for a first-born, teaching a first-born for the first time!) Anyway, my son actually has a di...
by RachelT
Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 32835

Re: Making the First Day Special

We take photos in front of our front door each year with the children all dressed in new school clothes or shoes (if they have needed them) and I have them hold up the TM. Last year I had my son hold the ECC TM and my dd hold her 1st grade TM, so that they could be seen in the picture. Now I have to...
by RachelT
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Science - 7-9 year olds?
Replies: 23
Views: 14665

Re: Science in ECC... 8yo

Hi Anna! I think that in ECC with an 8 yr old, you can really focus in POE on the highlighted orange words and the picture of the water cycle on pg. 26 with an experiment like Crystal suggested above. I learned after a few short weeks that my 6.5 and 8.5 yr olds were not "getting" a lot of the infor...
by RachelT
Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Ideas: Perfectionsts in ECC
Replies: 9
Views: 7757

Re: ECC week 1- having issues

Hi! Sounds like it's been a rough last few days for this child - and her mama! My 2nd child (also a girl) is like this when she can't quite do things her older brother can. She actually is near or ahead his ability level in some subjects, but where he "gets it" more quickly, it frustrates her. Two t...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Academics - First review weeks at a faster pace?
Replies: 22
Views: 13932

Re: Need advice

In the beginning of MFW 1st grade I had to let my 6.5 yr old dd do more than one phonics lesson per day. She wanted to do that and could. Then, later on she slowed down to the normal pace and took more time illustrating her Bible notebook. She also read extra books, since a lot of it was review for ...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Independent work in ECC
Replies: 26
Views: 10226

Re: To Those Who Have Gone Before Me...Daily Schedule Help!

I have to do reading/spelling and English separately with my kiddos. I have to work with my children for about a half hour each individually. They can do book basket or independent reading. My children also enjoy audio books on cd at this time. They also do a variety of things on the computer, inclu...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets, Stickers, Passports - For little ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 12260

Students sheets for ECC(for 1st grader)?

I am going to be using ECC with my 4th, 2nd, and 1st grader (1st grader has come along in "K" and "1st" with her older sister, per the recommendations of MFW, they are 20 mo. apart.) My question is: Should I order a set of the ECC Student Sheets for my 1st grader? I have them already for the 4th an...
by RachelT
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining part of MFW1 with non-MFW programs?
Replies: 30
Views: 17130

Re: I've scoured the board, but still can't find an answer

Hi! I want to reply because we used ECC this past school year and my dd was in 1st grade. She was 6 yrs, 8 months when we began last August. She is advanced in her ability to write, read, and draw and my son is more challenged in those areas so it evens out that they are near each other or at the sa...