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by RachelT
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 62906

Re: What was your #1 favorite thing about your year?

Our year hasn't been perfect by any means, but here are some of my "favorite moments" of this year, in no particular order: 1. our Mexican fiesta 2. Kingdom Tales 3. My dd's 1st grade Bible Notebook 4. Finding a great reading & spelling program for my dyslexic son & now he is really learning to read...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Required hours, subjects
Replies: 17
Views: 9054

Re: School Year

I live in a state that requires 180 days of instruction. (Crystal used to live in my state, too - sob!) In four years I have always had more than the required days of teaching when I count educational field trips and special concerts or performances we attend. I've also counted homsechool group co-o...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - What does your day look like in ECC?
Replies: 13
Views: 6064

Re: What does your day look like in ECC?

Do most of you find the sample times in the manual to be mostly accurate for how long it takes you (Bible, science, geography, etc)? We are soon to finish ADV and take a break to have a baby, and I'll want to have a schedule planned out before we start ECC later this summer - hoping I can just use ...
by RachelT
Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:33 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Choosing ADV for More than 1 year? 2 years?
Replies: 16
Views: 11855

Re: Adventures in two years/? dealing with two kids

Hi! We did Adv. with my oldest (son) while my younger one (daughter) was in MFW K. She was an advanced writer and reader for K, so she really enjoyed doing the Adventures activites, state sheets and notebook, listening to the read alouds, etc. I think you can use MFW K and MFW 1st grade as more of a...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: General ideas for Creation to the Greeks
Replies: 63
Views: 42803

Esther Study

I just wanted to say that I am excited about doing a Beth Moore study on Esther this summer and how that will all tie in with Purim and CtG!
by RachelT
Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Helps, creative ideas for teaching in general
Replies: 29
Views: 16605

Re: Spelling

Hi there! I had some thoughts like Mike because my own son is dyslexic and dysgraphic. Spelling is a lot more difficult for him than reading. AAS looks like a good program and I've heard that Sequential Spelling has helped some of my friends. We have been using the Barton Reading and Spelling System...
by RachelT
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Alternatives for kids who don't want to color, draw, narra
Replies: 13
Views: 9830

Re: tired of coloring and narrating- what else?

Hi Jennifer! We have been using MFW for four years and my children don't color each time we read either. My son has never wanted to color, but sometimes I make him color a part of a picture (like the ECC John 3:16 pictures of children around the world) so he can work on the fine motor skills and dex...
by RachelT
Sat May 22, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Helps, creative ideas for teaching in general
Replies: 29
Views: 16605

Re: Stumped On Spelling

Hi Lainie! I would be focusing on phonemic awareness if your child is skipping vowel sounds. I am looking at spelling programs for my younger child for next year and have been comparing SbSS, SP, and AAS. It just sounds to me like your younger child might do better with a more phonemic approach to s...
by RachelT
Thu May 20, 2010 6:42 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 31-32 Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 17422

Re: Weeks 31-32 Australia

Australia has so many fun animals! Some of the library books that I found were "A Kangaroo Joey Grows Up" and "A Koala Joey grows up". We also read the Magic School Bus about coral reefs.

We also enjoyed reading "Wombat Goes Walkabout" and "The Pumpkin Runner" from the book list.
by RachelT
Thu May 20, 2010 6:36 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 33-34 Antarctica
Replies: 19
Views: 19222

Re: Weeks 33-34 Antarctica

Wow! We have completed our 34 weeks of ECC curriculum! My children have been fascinated with penguins for a few years so this was a fun study for us to end the year with. We read the Magic Tree House book, Eve of the Emperor Penguin and are still finishing up Mr. Popper's Penguins. We also used a Ve...
by RachelT
Wed May 19, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - How much time daily for ECC?
Replies: 37
Views: 18993

Re: How long are the teaching days in ECC?

Yes, I am sure this will vary from family to family. On good days (Mon-Thurs) we were done in around 4 hours of work, but we spread it out a little longer with a lunch break. Some days took longer. I also had to do one half hour of individual work with each child on reading/phonics/spelling this yea...
by RachelT
Wed May 19, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Basic Addition
Replies: 7
Views: 5575

Re: 9yo boy struggling with math...help!

Hi Terri! I wanted to "pop in" on this discussion. I think that with any math program it is really important to use something that they can work with in their hands and see (manipulatives, blocks, teddy bear counters, etc.) to practice. Even when they say "I don't want to use the blocks", I make the...
by RachelT
Sat May 15, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 63
Views: 43694

Re: Celebrating ECC

We are finishing ECC, too!! I am excited that we have accomplished so much, but also sad to be done with such a fun year of learning about the world. I always feel this way, but I always enjoy the next year's curriculum, too! My children remembered more than 50 countries and they both only knew the ...
by RachelT
Sun May 09, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Something to remember about Math struggles
Replies: 12
Views: 8258

Re: math questions ~ 3rd grade ~ Singapore ~ Math U See

Hi Jessica! If your child is "ahead of schedule" with your current program, taking some time to stop and review math facts with games or fun worksheets might help. I've had to do that with my dd this year because she was really ahead and seemed like she needed to work hard at learning new math facts...
by RachelT
Mon May 03, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Must I start in fall & end in spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 5798

Re: is there a 'best time' of year to start ECC?

Hello! I don't know if anyone has ever told me this, but after four years of MFW, I believe that Marie writes the TM's with a "typical" August-May (or close to that) type of school year. With Adv. the Thanksgiving unit could be used whenever it was needed, but it was at about the correct place for u...
by RachelT
Mon May 03, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Prep - Making copies vs. writing in the book
Replies: 11
Views: 5616

Re: ECC-World Geography book question...what grade level?

We have done maybe a handful of pages over the entire year - and we only have two weeks left! When I do choose some, I usually pick the animal pages. Most of it is too much for my 9 yr old son right now and we can go through more of them when we do ECC again in a few years! I would just copy somethi...
by RachelT
Mon May 03, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: Why aren't new posts moving up / bumping?
Replies: 13
Views: 9211

Re: to bump or not to bump?

Yes, this bumping is confusing to me. When I login I always go to the Main Board and I used to look at the messages that I had not read yet or that had new posts. I would also vote to just keep messages in chronological order, but that's how I think. I even arrange my scrapbooks mostly in chronologi...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 27-28 Japan
Replies: 23
Views: 23352

Re: Weeks 27-28 Japan

We enjoyed the above links to name translations. I really enjoyed helping the kids write their haikus. Those are some of their first poems. We really liked the Origami book and made lots of origami creations. The salt water experiments were easy. We've kept the salt crystal jar out for several weeks...
by RachelT
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 16566

Re: Tips for First Grade?

Hello! We used MFW 1st gr. It was our "core" curriculum. We found Bible storybooks at the library and used our Beginner's Bible. We found animated Bible story videos. I found these cute felt board kits of Bible stories with the same pictures on them as in the Beginner's Bible and we would get out th...
by RachelT
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 29790

Re: Workboxes...anyone implementing them with ADV?

Hello again! I agree with Julie, the book was helpful, but I don't need to "add" lots of other things into what we are already doing with MFW. So, I'm not making lots of "learning centers" for the children to do independently because we do that kind of learning together in our unit studies. Sometime...
by RachelT
Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 1st grader - What to adapt in Adventures
Replies: 22
Views: 14395

1st and 2nd grader

My daughter will be 6 in May and my son will be 8 in July, and she reads at a 2nd grade level and my son at a 5th grade. Do you think she would be okay in Adventure along with my 2nd grader? What advantage would there be to keep her in a 1st grade curriculum over doing Adventures with her brother ?...
by RachelT
Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 29790

Workboxes...anyone implementing them with ADV?

I just read about "Workboxes" on the Freebie Friday email from TOS. Sounds interesting. Has anyone read Sue Patrick's Workbox System book? Anyone using this system with ADV or at all? How's it working? I need to work on our organization/ routine since I KNOW my son thrives on it, but my artistic te...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - More ideas!
Replies: 50
Views: 22873

Re: OT-Quarter Mile Math CD ROM

We recently got a year's subscription to the web based Quarter Mile Math, which includes all the levels and I think it's cheaper than the cd. We liked the idea that we could use it on more than one computer and it would be able to pull up past times on any computer, so they are all linked together. ...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 2nd grader - Adventures vs. ECC
Replies: 52
Views: 24664

Re: Can someone help me with a 2nd grade question?

Hello! We are doing ECC this year with my 3rd and 1st graders. It is going well, but we really enjoyed Adventures and I wouldn't miss that either! It was fun for them to learn about our country and some of the important historical figures and holidays that we celebrate here. Things like the Pledge o...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Older child who still needs work on reading
Replies: 46
Views: 17891

Re: Our 2nd grader is struggling with reading

Hi! I am glad that what I posted earlier was a help. It's hard sometimes to tell if what I'm writing on a message board is coming across the way I mean for it to be received, since I can't "see" you to talk with you! Evaluations, assessments, etc. - My son has actually had to go to a Pediatric Ophth...