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by gardenmama28
Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: The Two "n" words - Narration and Notebooking
Replies: 5
Views: 1833

Re: The Two "n" words - Narration and Notebooking

Thanks for your thoughts, Lynn and Carrie, We did do Beyond last year ..... I feel confident that she is placed correctly according to her skill level - the work is not too hard for her - just uninspiring. She has excellent fine motor skills and printing - her cursive looks like a photocopy of the w...
by gardenmama28
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: The Two "n" words - Narration and Notebooking
Replies: 5
Views: 1833

The Two "n" words - Narration and Notebooking

Hi everyone, we are about 5 weeks into Bigger, and I need some advice. My daughter really dislikes the two N words - narrating and notebooking. She is a creative girl who is also a kinesthetic learner. What can I do? Every single day in Bigger we are either narrating or notebooking or both, and whil...
by gardenmama28
Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Alternatives to "Screen Time"
Replies: 15
Views: 3308

Re: Alternatives to "Screen Time"

I recently did some research on what the "experts" say about how much screen time kids should have. The most common amount was 1-2 hrs per day. So I set my mental goal for 1 hr per day. They are each allowed to go on the tablet for 1/2 hr per day. Then if they want they can watch a short movie/show ...
by gardenmama28
Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: How do I "beef up" Little hands for kindergarten?
Replies: 7
Views: 1987

Re: How do I "beef up" Little hands for kindergarten?

This year I tried beefing up little hands for my 5 yo Kindergarten student. Looking back, I think it would have been better to start LHFHG and just go half speed. Of course you know your child the best but I found that with my daughter, LHTH was just too simple and geared more for preschool. If it w...
by gardenmama28
Fri May 22, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Chapter book suggestions for my 7yo girl
Replies: 8
Views: 1282

Re: Chapter book suggestions for my 7yo girl

These are for her to read. Right now she is reading the Boxcar children books - it takes her only a day or two to get through one. Earlier she had some chapter books from the library that were similar in length/difficulty. She also read the first book of the Grandma's attic series and enjoyed that o...
by gardenmama28
Fri May 22, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Chapter book suggestions for my 7yo girl
Replies: 8
Views: 1282

Chapter book suggestions for my 7yo girl

My seven year old is crazy about horses and I'm looking for suggestions of good quality horse chapter books for her. Also, what other series of chapter books are highly recommended for girls her age???? We have several of the Boxcar children books, and also the Little House on the prairie series.......
by gardenmama28
Fri May 22, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Help!
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Help!

I would say, don't worry too much about it. I think its great that they completed the math and English, that is the main thing in those younger grades. Honestly I think that the only reason to stress about completing the rest would be to get some practice in things like narrating and notebooking bef...
by gardenmama28
Wed May 20, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Placement for 1st, 4th & 7th
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: Placement for 1st, 4th & 7th

I won't try to answer all of your questions, but here are some thoughts. We did reading made Easy this year with my 7 year old who was still not reading yet at the start of the year. I my opinion, you should not start Reading Made Easy until your child already knows the individual sounds for each le...
by gardenmama28
Wed May 20, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: What do use in place of handwriting in LHFHG
Replies: 4
Views: 837

Re: What do use in place of handwriting in LHFHG

I am assuming you are done a Reason for Handwriting K or the first Italic book. Why not do A reason for Handwritng A - it has 6 weeks of review at the beginning going over all the upper and lowercase letters, and is followed by learning to copy verses - including tracing words before writing them yo...
by gardenmama28
Fri May 15, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Strange question
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: Strange question

Hi there, my in-laws are really into grinding their own wheat so have given all their children wheat grinders as wedding gifts. :D The one I have is a Nutri-Mill. It works well. However it is very loud compared to others that I think are called either whisper-mill or wonder mill or something like th...
by gardenmama28
Thu May 14, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: How do I manage different levels with littles?
Replies: 15
Views: 5501

Re: How do I manage different levels with littles?

I agree that I would not jump into Little Hearts yet this year. 5 years old is the very youngest age recommended for that level, and you don't need to rush things. I think that doing LHTH over again will cement what you have learned this year for your 5 yo and help her to be ready for Little Hearts ...
by gardenmama28
Tue May 12, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Help!! Trying to finalize my plan
Replies: 8
Views: 1269

Re: Help!! Trying to finalize my plan

Four guides does seem like a lot, doesn't it!!! I my kids are young enough that I have only run two guides at a time so I don't have any words of wisdom in the running 4 guides area. But I would say that "what I would do" if I were you, is combine the 7 and 9 year old in Beyond, rather than Bigger. ...
by gardenmama28
Sat May 02, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Handwriting-Need Help
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: Handwriting-Need Help

Have you tried writing the poem, one line at a time, on grade 1 lined paper, right above where he writes? I wonder if you even just started with one line, and it was right above, if he would have an easier time remembering how to form the letters???? Or if he is really having trouble with a lot of l...
by gardenmama28
Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Revisit:Afternoons, socialization, and a philosophy of life
Replies: 18
Views: 9874

Re: Revisit:Afternoons, socialization, and a philosophy of l

For me, I try not to look too much at what "other homeschool families" do, and take on only what works for our family. Every mom has different levels of energy, amounts/ages of kids, help from husband or family members, etc. Rather than looking at what other people do, I evaluate my own energy level...
by gardenmama28
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Breaking for Summer
Replies: 17
Views: 2710

Re: Breaking for Summer

I am hoping to wrap up school by the end of May. For sure the two I have in LHTH. My daughter who is in Beyond will be about 2 weeks away from completing the whole guide, but we will likely just finish up the year then no matter how much is left. We live in Canada and the summers here are short but ...