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by niki
Mon May 21, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Book ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 4082

Re: OT:good books for girls (soon to be 13 yr old)

Daughters of the Faith Series
by Wendy Lawton
by niki
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Kingdom Tales
Replies: 66
Views: 18799

Re: Kingdom Tales - you could have warned me

My kids are always expecting me to cry through many stories in A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God , Patricia St. John has an amazing way of pouring out Truth in her modern day parables!! Whew! Also, Courage to Run ! Finished up the story of Harriet Tubman...It's so good that we can be so transpar...
by niki
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 25059

Re: Assignment board? Good, bad or neutral??

I have the same idea. My kids each have a specific checklist to keep them on task when I am working with someone else. It helps them stay focused and take responsiblity for some of their work. They love it, and it has alleviated some power struggles because they do it in whatever order works for the...
by niki
Wed May 12, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Language Arts - Still working on reading
Replies: 11
Views: 5661

2nd grader in need of phonics review

Just wondering what you have done if you found your 2nd grader in desparate need of a phonics review. Is SbSS enough review or did you go through another phonics program or redo 1st? My now first grader is reading okay. She still needs lots of help on some days, which I know is perfectly normal, bu...
by niki
Mon May 10, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Rome to the Reformation
Replies: 23
Views: 14588

Re: Costumes for RTR?

Dressed up for the Roman Feast, which consisted of many costumes because my kids had so many ideas to share what they learned with grandparents...gladiator fight, chariot races, naval battle, poetry reading and a reenactment of the death of Julius Caesar!!! Very entertaining!
by niki
Mon May 10, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 26730

Re: Which is better..."fun" stuff in morning or afternoon?

We flip flop...depends on an early bird starting school significantly before the others...that'll start the "independent" stuff first. Then other days we usually start with Bible at or right after breakfast and then the rest of reading/together things. We usually take a break at that point and then ...
by niki
Mon May 10, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 19 & 20
Replies: 21
Views: 9673

Re: RTR Putting together the Medieval Castle

Thanks for the reminder...

Haven't put together our castle yet, was hoping it could be a dad project...
Thinking of finishing out the school year with it...
gonna get some glue dots!! :)
by niki
Sat May 01, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Astronomy notebook questions
Replies: 18
Views: 11251

Re: Question about Apologia Astronomy in RTR

I'd just like to share... We are just finishing our Astronomy in RTR (LOVED IT). Printed off notebook pages from the "extra's" at the apologia website for that book. They've worked as well as blank paper. BUT, that said, I have a child that will be motivated by using the apologia notebook. I've look...
by niki
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 13838

Re: Q about "light and independant Fridays"

I'm also a 4 school day family. I work outside the home as well once a week and it varies...it's worked ok over the years and I'm still learning to be flexible :) I just want to encourage you. My older kids do the reading of the day themselves and they catch me up "narration" :) before school the ne...
by niki
Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 94
Views: 23015

Re: sick days and more sick days

You're not alone getting behind. I'm sorry you're family is sick and can't shake it! We're in the middle of a move and I started a new job (what great timing huh), but it's the Lord's timing and I'm ok being creative/flexible with school and sometimes that means getting behind. In our transition we'...
by niki
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Roman Feast
Replies: 16
Views: 10001

Re: General ideas for Roman Feast

We are preparing for our Roman Feast. The kids have many great ideas, I just thought I'd share...so apart from the food, here's some ideas for our entertainment: Reading of notebook pages on "emperors" A play with "roman masks" Gladiator "fights" dad will be the emperor giving thumbs up or down!!!!!...
by niki
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - More ideas!
Replies: 50
Views: 15990

Math Facts / Drill - More ideas!

I've started something new for math facts this year. My dd is copying a list each day for drill. After a few weeks she got a lot quicker pulling the facts out of her head and not using her fingers. She's 10 and we're working on multiplication. We've used flashcards. They practice alone for 15 minute...
by niki
Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 20585

Re: Thank you MFW staff

Just wanted to add my love for this curriculum and the relationships it builds in my family as we sit and discuss and make connections on a spiritual level as well as academic. Today my 11 y.o. had a "light-bulb" moment as we finished up reading Bronze Bow! Thank you MFW, and glory to God.
by niki
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Science - Why is Apologia Elementary not used until Year 3?
Replies: 22
Views: 9741

Re: Apologia Elementary Science

I am one who has used it on and off...honestly, we love the Flying Creatures book and I used it over THREE years! I did the MFW science, but found other times to fit it in... sometimes it was a day science wasn't scheduled... there was a time where my kids would listen and want to listen about the b...
by niki
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ** Book Basket - Frequently Asked Questions!
Replies: 13
Views: 13700

Re: book baskets?

This may give you another idea about book basket. My kids may find a science experiment or craft project in one of their books and I'll let them do that for their "book basket" time that day...it doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes they just get so excited about a topic they just have to do s...
by niki
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: EFRU - Latin Pronunciation Help
Replies: 4
Views: 3631

Re: Latin Pronunciation--Help Please :)

English from the Roots up pages XVII and XVIIa give pronunciation help.
by niki
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Rome to the Reformation
Replies: 23
Views: 14588

Usborne links...

I just wanted to say that my kids have really enjoyed the links in our Usborne books this year for RTR, history and science. It has been a hit with the kids and it motivates them to get work done and do their best so they get the time to search the different links. If you haven't checked them out ye...
by niki
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 1-2 Introduction
Replies: 80
Views: 61450

Re: ECC - Global art project for week 2

We used ours as a border around our world map...we made so many! It was a blast! That was 2 years ago, I cannot believe it's been that long! Have fun!
by niki
Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Timelines - **Ideas
Replies: 68
Views: 47641

Re: Two time lines?

I'm kinda like Dawn. The kids put their time line pieces in a fold out accordion style papers glued together as needed, in their history notebook, so we'll be continuing on their CTG with RTR this fall...Then I have one on the wall (actually it under a high counter top in the kitchen) that is just t...
by niki
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 23802

Re: What plans do you have for the first day of school?

I made my first "yearbook" this spring and it was great! I used shutterfly and just downloaded all our school pics and worked on it throughout the year - My kids love it! Other years I scrapbooked, well I still have a year or two to finish - but I tell you I have a beautiful hardcover, bound yearboo...
by niki
Fri May 15, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Chores = Life Skills!
Replies: 36
Views: 11725

Re: Teaching Life Skills

My kids each rotate being "dinner helper" They obviously help prepare, set table, serve, pray for the meal and get lot's of praise for the wonderful food. I've never seen my kids take such pride and care in something. This is a serious task...if we don't have a family dinner or order pizza or someth...
by niki
Thu May 14, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Was The Children's Homer difficult?
Replies: 21
Views: 9389

Re: Just purchased Creation to Greeks...some questions...

I'm finishing up CTG with a 1,3 and 4th graders. We read Children's Homer and my kids loved it. It fits well with the study of Ancient Greece. Pre-read this summer and then make your decision, you can skip parts that may seem too gruesome - which as I remember the part of the Cyclops eating some men...
by niki
Sat May 09, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 2A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 6444

Re: Practice Reviews - Horizantal Equations

Hang in there...it really pays off. I think going at the pace of your kids' needs is best. Re: vertical problems it finally connected as my dd grade 4 was doing vertical adding/subtracting of yds/feet and km/m and kg/g a few weeks ago...she just automatically did them vertically - which was so great...
by niki
Thu May 07, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 26053

Re: chickening out on starting ECC this fall

I think ECC'll be a great year to do...in 8th grade he'll do it again at the advanced level, so whatever you get out of it next school year will be ok. I did it last year with a 2nd and 3rd grader (and a tag along Ker). We had a blast. Don't chicken out. I think you'll find the year to be a great tr...