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by RB
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Bible
Replies: 39
Views: 11652

Re: OT study in AHL

Julie, Thanks, that actually helps a lot! I think I will plan to order AHL soon and really look at the bible portion. Yes, we do have Victor/Journey and I am so excited that it is scheduled in AHL because it was a favorite of ours. Great to know that the bible and history aren't so tied together dai...
by RB
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Placement - 11th grade, jump in? what to fit in?
Replies: 31
Views: 7882

Re: High School question for 11th grade

Thank you both for helping me think this through :)
by RB
Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Placement - 11th grade, jump in? what to fit in?
Replies: 31
Views: 7882

Re: High School question for 11th grade

Thank you so much for "chatting" about this! Julie, The random Social Studies credit is not history. Last year (9th grade for my daughter) they did a semester of current events, and a semester of Mock Trial. I'm still undecided about whether to give HS credit for these. Ideally she will still do two...
by RB
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 3rd grade for RtR?
Replies: 27
Views: 12560

Re: 3rd grader losing his enthusiasm for learning

Thanks again for the help over here! I am just getting to read some of those great links, Julie. (We've been dealing with what seems to be whooping cough for a bit.) Once we are out and about again we plan to get an exercise ball :) Taking some pressure off seems to be working. I told him he no long...
by RB
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 3rd grade for RtR?
Replies: 27
Views: 12560

Re: 3rd grader losing his enthusiasm for learning

Thanks, Crystal. I think I needed someone to confirm that it's OK to do a bit of interest-driven stuff with him. In the fall (during the battle to make him listen to Augustus Caesar's World, and since he hates coloring the pages didn't help) he asked me to read the Diane Stanley book about Cleopatra...
by RB
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Christmas, Advent
Replies: 13
Views: 6632

Re: O/T Book Jotham's Journey ??

We read the Easter one last year with 2nd, 4th and 5th graders and they all loved it! This year we are planning on reading Jotham. We had tried the Tabitha one 3 or 4 years ago and didn't like it, but it may have been the ages of my kids and reading out of order. I do remember thinking that the Tabi...
by RB
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Composer Study - Ideas for CtG
Replies: 15
Views: 8091

Re: My kids groan when I play the composer cds!

What about the "Classical Kids" CD series? Our library has those, and my kids like them better. We do try to listen to the ones schedules in the lesson plans, too, but we all really like classical music...well, except my son who really only likes action movie soundtracks.
by RB
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Weeks 4 & 5
Replies: 34
Views: 16233

Re: Pyramid by David Macaulay - I was shocked by the DVD

Just an observation that in RtR the book basket lists both the book and the DVD for Roman City. Perhaps it was intentional to only recommend the book in CtG. We liked both [for Roman City], though my son was a little creeped out by the druids on the DVD, but not enough to need to fast forward any pa...
by RB
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Compare CTG to earlier MFW programs - A big transition?
Replies: 32
Views: 10999

Re: Just finished ECC, wait a year for C to G?

We did something similar to what you are considering...ECC with 2nd and 3rd graders and then a year away while deciding whether we were a HOD family or a MFW family. Then CtG with 2nd, 4th, 5th. Turns out we are a MFW family :-) and CtG was our favorite homeschool year ever. We changed for multiple ...
by RB
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 10873

Re: Changing from HOD to MFW??? Anybody???

If you were to go back would you apply your CTG goal setting method to ECC? Any tips or recommendations for me as I am pondering this plan (ECC and K)? I too am a little overwhelmed with a multi-teaching program and wonder if I'll experience some "shock" after using and loving Adventures. Hi Katrin...
by RB
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 10873

Re: Changing from HOD to MFW??? Anybody???

We used MFW for 2 years, HOD for one, and came back to MFW this year and intend to stay. Like you, I have tremendous respect for both companies and felt like both lined up well with our educational goals and worldview. There are many differences, but for us the one that really helped us decide to re...
by RB
Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Language & Math - Can I use any curriculum? MFW philosophy?
Replies: 33
Views: 11823

Re: LA choices

This is all great food for thought, thanks!

Ultimately I need to stop thinking there is a magical, perfect LA.

Hmm...
by RB
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Compare CTG to earlier MFW programs - A big transition?
Replies: 32
Views: 10999

Re: Looking ahead to CTG

In many ways I find CtG easier to do than ECC! Not sure why. We are doing CtG this year with 2nd, 4th and 5th graders. I was scared of Streams of Civ, but my kids actually like it, I like it, and sometimes I can't find it because dh has been reading it :) There have been a few advanced assignments/r...
by RB
Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. dual credit college courses
Replies: 35
Views: 10487

Re: Doing Running Start/College classes for last 2 years of

Can't we just keep homeschooling them until they're 40?

Signed,
a Mom in denial that decisions such as these will be coming up, so I will print this excellent thread and file it for 4 years
by RB
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:07 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Should I go back, repeat, review?
Replies: 43
Views: 12470

Re: Done MFW 1st and can't read

Wow, thank you all SO much for your responses. So much to think about and consider!!! I have thought that my son might be mildly dyslexic, so I guess it's time to educate myself. I must confess that I forgot all about those reading games &) I kind of expected him to learn to read just as easily as h...
by RB
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - Storing artwork
Replies: 5
Views: 2976

Re: Just curious...

We draw in the book. The paint/marker cards look cute on the fridge for a while. what other pages have I missed all these years? Do you get a separate book for each child? I've been photocopying the pages that have boxes for drawing. They are forming a pile, and as with all piles it must be conquer...
by RB
Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC
Replies: 32
Views: 10036

Re: Not loving ECC

We did not love ECC either while we did it, especially in the beginning. I'm SO glad we finished , though, and amazingly we now remember all the parts we liked. For us, it was a real burnout year for reasons that have nothing to do with curriculum. Aside from that, though, i have a theory why so man...
by RB
Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Classics
Replies: 14
Views: 5247

Re: Honey for Childs Heart Question - 8yo/3rd grade

I think sometimes great books can get spoiled (or not fully appreciated) by giving them too soon. It's not a matter of reading level alone, as you've already discussed. I cast my vote for waiting, for what it's worth :) Oh, I just looked at the back of the MFW manual and see it listed as "Sixth grad...
by RB
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6 year olds - Do you call them kindergarteners?
Replies: 16
Views: 7060

Re: Summer Birthdays..

We've taken a similar approach as SandKsmama. I really like this quote from Understood Betsy , which makes me so glad that we homeschool and don't need to fit everyone into a neat and tidy grade: "Why--why," said Elizabeth Ann, "I don't know what i am at all. If I'm second grade arithmetic and seven...
by RB
Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep - Poll on how long you spend, & when?
Replies: 16
Views: 5729

how are your preps coming along?

I've finally finished organizing and arranging books on shelves, punching papers and filling binders, and reading up on all things Geography/Culture/Earth Science. I still have to make a new schedule for us, but am pretty much dreading the exercise since I've been basically making myself crazy ever...
by RB
Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Science - Is there enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 14817

Re: MFW Science?

We heard Jay Wile speak at a convention on "K-6 Science" and I remember thinking that MFW science really fit his recommendations well. Right now I can't remember the specifics, but I remember thinking that if we did MFW Science until 6th, my kids should be well-prepared for General Science in 7th si...
by RB
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to other unit studies with activities
Replies: 35
Views: 14788

Re: Is ECC going to be boring?? What about MFW K?

We did ECC and K the same year and they are both great (non-boring) programs. My girls were 7 and 8 when we started ECC. The thing I wish I really knew then (that I know now) is that when doing ECC with 2nd and 3rd graders you really do get to focus on all the super-fun stuff without any guilt!!! We...
by RB
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 30017

Re: MFW & SL

Nicole, I can really relate to your searching. We switched pretty much for the same reasons as Mike stated above (topics too soon, couldn't combine everyone, not much hands-on). We dabbled in WP for a few months but that wasn't quite right either. We then found MFW and had a great year with Adventur...
by RB
Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 13621

Re: CtG for 2nd Grade

No real advice here, because we will be starting CtG with 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders in August so very much in the same boat. It seems to me that 2nd graders can really vary in their abilities, so my plan is to be kind of flexible with things like EFTRU for my youngest...seeing how much he can do in ...
by RB
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 40801

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

My First Grade boy's excitement about reading his Bible reader! He struggled so much with reading lessons (and attitude toward school) from November to April. Once he began the Bible reader, his motivation soared and he has been progressing well, though still with effort. We were driving home from o...