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by MJP
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: 6th grade math - Singapore? Saxon?
Replies: 31
Views: 12267

Re: 6th grade math - Finish Singapore? Start Saxon?

I also would go with Singapore, but I did need those guides in 6A and 6B (just using them when we were stuck).
by MJP
Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - For homeschool teaching worries
Replies: 67
Views: 21598

I just wanted to let you know what happened at our house one year. I had always done the Explode the Code primers with my 4 year olds. Well, for some reason, they just didn't get accomplished with child number 5 at that time. I just promised myself I would do better the next year. The next year we d...
by MJP
Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Which edition?
Replies: 3
Views: 2837

I am also staying with the US edition (not Standards). As Julie posted, Singapore has proven itself. That is why I chose it in the first place (before I even knew about My Father's World).
by MJP
Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things (ICDAT) - Users answer questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10344

Photocopy the entire book??? (I Can Do All Things)

Hi! I just received Adventures in the mail. I did order an extra pack of paint cards. Now that I have the book, I see that if it's to be used with more than one child, I will need to photocopy the entire book! I'm thankful to not have to pay for an extra book, but that sure is a lot of photocopying...
by MJP
Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Older kids, 6th-8th and teens
Replies: 40
Views: 16633

Re: GA Henty for elementary vs. high school

Henty's books do tend to start out slowly. This was a comment from both of my boys even though they do enjoy his books. My boys both read this book on their own while doing Creation to the Greeks, but they would have been 10 and 12. I would not have tried it with my youngers.
by MJP
Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW - How long has it been around (besides since Creation LOL)?
Replies: 7
Views: 6025

MFW not heavily used in older grades?

I've been skimming and deep diving on your board and am intrigued with MFW. My perception is that it is heavily used up to 4th, perhaps 5th 'grade' but not heavily used after that. Is this near correct? Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:56 pm I found MFW when my oldest where a little older, so I have prim...
by MJP
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone set-up, features, versions, time,
Replies: 97
Views: 30443

Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:13 pm

I have version 2, but I just put mine on the comprehensive automatic pilot.
by MJP
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 2-year-olds - Ideas for occupying
Replies: 26
Views: 11247

2-year-old, K, & Adventures

I will be doing Adv with my two dds ages 8 and 7. I will be doing K with my 5yo ds and I would like to include him in the bible, science and history in Adv. I also have a two year old ds. I feel the need to add that my sons do not play well together unsupervised. If I try to send them off to play t...
by MJP
Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Scheduling Grammar & Progeny Press
Replies: 41
Views: 10588

Re: How long, realistically?

We are using Tom Sawyer. We did not read the book through before starting. I split each reading assignment over two days. In our book it is 5 chapters. Then the boys do 2-3 pages a day out of the guide. It takes about 5 days to do the 5 chapters and their corresponding questions that way. I agree wi...
by MJP
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP/Spelling - Method for struggling or very young child
Replies: 43
Views: 15325

So now I am thinking---maybe my children could care a little MORE about missing something. Although they are all doing well, NONE of mine care very much about missing things!
by MJP
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon 8/7 - Users answer questions
Replies: 21
Views: 6762

My oldest is in 9th. We are doing Algebra 2 this year. (We skipped Geometry to solidify Algebra and will do it next year. He is young enough this schedule will not affect testing.) We use a different math program, but I watch all the video presentations with my oldest and do the practice problems (5...
by MJP
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Help with using the CD, including MAC users
Replies: 9
Views: 5530

I didn't realize it was to replace the daily testing with your student. I thought it was somehow for reinforcement. I am using it the way I chose to. I do not think the intent was to replace daily testing. That is just how it has worked out at our house for the older children. We often do not use c...
by MJP
Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Help with using the CD, including MAC users
Replies: 9
Views: 5530

YES!!! You get a break since you have seven kids. :) A couple of questions... do you use the tutor for 2nd grade and up? And do you use this exclusively (iow, no more calling out spelling lists for every kid, every day -- just one time per kid, over the weekend, you record it into the program -- ri...
by MJP
Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Help with using the CD, including MAC users
Replies: 9
Views: 5530

How do you use SP digital tutor?

I am doing SP with my oldest son. I was wondering how you used the digital tutor in the SP process. Also, do you have to have a microphone for it to work? I love this, although there have been a couple of glitches. I could not get it to work consistently with Vista. The problem was solved (as their...
by MJP
Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from other issues
Replies: 21
Views: 5891

I may be the disagreeing voice here, but I am not sure he cares to use the orange crayon, only not to use the white crayon because that is what he was instructed to do. I have a little girl in particular that would like to be in charge of every detail. I am not against giving him a choice of colors,...
by MJP
Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Schedule - Help if EX1850 is taking longer
Replies: 13
Views: 4984

I have several to teach too. It can be a challenge. We did year 4 last year. Although it was probably my favorite book, I did have my oldest two read City on a Hill independently, and I discussed it with them later. I agree that there is some repetition between the books. I did start pre-reading a l...
by MJP
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - Many ideas!
Replies: 54
Views: 33408

Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 2:08 pm

We have flashmaster and love it--no more flashcards here.
by MJP
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:46 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 32561

Compare writing assignments

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:06 pm I have taught with and still use a workbook here and there. However, at the first grade level, the primary focus of the language book we used is to write a sentence, starting it with a capital and ending it with the correct end mark--. ? or ! Seriously. You can easi...
by MJP
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 14574

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:39 pm

I purchased them my first year and was frustrated with them. A spiral notebook worked much better for us.
by MJP
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:40 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone success stories
Replies: 7
Views: 6960

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:35 am Rosetta Stone wins hands down to anything we have tried at our house. We can actually put together Spanish sentences, and read quite a bit of it. We tried Power Glide and Speedy Spanish without success. The kids even enjoy it! The handbook does have some grammar in...
by MJP
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 21279

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:26 pm We are memorizing the book of James this year. That is NOT a "light" undertaking. We have finished chapters 1-3 (2 more to go!). We have used K, 1st, CTG, RTR, Exp. to 1850, and have 1850-Mod. Times ordered for next year. Clearly, I think it is a great program. Whe...
by MJP
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 11303

Miller Pad and Paper has templates that you can draw lines on any paper with.
by MJP
Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Can I add Latin to MFW? (and an alternative suggestion)
Replies: 34
Views: 14265

Re: Latin & Greek Roots, plus Latin?

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:30 pm Well, we started this year with a 4th, a 6th, and an 8th grader. We are having good luck with Latina Christiana. We use Rosetta Stone for Spanish. Since it is only my goal to complete Latina Christiana by 9th grade, in the future I think I will start them around fou...
by MJP
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Spelling Power) - Describe how you use this, time,
Replies: 50
Views: 21511

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:10 am Actually, just writing out the words twice a week has worked about the best (I know that is not how to technically use Spelling Power). Also, I got the digital tutor that goes with Spelling Power, and using that everyday has also helped. Our spelling has really imp...
by MJP
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ADVentures - NOT needed alongside older programs! (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 42
Views: 16715

Re: I truly want to do something just for them

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:33 pm I think sometimes our children miss out more when we try to do too much. If you are only doing CTG, you will be rested enough to read another book to the youngers or wrap them up in toilet paper as mummies (not scheduled, but it was a big hit at our house!). One pro...