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by schoolmom2
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: Exploring Countries and Cultures -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 41369

Re: Exploring Countries and Cultures -- Share Your Experienc

We finished our first full year of homeschooling with ECC, and loved it! What a great year of learning and growth! We just took the end-of-year test, and my kids knew every country asked of them, plus a few that they had memorized by doing geography puzzles. They know all the major biomes, which eco...
by schoolmom2
Tue May 24, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 38083

Keeping Records

In the few weeks I have been teaching MFW K and 1st, I have been trying to find a comfortable system for keeping records. I live in WA state, so we don't really have to show records (except for high school and college I'm sure - at least the yearly test scores) - but I am still wondering about how ...
by schoolmom2
Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 14434

Re: How do you distinguish between end of year burnout and .

I talked with a homeschooling mom of 30+ years the other day. I mentioned something about my boy's attitudes towards school lately, and she simply said, "It's May." She then referred me to Diana Waring's book Beyond Survival . It has been a really quick read, and I have learned so much. It has a che...
by schoolmom2
Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd grader (or advanced 2nd) - Adventures vs. ECC?
Replies: 63
Views: 21798

Re: ECC or Adventures for 3rd grader

I used Adventures with my 3rd grade son last year, after pulling him out of public school at Christmastime. I was also wondering if it would "be enough" for him. I was very pleased overall. The science was a bit light after what he had been doing in ps, so we beefed it up a little with some lapbooks...
by schoolmom2
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Way behind, squish or stretch into next year?
Replies: 11
Views: 6537

Re: Important shortening ECC ?

Maybe thinking about world events would help you to smoosh or leave some out? For instance, I feel that my kids need to know as much about China as possible, given how things are progressing in that country toward becoming an economic world power. When they are older, I think that knowledge will ser...
by schoolmom2
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Schedule - How much time each day and #days/week
Replies: 34
Views: 15885

Re: ADV suggested time schedule

I have two boys, and we are never done before lunch! They need a couple of short breaks in the mornings to either run around outside or run around the coffee table, if it is raining. This year in ECC, I decided to try to stick to the suggested schedule more strictly. It was too stressful. My kids cr...
by schoolmom2
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Studies - Repetitive?
Replies: 28
Views: 9772

Re: After week 13 in ADV ...

We had a great time in Adventures last year! I felt that with the combination of book basket, state sheets, and booklet that comes with Adventures, we had a great overview of the states that was perfect for my kids' ages. Sometimes they asked questions to which I did not know the answer, so we would...
by schoolmom2
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 16479

tell me about Writing Strands

Can anyone tell me how WS works and how it compares to/ is different from other popular programs I found more positive reviews for. Thanks for your help! ~Angie In a nutshell - I initially felt disappointed, but my son loves it, so we're going with it. We skipped one lesson because it was just too ...
by schoolmom2
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Adventures in My Father's World - Descriptions, user ?s
Replies: 8
Views: 5382

Does MFW use a spine??

I am planning on starting MFW as soon as I can place an order for Adv, but I wondered about some things I've read in the past about using "snippets" of a book here and a book there. For those who have used MFW for a few years, do you believe it covers history thoroughly with using 'parts' of books?...
by schoolmom2
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Lunch & Breakfast
Replies: 38
Views: 13111

Re: O/T Easy Lunch Menu Ideas ???

Check out my friend Heather's blog here: http://dontforgetyourlunch.blogspot.com. She is so creative and the ingredients are so simple and healthful. I have found that color (having lots of colors on the plate) makes a huge difference in what my kids will/won't eat, and her ideas of how to put it to...
by schoolmom2
Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Unstructured Afternoons
Replies: 44
Views: 20880

Does anyone use any "extras?"

By "extras," I mean any kind of critical thinking books, or anything else that you've found to be helpful to add to your curriculum. Over the last couple of years, we've enjoyed reading a variety of those missionary books through YWAM as read-a-louds (MFW has some suggested.....we just enjoy them s...
by schoolmom2
Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 15091

How to encourage neatness.....

I'm just full of questions tonight!! This question is in regards to encouraging neatness in my kiddos' work. For the most part, they're eager to get to their bookwork (so they can get it done), but somewhere in the shuffle we've lost a lot of neatness. How can I encourage them to be neat in a way t...
by schoolmom2
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 31889

Re: How do you run your home?

Laundry is my thing, but dusting is NOT! So, you can be sure of clean clothes at my house, but beware of the dust bunnies lurking in dark corners! =) Our laundry rules are: wear your outer clothing at least 2 days in a row, unless they get dirty. Clothing must be visibly dirty or smelly to go in the...
by schoolmom2
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Studies - Repetitive?
Replies: 28
Views: 9772

ADV state sheets ... stuck

I am an absolute lover of MFWK and 1, but I am still finding myself hesitant a little with respect to ADV. I keep finding myself stuck on the state sheets ... I don't want it to feel like worksheets every day or the same routine over and over. It's probably just my fears. Can someone pop in here an...
by schoolmom2
Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 33655

Re: Input on decision regarding ECC-please share

I'm laughing a little at myself right now, because when you mentioned worksheets, I thought, "Worksheets? We haven't done any worksheets!" So I got out my kids' notebooks, and sure enough, we have done a few! They were just such a part of our study and reading time together, I kinda forgot about the...
by schoolmom2
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - Description, topics covered?
Replies: 21
Views: 5575

Tell me about science in Adv...

We're going to finish MFW 1st very soon and moving on to Adventures-- which I'm so excited about. However, I'm wondering if I'm going to like the science in Adventures and would really appreciate an explanation of what to expect. I'm wondering if we should try Apologia's Astronomy program (it gets ...
by schoolmom2
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Preparation - Box Day! and helpful hints
Replies: 38
Views: 15040

Re: New to MFW...just ordered Adventures

We enjoyed Adventures sooooo much last year! I second the advice to sit down with a favorite beverage and just read through the TM. It is all so well-laid-out, and doesn't take much prep at all. The only other advice I would add is to be sure you keep on top of putting books on hold at the library. ...
by schoolmom2
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Schooling on Nice days, Winter blahs
Replies: 17
Views: 9351

Shake up the Schedule!

We were floundering for a few weeks, keeping up with all of our studies, but not enjoying school or each other! I saw a brief article on the CurrClick newsletter about changing your schedule if you were feeling the winter blahs, and I thought, "But, we've always done it strictly the MFW way!" (You k...
by schoolmom2
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 2nd grader - Adventures vs. ECC
Replies: 52
Views: 17658

Order of MFW History?

I have loved doing Bible History for Grade 1, which we are finishing up this month. Why American History next? What are the benefits of going from America to world geography/missionaries to chronological history? Thank you! :-) I am no expert on these matters, but here are my personal thoughts: We ...
by schoolmom2
Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Is ECC complete without it?
Replies: 27
Views: 10875

Do I really need the Deluxe Package?

What are your opinions on this? Do I REALLY need the Deluxe package in ECC? I'm really broke and I'm just wondering if I can fully do the lessons without the deluxe package. What do I do when I come to a part where one of the suggested books in the deluxe pkg is called for and I don't have it? Will...
by schoolmom2
Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to literature-based programs?
Replies: 80
Views: 33655

Re: set to use something else, now thinking about MFW

My advice would be: resell and buy whatever you have to! It is not worth the agony of not enjoying the journey! =)
by schoolmom2
Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Is ECC complete without it?
Replies: 27
Views: 10875

Re: If you were...

Agreeing with Julie. I just looked and thought through all my books on the shelf for ECC, and I really think those are the crucial ones. There are so many online resources for free - you might have to put in a little more prep time, but it sure would save money. Before purchasing the basic set, I pr...
by schoolmom2
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Occupying little ones while I read
Replies: 7
Views: 7138

Re: Activitites while reading

I grew up without a TV, and my mom read to us every night. My activities were legos, Barbies, coloring, stamp collection, rolling on the floor, etc. The rule was: do whatever you want, but you have to be quiet. With my children now, the rule is the same. We started out with lots of interrupting, tal...
by schoolmom2
Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Perfectionists
Replies: 11
Views: 7065

How do you deal w/ a perfectionist??

you may have read my other post here http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9370 I am starting to see that this daughter has a bit of perfectionistic personality and I dont know how to handle it!! We went to the park today so they could draw the pond for their nature journal. She got frustra...
by schoolmom2
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets, Stickers, Passports - For little ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 9303

Re: Students sheets for ECC(for 1st grader)?

I just received my ECC box at conference last weekend, and have been devouring the contents! I would vote "yes" as well. She may not use every sheet, but most of them will be enjoyable for her. There are lots of black line maps and flags that you could just get from a free source online, but the cou...