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by 1974girl
Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 37962

Re: after cycle then what?

Thanks guys. ECC was my favorite year anyway! I wouldn't mind doing it again. With only 2 kids, I don't have anymore to join the cycle so I wasn't sure. But she was only in 2nd grade when we did it last time. I don't remember anything about 2nd grade. Well, I remember a few things: I won a coloring ...
by 1974girl
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 2nd grader - Adapting
Replies: 45
Views: 24692

Re: 2nd grader tag-along with Exploring Countries and Cultur

We did this last year! I had a 4th and 2nd. There was one geography workbook that said 5th grade and up (or was it 6th?) But I didn't do it with either of my kids. My 2nd grader loved the Book of Animals. In fact, we still are using pages out of it for THIS year in 3rd grade. Properties of Ecosystem...
by 1974girl
Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Weeks 16 & 17
Replies: 10
Views: 10528

Route of the Exodus

Ok...I am supposed to have my kids draw the route of the exodus. However, Victor p. 79 doesn't show them crossing the Red Sea. I know that no one is 100% sure and all that really matters is that they did it...right? LOL But, I just wanted to show the kids that they did go across it. I googled and fo...
by 1974girl
Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Games - Math practice web site?
Replies: 7
Views: 10235

Re: Computer Games Websites are the sites I love. (just do the free math part) You set the parameters of their drill. Then they get "coins" to play a game afterwards. (this haseducational games for kids up to ten years old) (free keyboarding program for kids 7-...
by 1974girl
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - More ideas!
Replies: 50
Views: 22961

Great Website!!

I found the coolest website today. You may already know all about it. It is They have free programs and then an upgrade for $10 a year. You can use the free without having to give any info at all. If you are in Adventures...they have a cool US MAP drill. They also have a spe...
by 1974girl
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Chores = Life Skills!
Replies: 36
Views: 17200

Re: Children, allowance & chores, oh my!

I think it is one of Lisa Whelchel's books that you can pay your kid for dilegence. They had to do the chores regardless but if they were done by 10am (you pick time), then they got paid for their dilegence. So in other words, you can go them now and get paid or do them later and not. I know mfw is ...
by 1974girl
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 19242

Re: spelling power - talk me through it please!

I got mine in the mail yesterday. Sat in front of the TV with a pop tart this morning watching this so called quick start DVD. I only figured out how to do the placement tests. : ) I did do that successfully. I was going to have to watch and read more to find out the rest. Thanks for this post!!!!!!...
by 1974girl
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 47623

Re: Herding cats.... Thats my life!

Girl I sympathize! I went to put the towels from the washer to the dryer and turned around and they were up! "I'm finished" they would say. So I decided to put a book beside them and said "If you get done and Mama is not this book until I get back." Sometimes a little busy work wouldn't...
by 1974girl
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 32961

Re: Traditions!

We always have a breakfast out with "daddy" at McDonalds. He gives them the 'Please be good this year and listen to Mama" speech. Oh, and your triplets will love this.....put on their backpacks and send them out the back door, kissing them and telling them to have a good day. They then walk around t...
by 1974girl
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from readiness issues
Replies: 35
Views: 14652

Re: Need some encouragement. My child is not enjoying school

My dd is a late summer baby so I didn't start her in kindergarten (public school gasp!) until she was 6 but it made all the difference in the world. Also, is your dd very small? My cousin was a very small child and his doctor told my aunt that his fingers didn't even have the stength/abilty to hold ...
by 1974girl
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library Routine
Replies: 9
Views: 5170

Re: Library Routine

My girls (8 and 11) have their own library bags. I have my own. I get a few book basket things and let them pick out some on the same topic plus one that they just want to read. It is easier for us to keep up with 5 each than me to keep up with 15. I have paid a few overdue fines but not many. Pick ...
by 1974girl
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 44169

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

Love reading this thread! I did learn a few things from purchasing chore packs. 1) You can't expect what you don't INSPECT. Take 2 seconds to make sure they did their room correctly. When they know you are coming...the do so much better. 2) Outline on paper (cliped to them in case of chore packs) wh...
by 1974girl
Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 21-22 Saudi Arabia
Replies: 30
Views: 24926

Re: We skipped the trash sorting worksheet (ECC wk 22)

I don't know if everyone uses all of their student sheets but we sure didn't.
I guess I use it more like a buffet and pick and choose.
by 1974girl
Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 40271

Re: Not convinced ECC is the right choice for 2011

I haven't read any of the responses since I am supposed to be leaving for church right now. But...I just did it with a 7 year old and a 10 year old. POE went over her (7 yr) head so we basically just used the Usborne book for her. (She got some of POE but not a lot of the terms) I didn't do any of t...
by 1974girl
Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 17785

Re: Teaching an only child?

God had an only child, too! God didn't need more because one fulfilled HIS purpose. Maybe your dd will need more quality time, one on one, to fulfill His purpose, too. You never know what is in store for you or your DD down the road. I am married to an only child who is quite happy he is the only ch...
by 1974girl
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Ideas: Favorite extras for Adventures?
Replies: 12
Views: 9005

Re: Extras for Adventures?

We made the most awesome notebooking pages using It is free! I would search whatever we were doing at the time and find great lapbooks that someone has done for you! I wouldn't do the whole lapbook but would pull a page or two out of it. We found a wagon that had all the part...
by 1974girl
Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 16912

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

I loved ECC more than even Adventures. It is so easy to tailor to each kid. For the geography game, just have the younger ones learn 5-10 countries per continent. Properties of Ecosystems was tough for my 2nd grader so we just basically stuck to the Usborne book that comes with it and I bought the o...
by 1974girl
Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. outside experiences
Replies: 12
Views: 8209

Re: Thoughts on Mr. Hazell's Workshops

You should really have her take an aptitude test. I think all kids in highschool should be made to take one. 80% of people end up doing something other than in their field. My DH for example majored in wildlife biology but has sold insurance since one year after his college graduation because of lac...
by 1974girl
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 18240

Re: Taking days off? Shorter school week?

4 days here too! But we have a Wednesday co-op that runs from 8:30-1:45. So I can't do that and school too. So technically, they are in "school" somewhere for 5 days but I only do MFW for 4. LOVE IT. I also like the break in the middle. Most would like a 3 day weekend but I like the Wed off.
by 1974girl
Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 21802

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

We have enjoyed ECC a lot more than we did Adventures! And if it helps any....we all have the burn-out here too. I may just be done! I have only 2 weeks left in ECC. I may save it for July when it is so hot we can't do anything! I think I need a break.
by 1974girl
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Children learn to read at different rates/plateaus
Replies: 25
Views: 19371

Re: Need help/advice/support

All the other ladys probably gave the "right" advice. I am just going to give some other suggestions. Maybe she could read and not really know it. My girls love It is a free site (well you can pay for more games but I didn't!) Click on the free one. Then find "Boowa and Kwala" I know...
by 1974girl
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP/Spelling - Method for struggling or very young child
Replies: 43
Views: 21034

Re: What should I do about spelling?

This is just a thought to help with testing. is a free site. You enter in your spelling words and then they play games like hangman. Mine always liked to use it. They really didn't even understand they were learning! My DD 1st grade PS teacher recommended it for the whole class....
by 1974girl
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 30059

Re: ADV at not-quite-6?

I would do Adventures and stretch it out for 2 years. Add in field trips...join a co-op....take your time. I used for extras with Adventures. They have lots of free lapbooks. I would just type in the subject and then see if something came up. I wouldn't read the recommended b...
by 1974girl
Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 2nd grader - Adapting
Replies: 45
Views: 24692

Re: Youngest age for ECC

My 7 year old is just finishing up ECC. She will be 8 the end of this month when we finally finish. She did just fine. I did tweak it a bit like some others say. We did not do the World Geography reports since the cover says 5th grade. (I really didn't even do them with my 4th grader! I will save it...
by 1974girl
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 9963

After Writing Strands 4?

My 11 yo son is just about ready to finish up Writing Strands 4. I feel like we've been diligent with it this year, but I'm hoping that we're where we need to be with the actual writing. Writing isn't a huge love of mine, but I know that it is so important... Any ideas out there on how to encourage...