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by MelissaM
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Special Needs & CTG
Replies: 5
Views: 4317

Special Needs - In need of scheduling help

We will be starting our new curriculum in a few weeks. MFW Creation to Greeks. I am struggling with how to schedule everything as I have a few issues our family needs to work around. My kids are 11, 8, 5, and 4. Our 4 year old has medical needs and does daily enemas every morning. They take a littl...
by MelissaM
Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - How to fill state requirements
Replies: 57
Views: 16279

Re: time spent on homeschooling

I would call MFW's office and ask them. They are located in MO, the Hazells have homeschooled their own kids there, etc., I'm sure they have good insight. And they have always been super friendly and helpful when I've called.

:)
by MelissaM
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 26163

Re: Love MFW fast shipping!!!

Agreed! I ordered Exp1850 last Tuesday, and didn't figure it would be here till at least today, with Easter and everything. It arrived on Friday! So fun! (But now I have to restrain myself from pulling out every single book, since we still have 10 weeks of RtR left to do.

:)
by MelissaM
Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Supplies - Multiple kids
Replies: 3
Views: 6281

Re: Additional items per student in Exploration to 1850 Pack

Hi, I just ordered (and received, super quick, yay!) Exploration-1850 for next year. I called the office ahead of time to make sure I needed what I thought I needed and got the order right. I was told that: 1. The flashcards are used over 2 years, but that they are actually glued onto student sheets...
by MelissaM
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 1-2 Introduction
Replies: 80
Views: 57641

Re: I have misplaced my passport app

Misplacing paperwork sounds like you're giving your kids an "authentic red-tape real-life" experience! Way to get into ECC! :-)
by MelissaM
Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 32753

Re: Can I do MFW?

Just want to say Welcome along!

(I'd do ECC and not worry too much about what to do next year until it's closer to the time to start planning for next year. You have enough adjustments and transitions coming your way!)

:)
by MelissaM
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 62
Views: 25654

Re: I had no idea!

Isn't it awesome?! :) Have a great year - ECC is fabulous! One tiny piece of advice, if I may - don't skip the geography game. *nodding head* agree, agree, agree. Wish I had listened to myself more about this when we did it. We did play the game, but not as much as we could have if I'd been willing ...
by MelissaM
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - During seasons of doubt in our children
Replies: 14
Views: 4211

Re: Using MFW with a child hostile to the Gospel, Bible, etc

Katrina, that's an AWESOME update on your son! Praise the Lord!

(and congrats on your curriculum decision, but that's small potatoes, isn't it? :) )
by MelissaM
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 20389

Re: I really (REALLY) want to save ECC for 8th grade

Katrina! I love you. I love that you're so willing to put out there all your questions and ponderings and indecision...it makes me feel so much better about my own questions and ponderings and indecision. :-) The curriculum police are not going to come and get you if you decide to do ECC last instea...
by MelissaM
Mon May 28, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 12227

Re: I'm done, but we aren't

I'll tell you, we did more of a year-round type schedule this year than we have in a while - started last July, just so that we could take breaks when we wanted to throughout the year; I don't know if it was the schedule or just the season of life, but I feel more wiped out this year than I think I ...
by MelissaM
Tue May 22, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography - Is this the only chance to get it all?
Replies: 7
Views: 3193

Re: CtG Maps?

Just tagging on to Crystal's last post - this year my kids in CtG learned how to draw a freehand Bible lands map, and that is one activity that they have loved. So even though the map assignments are quite a bit different in CtG from ECC, my kids have enjoyed them just as much. And hold on to your g...
by MelissaM
Sun May 20, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 32109

ECC - a quick ?

What is needed for an extra person to play the geography game? Do I order student sheets for my DD6 or can I get away with just using the P/T supplement? I NEED to save money where possible but I DO want all of us to be able to play the game. I really don't think my daughter will use the ECC notebo...
by MelissaM
Sun May 20, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 12091

Writing Strands work?

:-) For longer writing assignments do you type for your child? My son will learn to type in the next 1- 2 years but I can see that on some assignments he may get bogged down in the physical aspect of writing but his BRAIN can do the work required. I think if I type for him on SOME assignments (only...
by MelissaM
Sat May 19, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 15222

Re: Writing Strands: how much accomplished in 4th grade?

Hey Katrina, Just wanted to throw in, don't be discouraged if you don't really get it or love it even after you first try it. I didn't either (not sure I fully "get" it yet, but I like Tricia's analogy!), and had a couple different starts with it. It took us till nearly the end of 5th grade to finis...
by MelissaM
Fri May 18, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 4819

Wondering if PLL may be too difficult for my 2nd Grader

Hello, I've just taken a look at the PLL samples again and am feeling anxious that it may be a bit difficult for my 2nd grader. I wouldn't say we are behind, we just have taken a "better late than early" approach and though she reads, mostly easy books, we're still busy covering the less common pho...
by MelissaM
Thu May 17, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - What if our day is too LONG?
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Re: Book Day in K is supposed to be light...so what happened

With the fractions, we were having fun and one thing lead to another, but then I made it not fun because I was deteremined to finish what we started. Same thing with the cuisenaire rods. Thanks for the advice. I think I will be setting a timer for activities and simplifiying activities she doesn't ...
by MelissaM
Thu May 17, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - What if our day is too LONG?
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Schedule - What if our day is too LONG?

Book Day in K is supposed to be light...so what happened? So yesterday we completed our first unit for k Ss Sun and had our first book day. According to posts and tm it's supposed to be the light day. So, now I am wondering where'd we go wrong? Maybe it's because of the new teaching grid(?) but I f...
by MelissaM
Wed May 16, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 12227

Re: Feeling totally discouraged.

Whoever has been praying for us - I KNOW someone is, I can feel it - thank you! I am feeling so much better today, it's amazing. I've decided to take the rest of this week off - nobody (including me) can concentrate. I'm cleaning the house and getting my head together so we can get back to it next w...
by MelissaM
Tue May 15, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 12227

Re: Feeling totally discouraged.

Hey all, Thank you, thank you, thank you so very, very much. I know this will pass, I'm just so, so tired and I feel like it's all out of control right now. Getting ready to take everyone to the dr, so I only have a second. I have 3 weeks left of CtG material, AND 3 more weeks to get us to our "sugg...
by MelissaM
Mon May 14, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 33681

Re: Planners

You can make copies of the grid - 1 for each kid, if you want, or whatever way will work best for you. If your kids are old enough to move into semi-independence, you can make them their own copies, fill in their math/la assignments, and let them be in charge of their own grids. (With you checking i...
by MelissaM
Wed May 02, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Quantity expectations 1st-6th
Replies: 39
Views: 9118

Re: 1st & 2nd Grade Writing?

Carin, I always let my kids dictate long narrations to me, even after dd started writing some of her own - I would have her dictate most of it to me, and then write the rest on her own. But that didn't start right away, and we built up gradually. My general goal was 1 sentence on her own in 1st grad...
by MelissaM
Tue May 01, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - When help is needed
Replies: 23
Views: 8204

Re: Handwriting question, MFW K

One other tiny suggestion might be when you are working on handwriting, don't have her do the whole handwriting page - just have her do 3 or 4 letter M's (or whatever), with the emphasis on doing them as perfectly as she can (not to pressure her into being perfect, just to encourage her to work dili...
by MelissaM
Tue May 01, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Question for those who have used this a long tim
Replies: 39
Views: 14564

Re: you need to read this and be encouraged!!!!!

That is fantastic and very encouraging! Thank you for sharing and congratulations to you and your son!

:)
by MelissaM
Tue May 01, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Quality expectations 1st-8th
Replies: 27
Views: 6721

Re: Opinions on my first grader's writing

To the OP, I agree with the others who said that it's great that your dd is obviously not "pencil phobic" and is able to write such copious amounts. If I were you (and I'm not, I'm just some lady on the internet, so you do what you feel is right), I would let her do all the writing she wants in her ...
by MelissaM
Tue May 01, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Quantity expectations 1st-6th
Replies: 39
Views: 9118

Re: 1st & 2nd Grade Writing?

Copywork, dictation, narration, reading (and being read to), are the precursors to writing one's own thoughts. Your kids are learning to organize their thoughts into sentences and logical sequences; if they are orally narrating that is what Charlotte Mason called "oral composition" - it IS writing, ...