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by erin.kate
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: * CTG Experiences
Replies: 15
Views: 8447

Re: Yay!

Congrats! We are just a few weeks behind you and it has been such a blessed year.

Enjoy your well deserved summer.
by erin.kate
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: * CTG Experiences
Replies: 15
Views: 8447

Possibly changing to MFW for 2014-15

I am the mom of 4 children, 3 of whom are school age. I really need some help here in choosing which way to go. We have been studying American History, but for the next school year we really want to study Ancient History. I am really leaning towards MFW CTG for this. I like what I have seen on the ...
by erin.kate
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - 4 day week, light Fridays, co-op days?
Replies: 16
Views: 5534

Re: CTG four days a week, instead of five?

Thank you, Melissa. From the sample it seems pretty simple to move things around from Friday if need be. :) I like that it's already a bit lighter than the rest of the week. Julie, I love the letters on Friday and I'm sure my girls will find time during the week to do that. My 10yo has a Chinese pen...
by erin.kate
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining part of MFW1 with non-MFW programs?
Replies: 30
Views: 12538

Re: MFW 1: Should we use it? Input please!!!

I am so happy that you decided on MFW 1. It is an absolutely amazing year. We've used K, 1st, Adv, and we're now in ECC ... MFW from the start ... and something about MFW 1 just moves my heart! My daughter who used it has the most beautiful memories of it and her Bible notebook is a treasure and she...
by erin.kate
Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Does anyone use extras? Activity Cards, Student Record Book?
Replies: 36
Views: 14807

Re: Spelling Power Activity Task Cards

Ooh, that does help. Thank you so much!

I'd still love to hear from anyone else who might use the cards.
by erin.kate
Mon May 21, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ** More user praise reports!
Replies: 35
Views: 13872

Re: What are the best things about Adventures?

We loved a lot of Adventures for my 2nd grader (my K'er also tagged along) but we did tweak it a bit. We added Apologia's Flying Creatures, only through the birds. We also studied each state bird in depth with the Burgess Animal Book for Children . In hindsight, we could totally have done without Ap...
by erin.kate
Sat May 19, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Bible - How much is covered by MFW?
Replies: 39
Views: 14818

Re: 5 year cycle?

gratitude wrote: Oh, and I am LOVING reading all of the sample notes. I am up to 10th grade...quite a stack, and it has been so HELPFUL! Thank you! :-)
What sample notes are you reading? Maybe I need to be doing that, too! :-)
by erin.kate
Mon May 07, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23226

Singapore w/o the Home Instructor's guide

I see that MFW has Singapore Math, and offers their own teacher guide, but not the Home instructor's guide. I was just wondering why? As we are planning to get MFW ECC asap, and trying to make our whole HS experience less stressful, I am wanting to trust MFW on their choices. I am really a bit afra...
by erin.kate
Mon May 07, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Reading - 2nd-8th grade skills, comprehension
Replies: 41
Views: 11546

Re: reading 3rd grade

We also use Pathway Readers for my girls to read aloud to me for 10 minutes a day for fluency and elocution. We alternate this with Burgess Adventure books or Arthur Scott Bailey nature readers and Reading Literature Readers by Treadwell. Otherwise, their independent reading time is book basket and/...
by erin.kate
Mon May 07, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling while working, earning a degree, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 15980

Hello, questions on time management with MFW?

I will be working full time afternoons, starting at 3pm here in a few weeks. My priority is to give my kids the best education while having this full time job. In saying that, I am wondering if MFW ECC and the other programs can be done effectively and efficiently from let's say 9 til 1p? My childr...
by erin.kate
Mon May 07, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - During seasons of doubt in our children
Replies: 14
Views: 5124

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

I have nothing better to add than the sweet ladies here, but I do want you to know that I am offering up intentional prayers for your family and your son especially. I pray that you are covered with His grace and your son finds his path back to Christ through your diligence, discernment, and motheri...
by erin.kate
Sat May 05, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Charlotte Mason - How do you keep her style in MFW?
Replies: 34
Views: 26073

Re: Shorter CM lessons in MFW?

I haven't read any of the replies here but I will say that CM's method of shorter lessons lend seamlessly to narration and eventually to composition. Also, the habit of attention was something she taught in all things, whether academic or not. So, training the child to be attentive and to narrate (n...
by erin.kate
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - MFW Lesson Plans & other teacher helps
Replies: 60
Views: 23226

Re: What is in the Daily Lesson Plans from MFW for Singapore

Thanks. We used Singapore for K and 1st, got off track here in 2nd with two no-goes (boo) and now we're going to re-start with 2A here as soon as MFW gets the books to me ... probably by Friday ... they're pretty fast. :-) Mae thinks in Singapore fashion so it worked before, and why I jumped off the...
by erin.kate
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - When help is needed
Replies: 23
Views: 9517

Re: Handwriting question, MFW K

I want to read Crystal's post, but I have to scoot out the door ... I'll come back. Handwriting without Tears sells a CD with a song about "Where do you start your letters? At the top." etc ... We don't use HWT but I do like the catchy songs on the CD. :) I still pretty much sit with my girl for eve...
by erin.kate
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 27594

Re: Happy Dancing...the TM's great schedule suggestion!

I'm so thrilled that you are not only loving but implementing some of Charlotte Mason's practices into your home. Unstructured afternoons and short morning lessons are a must in our home ... yay for peace-filled days. :-)
by erin.kate
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I change it around?
Replies: 19
Views: 7163

Re: Order of your day... can it be random with 1st?

We don't use a jar, but I LOVE that idea! Thank you! That said, I do allow my girls to choose the order of each day, after we start with scripture and prayer. We have a rhythm to when we have natural breaks and we always try to finish "school" by lunch, yet we do extra science after lunch while the ...
by erin.kate
Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Need to beef up Adventures or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 4712

Re: Skip adventures or not?

We are doing ADV and we use many, many, many (okay, maybe all of them) of the Core D&E books as read alouds ... not for our book basket ... but for read alouds and good storytime together. We've since decided to stretch ADV over two years (shh) since my girls this year are K and 2nd and loving Ameri...
by erin.kate
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Sheets - Keeping children's attention
Replies: 17
Views: 5411

Re: ADV State Sheets?

All that you and Crystal, and others shared, is awesome. I also wanted to add that we use Highlights Which Way USA? and while some of it is advanced for my girls, they really get into it and it livens up our state studies. We also study each state bird with the Burgess Bird Book for Children ... I r...
by erin.kate
Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 12694

Re: MFW without the book basket?

That made me LOL! I can completely identify. We recently decided to stop calling it a "late fee" and start calling them "contributions" instead. It feels a lot better...8[] Hope your book basket overflows next year, and you enjoy your new home! Melissa B. Thank you! I know, gosh, we spend far too m...
by erin.kate
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 12694

Re: MFW without the book basket?

didn't karrie post about her book basket ECC buying experiences? http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12188&p=83422#p83422 Great link. Thank you! Hmm ... I think we've easily spent $240 on three lost books, library fines, and a membership at a neighboring town's library &) ... got me think...
by erin.kate
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 12694

Re: MFW without the book basket?

Thanks for the ideas. I will definitely need to figure out something for book basket. My girls revel in it at least an hour every afternoon and while I prepare dinner, too. Can't let that go! I'll keep mulling this over. I've know a couple of local Mamas who checked out the TM, found the books with ...
by erin.kate
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Bible - How is it integrated with history?
Replies: 15
Views: 8360

Re: Adventures history refer to God?

Tying that together - at the Adventures level, a lot of the pointing to God comes through character aspects of it all. Additionally, in the "book basket" list (which is a little different from read alouds), the books will vary. Some will have character qualities, some will be just fun historical bo...
by erin.kate
Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: 3rd grade - Adventures with an academically advanced student
Replies: 20
Views: 15507

Re: MfW vs HoD- with some special issues...

Crystal did a fantastic job of answering your questions, because she's amazing and we love her to pieces, and you'll see for yourself what a gem ADV is when you hold the manual. :-) I would love to add a little of our experience using ADV. My oldest is in 2nd grade and has been with MFW from the sta...
by erin.kate
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things - Experience with different ages & aptitudes?
Replies: 25
Views: 9779

Re: I can do all things art (with Adventures)

I do not believe that ICDAT is a hand-off to your child and watch them do the work kind of art program. It's rather parent-involved, in my opinion. Agree. I made copies for my girls and for me or my husband to teach. It was not as fun or effective for us as DWN, but we aren't looking to become arti...
by erin.kate
Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts - Are the MFW recommendations the way to go?
Replies: 34
Views: 16151

Writing Strands versus IEW? Thinking ahead..

So I am thinking ahead here all the way to 4th grade... 1 1/2 years from now for my oldest. My last thread showed me clearly that the writing we are doing in ADV, will do in ECC, and doing in Language Arts/English will prepare him for 4th grade writing. So I am wondering, do all of you use Writing ...