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by rjsmomma
Thu May 24, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Science - Which courses to take when?
Replies: 31
Views: 9815

Re: Jr High/High School Science

Thanks everyone. I did look into the two most likely colleges she might attend. Both colleges will accept a 'Non-accredited Private School' (aka homeschooler) student based on an ACT score of 21 or higher. They both are looking for at least 3 credits of science, one of which needs to be Chemistry or...
by rjsmomma
Tue May 15, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 35225

Private School (Abeka) to Homeschool (ADV) & Phonics/Mat

Hi - our two children are currently enrolled at a private Christian School that uses Abeka. DD is in 2nd grade and DS is in 1st grade. I tried homeschooling them in K, but just could not get them to read. They have excelled so much this last year at school - both are now very confident readers, rea...
by rjsmomma
Tue May 15, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 16551

Re: Feeling totally discouraged.

Do you *need* to finish up in the next 3 weeks? What I mean is do you need to be done by a certain time? Could you take a few weeks off, rest, clean house, spend some time outside with the children and just have some fun. Try to get through the sickies for both the children and yourself and then tak...
by rjsmomma
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 24630

Re: Major organization help needed

We are starting ECC in a few weeks and I am in need of some major organizational tips. I am usually a very organized person, but for some reason with all of the resources that I have, I am having a hard time organizing it in my brain let alone in my home. We have to use our kitchen table for lesson...
by rjsmomma
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 40077

Re: lesson plan book

I've been using pages that I've made myself in word, but they look almost the same as the MFW grid. I made a few changes and also wrote things like Math WB pages: , So that all I have to write is the actual page # instead of EVERYTHING/EVERYDAY :) Can't copy the MFW grid if you sell the TM, so I nee...
by rjsmomma
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for dawdlers who take too long
Replies: 17
Views: 7612

Re: How do you motivate them?

I would love to see some answers to this as well. I know in my house some of the problem is me too though. I have an only and sometimes I feel like we don't have to start as early as most do since we don't have as much to do. Well then dd doesn't feel like she should have to hurry either and that le...
by rjsmomma
Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Ancient World
Replies: 3
Views: 4799

Books - Ancient World

What is the Internet linked CTG Ancient World book like? Is there anything in it that would go against the Biblical belief of creation? I do love the pictures in Usborne books, and my children love them and often take them to their rooms to reread them, so I just want to double check on it! ;) Okay...
by rjsmomma
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 3rd-4th grader - Adventures vs. Years 4-5
Replies: 43
Views: 14932

Re: Thoughts on using Adventures w/older children

Here is my suggestion (hoping it does not confuse you too much :) ). Two weeks are scheduled in ECC to quickly cover North America. Could you take that time (maybe make it last 4 weeks instead of 2) and cover some early American History using the books that you already have from SL. Give all the kid...
by rjsmomma
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 14055

Re: Teaching an only child?

Just wanted to chime in here as a mother of an only. Our reasons for us having an only have been vastly different from yours, but even though it was our decision (at first), in the end I have had the same feelings as you when seeing larger families and the longing for more little ones to hold. My on...
by rjsmomma
Thu May 26, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Training behavior, daydreams, silliness, more
Replies: 25
Views: 10471

Re: My ds makes obnoxious noises & complaints while working!

That whole math lesson (your son's version, not your dd's:), sounds like what we do just about every day!!! My dd usually gets the math pretty well (though she hates to sit there and do it), but I usually can't get her to write out what she did to get the answer, and if she did write it out, she era...
by rjsmomma
Thu May 26, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Training behavior, daydreams, silliness, more
Replies: 25
Views: 10471

Re: My ds makes obnoxious noises & complaints while working!

I'm so very thankful that you all have shared on here about this. Both my dh and dd are very similar. Both cannot sit still to save their lives, and while dd may make noises while working, she must have silence to do any kind of work:) Sometimes I'm thankful that she's an only child (though, not rea...
by rjsmomma
Mon May 02, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - For homeschool teaching worries
Replies: 67
Views: 23571

Re: What 2 or 3 things has made your home school successful?

My biggest lesson that I've learned over the years (this year will be the end of our 7th year of homeschooling) is that this does work. It seems simple and easy and fun (most of the time:), but they are learning, and it does work. I can look back and see how far my dd has come, she has a good, well ...
by rjsmomma
Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 27937

Re: Anyone do afternoon school? (Or any other modified sched

We start a little later in the morning, usually around 10:30 or so and then go a little later in the afternoon/evening. My dd is NOT a morning person, and she also has animal chores to do in the morning which then gets her side-tracked into some outdoor playing. So I have her get up, eat breakfast a...
by rjsmomma
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Customer Service
Replies: 89
Views: 34462

WOW!! That was fast!!!

Put in my order Monday evening for Ex-1850 and my curriculum arived this afternoon. That is really quick!!! Haven't had a chance to go through it yet, but dd has already claimed several of the books (the animal science books that we won't be using next year since she will be in 7th grade) and announ...
by rjsmomma
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - What if your "walking encyclopedia" wants more?
Replies: 34
Views: 16047

ADV Science and Apologia Zoology

Since the beginning of Adv, I have wanted to add on to science. My kids LOVE the science included, and I'm NOT going to replace it. They just think that is is so fun and they want much more. I've just discovered Apologia for the first time. I see that Zoology is the only elementary one not used in ...
by rjsmomma
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Praise & describe how it works
Replies: 39
Views: 16969

Re: tell me about Writing Strands

My dd didn't hardly write anything, at all, before this program, and she still doesn't like writing, but I have seen great improvement after having used this program for a while now. We are taking it very slowly. It is simple enough for someone who struggles with writing to see the step-by-step proc...
by rjsmomma
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia Anatomy vs. RtR
Replies: 24
Views: 10017

Apologia Human Body w/RTR

Has anyone used the Apologia Elementary Human Body text with RtR? Our family used Apologia Elementary Science in the past & loved it & I was very excited about this fairly new text. Just wondering if anyone had used it too? We are using it this year (RTR) with my 6th grade dd. She really likes it a...
by rjsmomma
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - About to begin homeschooling! Transitions.
Replies: 118
Views: 38157

Re: Making sure I am on the right track and teacher question

I was never a ps teacher, but my mom is, and I grew up in and around the school system a lot:) So when I used MFW for K I kept thinking 'This is too easy, she's having too much fun, she should be working harder, ect' LOL So for 1st and 2nd we used another boxed, more workbook-y, curriculum known for...
by rjsmomma
Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon - MFW Lesson plans
Replies: 7
Views: 4167

Re: Daily Lesson Plans

Thanks, I'll be getting them. I had a moment of thinking I could save money buying math and science from another source, but as usuall I'm finding that it won't really save that much anyway, so I'm buying from MFW:) Hehehe, don't know why I do that to myself every year only to come back to what I or...
by rjsmomma
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 32605

Re: Newbie ?: physical space & organisation??

We have a very small home (under 700sq ft) and don't have a spare room, or even a dining room. When we first moved in (dd was in 2nd grade) I set up a small folding table next to the couch, put all her school things in a large plastic storage box that fit under her table and let her do the seat work...
by rjsmomma
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Holidays, Elections, Olympics, Fall Ideas, Special Days
Replies: 102
Views: 38157

Re: ... "BUT it's Valentine's Day!" ...

One of the small 'Church Schools' in our area invites the homeschoolers to come and have a 'school' day (actually only a couple hours) every few weeks. This time it is to celebrate Valentine's Day. So they will get together and have snacks and do crafts and games and exchange valentines. It's a lot ...