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by s_duguid
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General specific lessons, labs, supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 9822

Re: General Science supplies

Make sure to pick up pure iodine. I had trouble finding it a couple of years ago and could only find povidone-iodine solution. Experiment didn't work. Depending how much time I have, sometimes it's worth just ordering the few hard to find items from Home Science Tools website. The convenience of ord...
by s_duguid
Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Preparation - Box Day when we are new to MFW or to hs
Replies: 16
Views: 5877

Re: Starting ECC Monday (8/6) and freaking out!

Ooo, I remember that feeling of being overwhelmed starting homeschooling for the first time. My recommendation is to start out with half days for a week or even two to just get the feel and structure of it. You could either do the Bible/Geography/Science portion or do Language Arts/Math as you ease ...
by s_duguid
Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Feasts - Skipping/subbing/changing weeks
Replies: 15
Views: 5653

Re: Skipping the feasts (gasp)

Our library carried some Schlessinger videos about Jewish holidays and traditions. My library has these 3: Jewish-American Heritage, Hanukkah/Passover, and Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur.
by s_duguid
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - K-8 daily time frame (author response)
Replies: 45
Views: 15083

34 wks?!

So I am drooling over my Adven. TM. ;) So lovely. Anyways, this might be OT, but I noticed that my TM has schedules for 34 weeks...Which is wonderful with the rate we get sick over here -- but I'm wondering if ECC is 34 or 36 weeks?? And what about the later years in the cycle, 36 weeks or 34 weeks...
by s_duguid
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia Anatomy vs. RtR
Replies: 24
Views: 8490

Adding Apologia Anatomy to RTR? Thoughts?

We will beginning RTR in the fall and I am wondering about the science portion. The science in CTG was not my favorite. We did it...kids love science, but not my favorite. Will MFW suggested books be enough for RTR or should I/can I use Apologia Anatomy as a substitute or an additional resource? Se...
by s_duguid
Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for science: Plants/Botany
Replies: 18
Views: 11485

free apologia notebook pages

After talking to a lady at the CT convention, I had mentioned the link for free notebook pages for Botany and finding it on the message boards. Decided I should repost the link so those interested don't have to do a search. These are to "dress-up" your notebook pages. You still can use plain paper o...
by s_duguid
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - What does your day look like in ECC?
Replies: 13
Views: 4493

Help understanding specifics of the ECC sample schedule

Brief explanations/answers are fine :-) . I want to understand the work load for a week and the opportunities to work on varying skills (i.e. reading, writing, memorizing, drawing, etc.). 1. What does it mean when the schedule says "Brazil John 3:16**"? 2. What does it mean on Fridays when it says ...
by s_duguid
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ADVentures - NOT needed alongside older programs! (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 42
Views: 16104

Re: Missing Adventures?

In regards to history, I concur with Tammie that many of the activities and readings are included in EXP-1850. In fact, because we did do ADV, we skipped over the things that were repeats, well, except recoloring the state pages. The supplement includes most of the history books used in ADV, and the...
by s_duguid
Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Rome to the Reformation
Replies: 23
Views: 14507

RTR - SOTW 2 - Extras ??

I am trying to decide if I want to add the Story of the World 2 Activity Book and/or Tests Book to our studies this coming school year. Has anyone used either of these books to supplement RTR? Would the activity book just be a repeat of the RTR student sheets? Would the tests be helpful? Is all of ...
by s_duguid
Tue May 01, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing Guides, Book Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 9562

Progeny Press choices - EX1850

We did PP guides with Johnny Tremain and Witch of Blackbird Pond this year. Really great!

-Sue
by s_duguid
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Help with using the CD, including MAC users
Replies: 9
Views: 5375

Spelling Power for Mac users

I just purchased Spelling Power and realized that the CD-ROM is not compatible with my Mac. I noticed that on the inside cover they give you their phone/email address and they will give you access to the resources. I'm wondering how inconvenient this will end up being for me, if at all. How essenti...
by s_duguid
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Reading - How does MFW cover this subject?
Replies: 24
Views: 3832

Reading (as a subject)

I've been using MFW for a couple years (1st grade and Adventures) and am considering doing ECC next year. I was wondering about the reading component though. It seems like a lot of other curriculum teach Reading as a separate subject with workbooks for reading comprehension etc. I really haven't fo...
by s_duguid
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - About to begin homeschooling! Transitions.
Replies: 118
Views: 33408

Re: Transitioning from private school to homeschool

My youngest attended two years of preschool, went to private, Christian school for K and 1st, and now is homeschooled. For us, when we knew that we could not financially keep 3 kids in Christian school, God was clear in directing us towards homeschooling. We started with Adventures and have been rol...
by s_duguid
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Spring Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 22
Views: 11653

Re: Passover - CTG Anyone celebrating it?

Matzo meal - Anyone know what aisle that's on??) We have a section of Jewish/Kosher food. Usually in the international aisle. Matzo is packaged in large cracker-type form in boxes, or you can get a box to make matzo balls or matzo ball soup. Just an side note, we printed a picture of a lamb shank b...
by s_duguid
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:11 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ADVentures - NOT needed alongside older programs! (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 42
Views: 16104

5 year cycle - general planning question

Child C will jump into the cycle in 2014 if we skip Adventures. But... we'll see. I may decide to do Adventures with her. But what a fun idea to think I could have them ALL in the SAME curriculum core for 2 years. We have done ADV and are now doing Exploration to 1850. I would like to clarify that ...
by s_duguid
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Spring Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 22
Views: 11653

Passover - CTG Anyone celebrating it?

Hi, I was wondering if any other CTG families are going to celebrate Passover as recommended in the TM. I think it's Saturday. I was thinking of doing the Seder dinner on Sunday because we will be getting together with close family then anyway (Easter). (It would be WAY too much to do back to back ...
by s_duguid
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for science in RTR: Astronomy
Replies: 35
Views: 16096

Re: Another RtR Astronomy Question (m)

I usually look over the list and identify things that will be hard for me to find. For example, I didn't want to hunt down cork, plaster of paris, and glass lenses. The expense had to be weighed against my time and effort.
by s_duguid
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts - Are the MFW recommendations the way to go?
Replies: 34
Views: 15321

Re: Writing Strands versus IEW? Thinking ahead..

Writing Strands for us. We're currently in book 5. Between listening to good sentence structure with lessons and read-alouds, reading good books, ILL, and notebooking summaries, my daughter's writing shows great variety and sound editing. Hearing, seeing, practicing. She really picked up on what "so...
by s_duguid
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for science in RTR: Astronomy
Replies: 35
Views: 16096

Re: Apologia Astronomy, RTR... 2 questions

For RTR last year, I purchased both notebook journals for anatomy and astronomy (I substituted the recommended anatomy books with the Apologia Anatomy and Physiology). They are very visually appealing and do create a beautiful notebook once finished. But . . . we did have to pick and choose which pa...
by s_duguid
Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:26 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Rome to the Reformation
Replies: 23
Views: 14507

Roman Soldier Costume

Thought of those doing Rome to Reformation that this would be a cute project. It's supposed to be really easy to make using Velcro.

http://www.fabriclink.com/presentations ... oilder.cfm
by s_duguid
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: RTR book ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 9432

Re: Need Read Aloud kick-off for RTR

My daughter loved Detectives in Togas! I concur; this would be a great "kick-off" to the new school year. The author has another book Mystery of the Roman Ransom , if your boys are interested after reading Detectives. Some other good read-aloud suggestions would be The Eagle of the Ninth , by Rosema...
by s_duguid
Tue May 17, 2011 7:25 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for science: Plants/Botany
Replies: 18
Views: 11485

Re: Exploration to 1850 - Apologia Botany question

For RtR this year, I purchased the notebooking journals to accompany anatomy and astronomy. They are really nice, but . . . am not going to purchase one for botany next year. Why? Mostly because the minibooks all start looking and feeling the same and I want to keep things fresh from year to year. I...
by s_duguid
Fri May 06, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: RTR book ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 9432

RTR "extras"

Okay, if you read my last post you knew this was coming;) We finished CTG today :-) and now it's time to make my shopping list for RTR "extras" that I want to look for at convention next Friday. This is actually the first time that I have finished our school year before convention and so I can get ...
by s_duguid
Fri May 06, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 16760

Re: MFW and parts of speech - and mandatory testing

We have tested every year we've homeschooled my daughter, using CAT (2nd grade) and PASS test (3-5); my state requires annual assessments and I just choose to do standardized testing rather than written evaluations. For our first year homeschooling, I used my sister's suggestion of Easy Grammar, but...
by s_duguid
Thu May 05, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia Anatomy vs. RtR
Replies: 24
Views: 8490

Re: Why? Apologia Science Question

We used this book this fall, in replacement of the recommended anatomy. It was our first exposure to Apologia and now we are in Apologia Astronomy. Some of my observations: --Although it is written at a 4th grade level, it is much more in depth than the Astronomy readings. --Astronomy reading has ea...