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by kellybell
Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - MFW approach to creation/evolution? What age?
Replies: 77
Views: 18021

Re: Creation question...how does MFW present it?

Okay, I'm a young earther. There, the cards are on the table. Anyway, I think you'll do fine with MFW. Being in the homeschool community, your children will encounter a lot of young-earthers and perhaps you should have an ongoing discussion of "some Christians believe that the earth is about 10,000 ...
by kellybell
Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Christmas, Advent
Replies: 13
Views: 6092

Re: Advent books Ytreeide

Cliffhanger is an understatement. "More, Daddy, more" is the cry in our house. Anyway, we've read all three and are back to Jotham again this year. They are on sale at CBD (or they were a few days ago). Tabitha hasn't been re-released but hopefully will be soon (or you can pay $100 on ebay for it). ...
by kellybell
Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:00 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Schedule - Starting MFW in the middle of RTR?
Replies: 43
Views: 11713

Re: New to MFW - have questions

Just a welcome to you! We've not started mid-year but I don't see any problem with it. School years are for ... SCHOOLS! You can do it at your pace and start when you say start. Like you, I have an 8 (nearly 9) year old that needs constant help with reading. Things don't "stick" with her until about...
by kellybell
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 90
Views: 17323

Re: What to do if chronically behind? *long*

Well said Crystal. Hope I didn't come across as a slacker. Most of our days are ordinary days where we plug through the grid and finish the day. But not all. Today is a different day for us as we had our pet parakeet put down. He had cancer and was not expected to live past May and today was miserab...
by kellybell
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 90
Views: 17323

Re: What to do if chronically behind? *long*

You know, I confess that I try to balance "schedule" with "living in the moment" all the time. I personally feel more comfortable with a schedule at my side. However, I know that I can take it too far and end up missing out on a beautiful park day because The Schedule said, "Tough luck, it's nice ou...
by kellybell
Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 27135

Re: Stumped with kindergarten...

Praise the Lord she's doing so well! And take advantage of that free time that having a bright student allows. I have two teens who are busy with school work, orchestra, dance, and Science Olympiad and I miss that free time. I have a son who dawdles and can make a 8 AM - 1 PM school day last until s...
by kellybell
Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:33 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Bible - Delicate topics
Replies: 15
Views: 6017

Re: virgin birth with a child who doesn't know what that means.

I guess I have just one comment. "Pure, unmarried" is a nice way to describe Mary when she was pregnant with Jesus. I'd make sure that your children realize that married folks can be pure in their marriage too. Without getting into details (each child is ready at a different time), you can say that ...
by kellybell
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 13667

Achievement tests

I have to point out that this [testing] is just for me (well, and my kids). I am wanting to know where they are. My state does not require testing. We have never tested, and I feel like I need a plumb line. My wanting to test is not out of a question/concern about MFW.We just switched from another ...
by kellybell
Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 90
Views: 17323

Re: Sick child

Sorry you are dealing with sick kids. No fun for them or you. MFW is written so that Fridays are light and usually it's easy to make up missed days without having to go into the summer or Christmas break or whatever. We've got four kids. When one is sick, the others continue with individual work -- ...
by kellybell
Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 93798

Great ECC find at KMart

Hi Friends, Today I was at KMart buying boring stuff and poked my head in the school supply section at the front of the store. In addition to the usual crayons, backpacks, and glue sticks, I found a really neat 2 CD set called Anthems of the World. The first CD has national anthems of many countries...
by kellybell
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Cost - Concerns, Priorities
Replies: 41
Views: 13026

Re: Ever feel guilty buying brand new curriculum?

Oh wow, a chance to hop on that old rusty and dusty soapbox of mine that I've not been on in a while. First off, I don't feel guilty spending $$ at the MFW booth or the MFW website. I thank God that he's once again enabled us to buy new curriculum from MFW. And I know that when we purchase MFW new f...
by kellybell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Teacher Manuals - Description & Updates
Replies: 9
Views: 4712

Re: Teacher's guide grid question

Oooh, I like the colored pencil option. I use very light check marks and could use something more. As for scripted vs. not very scripted, I really think that "not very scripted" is probably the best way to go for us homeschoolers. God has uniquely designed each child, each parent, each family and ea...
by kellybell
Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Ideas for Fall Feasts & Holy Days in CTG
Replies: 48
Views: 30916

Re: CTG feast, encouragement

Crystal, Great ideas and great attitudes. The feasts CAN seem so overwhelming, but are so worth it. They don't have to be fancy or time-consuming, just meaningful. Also, if you know someone else doing CTG or otherwise studying the feasts, go in with them and share the effort and ideas. We had a grea...
by kellybell
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:06 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Preparation - ECC is ordered, how do I get ready?
Replies: 62
Views: 26721

ECC Prep Tips?

I was inspired by the ADV post of this nature and wanted to see if you have any helpful tips on preparing for ECC ( 2nd Edition). ANYTHING will help. I seem to be struggling in getting the ball rolling this year. I did track with Book Basket books our library has vs. which ones needed to be purchas...
by kellybell
Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Kids who have trouble expressing thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 4281

Re: 8 year old son ?...

If he's having a tough time making up a PLL story, give him another intermediate step (and perhaps stretch a one-day assignment into two days). Suppose he's looking at a picture in PLL and has to make up the story that "happened before" it. What you might want to do instead of just having him sit th...
by kellybell
Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Kids who have trouble expressing thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 4281

Narration - Kids who have trouble expressing thoughts

My oldest child is a boy who will be 9 next week. We just finished up PLL. He can narrate things back to me fairly well but is is very rigid...if you know what I mean. It is like he concentrates very hard to memorize things word for word instead of understanding the meaning of the selection and tel...
by kellybell
Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Science - Ants, Volcanoes, and Butterflies, oh my!
Replies: 47
Views: 11272

Re: Questions about Ant Hill & Butterfly Garden

Okay, our ants didn't last long, but thankfully the kids never were really "into" them. We've had great luck with our butterflies. Every single one of them turned into a butterfly except one. Anyway, when we get the new caterpillars I will be sure to wear my reading glasses when it comes time to pin...
by kellybell
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Do I need this for a good speller?
Replies: 17
Views: 5853

Re: Spelling Power

I also agree with the no curriculum approach for spelling and know many people doing that. They keep track of misspelled words and teach those. It works.
by kellybell
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 21422

Re: Just curious about using workboxes and MFW

Wow, I'm surprised (and a bit flattered) anyone would really be interested in our grid sheets. They work but they are so far from flashy. But, they are cheap and don't take up floor space. The grids do look a lot like the MFW grids. But, I added a generic goal to them. Let me see if it is possible t...
by kellybell
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 21422

Just curious about using workboxes and MFW

Thanks to all you encouraged me to take the plunge. Yeah! Our boxes came with ECC and K. I am loving exploring everything and the kids are excited. (yeah!) I am going to have a 5th, 4th, 2nd, and K with two young ones when we start. I am trying to figure out how to make it work. It would be nice to...
by kellybell
Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book basket vs. Reading time
Replies: 22
Views: 7250

Re: Love for reading?

We're homeschooling our 4 dc (ages 8 to turning 15 next week) and I must say that this "love of reading" develops at different ages and to different extents. If a child has a real "love of art" then perhaps that crowds out the available time for love of reading. If a certain child would rather be on...
by kellybell
Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Pros & cons for changing the order of the years
Replies: 33
Views: 10933

Re: Both ECC & RTR in same year?

Wow, ECC and RTR are both terrific and fun years. Why not do ECC and take a break and have a two or three week "Knight School" in the middle of ECC? We did this (well, not Knight School -- more like Wright School). We started our homeschooling adventure in 2003 with a 4th, 2nd, preschooler, and a di...
by kellybell
Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 21954

Re: How do you plan your MFW day?

Actually, Marie H. planned my days when she wrote the TMs. :-) We eat breakfast and all, then get together for Bible and prayer and do all the "together" things together and then the older kids work separately on LA, math, violin and chores. I float around helping them, spending most time with my yo...
by kellybell
Thu May 28, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 13667

Re: standardized testing newbie

Okay, here are my more or less random thoughts: What is the worst that can happen if your child were to absolutely BOMB the test? Okay, now chances are your child won't "bomb" the test but will do somewhere between below average to stellar, where most kids fall. Remind yourself and your kids that th...
by kellybell
Mon May 25, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: ECC - Play-acting airplane ride with chairs etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 3791

Re: ECC -play-acting plane ride?

Just got done (okay, Antartica is in our future) with ECC with my 8 yo. We'd line up the chairs to be a plane and we'd do different things (snacks, an in flight video on the country we're going to, act like a tour guide, read a book, etc.). I'd challenge my dd to line the chairs up facing the right ...