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by LA in Baltimore
Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 18832

Re: Pathway Readers Grade 3?

If I remember correctly (it has been a bit since I've had a 3rd grader!) the grade 3 reader has a storyline about going to the dentist which is probably much more accurate from when I was little compared to the experience children have now. You may want to read it yourself first. I just marked the p...
by LA in Baltimore
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things (ICDAT) - Users answer questions
Replies: 25
Views: 9741

Re: I can do all things...

Although they are not needed to complete the program, we LOVED using them!
We have used the videos with all four of our children and would highly recommend them.
by LA in Baltimore
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Electives - State requirements, other categories
Replies: 8
Views: 4955

Re: Highschool credit question

Agreeing with all the others...
Keyboarding, use of word, excel, etc. all were part of Computer Literacy as well.

Also, we liked a program called Computer Science Made Simple. It was designed for homeschoolers. There are two levels and they are "loosely" grade leveled.
by LA in Baltimore
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: PLL & Spelling - Do I add these for a 1st grader reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 8377

Re: Question about LA in 1st & Adv.

I just LOVE this board... :-)
Glad others are enjoying it, too.
by LA in Baltimore
Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: PLL & Spelling - Do I add these for a 1st grader reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 8377

Question about LA in 1st & Adv.

Anyone add in the Adventures LA recommendations while doing MFW Grade 1...PLL and spelling? Would this create problems when moving into Adventures having already started in on Adv. LA recs.? Just pondering things. No, I've never done that. Wasn't sure if you had an "older" 1st grader and that is wh...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Different locations and styles
Replies: 49
Views: 19722

Re: Snow project...

A piece of black velvet material works really well, too.
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - American Girl?
Replies: 22
Views: 10209

Re: American Girl books Vs Beautiful Girlhood

Although they might be too old right now, the updated Elsie Dinsmore books are delightful . The updated books are not sold new right now (I think the downturn in the economy has been hard on a lot of small businesses), but they are available used. There is a series for Elsie Dinsmore, Millie Keith, ...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - Can we do MFW without it?
Replies: 36
Views: 11801

Re: MFW question

Agreeing with Crystal. The curriculum stands alone, especially if you have the deluxe package. Book Basket is a wonderful addition and often gives: a) an avid reader an outlet to explore the topics in further detail, and b) a reluctant reader books on the topic that may have additional pictures, etc...
by LA in Baltimore
Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Credits - Assigning credit when student is behind
Replies: 12
Views: 4456

Re: need high school help

Okay, I read this (and replies) quickly, so bear with me if I am missing something... :~ If you are trying to do WHL, math, and science, you would already have 5 FULL credits. How many courses and what kind is she taking at the local school? It is very possible that you both are setting your goals v...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Science - Which courses to take when?
Replies: 31
Views: 8605

Re: Science - 11th and 12th grades

I don't know if it really matters WHICH sciences you pick, unless of course, they are headed into a science field. What we DID find important was the college bound student having at least 2 lab science courses. For one college in particular, physical science counted for a high school science, but co...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Making and storing cards OR notebook pages
Replies: 25
Views: 9582

Re: English from the Roots Up

I like the index cards that are already spiral bound that way they flip, but don't get lost! :-)
I've also used a regular spiral notebook for things like this. One item to a page.
Since they are sooo inexpensive at back to school sales, I usually have a few extras for things like this.
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Cursive - When does MFW start & misc cursive ?s
Replies: 49
Views: 30107

Re: ECC-When to start cursive?

I always waited for the summer, when things were much slower and I had a lot more patience!, to teach cursive to each of my children. I tried to make it a special time, just them and me. For us, it worked out to teach it the summer before third grade. I didn't require them to use it regularly in the...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP/Spelling - Method for struggling or very young child
Replies: 43
Views: 14537

Spelling Power for 6-year-old?

We are on day 40 of 1st grade with my daughter (soon to be 6-yr-old, next month). We are loving it. Due to the fact that about 6 months or so ago, she started asking me how to spell about 20 words a day, I decided to start her on a spelling program. With that, I started her on MFW recommended, Rod ...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Electives - Recommendations by year
Replies: 13
Views: 5590

Finished Day 1 of AHL... worried a bit...

Well we finished day 1 of AHL yesterday, it went well. We started Math and SAT prep a few weeks ago. He is doing the following: AHL 1 english, 1 bible 1 history credit Saxon Alg 1 1 math Apologia Biology with Apologia online academy 1 science (Dr. Wile suggested finding someone who could keep up wi...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 30495

Just looking for positive encouragement

I am a bit overwhelmed and just need to hear some, "You can do it" advice. We just moved to a new state and still are settling in. I have 4 children 3 y.o, first grade, fifth grade and sixth grade. I am due to have a baby Sept. 28th. I am trying to prepare for baby, move in and get ready for school...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL - User tips for hurdles that first week of high school
Replies: 28
Views: 10899

Re: 1st day with AHL...not so good.

I'd definitely give it a week or two before making any changes. (JMHO ;) ) I made sure I was available that first week we did AHL, if my son had any questions. Some of the work (literature supplement) we walked through together. The whole concept of working independently most of the day can be a bit...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Using MFW Overseas (or in neighboring countries)
Replies: 53
Views: 18061

Re: Could I have the Book Basket suggestions...?

As always...Lucy summed it up beautifully. :-) MFW Curriculum stands alone. I have often had to add a different book basket book from the ones listed because the library where we last lived was very overused and finding the listed books or waiting for them from other libraries got cumbersome. Each w...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 57107

Animated Hero Classics for ADV

The NEST videos are truly top notch! They work for quite a few of the MFW years!
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 44860

Re: What was your #1 favorite thing about your year?

Still being able to read aloud with my children...and them still loving me reading to them. We loved all the books, but I think their answer would be the Patricia St. John books although Archimedes running around in the buff was a close second. ;) For my high schooler... reading Unwrapping the Phara...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Grades 2 to 8...isn't that an awfully large span?
Replies: 31
Views: 12050

Possible Switch to MFW

I am thinking of using MFW with my 5 kids, 4 of which are school age, but have some questions/concerns. Their grades for this coming school year are: 5th, 4th, 1st and K. I am planning on using ECC with the 3 oldest and use something else with the K. This would work right? To be honest I am a littl...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon May 17, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Field Trip ideas for CTG
Replies: 25
Views: 14835

Re: CTG Road Trip Advice

Piping in for the northeast... ;) if you make it that far! Lancaster, PA has a really nice Hebrew Tabernacle Reproduction at the Mennonite Information Center. You sit down around it and a speaker explains it. There is always something new to learn from it. Also agreeing that if you can catch A Sight...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Missionary books
Replies: 24
Views: 10192

Re: Trailblazers

Crystal, Thanks for sharing your input. We do need to remember that Historical Fiction is just that...FICTION. It can help us understand a time period or person in history, but will never replace a biography or autobiography of that person. I think it is very helpful to hear both sides of any conver...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Schedule/Time - Adjusting to the increased workload
Replies: 15
Views: 5044

Re: Jr High Science ?

Our family is on the same page with Crystal's about "bundling" the experiments. The student completed the reading, study questions, etc. on their own, but did experiments with Dad one evening a week and then he helped them work through how to write up a lab. As they get older, he lets them write up ...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - MFW recommends Apologia for 7th & 8th
Replies: 4
Views: 4378

Re: Jr High Science ?

General and Physical slowly increase in difficulty so that Biology doesn't blow them away. And, although college might not be in their future, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Our son already had 3 credits of science going into college applications (physical, biology, and chemistry), but we realized ...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 22819

Re: Which program is easier to implement, ECC of CTG??

Lots of great comments! One note about starting with CTG...LOTS of Biblical Feasts stuff right at the beginning of the year. Just noticed people commenting about the first few weeks of ECC and didn't want you to think CTG didn't have its own busy beginning. It probably is possible to stretch those f...