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by SandKsmama
Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Academics - Too much for average or not college bound?
Replies: 30
Views: 9582

Re: MFW AHL?? Aren't most classical curr. super rigorous?

Ya know, I thought that too when my daughter was going into 9th grade. I even looked at AHL (the book list and writing assignments mostly) and thought "there's NO way she can handle this!" I panicked and decided on something totally different for her 9th grade year. Guess what? It was a complete dis...
by SandKsmama
Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:33 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 2nd grader - Adapting
Replies: 45
Views: 17612

Re: Youngest age for ECC

Depends on the 7 year old:-). I've done it this year with a 7 year old, but she's the 3rd child, not at ALL sensitive, and pretty precocious. She absolutely LOVES the missionary bios - she begs for them first when we sit down to read. Like a previous poster, I don't have her do the World Geography p...
by SandKsmama
Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 17836

Re: ADV at not-quite-6?

To me, the difficulty is not really going to be with doing Adventures with a not-quite-6 year old. I have a friend who did that this school year, and it went VERY well. The difficulty is going to be as you progress through the history cycle...will that not-quite-7 year old be ready for studying coun...
by SandKsmama
Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Pros & cons for changing the order of the years
Replies: 33
Views: 12261

Re: Please help with choosing curriculum

I'm going to agree with everyone else - 1850-Modern is going to be a lot for 4th graders who are the oldest. I *did* it last year with 8th, 4th, and 2nd graders, but the I actually had the 4th grader do the 2nd/3rd grade supplement along with his sister. I thought 1850-Modern was challenging for my ...
by SandKsmama
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 4 year olds & early 5's - Ready but reluctant students
Replies: 26
Views: 9852

Re: Another Kindergarten question ~

I can tell you my experience with my 2 middle kids - my now 10 year old did MFW K at age 4.5, and it was *perfect*. Fit him like a glove - he was ready for every single part of it, it just worked. However, MFW 1st at age 5.5, not so perfect. What I wound up having to do was do MFW 1st at half speed ...
by SandKsmama
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 23993

Re: Does anyone "not" read the history reading aloud?

I hereby give you permission to let the olders read to themselves LOL. :-) That being said, I always did read everything aloud, because *I* wanted to learn it too! But I so hear ya on reading to olders with toddlers running around - it's a hard challenge. I had a baby the year we did Exploration -18...
by SandKsmama
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - What standardized tests are out there?
Replies: 39
Views: 16612

Re: what end of the year test?

We have to test every year, and I've always used the CAT. (and we've always used MFW as well) Works for us!
by SandKsmama
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Is ECC complete without it?
Replies: 27
Views: 10066

Re: ECC - Basic vs. Deluxe

As far as effectiveness of the program, you'll be totally fine with the basic package. But we SO LOVE Kingdom Tales and all the missionary biographies - if you can get your hands on those, I highly, highly recommend them!
by SandKsmama
Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 2nd grader - Adapting
Replies: 45
Views: 17612

Re: What to expect from 2nd grader doing ECC w/ older?

My 2nd grader pretty much does it all *except* for the World Geography worksheet pages. She does all the notebook pages, plays (and wins!) the Geography game, listens in on all the readings, and does all the art and science activities. I think she probably could physically DO the World Geogrpahy, bu...
by SandKsmama
Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 27556

Re: MFW teacher question

What they said - I'm doing ECC for the second time this year, and it's been really wonderful. Some has been familiar, but nicely so, and some is stuff we didn't get to the first time, so it's all new. Plus, the kids I'm doing the program with now weren't old enough to do it before, so it's all brand...
by SandKsmama
Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 21381

Re: Blessed by Cam Townsend's story!

We are *nearly* done with Cameron Townsend as well, and we have LOVED it too!! My 9 and 7 year olds have asked for it every day - they want the read aloud FIRST!
by SandKsmama
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 3rd grade for RtR?
Replies: 27
Views: 13057

Re: What to do with my 3rd grader?

I think it's probably more "3rd grade boy" than anything else. That's such a tough age for anything school-related - at least it was here!! AND, the "Rome" part of the RTR does seem to go on a really long time if the listener isn't really into Roman history. I like Delcey's suggestions on making sur...
by SandKsmama
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Should I go back, repeat, review?
Replies: 43
Views: 13193

Re: Done MFW 1st and can't read

I did a combo of things with my son when he finished MFW 1st - he did AAS, and I had him read through a number of books, starting with like Level 2 easy readers, and gradually getting more difficult. Within a month or two of doing this, his confidence and fluency in reading took off! He had the phon...
by SandKsmama
Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6 year olds - Do you call them kindergarteners?
Replies: 16
Views: 7384

Re: Advice for young 1st grader

Just wanted to add my experience - my son was young when we finished MFW K and were ready to start 1st, and like yours, not really ready for the amount of writing, etc. But I knew it wouldn't have worked to go back and repeat K, SO, we did MFW 1st grade at 1/2 speed until he was ready to go full spe...
by SandKsmama
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: Field Trip ideas for RTR
Replies: 11
Views: 8258

RTR field trips

I am looking for field trip ideas for RTR, So far I have found a medieval fest and a Shakespeare production on a canal boat. Did you do any field trips for this time period what were they and how did your kids like them? We went to a Renaissance festival, and my kids LOVED it. They still (4? years ...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: 6 year olds - Do you call them kindergarteners?
Replies: 16
Views: 7384

Re: Summer Birthdays..

Ya know, I just realized something about myself as I read this thread - we are coming up on our 6th year of homeschooling, and I've really let go of the whole grade level thing! Wow....it only took 5 years:-). I "call" my kids whatever grade they would be in if they went to brick-and-mortar school, ...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Is ECC complete without it?
Replies: 27
Views: 10066

Re: If you were...

I agree with Julie and Fly2peace - if I were in that situation (and I *have* been in the past, for sure! More about that later), I'd go really simple for Kindergarten, and work on getting the essentials for ECC. Julie's list of what is essential/priority is a good one. There was a year that I really...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep - Poll on how long you spend, & when?
Replies: 16
Views: 5994

Re: how are your preps coming along?

Glad I'm not the only one on this thread saying "Prep???" :-) I really have never done much prepwork at all (thank you, MFW!!), and this year will be no exception, but I *do* need to do at least a little something, so I know what we are doing! ]I HAVE cleaned and organized the school room and school...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 32762

Re: Williamsburg trip questions

We've been to the homeschool week twice in September, and I don't think it was crowded at all. That is a GREAT time to visit!! Plus, Jamestown Settlement/Yorktown Victory Center coordinates their homeschool week with Colonial Williamsburg, so you can do all of them for a very low price. The special ...
by SandKsmama
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 42916

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

" A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God" by Patricia St. John (in 1850-MOD). Ya know, I was a little skeptical about this book in the beginning, but it was SO wonderful. I can't tell you how many *great* discussions I had with my kids because of this book! Other than that, the read alouds this year...
by SandKsmama
Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can ECC be done in a 4-day week?
Replies: 16
Views: 7598

Re: Anyone do a 4 day week - with ECC particularly?

I've always done a 4 day week, through the entire 5 year cycle:-). The "5th" day has been light enough 99% of the time to just put it with one of the other days and it not be a big deal at all. If it happened to be more for some reason (and I can only think of a handful of times this happened in 5 y...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 25661

Re: Just curious about some things...

Like, do you have your children recite The Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not (if you don't mind sharing)? We don't during our school time - we go to Community Bible Study, and they say it every week in there. Honestly, I'm just not that "school-ish"...I DO want them to know it though, so if they...
by SandKsmama
Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 4th grader - 1850-MOD
Replies: 11
Views: 3894

Re: 1850-MOD with a 3rd and 4th grader?

Since you are going to be doing that time period in your academy anyway, I think it would be far easier to go ahead with 1850-Modern (*definitely* with the 2nd/3rd grade supplement!), than to try and add a different program on top of the assignments you'll already have from that. Yes, the workload i...
by SandKsmama
Sat May 22, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - How much time does K require per day?
Replies: 12
Views: 7331

Re: MFWK - How long per day?

I did it differently with different kids - on average, MFW K took us 30 minutes a day, but with my son, I broke it up into 10 minute segments, because he *needed* those really short bursts, then to go and run LOL. With my daughter, we did it all in one fell swoop, and that worked very well for her.
by SandKsmama
Tue May 18, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Some users like to make a tentative daily plan
Replies: 33
Views: 12343

ECC with multiple grades ?

When you have different ages working thru do you do all the 'common' stuff together and then do the individual stuff after that, or do you do a bit together, then individual and then more common stuff? Just wondering how you order your day. I've done all 5 years of the history cycle with multiple g...