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by melinda
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling while working, earning a degree, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 19093

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:24 pm I work in the house, so I'm somewhat available to the kids. My oldest three are the same grades as your oldest 2 and we are also using ECC this year. We also throw in our 14-month-old firecracker in the mix. :) Three weeks into the year and we are getting all of our...
by melinda
Sun May 18, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - What if you've already studied the ancients?
Replies: 30
Views: 11633

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:41 am If you are thinking in the classical mindset, then RTR would be a perfect fit for a 6th grader, going through the information for the second time (because you'd study Rome in 2nd, 6th and 10th grades, right?). It's taken me a little time to realize that classical is...
by melinda
Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:36 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: 7-plus yrs old - Using MFW1 for grade 2+ language arts
Replies: 62
Views: 30189

Go back to 1st?

We are on week 20 of Adventures and yet my youngest is still having some problems in reading. David has recommended we stop and go back to 1st - UGH! Can I do this over the summer, so we can continue with ECC next fall? I think he will fly through most of it but pick up and fill in the missing gaps...
by melinda
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 18766

Bible Notebook Summaries

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:42 pm I just start my girls off with by saying Adam and Eve saw a ___________. Most of the time they just fill in the blank and that becomes what they write. It also helps them to talk about the story before they put pencil to paper. Another that helped in the beginning i...
by melinda
Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: **Considering MFW1 - User testimonies
Replies: 22
Views: 15425

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:39 am

MFW1 is absolutely wonderful! My 7yo will be finishing it up soon and I'm almost sad :( but my almost 6yo twins will get to start it this fall! It's such a great program! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Melinda & Co.
by melinda
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help when child grumbles, not focused,
Replies: 58
Views: 26043

I started a mother/daughter journal with my 7.5 yo. I write something, end it with a question and then she responds and asks her own question. We go back and forth for as long as she can stand it. I don't correct her spelling and anything (since it's not the point of journaling together) but it's a ...
by melinda
Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Siblings - Giving each child their own Math/LA -- even twins
Replies: 36
Views: 14996

Siblings - Giving each child their own Math/LA -- even twins

I have a set of twins doing first grade work. Here's what we have to do. I do teach them separately. For grade 1, I may introduce/review phonics together with them, but I have two different times for them to read to me. That's when I work on whatever specific concept they need. For math, they are bo...
by melinda
Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Siblings - Giving attention to each one
Replies: 28
Views: 11915

I just want to sympathize with you--teaching three kids is hard! Especially when you have unmet expectations with the oldest. Currently I have a 2nd grader and two 1st graders. It has taken us a few weeks, but we've finally gotten a schedule that works for us. So give yourself some time...after read...
by melinda
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - For homeschool teaching worries
Replies: 78
Views: 28705

I also remind myself that I don't have to teach everything this year. I can't spread out their entire education over 12 more years! After that they can learn what they want! :) Oh, also remember that comparison is the death of contentment. I have to not compare my family's learning to what others ar...
by melinda
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:08 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: DELUXE - The inflatable globe, Currency kit,
Replies: 10
Views: 8960

I was just reading about using an inflatable globe in the car--of all places! I purchased the book Carschooling since we spend a ton of time on the road and one of the ideas was to keep an inflatable globe in the glove box, so that when your discussion turns to another country or place, you can blow...
by melinda
Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:22 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Anyone struggle w/ rising early?
Replies: 11
Views: 10173

Why do you think you have to be an early riser? I'm such a night owl that early mornings are hard on me. Our school day doesn't start before 9am--and sometimes not before 10:30--because it does take a bit to get up and get going. Just do what works for your family. The previous post had some great a...
by melinda
Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Schooling on Nice days, Winter blahs
Replies: 17
Views: 11958

My kids are the same ages as yours and we also have spring fever and we have it bad! So...we do whatever phonics in the early morning. I keep it simple, simple, simple. No extra fluff--really just bare minimum. Then my girls are out the door to play, play, play all day long. We fit math in during th...
by melinda
Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:51 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Can you stall phonics but continue science & histo
Replies: 8
Views: 6501

Any curriculums you use will all have the same element with phonics: you must provide plenty of practice! Whether with beginning readers, games, reading aloud to each other, etc, you have to have multiple ways to practice. Just because you do a worksheet on a phonetical sound, doesn't mean that your...
by melinda
Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 9521

With my oldest, we have a pretty small girlie notebook and once, maybe twice, a week I write about something we've done recently and end my entry with a question. She writes back her response and asks me a question. And back and forth we go. I don't edit her writing and correct her in any way--it's ...
by melinda
Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to living books/Charlotte Mason curriculum?
Replies: 36
Views: 17046

I'll second the above posts. I will add, too, that MFW may be worth great consideration because it's a bit less intense--though highly educational--especially since your child will be coming from a ps environment. To ease her back into a hs routine, a fun, hands-on, literature-rich and Bible-focused...