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by Toni@homezcool4us
Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 28596

Re: Scheduling ideas needed...

Hi Teresa, We've used MFW for 6 years, this coming year being our 7th. Like you, we're using 1850-modern times. I'm getting a very late start (our books just arrived today) so my schedule is not hashed out yet. I'll begin working on it tomorrow. It looks to me like you may be able to combine some th...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 30812

Re: Need encouragement

A few thoughts (haven't read other responses so forgive any repeats). As you plan your days, (and if you haven't written up at least a loose schedule, I would encourage you to consider it), try to identify a few things your oldest can truly work on independently with minimal guidance. I might plan m...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 18, 19, & 20 (including the Revolutionary War)
Replies: 14
Views: 8087

Expl to 1850 (fun review of Revolution)

My kids got a huge kick out of the Schoolhouse Rock Revolutionary war song this morning. Served as a fun review. You can find it here.
http://www.gamequarium.org/cgi-bin/sear ... gi?id=3791
by Toni@homezcool4us
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 1 & 2
Replies: 10
Views: 10218

To go along with MFW hymn (Expl 1850s)

After singing our hymn this morning, we watched the "Glad - This is My Father's World" / For the Beauty of the Earth song on You Tube this morning. The image at the end brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy!
by Toni@homezcool4us
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Schedule - Fitting it all in
Replies: 4
Views: 4596

Re: Schedule - Fitting it all in

Ours looks basically like this: 8:30-8:50 handwriting/copywork 8:50-9:05 English from the Roots Up 9:05-9:20 PLL and ILL (alternating, 2 ILL 3 PLL one week, then 3 ILL 2PLL the next) 9:20-9:50 math (10 minutes one-to-one with each of my 3 students, while the other 2 work independently on assignment)...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone set-up, features, versions, time,
Replies: 97
Views: 29177

Re: Re: Rosetta Stone Version 3 - how to bypass a phrase

If you have various users set up, click on your dd's name. Then go to the top right and you'll see 4 circular tabs. One is for full screen, one to change users, one is a question mark, and one is...not sure what it is, actually, but THAT is the one. ;) Click on it and then select "set preferences." ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon May 11, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 34258

Re: Travel Advice

OH - Put-in-Bay (on South Bass Island) - has 2 caves you can tour (never been, hope to) Rachel, We've been to PIB many times (my best friend in highschool has a summer home there, and my dh and I took our kids every summer until we moved out of state.) Crystal cave is, well, barely a cave at all. M...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon May 11, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 34258

Re: Travel Advice

Grant's Farm is also free in St. Louis. Very neat place and so cool that it's free. http://www.grantsfarm.com/ Been to the Creation Museum as well. It is awesome, but geared toward children who have advanced reading skills. Because there are so many props though, littles will also be able to get som...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon May 11, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 34258

Travel Advice

We may have the opportunity within the next week or so to travel through several different states. I know we are visiting Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in Missiouri and then on to St. Louis. For those of you that live in the surrounding states (Illinios, Indiana, Kentucky) or those that have visited ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Fri May 08, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Worldview - Important growing lessons in CTG
Replies: 18
Views: 6039

Worldview - Important growing lessons in CTG

I just posted this on "Share your experiences: CTG" but thought you might like to see it in case you don't read that thread. It's been a banner year in CTG. We've loved the pace, activities, and content. And I have to say, I appeciate the reality that we must help our children examine non-Christian ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Fri May 08, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: MFW Curriculum -- Share Your Experiences
Topic: Creation to the Greeks -- Share Your Experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 25387

Re: Creation to the Greeks -- Share Your Experiences

It's been a banner year in CTG. We've loved the pace, activities, and content. And I have to say, I appeciate the reality that we must help our children examine non-Christian viewpoints in the light of the scriptures. CTG has given us a full year to do just that. My 4th grader is now very aware that...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC
Replies: 32
Views: 10985

Re: If you're struggling with ECC

Kim, your post absolutely gave me goosebumps. I love the moments when I *know* God has either directly answered a prayer, clearly spoken to my heart, OR clearly used me (my life, my experiences, whatever it might be) to speak to another. I'm sooo glad now that I posted. I really think you will be pl...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC
Replies: 32
Views: 10985

Re: If you're struggling with ECC

I'd say God stirred your heart, if for no other reason, than for Him to speak to me. Thanks for listening to Him and posting. Okay, that literally made my eyes teary. I really hesitated to post, as I wanted my words and tone to breath encouragement and not criticism. I wasn't at all sure I could ac...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC
Replies: 32
Views: 10985

Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC

I hesitated to post this, but honestly it rested heavily on my heart, enough to stir me to post. I visit other hs boards, as I'm sure many of us do. It's a great way to gain ideas, insight, and encouragement and just a fresh perspective (so needed at this time of year, eh?) In doing this, I've come ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to other solidly Biblical programs
Replies: 36
Views: 26272

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:54 pm I have not used HOD so I'll just speak to a few aspects of MFW that might come into question when comparing the two. For one, I loved that MFW uses missions to so beautifully emphasize the act of serving others as believers. And I love that the bible is integrated ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Placement - Using MFW1 with a reading child
Replies: 37
Views: 13018

Re: MFW1 was great for my good reader

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:30 pm
Ditto Michelle's post exactly. Dd was a good reader but the review was good, the year was enjoyable (as 1st should of course be) and as she heads into 4th this year, she LOVES reading.
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Ideas & experiences using MFW
Replies: 65
Views: 20524

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:21 pm Just wanted to chime in and say that special needs are a part of our family dynamics as well. Mild CP, sensory deficits and likely mild PDD in one child. Tourette, OCD and likely ODD in other. And some general ADD just to keep it challenging. ;) MFW has worked well ...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - How long is your day in CTG?
Replies: 24
Views: 7629

-we do bible during breakfast (I read scripture and Victor's to them while they eat.) -science experiments are sometimes after school, occasionally during school (if they won't bog us down) and sometimes left for Dad on the weekend. And, honestly, sometimes they're skipped. -Anything that can be com...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - How to fill state requirements
Replies: 49
Views: 17959

I learned state history in 6th grade and have heard this from folks in other states as well. It's a good age for taking it in.
by Toni@homezcool4us
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - (God and the History of Art) - Overview & Experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 7972

We got it. However, when I looked it over, I decided it would be too tedious for my 9yo at this time. I want her to get the most from it, which I believe means using it when she is better able to enjoy and learn from the content. So, we're holding off until at least next year.
by Toni@homezcool4us
Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - How long is your day in CTG?
Replies: 24
Views: 7629

I have a 9yo, 7 and almost 6yo in school this year. CTG (combined with 1st grade) is taking us about 3½-4 hours, occasionally an extra half hour to complete heavier assignments.
by Toni@homezcool4us
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Adapting for wiggly kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 20149

Concentration

Anything else you guys could suggest for helping with concentration? I am thinking mainly of my ds with auditory processing issues who cannot seem to stay on task, though he tries very hard. Not a discipline issue. Some of these would need adjusted for age appropriateness, as I'm not sure how old y...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 30812

Yes, I have one who tends to be oppositional, if not defiant at times. Said child can also be sour and mean spirited toward others without cause. We have dealt with this issue for a very long time, and we continue to pray about and deal with it. No, it hasn't been resolved. No, it won't get better i...
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 9-11 Brazil
Replies: 63
Views: 58837

You can make a vegan substitute for sweetened condensed milk, but it might not be worth the effort.
http://www.veganwolf.com/recipes/basics/swcondmilk.htm

Also, you could use soy vanilla icecream or Rice Dream vanilla icecream as a substitute for whipped topping.
by Toni@homezcool4us
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: MFW only? Anyone ditch most everything else?
Replies: 39
Views: 14170

I fall into the "everything but math" category.