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by MJ in IL
Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Study materials
Replies: 19
Views: 7801

Re: Looking for some nature study materials....

We use several books specifically for our state....Birds of IL (Adventure Publications,) Trees in IL, and a few oolldd(!) Golden guides. They narrow down the numbers of choices and have beautiful pictures. I also really like the Handbook of Nature Studies. It definitely is not a lightweight book to ...
by MJ in IL
Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 37
Views: 13943

Re: Question about a problem in the Singapore 4a textbook

Oh, I remember the day we agonized over this one! We finally got it...only after mom and son had a couple wrong answers! I really like the word problems that make me think too! (and I am glad I have the solution manualfor 4-6!)
by MJ in IL
Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Narration - Tips (author response)
Replies: 30
Views: 15402

Re: Narration needs something new....

I am think more of the literature type readings... Along the same lines, you could also ask general questions relating to other story elements like the problem and solution of the problem, if applicable. Write them on strips of paper and draw from a bowl. Have you ever experienced something like.......
by MJ in IL
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Resistant to "school"
Replies: 6
Views: 4324

Re: Attitude about school

How have you responded and how have you encouraged yourselves or each other when your kids ARE having a hard time in school? I struggled with these issues starting out too. I pushed dd(14) in the preschool years. Thankfully, she loves learning now, but that is due to God's grace and not any of my e...
by MJ in IL
Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Assigning Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 5387

Reading - Assigning Literature

One thing I liked about our previous program was having dd read books she wouldn't normally choose if she had the choice. She's a good reader, but if given the choice will pick up "easy reading" or "fluff." Having a schedule, she read so many books she wouldn't have on her own, and ended up loving ...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24283

Re: Why all of the emphasis on ECC?

Having used several years...I just think I like each year even better than the one I just completed. So far each year has had its own "flavor." While I trust the Hazell's experience, heart and reasoning, I also know each family also has to balance that with how God may be leading their family. I'm c...
by MJ in IL
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Baskets - What kind of book "basket"?!
Replies: 25
Views: 12256

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:53 pm

We currently use the bottom shelf of our end table. I like this b/c it is easy for me to see what is there and what is being looked at.
by MJ in IL
Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: * Experiences - MFW High School
Replies: 55
Views: 29696

Re: High School Year 1 - can you share how it is working for

We are using the Ancient History HS program--it's been a great experience for us. Let me know what specific questions you may have. Dd14 feels the Old Testament Challenge is very valuable; she is enjoying reading through the OT and the questions are great for review and application. The literature h...
by MJ in IL
Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 36920

I have been having her sit in

My dd is doing the Ancient History year this year. We also never got all the way through year 5. I have been having her sit in with the history reading for 1850MT with the boys. She does do the notebook pages in a quick manner (President, state, outlines...but not many of the summary pages when we g...
by MJ in IL
Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: General ideas for 1850 to Modern Times
Replies: 17
Views: 24516

Writing to the president

baileymom wrote:My kids would really love this[writing to the president], we will probably never do ADV, what do you do?
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:38 am
Don't worry if you're not doing Adventures...it is assigned during Year 5 also. Ds received a reply with the pictures.
by MJ in IL
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Are the CTG books as great as the other MFW programs?
Replies: 15
Views: 10871

I'm currently using Adv and K and we LOVE MFW!!!! We recently moved to a rural area in Iowa and the library system here is NOT good. The entire Ancient World section is only like 10 books total! I like the way MFW is laid out but I have no idea what books are used in the bookbasket time for any of ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:42 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Are the CTG books as great as the other MFW programs?
Replies: 15
Views: 10871

I found a frog the other day..... in the basement....
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:27 am

I am laughing along with this one. I just found one in my husband's sock drawer!
by MJ in IL
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:38 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Books - Are the CTG books as great as the other MFW programs?
Replies: 15
Views: 10871

We have been using MFW for two years and love it. I have been reading reviews of CtG lately that aren't so good. People say it's pretty dry. Can anyone give me an honest opinion of your experience with CtG compared to other years? Any feedback would be great! Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:16 pm We lo...
by MJ in IL
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Bible
Replies: 39
Views: 14219

OT Challenge

We are really enjoying the High School Program this year. :) It has been fun discussing the questions in the Old Testament Challenge with our daughter. I was just curious how to know if we are answering the questions correctly? We are only on week #3 and just had a couple questions we weren't sure ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 1850-MOD - How are you adjusting to the new year?
Replies: 3
Views: 3824

curriculum we'll use next year 1850-modern Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:35 pm Just wanted to chime in that we are currently using this and love it! We have used MFW for several years and each year is our favorite! Our favorite parts of 1850MT so far are: -SOTW outlining and mapping (and using the sup...
by MJ in IL
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing guides? Match history/read-aloud?
Replies: 26
Views: 11627

I have not used PP guides so can't repond re: those. However, dd14 did read Amos Fortune and did a TLP guide with it several years ago and really enjoyed it. I think using the Across 5 Aprils while you are reading aloud would be a great way to start with a lit guide.
by MJ in IL
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Math - Ideas for math in God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 57
Views: 43249

Calendar & 100s Chart

I have posted them on the walls, but this time through we have the calendars and 100s chart in her binder. I didn't want to have 1 more thing on the wall or fridge right now. I do have a large calendar up in our hall with app'ts etc. On the fridge is the calendar from God's Word for the Nations so w...
by MJ in IL
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Books - Encyclopedias & Info Books for MFW-K
Replies: 47
Views: 19932

We are another family who looks through the encyclopedia. We look at the pictures and I summarize portions of text. For information on the topics, I have found that we also enjoy the "Let's Read and Find Out" books, the Rookie books Crystal mentioned or some of our Usborne resources. We often spend ...
by MJ in IL
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 29672

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 8:49 am I can relate a bit here.... Next year I will have 1 in the HS program, 2 in RtR and 1 in K. Right now we are all doing Year 5, ds9 using the 2nd/3rd supplement, &, of course, the preschooler. What I have found that works best for our group is to try and follow Marie...
by MJ in IL
Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Service - Credit hours, Opportunities
Replies: 14
Views: 3363

Amy, Your service idea is great b/c it gets your dd out into the real world! We have a similar stable near us...but not close enough to make regular visits. I think they are fabulous! My dd is babysitting for a Bible Study at church, has a Comp. Int'l child, and helps me with making meals for famili...
by MJ in IL
Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Books - Book basket, reading lists, summer reading,
Replies: 27
Views: 10116

High School Reading Question

We are finally beginning the High School Program and my daughter and I are really excited. :) I have a question on the reading. In the introduction, there are several books listed to read in addition to the classics that are included in the program. They have broken the list down into sections. The...
by MJ in IL
Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Different locations and styles
Replies: 49
Views: 20404

Re: Charlotte Mason nature studies

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 8:19 am I love the idea of nature studies and walks but don't get these in on a consistent basis. When I do, we will typically go in the yard and find something of interest like the other moms have shared. A few ideas that helped give me a framework: -I wanted my children t...
by MJ in IL
Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Ideas for helping with speech
Replies: 24
Views: 9647

Speech issues in kindergartener

My 5 year old son has had speech therapy when he was 3-4 and finished being on the same level as his peers. He had LOTS of ear infections as a toddler and has always had problems with blends. He still has some issues and I'm not sure if they are still considered acceptable for his age. While doing ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Combining Younger Sibs - Scheduling alongside younger grades
Replies: 8
Views: 5552

I think it's doable! I am doing AHL, 1850-MT & K right now. It is a full day for me...especially since I have a "routine disorder." I just can't seem to stick to one well. ;) We have had 2+ successful weeks so far! I started the boys (year5) on math and spelling the 1st week while I worked on AHL wi...
by MJ in IL
Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 25961

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:41 am I have 4 children and my husband is also a quasi-farmer so his work cycles and our chores at home add an interesting twist When I have weeks like this, I tend to make up (probably next week) by doing 1 "day" of history in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Could yo...