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by Pylegang
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: General ideas for Roman Feast
Replies: 16
Views: 13761

Re: Medieval Inn in RTR

They didn't use spoons during the middle ages. How about serving a soup . . . with no spoon? My kids enjoyed "drinking" their soup from the bowl.
by Pylegang
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing MFW high school - Family togetherness?
Replies: 34
Views: 15908

Re: Middle School Plans and Questions about MFW HS program

Julie, Thanks so much for taking time to answer my questions! I like some of your suggestions. It's funny . . . A few years ago when I discovered MFW, I was not interested in ECC because I wanted to stay on the 4 year history cycle. Now we're nearly finished with a full cycle of history and I find m...
by Pylegang
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: RTR book ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 11341

Readers for RTR

I am getting ready to start planning this year and am looking for readers for my 5th grader to read for individual reading time. I would love some recommendations for books related to the time period RTR covers. I have ideas for other books, but if we could find some age appropriate related books, ...
by Pylegang
Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - What does "tagging along" look like in practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 17484

Re: Changing from HOD to MFW??? Anybody???

As I read through these posts, I feel that I must share this: God did not create schools or little individual pockets for children to be raised in. He created FAMILIES! When we school our children together, they get the benefit of learning from one another. The oldest can practice what he's learned ...
by Pylegang
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Independence - Nervous about 7th grader and independent learning...
Replies: 13
Views: 8359

Re: Scheduling Independent Work for 12yo EXP-1850

How about holding a 10 minute morning meeting together? This could be the time when you kook at the TM and have your daughter make her own notes on what you want her to do that day. These middle school years are a great time to get kids used to taking notes or following a simple schedule/list. You c...
by Pylegang
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Math - Saxon includes Geometry?
Replies: 8
Views: 8815

Saxon question

Does anyone NOT add the Jacobs Geometry and just use the Saxon? If so, did you find that the PSAT turned out okay? We really don't want to take a seperate year for Geometry. My son wants to do Alg II for 10th, with CLEP PROFESSOR and the Clep in the summer, Adv Math over 3 semesters then on to comm...
by Pylegang
Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:41 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Unstructured Afternoons
Replies: 44
Views: 25525

Re: Does anyone use any "extras?"

We do devote about 15 minutes per day to memory work. Our Latin program has a really cool activity book that has lots of critical thinking-type activities. My boys both enjoy doing that.

We do Math drill work, but I don't consider Math Drills an extra. I count that as part of our math time. :-)
by Pylegang
Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: EX1850 - Tell me more about the books & topics
Replies: 5
Views: 7708

Re: Ex to 1850...History??

I have an 8 yr. old and a 10 yr. old. My boys are in 3rd and 5th grade. We're on week 5 of Exp. to 1850, so I'm certainly no expert, but I'll walk you through my day a little. We usually begin by 8:30 AM and finish by 3:00 PM with 45 minutes for lunch. We also take a morning break and an afternoon b...
by Pylegang
Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Artwork like Dangerous Journey
Replies: 5
Views: 5732

Re: The Dangerous Journey...would like recs for others like

The only books that come to my mind that would tie into your RtoR studies are the Hudson Talbott books: Here is his website. Click on a book to see inside: The Sword and the Stone Tales of King Arthur: The Knights of the Round Table Tales of King Ar...
by Pylegang
Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: I Can Do All Things - Experience with different ages & aptitudes?
Replies: 25
Views: 14421

Re: I Can do All Things Questions

If your not an artistic person, I think "Drawing with Children" would be difficult to implement. It sounds like your attracted to "I Can Do All Things" because it is more laid out for you--open and go! We don't have the videos, but my children very much enjoy the "I Can Do All Things" art lessons. "...
by Pylegang
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Lapbooking with MFW
Replies: 37
Views: 20528

Re: Lapbooking (esp. Rome to Reformation)

Here are some links: Free Lapbooks Homeschool Share: Knights - & Lapbooks for Sale Live & Learn Press - Knowledge Box Central (not TOG) - htt...
by Pylegang
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Student Sheets - Organizing & storage
Replies: 72
Views: 26920

Organization, help!

Okay, I've been diving through everything and I have a couple of questions now. The more I delve, the more I really like this program. Anyway, I have two student sheets packages; one for each girl. What do you do with them? How do you keep them from just being loose paper? Do you use a binder, or b...
by Pylegang
Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: * RTR is absolutely wonderful!
Replies: 26
Views: 25594

We recently completed MFW Rome to the Reformation!

We recently completed Rome to the Reformation! After we read the very last paragraph of our history assignmment, we browsed through our history notebooks (as a review of sorts) and reminisced about the hard work and fun that we had on our Rome to the Reformation journey. What a terrific year! I hope...
by Pylegang
Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 29 & 30 (including Maya/Aztec/Inca)
Replies: 4
Views: 7075

Re: RTR - Weeks 29 & 30 (including Maya/Aztec/Inca)

I found some wonderful children's videos at my library about the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations. The videos are entitled, "Ancient Civilizations for Children: Ancient Aztec Empire", "Ancient Civilizaitons for Children: Ancient Mayan Empire", and "Ancient Civilizations for Children: Ancient Inca ...
by Pylegang
Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 5th grader - Do I squeeze 5 years into 4?
Replies: 30
Views: 18256

Re: Beginning the 5 yr a year late, what do I choose next?

It would be hard to pick a level to skip . . . But, if you're trying to cover your bases, then you could possibly skip CTG. Read Genesis & Exodus during the summer (maybe from a Children's Bible so you get the main stories). Take the summer to work your way through the major parts of "The Usborne bo...
by Pylegang
Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 1850-MOD - Help when modern history is a lot
Replies: 10
Views: 7676

Re: REALLY considering ditching SOTW

A couple of pretty easy things you could do: When you add pieces to your timeline, work WITH your children to summarize/review the person or event that you're addingto the timeline. For example, if you're adding "Christopher Columbus" ask, "Who WAS Christopher Columbus?" I let my kids answer and som...
by Pylegang
Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 3rd grade for RtR?
Replies: 27
Views: 19055

Re: What to do with my 3rd grader?

Last year I did RTR with my 2nd grader and 4th grader. Our studies started well, but around week 5 I began to feel that many of the readings were above their level of interest. I searched for alternative history lesson plans/ideas and even tried pulling my own things together. After a few weeks of "...
by Pylegang
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Math - Saxon Lesson Plans, DIVE CDs
Replies: 9
Views: 8553

Re: Saxon Teacher dvd vs. Dive cd

The Dive CD's teach the lesson on a "white board" and equip the student to do the practice problem set in the book. I think they're easy to listen to and follow. Each lesson last approx. 15 minutes. The exact lesson as presented in the "Lesson" section in the math text is not presented, but very sim...
by Pylegang
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Ideas - Rome to the Reformation
Topic: RTR - Weeks 6 & 7
Replies: 13
Views: 18242

Re: The Roman Arch Worked!!!!

AWESOME! Your arch looks great! Last school year we did our Roman Arch. I didn't want to buy 15 puddings, so we did the same type of activity, but we used stones and clay. Here is a link to my blog detailing what we did if anyone is interesed in an alternate activity:
by Pylegang
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Ideas for reading to fidgety kids
Replies: 28
Views: 18058

Re: What to do during read-alouds

My boys love to lay on the floor and just wiggle around while I read. My wiggliest (is that a word?!!) boy has certainly been known to lay over the exercise ball or bounce on the bouncey ball while I read. I often serve a snack and sit between them (if there are pictures to look at) while I read. Co...
by Pylegang
Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Making and storing cards OR notebook pages
Replies: 25
Views: 14688

Re: English from the roots up

Each of my boys have a box with one divider tab in it. Blank 3x5 cards go in the back behind the tab and the cards they've completed go in alphabetical order in front of the tab. Each day that we do a card, my boys write the Latin root on the front and then on the back they write how to pronounce it...
by Pylegang
Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 34522

Re: Pledge of Allegiance/start of day routine

The longer I homeschool, the more I strive to make learning something that is just natural in our home. We certainly sit down to "do school", but I like for our homeschool to feel like home learning, not "school". We do meet once a week with other homeschoolers, where we recite the Pledge to the Bib...
by Pylegang
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 46592

Re: Williamsburg trip questions

We took our boys to homeschool week at Wiliamsburg last year. The weather was milds, there were lots of "special" educational activities planned, and I honestly do not ever remember thinking that it was too crowded. You can get tickets as low as $5!! You can't beat the price. We had lots of fun and ...
by Pylegang
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: God and the History of Art - 2nd time thru?
Replies: 3
Views: 5383

Re: God and the History of Art question

I started MFW last year and did RtoR with my 4th & 2nd grade kids. We already owned ICDAT, but I also purchased God & the History of Art with our RtoR package. Both books are great, but no quesiton, ICDAT is geared for younger kids. My 2nd grader is a pretty good artist and loves anything creative. ...
by Pylegang
Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Geography - Why is there no history? (author response)
Replies: 10
Views: 12101

??? MFW ECC and how to incorporate world history,too

I wanted to do ECC for my 4th grade son and 7th grade dd this year. I was planning on doing the 7-8th supplement for dd, but I just have this feeling that since my dd has not had much world history apart from the little bit in her Abeka 5th and 6th grade books, that she should be studying history t...