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by sojen
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling during difficult time - loss, caregiving,
Replies: 57
Views: 17298

Re: OT: Helping Parents while Homeschooling

I love Lynn's story and I am going to second her advice: Make sure you carve out time somehow, somewhere for yourself. Schedule a lunch with a girlfriend, get your hair done, or just take a walk. When things were at their worst, it meant the world to have someone pray with me. You have to ask, somet...
by sojen
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General in 7th vs. 8th
Replies: 55
Views: 13688

Re: 7th grade science

Physical Science OR Physics counts as high school. Here you need 4 science credits. My daughter doesn't gravitate toward science (haha) so I would rather not have to do 2 upper level sciences in high school. The public school schedule is 9th grade Biology, 10th grade- Physical Science, 11th grade- C...
by sojen
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 27324

Re: Today - I'm certain that I am not organized enough

I photoshopped all the tiny peices of cut paper off the floor for those pictures. Well, stop doing that and you will have plenty of time to get everything done! :-) Your post made me laugh out loud, because I LOVE your honesty. I have had the worst start to the year and just yesterday I thought, "W...
by sojen
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - Does MFW promote a thirst for Christ?
Replies: 39
Views: 43281

Re: Bible through the MFW years ??

I'll share a quick testimony from last week. A friend of mine has always used the more traditional textbook approach to homeschooling her children. I was glancing at one of her textbooks and honestly was disappointed in how little Bible there was. I think my kids get more than that in Sunday School....
by sojen
Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Ideas for quizzing at end of week / review
Replies: 16
Views: 8335

Re: Need some activity ideas for Vocabulary from the Roots U

M&M's, my friend :-) Anything with flash cards around here and we use candy! As for the writing, I only make my girls write the number of sentences equal to the grade they are in (3rd grader = 3 sentences/ 6th grader = 6 sentences.) My kids groan and complain about the dictionary, too. But they real...
by sojen
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 29821

Re: What do you do for assigned reading for your 5th grader?

This year my 5th grade daughter has read three of E.B White's books, a few of the Childhood of Famous American biographies, The Three Musketeers and quite a few of the American Girl books. (guessing your son wouldn't care too much about those ;) ) We read all the time around here, and for fun readin...
by sojen
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP/Spelling - Method for struggling or very young child
Replies: 43
Views: 13552

Re: What should I do about spelling?

Thank you ladies for all the sweet comments and good ideas. I might just drop "spelling tests" until your dd is ready for them again. I wouldn't think waiting until age 10 would do any harm. Haha, I hardly do spelling with my 10 yo either. Yikes! But she is a great speller. I agree with Julie! I wou...
by sojen
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Cost - Concerns, Priorities
Replies: 41
Views: 14152

? about CTG books

hi ladies, are there any book in the CTG basic package that you feel could be optional? i know when I got the ECC set there were a couple books that I thought we didn't really need (God speaks Numanggang and the Geography A-Z, maps and globes). I think I am going to buy this piece by piece...thanks...
by sojen
Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 28211

Re: How do you run your home?

I am intrigued by emealz - do they look like relatively healthy menus? It always seems like we can either eat well, or we can stay on budget - I want to do both! I did e-mealz for awhile, and it just wasn't healthy enough for us. I totally agree that it seems it can't be both, but I still try. I tr...
by sojen
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 28211

Re: How do you run your home?

Man, you ladies have some great ideas! First thing in the morning (after coffee and quiet time) I make my bed and put a load in the washer. I switch it out periodically during the day. Mondays I wash whites, Tuesdays darks and Wednesdays everything else. I have a collapsible hamper that I put clean ...
by sojen
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 3-year olds - When to start homeschooling
Replies: 29
Views: 15647

Re: PreK activites?

Breath in, breath out... Hey- that was our CTG science experiment this week. :-) I think sometimes the idea of homeschooling products seems wonderful because it's mom who desperately needs some structure. ;) Just simply making a schedule (like Crystal's) really helps. As a veteran homeschool mom (ca...
by sojen
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 26620

Re: Newbie ?: physical space & organisation??

If I can find a way to neatly tuck all our homeschooling materials away when not in use in the living room, I think I would prefer that. I don't mind (at all) that it would be obvious that that is our homeschooling area, but I just don't want the room to become cluttered. We do school at the kitche...
by sojen
Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone set-up, features, versions, time,
Replies: 97
Views: 26655

Re: Rosetta Stone - Costs

I recently was talking about Rosetta Stone (it's on my drool list right now) and the other mom mentioned how she never bought it because it's so expensive. Then she mentioned she put her son in a once a week homeschool class for Spanish. Cost: $300 a year for one child. I still can't figure out how ...
by sojen
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Compare CTG to earlier MFW programs - A big transition?
Replies: 32
Views: 10999

Re: Looking ahead to CTG

The feasts were not too hard. I had a neighbor interested in going through them with us so we divided up the workload. I like Streams of Civilization. I can't say I like CTG better than ECC, though. I've been enjoying most of it, but two things hold me back. The 1st I was prepared for, the 2nd- not ...
by sojen
Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Schooling on Nice days, Winter blahs
Replies: 17
Views: 8513

Re: Shake up the Schedule!

Ahhh..Wii Bowling. I think that may help today. :-) :-)
by sojen
Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Studies - Repetitive?
Replies: 28
Views: 8699

Re: Help Planning Next Year ...

I don't have much time to write, but I LOVED Adventures. One thing we did was a bunch of fun field trips. When we got to the state studies there are fun facts printed on the back of the state sheets. I always glanced ahead and planned something fun to help my daughter remember the state. The highlig...
by sojen
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Audio/DVD/Website - Resources
Replies: 13
Views: 4602

A rave about netflix

We have found some good streaming videos on Netflix this year to go with CTG. Today I found a funny science kid's show that reminds me a bit of the silliness in Genesis For Kids . It's called Beakman's World . My kids got to watch an episode as we are wrapping up work before Christmas break. Pretty ...
by sojen
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Occupying many little ones
Replies: 42
Views: 11559

Re: Day 1 = Good, Day 2 = Okay, Day 3 = almost disaster

These ladies are so encouraging! Someone asked me once how I homeschool with Asher around. Asher is my son, and very energetic. He is 150% boy, loud, active and extremely curious. He's a good kid, but a bit much if you aren't used to that. My response, "Well, I don't know any differently. He's been ...
by sojen
Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 26208

Re: MFW teacher question

I had a very similar concern when I first started using MFW, but I thought I'd cross that bridge later. I still am a few years from cycling through the 2nd time. But this year I had an epiphany. In August I pulled out the 2nd grade Math book I had used for my older daughter to use with my middle gir...
by sojen
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - How to fill state requirements
Replies: 57
Views: 16277

MFW and MO 1000 hour requirement

Does anyone know how, with MFW being in MO and all, I can reconcile the schedule with MO's 1000 hour requirement? I'd like to use just the grid for my record keeping and pencil in the hours spent for each lesson but since there is a 600 core / 400 non core stipulation I am not sure how to do this o...
by sojen
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Choosing - CTG and then AHL??
Replies: 8
Views: 4743

ECC or CTG for first time

Next year I will have 4 kids "doing school" in , K, 2nd, 5th, and 7th grades. I have been planning on doing ECC with them (we are finishing up American History), but now I am beginning to second guess that idea. My concern is mostly for my then 7th grader. He would do ECC then CTG and then move on ...
by sojen
Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - Storing artwork
Replies: 5
Views: 2976

Re: Just curious...

I didn't want to punch holes in artwork and some things are too big for a binder, so for awhile each kid had a clipboard on the wall to put up their art. Worked as a display and a way to organize until we had about 20 pieces up. So I picked up some cheap art portfolios at Micheal's. I think they wer...
by sojen
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back-to-School - Supporting one another at the start-of-year
Replies: 78
Views: 27198

Re: It's me again. Help!! Can't deal with him anymore

Your post brings tears to my eyes. (((hugs))) I took my daughter out of school against her will 4 years ago. Those first six months we fought every day and I felt overwhelmed. I had seriously thought God was calling me to homeschool, but I couldn't figure out why it was so hard. I confided in a home...
by sojen
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Cuisenaire Rods, Questions & Experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 12004

Are the Cuisinare Rods Scheduled?

Are the Cuisenaire Rods Scheduled into the Kindergarten Curriculum? I have never used them. It the way they are used for K considered just a fun activity or do they really give a good math foundation? Are the concepts something that I easily duplicate with things around the house? Thanks! You use t...
by sojen
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Encouragement Needed - High schoolers
Replies: 21
Views: 5615

Re: Would like some prayer and encouragement...

Normal is a setting on our clothes dryers, but not in our teen years. That has to be my new favorite quote! And the Don Henley song just put a BIG smile on my face! Teresa, My husband is the oldest of 5 children that have all been homeschooled. Four of them heavily complained during the high school...