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by RachelT
Sun May 07, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: US1 & US2 Discussions - History semester, changing to BJU, etc.
Replies: 34
Views: 11691

US History combined with Government/Economics

Hello! I'm looking ahead at US History 1 and 2 as my oldest is wrapping up World History. I would like to know the reason behind combining Government and Economics in with the High School years 3 and 4 and dividing up the US history over those two years. I've looked through the archives and read th...
by RachelT
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Literature/English Credit
Replies: 31
Views: 15023

AHL Epic of Gilgamesh

Hello! Have any of you found an audio version of The Epic of Gilgamesh A Poetic Version from AHL? It has MFW listed as the publisher, so I am not finding an audiobook version in other places where we usually look for them. Thanks for any ideas you may have. We may need to read this one aloud togeth...
by RachelT
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Bible
Replies: 40
Views: 16056

AHL: New Answers book

Have any of you used the DVDs or digital downloads from the New Answers Book 1 in AHL? The Answers in Genesis website also has a downloadable study guide with just a few short questions for each chapter on the DVD, which is about 10 of the chapters from the book, not all of them. I thought the vide...
by RachelT
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - For homeschool teaching worries
Replies: 78
Views: 24136

Re: Dealing with Fear and fighting with truth?

Hi Grace! Yes! This is a great discussion! After 10 years of home educating our children and tutoring and leading others, I still have times of self-doubt! I was a music teacher and taught for 5 years before we had kids. I worked at a school that was unusual in that we were expected to create our ow...
by RachelT
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: WHL - Writing assignments
Replies: 48
Views: 22204

Re: WHL Letter to the Editor assignments

Thanks for reminding me of the archived posts about this lesson and also for pointing out the difference between an editorial and a letter to the editor. I wish Writer's INC had more information about this one. I think we will draw from our background of argumentative essay writing to use a similar ...
by RachelT
Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: ECC - How is it different for 7th & 8th Graders?
Replies: 13
Views: 8640

Re: Missionary biographies questions

Thank you for the replies! I have ended up being able to read the book fairly quickly and I'm really enjoying it! It was good to have some other input for ideas of how to discuss a book when I don't have time to actually read it myself, too.
by RachelT
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia extra CDs, kits, lapbooks, fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 23097

Re: Apologia Physical Science Video Instruction DVDs?

I bought the audio version of Physical Science and it's very pleasant to listen to Mrs. Wile read the book aloud. She does a great job and my kids enjoyed listening to it today when there was a lot of reading and no experiment. We have not used the DVD's.
by RachelT
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Writing with Skill - Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 10246

Re: 8th grade ?s: Apologia Physical, WWS 1 and RTR

Aha! I am so happy to see the instructions for using WWS with an 8th grader! I had not found them yet on the website until seeing this post. :) How many days a week should I schedule WWS for my 8th grader who did not use it in 7th grade? I have an older ECC guide that shows Writing Strands for 2 day...
by RachelT
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Lessons beyond the books, faith connections
Replies: 45
Views: 17771

What Are Your Hopes and Plans for This Year?

Hello! It's hard to believe that we are beginning our 11th year of our home education journey! We were blessed with five fantastic years with MFW before joining a local classical homeschooling community. Now, we are coming back to MFW! My son is going to do WHL for 10th grade and our daughter will d...
by RachelT
Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Questions, especially on legibility expectatio
Replies: 52
Views: 17698

Re: Handwriting--How far to push??

My son is dyslexic/dysgraphic and has needed the help of Handwriting Without Tears. I used HWT in K and then when we went to the MFW 1st materials he was frustrated with the regular 3 lines, so I went back to HWT after that. Do you feel that you were given adequate information for instructing leftie...
by RachelT
Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 2nd/3rd Supplement - EX1850, Can you tell me more?
Replies: 19
Views: 6200

Re: Which books are considered "Advanced"?

Thanks Julie! As for #2, Building a City on a Hill Yes, that is what I was looking for so thanks for explaining more about Building A City On A Hill. I knew I had seen something about it in the TM, but conventions can be overwhelming and I couldn't remember exactly what it said! While looking at thi...
by RachelT
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Weeks 33 & 34
Replies: 5
Views: 6624

Re: CTG - Weeks 33 & 34

We added in some fun read alouds toward the end of our school year, including The Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics. I also listed some other resources here on this blog post about Week 33: http://rachelsreflections-rachelt.blogspot.com/2011/05/our-homeschool-journal-may-14-2011.html During Wee...
by RachelT
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Week 32 (including Esther & Purim)
Replies: 6
Views: 7394

Re: CTG - Week 32 (including Esther & Purim)

Hi! We made the Hamantaschen cookies for Purim and I've included pictures on my blog. Here is the link:
http://rachelsreflections-rachelt.blogs ... -2011.html

Rachel
by RachelT
Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - Does MFW promote a thirst for Christ?
Replies: 39
Views: 45560

Re: Has your children's faith growen and strengthened?

What a neat story! Yes, the Lord has blessed our homeschool. We have homeschooled for 5 years and have used MFW the whole while. We have learned about God and His work every year, but this past year was special. At different points in the year, each of my children asked Jesus into their heart! We ar...
by RachelT
Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 16844

Re: Creation to Greeks with 2nd grader??

Hi! We just finished up CTG with my 4th and 2nd graders last month! It was a fun year! I do not think it was boring or too intense at all. The only area where she did not have the attention span was with some of the history readings, so I learned to summarize the important parts of information from ...
by RachelT
Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. outside experiences
Replies: 12
Views: 6666

Re: Thoughts on Mr. Hazell's Workshops

Hi again! I don't know if you read Karen Kingsbury books, but some of her fictional novels deal with some of these themes. She has various main characters who are involved in theater, specifically in Hollywood films, local Christian theater productions, and college theater. Now there is a new series...
by RachelT
Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Choosing homeschool vs. outside experiences
Replies: 12
Views: 6666

Choosing homeschool vs. outside experiences

I have been listening to many of Mr. Hazell's workshops over the last few weeks. They are great! I highly recommend you listen to them if you have not already. He gives lots of tips you can begin using immediately as well as many things to ponder. As I reflect on what we have done in the past and h...
by RachelT
Thu May 26, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Character - Training behavior, daydreams, silliness, more
Replies: 25
Views: 10735

Re: My ds makes obnoxious noises & complaints while working!

It's good to read this thread today! We were working on math equations - in separate workbooks for each child at their own desk. My dd started hers after she completed her copywork, without being asked. She knows that math is the last thing she really has to "finish" for her schoolwork to be over (e...
by RachelT
Thu May 26, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: End-of-year finale, parties, celebrations
Replies: 15
Views: 7362

Re: OT-Certificate of Completion

Hi Tammie! I know what you mean - can another year of school really be complete?! I am glad that you have had another good year! Way to go!! I am going to print of some certificates soon, too! I have found a template at http://www.dltk-cards.com/award/ I am hoping to get the grandparents to come ove...
by RachelT
Thu May 12, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Readiness - What to look for in a 6 year old?
Replies: 14
Views: 4499

Re: Decisions: What would you do in this situation?

Hi Carin! I just wanted to chime in here and say that I have tried to combine curriculum for my two children whenever it is possible and that has simplified things for me. When my oldest was in 2nd grade we did ADV. and he was 7.5 when we began. My dd was 5.5 and I had already had her do MFW K a yea...
by RachelT
Sun May 01, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 24145

Re: What ages should I wait for to do ECC

Hello! I agree with Julie that your oldest child may still be on the "young" side for ECC. We did not do Adventures until my oldest was in 2nd and then ECC when he was in 3rd. My younger child enjoyed a lot of those programs, but being two years younger some of the read alouds are not as appropriate...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 29559

Re: Dyslexia and MFW

Hello!!! And welcome to the MFW message board! I have not been checking in as often here lately because we have been busy, but I am happy to jump in on this thread. The message that Julie linked to was from 2009 (http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=3134&p=49912#p49912), so let me bring yo...
by RachelT
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: CTG - Talk me into it
Replies: 31
Views: 12286

Re: skip CTG?

Well, I can see why you might not want to study Creation again and move onto other periods of history. Now that we are almost done with Week 29 of CtG, I can totally agree with the other post that the MFW study of history focuses on Biblical history and then shows other cultures around it. What I me...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 28132

Re: Help! How do I do this? (Teaching him to hold his penci

Handwriting Without Tears has been a HUGE help for our family in this area! They have all kinds of ideas. From them, I found that using small broken pieces of chalk or crayons helped a lot because of their size. Then, my son used small, golf pencils for at least a year or two. HWT has them with eras...
by RachelT
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Encouraging proper pencil grip, right OR left
Replies: 61
Views: 28132

Re: Help! How do I do this? (Teaching him to hold his penci

My son went to occupational therapy for his handwriting for a year and we learned that putting some weight on the end of his pencil helped him to keep it in the right position, later on. (A pencil topper or large eraser.)

Rachel