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by Julie - Staff
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: What are the benefits to adding a year of geometry to Saxon?
Replies: 3
Views: 1679

Re: What are the benefits to adding a year of geometry to Saxon?

As far as using the Saxon Geometry text, my Father's World has reviewed Saxon Geometry and we still prefer Jacobs Geometry. Jacobs Geometry has a wonderful way of explaining concepts and providing background information, making it a more easily understood and applied program. Also note that the Saxo...
by Julie - Staff
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Is it okay to take 2 years to go through Adventures?
Replies: 6
Views: 1855

Re: Is it okay to take 2 years to go through Adventures?

My son LOVED ECC in 3rd grade. It was his first year homeschooling, but it was lots of fun in 3rd grade -- and I'd say in 8th grade was very interesting. If a student does ECC in 2nd or 3rd, then they will get to do it again. I always like to say to make sure you do the fun stuff the first time thro...
by Julie - Staff
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: High School- British Lit
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Re: High School- British Lit

You should have a separate booklet in your package that looks like this: https://www.mfwbooks.com/item/17316/Bri ... Teacher-s/

It is taller than the book, around 8.5x11, black and white, with a stapled binding.

It's probably on your shelf somewhere :)
Julie
by Julie - Staff
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Exploring World History Vol. 2/ In Their Words
Replies: 2
Views: 1152

Re: Exploring World History Vol. 2/ In Their Words

Hello, World History and Literature picks up with the Roman Empire and the time of Jesus. Volume 1 of the current Exploring World History spends almost 200 pages on Rome, church history, and the Middle Ages. Here is the Table of Contents from Volume 1: https://history.notgrass.com/content/exploring_...
by Julie - Staff
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Singapore
Replies: 1
Views: 1265

Re: Singapore

Hi Beth! I know it's wise with some children to use a strong dose of gentleness. (My own son and the pencil comes to mind.) However, I also think a mathy kid needs to have an eye toward building up math muscles. Math lessons will get to be well over an hour in the years ahead (longer if there are co...
by Julie - Staff
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Opinions welcomed
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

Re: Opinions welcomed

Hi and welcome! You've already received so many good points that I won't repeat them all. I just thought I'd brainstorm about a language-arts focus for the next year and a half or so before high schoo l. If it turns out that you delay high school a year, I personally don't have a problem with that. ...
by Julie - Staff
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Holidays, Elections, Olympics, Fall Ideas, Special Days
Replies: 104
Views: 39836

MLK Day... And Black History Month in February

Martin Luther King Day – The 3rd Monday in January AND Black History Month – February (AKA National African American History Month) We always spent some time on MLK in January. Or, some folks like to include Black History Month activities in February . If you are looking for a little something to d...
by Julie - Staff
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Talk to me about science experiments in ECC
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

Re: Talk to me about science experiments in ECC

Hello, While you wait for moms who are using ECC now to have a chance to reply, I thought I'd start the conversation. The AIG book, Properties of Ecosystems , has a hands-on activity in each unit. We recommend that younger students focus on these activities, since the reading can be a little dense a...
by Julie - Staff
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Saxon Dive CD on YouTube!?
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Re: Saxon Dive CD on YouTube!?

Hi again,

The office staff has talked with DIVE and confirmed that the DIVE videos posted on YouTube are samples and not the complete series.

It seems nice to have the substantial samples, to help see their value in teaching Saxon math!

Julie
by Julie - Staff
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Saxon Dive CD on YouTube!?
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Re: Saxon Dive CD on YouTube!?

Hello, Interesting to see those videos. I'm in conversation with the office about this, to see if anyone there can add anything. And maybe now that the holidays are winding down, someone on the Message Board who's using this right now will chime in here as well (alas, my youngest is a junior in coll...
by Julie - Staff
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using High School level for an Advanced Middle Schooler
Replies: 2
Views: 1450

Re: Using High School level for an Advanced Middle Schooler

Hi and welcome to homeschooling! So glad to hear you're loving it already! I agree with Trish - MFW high school programs are not recommended for younger students. Using our high school programs for advanced students has been tried and just has not produced the fruit that the programs were designed t...
by Julie - Staff
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Need some help with math, English, and pre-adolescence!
Replies: 4
Views: 1749

Re: Need some help with math, English, and pre-adolescence!

Hi Beth, Age 11... I just had to chime in since my grandson just turned 11 and my daughter commented on how he doesn't seem like the same kid! (He does to me, but kids are different with their Nana :) ) I imagine there are all kinds of changes going on inside these preteens. In one of my favorite se...
by Julie - Staff
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Adventures in US History plus other Timelines
Replies: 5
Views: 2081

Re: Adventures in US History plus other Timelines

It's even possible that you could fit those separate countries' timelines all together at the end, especially if you write dates on the pieces. That would be fun!! I like the idea of adding each country to the timeline as you finish and review :) You'll need to decide which events and/or people you...
by Julie - Staff
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Need help fitting it all in!
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: Need help fitting it all in!

It sounds like 3 hours of math is a problem, with everyone exhausted by then. I might focus on that first. Would any of these help pare down math time to an hour (including math facts)? If you have dawdlers, can you just allow a reasonable time frame and then have them do the rest in the evening as ...
by Julie - Staff
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: First grade week 4 bean seeds question
Replies: 2
Views: 1354

Re: First grade week 4 bean seeds question

Hi Grace, While you wait for replies, I wonder if you've already read this archived thread? https://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=14011&p=31692#p31692 It sounds like dark and warm are key (similar to the environment of a seed underground), as well as soaking them overnight first? Someone e...
by Julie - Staff
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using Drawing with Children
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: Using Drawing with Children

On page 66 of Drawing With Children, under "The Duplication Warm-up", it says to make yourself a master copy of blank squares. Do I create this master copy myself? And then further down, it states I am supposed to make up "duplication warm-ups" and "matching warm-up" on these copies of blank square...
by Julie - Staff
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using Drawing with Children
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: Using Drawing with Children

Hi Rachel, Hugs for the start of the year! Feel free to call the office and talk through these lessons. Meanwhile, some thoughts about your specific questions: 1. I am not sure what week you are on, but Drawing With Children (DWC) does have some optional reading at the beginning of the year, which y...
by Julie - Staff
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: New handwriting book?
Replies: 1
Views: 1321

Re: New handwriting book?

Yes, Cursive Connections has gone out of print. Marie Hazell has selected Handwriting 3 as a replacement, because it teaches cursive in a very similar way. It is also colorful, which some children will enjoy. Here is a link: http://www.mfwbooks.com/item/30027/Handwriting-3-Cursive/ HTH, Julie
by Julie - Staff
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2793

Re: Using MFW K for an older child with ASD?

Hello, Although we do not have a special needs consultant on staff, we do like to look at the "whole child" when making all placement decisions. Academics is of course one facet of a child's development, but we also look at physical development (sitting, writing), social/emotional development (liste...
by Julie - Staff
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Thinking ahead: CtG and K
Replies: 1
Views: 1196

Re: Thinking ahead: CtG and K

I'll start the brainstorming. Here are a couple of things that come to my mind. 1. Doing the Bible reading in CTG together as a family in the evening takes some of the pressure off during the school day. It's special to have the whole family reading the Bible together, and that might also get the li...
by Julie - Staff
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: WHL-Julius Caesar
Replies: 9
Views: 3441

Re: WHL-Julius Caesar

I agree that watching Shakespeare can be a great help. Shakespeare was written to be watched, so it makes sense that it's more fun to watch than read Shakespeare. However, some people get intimidated by watching Shakespeare, especially if they are not used to interpreting different accents or region...
by Julie - Staff
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: U.S. History high school
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Re: U.S. History high school

Glad to hear! :-)
by Julie - Staff
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: U.S. History high school
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Re: U.S. History high school

United States History Answer Key for Tests (4th edition)

Blue paper cover, visible here:
http://www.mfwbooks.com/item/18704/Unit ... ry-Answer/

I stored mine in a folder with the tests - maybe yours are also stored with your tests?

Julie
by Julie - Staff
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: Juggling different levels
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

Re: Juggling different levels

Hello and welcome, It's been fun to read about your family and your experience as a homeschooler today. I thought I'd bump up your question by adding a couple of things that we typically recommend. 1. We recommend always teaching reading and math individually. There are many fun activities in K/1st ...
by Julie - Staff
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Main Board
Topic: AHL & math questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1661

Re: AHL & math questions

I think your plan to avoid frustration is reasonable. He's spent a long time on Algebra now, and maybe it's best for him to just keep on going. This is actually a topic of discussion for teachers all over. I remember discussing it in the past and coming up with some reasons why it seems the current ...