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by donutmom
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 28784

Vision Therapy?

Has anyone heard of it? When my ds was sitting here with tears in his eyes because he hates to think of school starting soon, I decided to take my dc to a special eye doctor I had been hearing about, to see if there were some problems I was not aware of. Sure enough. They have 20/20 vision but lots...
by donutmom
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Updates - EX1850
Replies: 16
Views: 9916

Exploring American History

I have the original teachers manual for Ex-1850 so it uses the first edition of Exploring Am History. I also have the new teachers manual for 1850-Modern Times. In the front, there is a page that tells you, "If you have the first edition of Exploring American History use the chart below to modify t...
by donutmom
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Placement - Are High School Courses Grade Specific? Switch?
Replies: 41
Views: 11143

Re: Reverse order for high school? (US1/2 THEN AHL, WHL)

Oh, I must say thank you, thank you, thank you to all who posted here. It has helped me tremendously. My oldest (going into 9th) hasn't had much in US history either. I would like him to have parts of the ancients this year, but also think about the US history. So I've been waffling--I, too, have BP...
by donutmom
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 1-3
Replies: 71
Views: 42237

Bible scripture for name?

Is there a website that tells you the meaning of a NON-Biblical name and a verse of scripture that goes with the name? Years ago I had seen stores that would make a little printout of what I am looking for, but I can't find it on the Internet. I was thinking about giving my children a nice picture-...
by donutmom
Tue May 15, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Placement - Can the 3 credits be separated out, doing parts?
Replies: 37
Views: 10878

Re: writing and ancients

Thank you, ladies, for your comments. I was able to look over the Ancients curriculum at the convention this past weekend. There are some great looking assignments that I would not want to cut--can't wait to see what son writes for some of them! And I like that the assignments relate to what they're...
by donutmom
Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing Guides, Book Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 10531

Re: progeny press

Thanks for your recommendations. It gives us a great leaping point!

--Dee
by donutmom
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing Guides, Book Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 10531

Re: progeny press

Thanks for the links, Julie. I will check them out. I do remember reading your experience. Most of what I had found was the guides people picked to use, but they hadn't used them yet. So it would be very nice to hear the follow-up experiences with them and recommendations. Off to check out the 7th/8...
by donutmom
Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 28298

Re: Not convinced ECC is the right choice for 2011

We did ECC (1st edition) with 3rd, 1st, and 4 yr. tag-along. Window was one of their favorite times of the day. The first week with the different religions did go over their heads quite a bit, but then came the country pages. We couldn't start our day without WotW!! They'd each pick a praise and req...
by donutmom
Mon May 09, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 17898

Re: MFW and parts of speech - and mandatory testing

There's often a sample problem at the different sections that can help a student understand what is being asked--even if the directions include an unfamiliar term. Just wanted to add that you have 8 choices of tests in PA. Know that not all tests are created equal. And remember, no matter how well o...
by donutmom
Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Timelines - **Ideas
Replies: 68
Views: 51792

Re: Timeline question

We did a lot like Trina. Taped card stock together at the short ends to make a nice long strip. Then drew a black line about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. I then "laminated" the whole thing (the front side) with clear contact paper (just bought roll in housewares at Walmart). Then we put the da...
by donutmom
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Exactly how do you do this at your house?
Replies: 30
Views: 11310

Re: Help--Dictation

Thank you all for your advice. I'm going to have him repeat the sentence after I read it. That's a great idea (why is it that the simplest ideas escape us in the midst of frustration??!!). And breaking the longer sentences into parts. (another, "duh, why didn't I do this instead of continually repea...
by donutmom
Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Exactly how do you do this at your house?
Replies: 30
Views: 11310

Help--Dictation

How many times do I repeat the sentence for dictation exercises in ILL for an 11 yr. old?? Today we did lesson 102--dictate first 12 lines from "the story of the seed" section. Well, the first sentence I said twice, and he missed 4 words of the sentence (13 total words). I saw that he had, didn't sa...
by donutmom
Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement Needed - Do all children like school?
Replies: 72
Views: 26898

Re: HELP!!! My son is bored!!

I am getting so frustrated with trying to do school with kids who would rather be doing something else (playing). First, I'll say join the crowd! (which is really meant to be encouraging!!) My children would still rather do that, and my oldest is 11!! But to be honest, I'd rather play than clean to...
by donutmom
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: EFRU - (English From the Roots Up) -Dictionary day from CTG?
Replies: 6
Views: 5507

Re: Dictionary work for English from the Roots Up

We're starting CTG next week. I just looked over how to do EFtRU. For the dictionary related work, here's the summary as I understand it for dictionary skills: Tuesday--Have student look up all the words on his card (that she wrote on card on Monday) in dictionary (teaching dictionary skills as need...
by donutmom
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Do I need this for a good speller?
Replies: 17
Views: 7963

Spelling Power

Our daughter is 3rd grade and is an awesome speller. I don't want to get something that will crush that. What did you end up with [for spelling]? Thanks, Darlene Darlene, I'll just tell you what program I did for my oldest--who is a natural speller. Nothing. I tried a spelling program in 2nd grade,...
by donutmom
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Question for those who have used this a long tim
Replies: 39
Views: 17390

woo hoo!!

We had our evaluation done this afternoon (requirement in our state), and I just wanted to celebrate our "official" end of the school year. Woo hoo, oh yeah, dance along with me. . . . . (now I know you are picturing this rhythmic moving. . . cool, keep imagining that! Cyber world hides the fact tha...
by donutmom
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 14648

Re: Help-struggles in Language Arts

You can do some of the work orally, also. If my son had to do more writing in WS or ILL for the day, then I let him do an oral narration for the science or history of the day. And sometimes his LL was oral, too. I also don't correct his science/history narrations for punctuation, spelling, etc. I fi...
by donutmom
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Holidays, Elections, Olympics, Fall Ideas, Special Days
Replies: 102
Views: 37208

OT: Civics stuff

My state requires "civics" instruction. Not every year, but some time, while we home school, we're suppose to cover it. So, what would you count as "civics?" Talking about elections? Talking about being a good citizen who obeys the laws? What else? Does anyone have a booklet or curriculum they migh...
by donutmom
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 22367

Re: MFW Roll Call

Home schooled since beginning. Tried various things. Nothing gripped/excited me. Started reading a lot about homeschooling. Decided: 1)Bible most important "subject"; 2)loved the Charlotte Mason ideas; 3)liked parts of the Classical; 3)loved living books. Saw MFW at convention one year & liked ADV a...
by donutmom
Mon May 25, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: ECC - Play-acting airplane ride with chairs etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 4943

Re: ECC -play-acting plane ride?

My kids loved doing this and were disappointed when I skipped it for one country!! As an extra. . . A couple of times I gave the children a globe before take off. I'd just tell them what direction (n, s, e, or w) we were going and they had to try to figure out where we were headed. I kept a map in f...
by donutmom
Fri May 01, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts / Drill - Many ideas!
Replies: 54
Views: 34244

Re: Math drill questions

THis may be a silly question, but how do you do math drills? I have two boys who need work on faster recall of basic addition and subtraction facts and I am unsure how to use flashcards in a way that will really benefit them and they will enjoy it. Any great ideas? I have a timer that we set for on...
by donutmom
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Encouragement: If you're struggling with ECC
Replies: 32
Views: 11959

to Toni--Re: If you're struggling with ECC

Toni, That is just what I needed to hear right now. I've been thinking of next year and which way to go curriculum-wise. I read the postings yesterday and have been dwelling on it. We've had a rough year, and we're using ECC. But your post made me really stop and think about "stuff". I've had to be ...
by donutmom
Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Math - Saxon includes Geometry?
Replies: 8
Views: 6620

Re: Question about Jacobs Geometry vs. Saxon Alg. 2

My hubby and i had a discussion on this last year after our state convention--after I talked with Saxon people. He says, and I quote, "No way can you get enough geometry mixed in among 2 algebra levels." He studied engineering, so of course he was heavy in the math and used geometry frequently. I'm ...
by donutmom
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Bible Devotions / Quiet time: Ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 14404

Thanks, Julie

Thanks, Julie, for some additional ideas. I've had my son start to write in a notebook about something he learned, but he tends to just copy a verse. I like the idea of having him focus on a certain thing (like the character). And I think I'm going to read it with him. We do the Bible from whatever ...
by donutmom
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Bible Devotions / Quiet time: Ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 14404

Thank You, Charlene

Thank you all for the wonderful responses. I have a few of the Kay Arthur books, but I have been hesitating because my son does not like to write and I do not want his time with the Lord to be labor intensive, but something that he looks forward to each day. Charlene I just want to thank you, Charl...