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by MelissaB
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 38564

Re: New, can I combine 7 year old with older child in ECC?

Postby MelissaB » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:53 pm Those are our experiences using ECC w/ a younger sibling, too. We definitely would use the Book of Animals as a primary science book for the 7 year old. Agree with Shawna a/b being cautious with the missionary biographies' content. If your 7 year old is te...
by MelissaB
Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Unstructured Afternoons
Replies: 44
Views: 21572

Re: Afternoon free time options?

Might add a craft & painting day? :)

Noticing that you have exactly 10 ideas... You could have a two-week chart (5-day M-F) where each activity is assigned on a certain day. It would take the decision-making process out each day ... Making life a little simpler. :-)
by MelissaB
Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Student Sheets, Stickers, Passports - For little ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 9693

Re: Should I order ECC student sheets for my 4 year olds?

Another idea? If they enjoy coloring, you may want to take a special trip to the store and let each choose two coloring books: one with animals and one that has peoples/cultures,etc. (or trucks... you know, people drive bulldozers in other cultures, too. ;) Or dinosaurs. Love 4 yrs.) That's going to...
by MelissaB
Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24864

Re: Considering skipping ECC

Whatever decision you make, you're going to have a good year. Both ECC and CTG are wonderful. You can't make a bad decision here, to be honest. Like the other Moms said, ECC actually has a lot of history. (Hero Tales and the missionary biographies esp.) CTG is fascinating all the way through. If you...
by MelissaB
Thu May 29, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General in 7th vs. 8th
Replies: 55
Views: 16701

Re: Science for 7th grader

Hi, Marie. We've recently finished Expl-1850, too. Agreeing with Jen, yes, I would absolutely let our 7th grader join the animal/botany studies. Both curricula are designed for students at that level as well.

Enjoy! :)
by MelissaB
Thu May 29, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 163
Views: 112941

For MFW K, ECC, & Expl.-1850

For those doing MFW K, Exploring Countries and Cultures, or Exploration to 1850, just a reminder that the Answers in Genesis for Kids website has really great videos about the animals we're studying.
by MelissaB
Sun May 25, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Comparing ECC to other geography programs
Replies: 22
Views: 10210

Re: Will ECC be redundant?

Hi, Meg, I'm not familiar with GeoMatters, but in case it's helpful: ECC also includes an overview study of the history of each continent, studies the culture/s of the peoples living there, their beliefs, and in science it studies the physical geography of that continent. This may be redundant, but ...
by MelissaB
Tue May 20, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 15146

Re: Writing

I'm so thankful for a spot where all of us moms can come & brainstorm and share ideas together. We're all learning together. :)
by MelissaB
Mon May 19, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 15146

Writing

We're in unit 30 of Learning God's Story First Grade. I've begun using the Bible Notebook for dictation (I use sentences from the Bible Reader story we're on) so that I can make time for the creative witting that's suggested (story writing notebook daily). But my son is still SO distracted and dawd...
by MelissaB
Mon May 19, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When homeschooling isolates the child
Replies: 39
Views: 12361

Homeschool Lonelies

Last night, my precious 7 (almost 8 ) year old, confided in me that she's lonely. Now, our girl is on only child, but she's been blessed to live with my parents and my Dad spends special time playing with her each day. She loves our neighbors and spends time visiting them, but they are older ladies...
by MelissaB
Fri May 16, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Computer skills, Typing
Replies: 18
Views: 8951

Typing?

What does MFW recommend for teaching middle and high school students how to type? If you can teach them the proper finger positioning, there are some fun - and free (!) :-) - online games to practice typing skills. One site you can search for is called "free typing game"... with a "net" at the end....
by MelissaB
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Holidays, Elections, Olympics, Fall Ideas, Special Days
Replies: 102
Views: 37181

Re: Fun special days

Love that idea! !? We have two girls. On Fridays, we try to have " Tea on the Terrace " - which means we drink a cup of hot tea on our front porch. :-) Each week, one daughter and I share that special tea time (we rotate weeks). I have a list of questions to ask her that we brought home from a Brigh...
by MelissaB
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Non-USA - Canadians studying modern history
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Canadians using Exploration to 1850

I am a homeschooling mom to 8 children (one married and in University). We use a mostly CM approach in our homeschool. Our very best year ever of homeschooling was the year that we did ECC, but other than that, I have not done any MFW. I would like to do another year with the kids this year and wou...
by MelissaB
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Conventions & Expos - Help "seeing" MFW!
Replies: 22
Views: 11121

Re: Expos

MFW wasn't at our state's hs convention either, but, just to note, the MFW display in Little Rock was very nice. It was in a quiet, spacious area of a hotel. There was coffee brewing, and there were tables where we could sit and look at books and make financial decisions about the curriculum without...
by MelissaB
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Ordering - Book subs, already read, different edition
Replies: 28
Views: 7162

Books I already own for AHL

Hello! We already own all of the books listed for reading with Ancient History and Literature (Bullfinch. Cat of Bubastas, Iliad, Epic of Gilgamesh, Purpose Driven Life, The Odyssey). I hate to buy them again, do they go by page number in the teacher's guide or do they go by chapter? Thanks! Dorind...
by MelissaB
Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Will MFW work for Canadian families?
Replies: 34
Views: 12486

Re: Using Adventures for Canadians

I'm not in Canada, but I love your blog. And what a great idea! !? :) Hope you're posting on the Adventures Ideas board as well.
by MelissaB
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Do I need this for a good speller?
Replies: 17
Views: 7951

Re: Is Spelling Power necessary?/LA advice

I don't think every student needs spelling. If they're testing into words they don't even know, and words they won't be meeting in their schoolwork yet, then you might wait until they catch up to their spelling level. Julie That's really good wisdom. I haven't considered this before, but I think yo...
by MelissaB
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Do I need this for a good speller?
Replies: 17
Views: 7951

Re: Is Spelling Power necessary?/LA advice

Yes, agreeing w/ Trish. We started SP 2 years into MFW, and love it. But, like you, the initial cost was difficult that first year. That said, it has been really nice to go 3 years without having to purchase any spelling curriculum for either of our girls. I think your idea to select their spelling ...
by MelissaB
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Updates - 1850MOD
Replies: 13
Views: 4451

Re: Thank you for NEW Products!

Agreeing with Anna, the 1850-Modern TM is terrific.
by MelissaB
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: 1850-MOD - Weeks 1 & 2 (including studying the States)
Replies: 16
Views: 9673

Re: 50 states

When my son was 8 I downloaded an app to our ipad called Stack the States . It was highly recommended by a number of people. He enjoyed playing it and that's about where it stopped for that year. ... Kathy Mom of Tyler 9, Paige 6, and Brooke 5 Homeschooling for my 2nd year! We just checked, and thi...
by MelissaB
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: Using 1850-MOD with a 2nd or 3rd Grader
Replies: 3
Views: 4834

Re: Using 1850-MOD with a 2nd or 3rd Grader

Wonderful information & very encouraging. Thank you! :-)
by MelissaB
Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - MFW lesson plans, schedule, CD in package
Replies: 29
Views: 10542

Re: Apologia Science

Does General and Physical MFW lesson plans have you do all the experiments in these books? Or do they not do some of them? Are the plans on a 4-day schedule or a 5-day schedule? Hi, Anna, We're doing Apologia General Science this coming year. I can't answer your question about the experiments. But ...
by MelissaB
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 4B, Specific Lessons
Replies: 15
Views: 3780

math struggles

I am a bit frustrated with math right now. My oldest dd is currently working through Singapore 4B. She started in 2A last spring. Overall, she is doing okay with it. Our goal of course is to finish 5B this summer, so she can move on to Saxon as planned. Here is the frustration. We have been working...
by MelissaB
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - Must I use it?
Replies: 13
Views: 6369

What to do for readers/readalouds when not using library

I'm struggling with the fact that MFW doesn't include LA books for readers and read alouds after 1st grade. I don't want to have to depend on going to the library a couple times a month to get our books and would like to just purchase some so we just have them to read and re-read. What have MFW ele...
by MelissaB
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: WS - Help with teaching
Replies: 36
Views: 10448

Re: Struggling with writing strands and LA in general...

Yes, agreeing w/ Tricia that it's a good idea to choose one thing to focus on, and add on gradually. Not sure if I should admit this or not. :~ Last year, we put WS aside and asked our dd to write one paragraph on the history lesson she learned each day. Today, she's an excellent writer. Her papers ...