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by MelissaB
Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 18, 19, & 20 (including the Revolutionary War)
Replies: 14
Views: 10433

For You They Signed

Each chapter in the book For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer is a brief biography of each of the Declaration of Independence signers, the battles they faced and sacrifices they made, followed by a brief character study.

We found it at our library, and will have to purchase a copy for home.
by MelissaB
Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:43 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 34728

If you begin in K, what about 8th?

I'm currently using K for my youngest and planning on bringing my other children into MFW in the fall. Question...if he continues each year with MFW, what would he use for 8th grade? He would have finished all of the programs in the Investigate section but would be too young for the high school pro...
by MelissaB
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: * CTG Experiences
Replies: 15
Views: 11418

Re: Possibly changing to MFW for 2014-15

Hi, Kristi, We used CTG two years ago. Yes, we did like it. And it is both challenging and fun. CTG intertwines the Biblical record and history books as it teaches about Ancient Egypt, the Babylonians and Medeo-Persian empires. The study on Greek civilization, Alexander the Great, etc. is rich and i...
by MelissaB
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 14-15 France
Replies: 24
Views: 19043

Re: ECC Weeks 14-15 France - Question

Agreeing... They'll get a lot more focus on the classification system in the future. The key for ECC, I think also, is the different ecosystems and how they affect the people groups' history, cultures and habits in each country / continent. Don't forget the missionary biographies. They add such inde...
by MelissaB
Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: Not receiving notices of replies to my posts
Replies: 1
Views: 3753

Re: Not receiving notices of replies to my posts

1. Click "user control panel" near the top left of page 2. Click "board preferences" in the tabs across the top of the panel 3. Click "edit posting defaults" over on the column on the left side 4. Check that you have a "yes" for "notify me upon replies by default" HTH, Julie I didn't know that. Cha...
by MelissaB
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 42042

Re: When homeschool gets tough - then what?

Hi, Ashley,

Love what Lori wrote- that's perfectly true. :) And Julie's ideas are homeruns.
by MelissaB
Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - 4 day week, light Fridays, co-op days?
Replies: 16
Views: 6263

CTG four days a week, instead of five?

Does anyone school 4 days a week instead of 5 days a week with CTG? We don't do a light day on a fifth day, we only do school 4 days a week. :) I'd love to hear how you work the grid to accommodate 4 days. Thank you! Yes, we did. We did Friday's work (it's usually very short) on Th. If needed, we c...
by MelissaB
Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: GHA - Which art to choose?
Replies: 0
Views: 9756

GHA - Which art to choose?

In January I'll be starting CTG with my two oldest and 1st with my little Ethiopian who is 8 but very delayed. I talked with the MFW office and they suggested doing the reading/la and math from 1st and bringing my son into CTG with my other kids. My question, then, is about art. Would you do Drawin...
by MelissaB
Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 42045

Re: Field trip idea for Adventures or Exp-1850 (pics)

We were able to get on these ships two years ago when they came to Arkansas. (*If they haven't come to your area yet, hang in there! They're going all over the main area of the U.S. :) ) The children weren't tired or bored at the end, and didn't want to get off of the ships. It's a wonderful tour. B...
by MelissaB
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When not fitting it all in
Replies: 52
Views: 23657

Re: Need help fitting it all in

I admire Mommas who have their "quiver full," and so wish I had more little ones. :) I can't offer advice, but may I offer a book that you might enjoy? I re-read this book every year to help me get our school in order - Managers of Their Schools by Teri Maxwell. She homeschooled 8 children who have ...
by MelissaB
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Math Sequence - Algebra 2 before Geometry?
Replies: 8
Views: 4400

Re: Geometry or Algebra 2 after Algebra 1

Excellent to know. Thanks for posting the question. And thanks for the great information, Julie.
by MelissaB
Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 126392

For Kindg. or ECC: Answ.in Gen. animal videos

Just wanted to share a reminder with you wonderful moms doing Kindergarten and ECC - Answers in Genesis for Kids site has wonderful science videos on animals. (Free.:))

Enjoy,
Melissa
by MelissaB
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: #15 - Elephant
Replies: 22
Views: 21287

Re: #15 - Elephant

Try the youtube video "ORIGINAL Elephant Art" (all caps on youtube). It's a video of an elephant... painting ... a picture of an elephant. It's pretty cool. :) ...Also, don't forget to go by Answers in Genesis Kids website and watch the science video on Elephants. Wonderful information and really in...
by MelissaB
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 11336

Re: First Grade Phonics

bethinga wrote:Thank you for the help. Yesterday, he and I and Dad discussed ways to make it more fun for him. Together, we came up with allowing him to spell the words out loud, as long as he agreed to write them after we finished the whole page.
Love it when Dad helps! ;)
by MelissaB
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 30598

Re: Do you monitor child's books?

We closely monitor our daughters' reading books, too. Here are our favorites : * The Moody Books by Sarah Maxwell . You can get them online at Titus2. They're so fun to read, but also teach the children to love their siblings, honor their parents, and care for others. The writing is incredible; our ...
by MelissaB
Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - Ideas for resistant children
Replies: 39
Views: 11336

Re: First Grade Phonics

When we have this issue, we go through 3 Questions: 1.) Is this a character issue? If so, that is top priority over the next few months. If it isn't character, we move to #2/3. 2.) Is this child bored b/c he/she isn't being challenged? If so, we come up with a more advanced version. 3.) Is the child...
by MelissaB
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 41996

OT: Boys' Reading

Hi, All ~ We've heard that it's difficult to find wholesome fictional reading for boys, so we wanted to share: Sugar Creek Gang books by Paul Hutchens (available through YWAM or Christianbooks online) are wonderful adventure books with Biblical teachings scattered here and there all the way through....
by MelissaB
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 13 & 14 (including Japan & China)
Replies: 3
Views: 5454

'And Can It Be That I Should Gain?' 2 :)

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but it took me two days to figure this out. &) In case we have other Not-Exposed-to-Beautiful-Traditional-Hymns-Growing-Up Moms out there, here's a helpful note: The music repeats the last line of the song each time, i.e.,"Amazing Love, how can it be, that Thou my God ...
by MelissaB
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Encouragement Needed - High schoolers
Replies: 21
Views: 8928

Re: Feeling inadequate and want to quit

We got this idea from a video on parenting last week, and love it: We chose one missionary, and one person we know who does not know Christ. Every time the girls argue, we stop what we're doing and pray for those 2 people. The first day, our missionary and friend were prayed for a lot ; the next day...
by MelissaB
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: EX-1850 - Weeks 13 & 14 (including Japan & China)
Replies: 3
Views: 5454

'And Can It Be That I Should Gain'

I had a hard time putting the words to music on the hymn, so we went to youtube and found a choir singing it. It's truly beautiful.
by MelissaB
Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 17282

Re: Spelling - we have not yet begun

Yes, the initial set-up takes a little time. But we love SP because 1.) it doesn't waste time, and 2.) we can implement misspelled words from other classes easily into each day's lesson. You're very wise to wait until you feel you've gotten the hang of the other classes before you start SP. Next yea...
by MelissaB
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 25834

Re: Missionary biographies

Yes, Townsend was not as adventurous. Don't give up - Nate Saint is full of adventure. Btw - When you finish Saint's biography, you may want to know what happened to the other men and to Nate's sister, Rachel Saint. We went to YWAM Publishers, and sure enough they have biographies on Jim Elliott, El...
by MelissaB
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Writing - Help with critiquing essays
Replies: 40
Views: 17631

HELP! Grading Writing

I really don't have a clue even after reading the pages on evaluating the writing how to grade this paper. This is her first essay that has been written. We hadn't done the previous ones and now we are going back and doing those. Any help, criticism, etc. would be valued. Thank you, Jeana Essay Wee...
by MelissaB
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Special Needs in the early years
Replies: 11
Views: 6849

Re: Just got autism dx for dd/feeling frazzled

Hi, Cindy,

Go to Temple Grandin's website for autism.

Blessings to you ~
Melissa B.
by MelissaB
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 15809

Re: MFW with an "only" child?

It will certainly go well. Snuggling on the couch for Bible, history and science then doing projects together (or with an older sibling?) will be every bit as special with Mom as it is with Mom plus one or more. Right now, we travel 45 minutes once a month to meet up with another family doing the sa...