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by MelissaB
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Ages - Younger/Older/Advanced in CtG
Replies: 5
Views: 9774

Re: ctg with 3rd grader

Hi, Grace. Have you completed ECC with your third grader? If not, I would vote for doing that one first, too. :)
by MelissaB
Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Do we slow down if child is struggling?
Replies: 19
Views: 6871

Re: Suggestions for pacing in K

Was so happy to read Gratitude's and others' responses. ! :-)

For so many children, reading just doesn't "click" until age 8 or 9.

May the Lord bless you as you encourage your little Man. :)
by MelissaB
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: * EX1850 - Favorites
Replies: 16
Views: 6839

Re: Enjoying Expl-1850

We absolutely LOVED Expl.-1850! We all learned so much.

And thank you for the reminder about projects, Kathy. Our priorities can get jumbled quickly over here. ;)
by MelissaB
Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 5B, Specific Lessons
Replies: 17
Views: 6153

Singapore math...almost done...boy is it tough

We are finally on book 5B and since ds is in 6th grade we are on schedule. Math typically has been my ds "thing". I am running into a weird situation for us though. When he did the daily work in 5A...he generally did well...but often made simple mistakes (he's always in a hurry). However, when we g...
by MelissaB
Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Holidays, Elections, Olympics, Fall Ideas, Special Days
Replies: 102
Views: 37325

Some MLK Day ideas

We listened to Dr. King's "Drum Major" sermon on MLK Day. It's excellent, too! Most of the speeches are audio only, but the Mountaintop sermon has video. :)
by MelissaB
Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Schedule - Timeframe for parent and student
Replies: 28
Views: 9733

Re: Time doing AHL?

Thank you so much, Julie & Tricia! And thanks for the encouraging words, Dawn - they're much needed! ;)
by MelissaB
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: US1 & US2 Discussions - History semester, changing to BJU, etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 11230

Re: 11th Grade - Tests

I like the idea of doing an open-book test for a week or two. Every author/writer of textbooks is a little different. A few weeks of open-book tests may help her get a "feel" for what this particular author is looking for. She'll take off soon! :)
by MelissaB
Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 21497

Re: Need character building, afraid I messed up

As I said, I love 1st, but just be prepared that it does take a little time to ramp up. You may feel you are stepping back for the first several weeks, because you are. But, it ramps up and is really good. :-) Just ditto-ing that. :) And love lea_lpz's last comment, too - Schooling is so much more ...
by MelissaB
Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Choosing 1st vs. Adventures
Replies: 78
Views: 21497

Re: Need character building, afraid I messed up

The MFW 1st grade science is excellent! And the books you'll read are so interesting. You'll enjoy MFW 1st! We all are regularly adjusting our academics - moving ahead when needed, slowing down when needed, and, at times, going back when needed. A great homeschooling Momma does just what you're doin...
by MelissaB
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Help Getting Started
Replies: 22
Views: 12325

Struggling with 1st grade math

So saying my 7 year old dd is struggling is often a gross understatement. We are using Learning God's Story as written and just started week 10. She is doing acceptably well with all other areas (reading, Bible, etc) We have been doing all the math activities every single day they are assigned. She...
by MelissaB
Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Behind - Finding Peace and/or Catching Up
Replies: 94
Views: 25360

Re: Need advice: how to catch up in CTG?

Hi, Shawna ~ {hugs} I've been reading your posts for several years now. You are a diligent homeschooling Mom, and Gail is very blessed. I love Dawn's and the others' advice to start where you left off. Concerning the activities or feasts you may have missed, Shawna, I would put the ones I really wan...
by MelissaB
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help with attitudes, unmotivated,
Replies: 81
Views: 29624

Re: Public School to Homeschool

My best advice is just FOLLOW THE TEACHERS MANUAL. That's great advice. That reminds me... May I share with you my mistake? :~ - Try to not purchase more than one curriculum for any subject, or add a lot of "extras." Choose one quality curriculum for each subject (MFW's suggestions for math and lan...
by MelissaB
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help with attitudes, unmotivated,
Replies: 81
Views: 29624

Re: Public School to Homeschool

I love both Julie & Ruthamelia's responses - totally agreeing! Those hands-on activities really are the most effective tool for learning when they're young.(!) My daughters are now 10 and 13 (turning 11 & 14 later this month!), and, looking back, those hands-on projects and the storytelling time in ...
by MelissaB
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: General ideas for 1850 to Modern Times
Replies: 17
Views: 25029

History research sites?

Good websites to research historical events or people?

We like the eyewitnesstohistory site.
by MelissaB
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Bible EX1850 - Tell me about James memory work
Replies: 16
Views: 6464

Anyone memorize the entire book of James?

This morning I was getting my head in the game for our next school year, so I read the book of James. We are going to be doing Ex-1850 and I saw that there will be an option to memorize the ENTIRE book of James. I was picturing James to be more "Philemon-esque" in length. Wow! It is not the longest...
by MelissaB
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: CTG - Week 1 (including the Sabbath & Creation)
Replies: 52
Views: 37334

Re: Blessing your children during the Sabbath Dinner

We did it similar to the way Dawn's family did it, except he placed his hands on their shoulders. I think I was the most nervous about this part of the Sabbath meal because I could see how uncomfortable my husband was. But you know what? The Lord answers prayer. When it was time for the blessings, m...
by MelissaB
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling while working, earning a degree, etc.
Replies: 49
Views: 16129

Re: Juggling job and MFW

Hi, Keri ~ I worked as a real estate agent, and while I don't mean to discourage you (!!), i'd like to help you plan ahead as you pursue this endeavor. I thought that i would be able to set my own hours . Once in real estate, i discovered that the clients set my hours . I had to rearrange my schedul...
by MelissaB
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Prep & Organization - Box Day helpful hints
Replies: 35
Views: 14022

Re: White Board

We put up a white board last year. We used it a lot. Our girls are older (13 & 10 yrs.), so we did a lot of math, grammar and history facts on it.

We use our small white board often, too, for little things (a difficult math problem together, etc).

Enjoy white-boarding! :-)
by MelissaB
Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for Exploration to 1850
Replies: 15
Views: 12497

usborne quicklinks for "the last 500 years"

We just started Exp to 1850 and in the past I often use pictures I can get from the Usborne Quicklinks pages. But even though "The Last 500 Years" is internet linked, I can't seem to find the page. When I contacted Usborne, so far they haven't helped. Do any of you have a direct link you could send...
by MelissaB
Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: * 1850-MOD - Favorites
Replies: 13
Views: 8347

Yay!

It's almost summer! Let’s encourage each other and have some fun! Marie We've just completed the 5-year cycle. Compared to what i learned in school… Wow, i really don't think i learned 1% of what our girls have learned in just 5 years. For those of you in the five-year cycle (Exploring Countries & ...
by MelissaB
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - Placement, year 1 + later years
Replies: 41
Views: 13804

Spelling Power

baileymom wrote:Do you re-test and start fresh at the beginning of each school year? Or pick up where you left off?
We pick up where we left off. :)
by MelissaB
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: ** Users explain why we love K!
Replies: 43
Views: 21315

Re: Why should I use Kindergarten?

Hi, Ruth ~ The mixture of character, science and reading lessons all woven together with delightful(!) reading books to share is what makes MFW's K unique. K changes activities often - so there's no boredom, no tears, but consistent learning activity. It doesn't have "dumbed down" activities in orde...
by MelissaB
Wed May 20, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Measurement & weights (US + metric)
Replies: 26
Views: 9264

Re: More than just math facts...

Poohbee wrote:However, I wouldn't sweat memorizing a whole bunch of these types of facts. Just focus on the ones you use the most. :-)
Agreeing with Jen.
by MelissaB
Sat May 16, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Family Size - Is MFW-K possible with a large family?
Replies: 28
Views: 13405

Re: kindergarten with 2 children of different ages

Hi, Debbie ~ You've already spoken with the MFW office, so i don't think i have anything to offer in the form of advice. But just as encouragement ~ It seems that their starting K together will be such a blessing. You'll only have to teach each lesson one time to both, which will save time, and the ...
by MelissaB
Sat May 16, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Topics - Measurement & weights (US + metric)
Replies: 26
Views: 9264

More than just math facts...

We are coming to the end of our school year with my 5th grader and I am realizing that while he has his basic math facts memorized we are lacking on our "measurement" facts (ie: cm to m, in to ft, g to kg, ml to l...etc.). When we were learning his basic math facts we got a lot of great suggestions...