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by MelissaB
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Encouragement - 6-8th graders & distraction
Replies: 8
Views: 5126

Re: Concentration skills

Hi, Rachel. There is a game called A Fist Full of Coins that increases focus and sequencing (which will also help math skills), in a fun way. It's expensive. :) But it's a lot of fun.
by MelissaB
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Can we begin the MFW cycle mid-year?
Replies: 54
Views: 16542

Re: I'm not crazy, am I???

You're not crazy. Investing in a curriculum that helps us stay better organized in the most efficient amount of time is wise. :)
by MelissaB
Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Making and storing cards OR notebook pages
Replies: 25
Views: 11844

Re: EFTRU - 3x5 versus 4x6 cards and boxes

We used 3x5 for the same reason - We had some boxes that size :) - and it worked great.

By the way, the EFTRU study has been beneficial in their science class over the years, too.
by MelissaB
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: God & the History of Art - Starting in RTR? Later? Sibling?
Replies: 9
Views: 8376

Re: RTR is here! God & the History of Art - what do I order?

I felt that exact same way when we looked at MFW our first year. Truly, it is amazing.

We loved G&HA. By the end of the course, our oldest daughter was drawing really well, and she learned so much.

Have a great year. :)
by MelissaB
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: General Ideas for Learning God's Story
Replies: 30
Views: 13072

Re: Scheduling Read-Alouds (1st Grade)

That is an incredible amount of books! :) We also rotated our books each day by subject: a book on science one day, math the next, art, I think, then general reading. Ecclesiastes 12:12 says, "of making many books there is no end.." And we've found that to be true. :-) We're now in 1850-Mod. Times, ...
by MelissaB
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: 1850-MOD - Weeks 5 & 6 (including the Capitals)
Replies: 11
Views: 7904

Frederick Douglass

There's a short 3 min. video on the life of Frederick Douglass at biography.com's site.
by MelissaB
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: * 1850-MOD - Favorites
Replies: 13
Views: 9402

How is everyone's school year going???

We're doing 1850-Modern this year, and it's going wonderfully. We were a little apprehensive about the states & capitals songs due to previous posts, but the songs are actually very fun and engaging. I still think we learn more history in one week than I learned in a year. Who learned about Franklin...
by MelissaB
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Feasts - Will starting date affect the dates of the feasts?
Replies: 11
Views: 7131

Re: CTG Feasts

Yes, just wanted to second Jen's wonderful thoughts. The feasts were very special, and our family enjoyed them tremendously.

Just looking ahead … Don't stress over the details. :) The purpose will still be completely successful, even if something doesn't work just like the book says.

Enjoy CTG!
by MelissaB
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: 1850-MOD - Weeks 3 & 4
Replies: 21
Views: 11142

Pres. Franklin Pierce

The Biography.com site has a brief but very informative video on Pres. Franklin Pierce.
by MelissaB
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 5-6 Mexico
Replies: 64
Views: 43651

Re: ECC Mexico study (lengthy, with pictures)

Wow, great stuff!!

We like the glass bottle Cokes w/ real sugar, too. :)

P.S. Gail is beautiful & adorable! :-)
by MelissaB
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - YWAM Heroes of History
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

YWAM Biographies

Hi, All ~ Just wanted to note… the hero missionary biographies (like the bios in ECC, Expl-1850, & 1850-Mod) and the Heroes of History biographies from YWAM Publishing are wonderful ! Our dd's read well over 30 (40?) by now. She's learned so much history and world cultures, and, most importantly, sh...
by MelissaB
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: * Testimonies from Users - Even more!
Replies: 63
Views: 36078

Re: ECC Geography Game

The Geography Game was our favorite part, too. We get to repeat ECC next year, and we cannot wait! Gotta' look for some of those pretty pebbles… :-) Just a side note: After you read Nate Saint, you may want to read about his sister, Rachel Saint. Her biography along with Jim Elliot and others are av...
by MelissaB
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Ideas for reading to fidgety kids
Replies: 28
Views: 15267

Advice for read alouds

I am new to this type of schooling, switched from traditional. I am having a difficult time with read alouds. It seems my little ones are either disruptive or my school aged kids are daydreaming as I read. I am wondering if anyone else struggles with this. I feel more anxiety trying to school all t...
by MelissaB
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Non-USA - Using MFW Overseas (or in neighboring countries)
Replies: 53
Views: 19876

Re: Aussie users

Hi, Amanda. Good to have you on board! :)

You can use ECC, Creation to Greeks, and Rome to Reformation which are excellent, and all three cover history all over the world.

Exploration-1850 and 1850-Modern Times also cover history around the world, but you might find a little bias. ;)
by MelissaB
Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Book Reviews - Properties of Ecosystems (POE), helps
Replies: 36
Views: 20981

Re: Ecc science

Hi, Laura, I agree; Apologia's zoology will go very well with ECC. The Apologia zoology book is very interesting. If you finish it early, the Aplg. marine biology book is our daughter's favorite. :) May I make two recommendations? 1. Definitely purchase The Complete Book of Animals with your ECC pkg...
by MelissaB
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Ideas - 1850 to Modern Times
Topic: 1850-MOD - Weeks 24 & 25 (including WWII)
Replies: 13
Views: 12567

Re: Book suggestions for WWII in 1850MOD

Also, Jacob Deshazer was a World War II pilot fighter who was captured by the Japanese and later returned to Japan as a missionary. His story's at YWAM Publishing in the Hero Biography books. There are many more during that time period, but his is full of adventure throughout, very interesting read....
by MelissaB
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 1850MOD - SOTW Activity Book
Replies: 5
Views: 4162

Re: 1850MOD--SOTW Activity Book--Managing the size of it

We had our copies made at the UPS store. $12 for each set; they copied the pages directly from the book (no pages torn out); and they hole-punched them.
by MelissaB
Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Boys
Replies: 94
Views: 38834

Re: OT: Books for Advanced 10 yo Boy

YWAM Publishing has over 80 biographies, from missionaries to historical figures. They're well written and full of adventure. Our daughter's read around 40 biographies so far… (Buy in bulk. :) )
by MelissaB
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Bible and Christian History - Any Catholics using MFW?
Replies: 7
Views: 11166

New here... questions

So after much, MUCH thought, prayer and internal debate, I finally put our curriculum choice for my soon to be 3rd grade son up to family vote. My husband, my college age son and my 8 year old all voted for MFW...that definitely beats my ONE still undecided vote, so MFW it is! ;) We will be startin...
by MelissaB
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 32162

Re: after cycle then what?

Agreeing with Dawn… We're doing 1850-Mod. this year, too. We'll do ECC with our oldest next year (8th grade) and continue the cycle with our now 4th grader. :)
by MelissaB
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 41249

Re: K/ ECC schedule?

It looks like your 2nd schedule looks more workable to me, too. Like Ruthamelia's already noted, Fridays are lighter days. We like to schedule "make-up work" time on Fridays, which allows us time to finish any incomplete work. It's a "Play Time" if all of their work has been finished. ECC/K are such...
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: 41249

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: 22166

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: 10124

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: 25792

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...