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by asheslawson
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Updates - 1850MOD
Replies: 13
Views: 4326

Re: Now my questions on 1850Mod

I just received my order last week. The DK Smithsonian Children's Encyclopedia of American History does have a 2003 copyright & the last page is #287, The Gettysburg Address (followed by the index :-) )
by asheslawson
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 1850-MOD for 7-8th grade
Replies: 11
Views: 4485

Re: Supplies - 1850-MOD for 7-8th grade

I agree with Tricia to see if you could save a bit on the science items and maybe the states & capitals songs. There are also some books you'll need if you did not do EX-1850. You'll need: Trial & Triumph In God We Trust, Exploring American History (2nd edition) The Last 500 Years US Wall Map Wall M...
by asheslawson
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Choosing Guides, Book Reviews
Replies: 27
Views: 9962

Box day! Icebox Pie Day!! So fun!

We just received our shipment today of 1850 to Modern Times and all our other items! My son started a tradition on our 1st box day to have icebox pie on box day - so we got it ready this morning - and YAY - UPS was not delayed. We had such a wonderful time looking through our new books - I had fun c...
by asheslawson
Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts - Are the MFW recommendations the way to go?
Replies: 34
Views: 15873

Re: should I just go back to spelling power ?

It can't hurt to try it if you already have it. That is what I did. Here is a bit of my attempt to use other programs. I tried a few other things - but I just keep using SP primarily. My son needs almost no help with spelling, he is a natural speller, and rarely misses words - so I went to ARFP beca...
by asheslawson
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon 8/7 - Specific lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 5747

Re: Saxon 87 Help - less#78, MP#20, pg 531

Thanks Julie & Amy! I still struggle with this - but I went back with a more open-minded approach after realizing that the goal of this is ONLY to find the function that is being done to EACH "in" number in order to obtain the "out" number. I was thinking that there should have been some type of rel...
by asheslawson
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Placement - Must we start with Geography (ECC)?
Replies: 92
Views: 24304

Re: Placement?

I tend to lean towards saying I'd do ECC - they are such a great age to enjoy it - and your 1st grader could jump in on anything he/she wants - it had so many great activities. My youngest did MFW K, but jumped in on many of the activities her 4th grade brother was doing in ECC - she really enjoyed ...
by asheslawson
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon 8/7 - Specific lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 5747

Re: Saxon 87 Help - less#78, MP#20, pg 531

Thank you - I think I am less confused! :~ Patterns definitely make things easier - this just seems so random - like there could be many things to try that would have worked, but the simplest is the answer provided in the solution manual....as Julie mentioned. I guess I get frustrated because I thin...
by asheslawson
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Placement - Need reassurance/advice (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 35
Views: 11501

Should we give Singapore another try?

Help! I need some guidance here. A little background of our math journey: We used MFW 1st grade last year, doing the math as written in the manual. It went well. For the most part, my dd seemed to grasp most of the mathematical concepts we went over and the hands on was really good for her as she h...
by asheslawson
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users, Even More!
Replies: 124
Views: 47505

Re: Why can't I find any long term MFW users?

Posted by asheslawson » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:22 pm I can relate to some things everyone said who has posted on this. I began using MFW 4 years ago with my then 4th grader in ECC and my kindy did MFW-K. We are getting to ready our last year of 1850 - Mod too - and I am excited. Even in busy times, wh...
by asheslawson
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Math - Complete Book of Math, specific questions
Replies: 18
Views: 10865

Re: 1st Grade: Complete Book of Math reviews?

I used it 2 years ago with my now 3rd grader - we loved it - she completed every page in the year and did very well. She has an incredible grasp of math right now - but did not love Singapore - although she did fine with it. She had seen Horizon's at the book fair and asked to use it - she liked the...
by asheslawson
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Learning without "Readers" or "A Reading Program"?
Replies: 52
Views: 19661

Re: No "reading" as a subject....will we miss anything?

I agree with Julie's post - and another short mention...MFW has instilled a DEEP LOVE of reading! My children sometimes can be found in the middle of a night reading a book they can't bear to put down. Some of the amazing stories we've read still move us, such as the Christian Heroes series - we LOV...
by asheslawson
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Combining ECC and younger child learning to read
Replies: 108
Views: 37226

Re: New to MFW - wondering about ECC

I think hsm really answered your questions very well - and I agree with her responses. I would add just a few things. I had a 4th grader and a kindy the year I did ECC. I bought extra student sheets, and with exception of a few - they only ones my kindy really enjoyed was the John 3:16 coloring page...
by asheslawson
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia extra CDs, kits, lapbooks, fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 20465

Re: Apologia kits 7th-8th grade

I did Apologia 7th grade science this year and I went back and forth on buying these kits - but I knew in the past I had forgotten to shop for a lab supply and had to skip labs from not having items. I live just a little out of the way and on a very tight budget so I don't get out of town too often....
by asheslawson
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Scheduling Grammar & Progeny Press
Replies: 41
Views: 10587

Re: Progeny Press questions

Just jumping in here, and very late, but I am sure glad you asked your question. We are almost done with the All-in-One and I don't know how we got through the book so quickly (I usually struggle to finish in time - but that one has been going quicker). So - I've wondered what to do when we finish t...
by asheslawson
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Schedule - 4 day week, light Fridays, co-op days?
Replies: 16
Views: 5450

Re: CTG four days a week, instead of five?

We only homeschool 4 days a week when we have co-op, which is 12 weeks in fall & 12 weeks in spring. I like my 5 day weeks better, when I can relax and not feel so rushed, but 4 days is very do-able! It is part of why I chose MFW in the first place when I originally was comparing curriculum.
by asheslawson
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 32467

Re: When homeschool gets tough - then what?

I read an entry in my MOM's devotional bible some time ago that always comes back to me when I am feeling down. I am paraphrasing here: Do you trust God to take care of your children; to keep them safe; to guide them, to help them make wise choices? Yes? Then, trust Him that he selected the best mo...
by asheslawson
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 25418

Re: Do you monitor child's books?

Thought I'd jump in with a recommendation - we loved the two series we've read by Chuck Black called the Kingdom Series, and they are Christian books. They are very good, set in medieval times - using characters that are written to mirror biblical stories and truths. Just thought I'd share if you ar...
by asheslawson
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General specific lessons, labs, supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 10243

Re: Apologia Gen Sci ?, Lab 6.4, chemical weathering

Thanks Tricia! That is what I was thinking it sounded like, but after re-reading, I kept thinking that maybe 'the' vinegar referrred to the the vinegar previously used the day before! I always over-think things!! :-)
by asheslawson
Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: SP - (Sp. Power) - Instructions are in MFW guides (and here)
Replies: 43
Views: 13704

Re: Spelling - we have not yet begun

I really sympathize with the quick start - but on the plus side - once you kind-of get into it - it does get easier. I have tried several other programs, because I just wanted a workbook & a once weekly test for my ds, who is a natural speller, but even those were cumbersome. I liked ARFS, but it wa...
by asheslawson
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Saxon 8/7 - Specific lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 5747

Re: Saxon 87, Lesson 17, Lesson Practice, letter F

Someone else who has the book on hand noticed our conversation and had a suggestion for you. Lesson 17 Warm Up , the answer for F is 16. Lesson Practice section, which I think is what you are looking at, says F is 23 degrees. See if that clears it up. If not, let me know! Yay!!! THAT'S WHAT I DID!!...
by asheslawson
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Ideas - Learning God's Story (First Grade)
Topic: General Ideas for Learning God's Story
Replies: 30
Views: 11150

Re: First Grade Reading Chart, and other confusions...

Can I just jump in on the math question? I did the stick bundles to count 10's, I did the beans & sticks & the loose '1's' beans in 1st and I am so glad I did. I never did add a formal math curriculum other than what came with MFW K & MFW 1st for my dd - and my daughter is soaring through math. I st...
by asheslawson
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can I start MFW-K in the wrong season? Midyear?
Replies: 20
Views: 8261

Re: Regret that I didn't choose MFW K

I agree with Julie in praying you find peace. It is tough. The first few years I homeschooled, I kept wavering - but I am thankful I always ended up getting MFW despite wondering if I should try something else. Their plan has REALLY worked. I have deviated just a little with writing - but otherwise ...
by asheslawson
Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition
Replies: 30
Views: 15481

Sticking with MFW is really working!!! Loving Saxon 87!

Oh my, I have had a few crazy years since I began home schooling! I started with pre-k for 2 years using different materials & Carol's Affordable Curriculum...until it came time for my daughter to start K & I was struggling with things I wasn't thrilled with about public school. Finally - I decided ...
by asheslawson
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Helps, creative ideas for teaching in general
Replies: 29
Views: 12264

Re: Stop me from jumping ship with SP

I used SP with my son - but he preferred a workbook program. I let him do A Reason for Spelling one year - but went back to SP the next for multiple reasons (partly the very high price of ARFS and I just didn't like the workbooks having something for a group, while the extra stuff for a single stude...
by asheslawson
Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: EX1850 & 1850MOD - How do they look different for 7/8th?
Replies: 12
Views: 4956

Re: Ex to 1850.? Read Carry on M. Bowditch before JohnnyTrem

Yes Julie, I do have my ECC grid - and that is helpful!! Thank you so much Julie - I guess many of us get 1st day jitters. Tomorrow is my 1st day of homeschooling another person's 7th grader along with my 7th & 3rd grader, so I have them so bad today that I'm feeling almost sick!! Wrapping up my pre...