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by asheslawson
Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Is MFW-K enough
Replies: 20
Views: 8190

Re: My advanced dd is LOVING MFW K!

I'm so glad to hear that! I LOVED MFW K & so glad I didn't miss it either, even though we waited till my dd was almost 6 to start - so glad I didn't rush forward & get something else. That is a REALLY cherished year in my heart. Now - just hoping my daughter-in-law will decide to let me teach it to ...
by asheslawson
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 37190

Re: Record keeping with MFW

I was at Mardel the other day & saw a nice cardboard folder with a place to keep a record for K-12 - I wish I'd started it with K for my children! However - I just kept sampling of their work in a flat priority mail box each year when they are younger. This year I will begin keeping grades for my 7t...
by asheslawson
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 29298

Re: cataloging books

I have way too many books too - so mine are organized like this: Bookshelf 1: top 2 shelves of favorite children's books I may never part with 1 shelf of frequently used historical reference books and my set of multi-subject reference books 1 shelf of current year curriculum (just put EXto1850 on it...
by asheslawson
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Independence - Assigning more work to do independently
Replies: 82
Views: 25044

Re: Reading history to capable kids

I have sort of grouped things together that we will do all together as group time. When there are younger kids in the house to be included I just say we are doing history together. I will often have a color type page or something to do while I read. That way even the oldest is somewhat occupied and...
by asheslawson
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia extra CDs, kits, lapbooks, fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 19609

Re: Apologia Physical Science question

Thanks fdjoyce for posting the info on Knowledge Box. I used the notebook this year with Apologia Astronomy - but if I chose not to do a portion - it is just sitting there blank. I like the Knowledge Box too - now I have a choice of which way to go for general science this year! Thanks!!
by asheslawson
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Minutes with Marie
Topic: Baby Geese
Replies: 3
Views: 3569

Re: Baby Geese

Thanks Marie! I always enjoy reading your posts. We all need a reminder - especially this time of year for me - because sometimes I am so tired & my nerves are frayed that the little things tend to get to me. I need to remember those little geese before I say something insensitive.
by asheslawson
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Combining K alongside an OLDER program (author response)
Replies: 55
Views: 23517

K and 4th Grade (ECC)

So, I have asked this question to some extent, and I know Marie has instructions on how to teach K and ECC together, but I wonder if people can comment that have actually done it? What did you end up restructuring/rethinking? How did it work? What advice to you have to make it work, practically? I ...
by asheslawson
Sat May 25, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Reading - Can we include great lit unrelated to geography/history?
Replies: 6
Views: 3136

Re: Mixing up History Cycle or using book basket

We have enjoyed readers that went with different parts of history that we already studied. The nice thing is it refreshes topics we discussed previously & makes for great discussions. We've even pulled out some books from prior years of MFW when we've been discussing things like that.
by asheslawson
Tue May 21, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 22951

Re: Ideas Needed: Organizing

All of this year's curriculum is on a bookshelf. I pack the unused portions of previous years in indivdual rubbermaid totes until needed again. Some books get carried to next year - so they stay on my current year curriculum shelf. I have a plastic drawer cart for the books like ILL & their indivdua...
by asheslawson
Thu May 16, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Language & Math - Can I use any curriculum? MFW philosophy?
Replies: 33
Views: 12880

New with questions

I'm also curious about what Math and Grammar curriculum you are using. I'm familiar with Saxon, which I know is one I've seen used, but I'm not familiar at all with Singapore. I see it EVERYWHERE, though. I use Singapore, but I am switching my 6th grader to Saxon 87 next year for 7th. [Note this is...
by asheslawson
Wed May 15, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Concerns about teaching
Replies: 38
Views: 10078

Re: Need some help with explaining Singapore methods

I have been overwhelmed with Singapore more times than I can count - but I agree with those who posted that the HIG's help. I don't use every single part of every guide - but they teaching ideas have helped so much. I also have begun to see the merit in teaching Singapore's method - as best as I can...
by asheslawson
Wed May 15, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Science - Astronomy notebook questions
Replies: 18
Views: 11248

Re: Question about General Science Student Notebook

We are doing astronomy this year. I enjoyed the astronomy notebook too - and I sort-of felt the need to get every page done @ first too - but I have relaxed. Overall - I felt the notebook was a nice plus for our science curriculum.
by asheslawson
Wed May 15, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for organizing without one
Replies: 32
Views: 17289

Re: New with questions

My goodness! I thought my house was small...I have a roomy 1200 square feet! Our house really doesn't have very large walls & one hallway is loaded with pics of our 6 kids as they've grown. Their is a very short hall leading to the bedroom & bathroom - that is for our world map. Not sure where we ar...
by asheslawson
Tue May 14, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - End of year burnout
Replies: 56
Views: 14017

Re: I think we are done...is it horrible to be done now??

I have been so exasperated too. I don't have as many little ones - but somedays there are quite a few. Today, I had my 12 & 8 yr olds that are my last 2 at home...but I also had a 4 yr old & two 3 yr olds that I babysit, and my 1 yr old granddaughter, who wasn't feeling that great. Deep sigh. Some d...
by asheslawson
Wed May 01, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 13825

Re: How do you do MFW in 4 days a week?

I began MFW with a daughter in K & my son in 4th, doing ECC. We have been doing a weekly co-op every year. It is sometimes a little tough - especially depending on what we have taken on in co-op - but it seems fairly easy to adjust out that extra day. Friday is scheduled as a light day in the curric...
by asheslawson
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Bible Learning - Book ideas for Preschool/Pre-K
Replies: 20
Views: 7499

Re: Do you have a favorite Bible for Tots and PreK

Just in case you needed one more to consider... :~ There's one called 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs and it's really cute. The lessons are perfectly age appropriate and my dd has loved it. The CDs are nice extras. :) I have this one too (100 Bible Songs / 100 Bible Stories) & really enjoy it. H...
by asheslawson
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Lessons beyond the books, faith connections
Replies: 45
Views: 15006

Home school blues & appreciation for the wisdom in MFW

I thought I would post about the ups and downs of home schooling. I have had my seasons of doubt before - but this last time was awful. I was so in the dumps that I started to even doubt it was possible to teach my children and question whether I was doing the right thing. I wanted to get online & r...
by asheslawson
Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Science - Is it enough for all ages?
Replies: 13
Views: 6515

Re: Science in ECC

I agree with Julie - I sometimes found science a little tough in ECC. We really enjoyed it though and the book has sections to work through for younger students on up to more challenging sections if I remember well. What I remember most vividly about ECC is some of the wonderful science experiments!...
by asheslawson
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Afterschooling - Has anyone used MFW for this? Grandkids,
Replies: 18
Views: 8426

Re: Using ECC over the summer with ps children?

I saw your post and just enjoyed reading it. I was just thinking that if for some reason I could not continue to home school (finances constantly threatens that)...I would still use MFW as enrichment for history, bible, and science. I think you will really enjoy it over the summer! You can probably ...
by asheslawson
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Preparation - I've ordered CTG, how do I get ready?!
Replies: 14
Views: 6110

Re: Creation to the Greeks

Since you mentioned you might want your timeline in a binder - I thought I'd post about how we do ours. I do our timeline in binders too. I created a cover sheet to slide into the clear view cover of the binder. Then, I printed an inside cover sheet that said "BC" for each child's binder, then left ...
by asheslawson
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - Supplements needed? Extra workbooks, other topic
Replies: 18
Views: 7006

Re: Singapore question

Hi Lori, (1) I'm going to lean on the side of not getting the instructor guides until you see a need. I got them, I'm not critical of them, but I just think that they can overload and take the focus away from the Singapore textbook lessons. Or, if you get them, maybe set them aside until you need t...
by asheslawson
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work with only one child?
Replies: 51
Views: 12881

Re: MFW for Jr High

Just jumping onto this - a little late, I guess. I don't think it is light - unless your particular child just needs more - but what I find is that I can always branch off of what we are talking about and give him a research type project to do, and extra reading. My son is also going into 7th - and ...
by asheslawson
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Schedule - Begin MFW 1st mid-year? Year-round schedules?
Replies: 18
Views: 5548

Re: Day 125 of First... a natural stopping point?

Sounds like you've had a wonderful full school year and she's enjoyed a great 'buffet' of enrichment and learning activities! Enjoyed reading about all the things you did. I think I forget to count co-op, field trips, and service oriented activities as a part of our education - when in fact they are...
by asheslawson
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Minutes with Marie
Topic: My Garden
Replies: 2
Views: 3810

Re: My Garden

Beautiful words Marie!! I just noticed this section WAY down here at the bottom of the page! I love what you said - I have been doing some bible studies with the ladies of my church - and during one of the recent studies the author said God spoke everything into existense - but not when he created u...
by asheslawson
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: * RTR is absolutely wonderful!
Replies: 25
Views: 16026

Standing up for truth when viewing popular tv program!

My 8 yr old dd was watching Zula Patrol tonight with her dad - he sometimes comes in and turns on this show with her after her bath. I've never really been able to pay close attention to the program as I am usually cleaning up the kitchen. Tonight - during the show ending one of the characters said,...