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by Lucy
Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can't seem to fit it all in! Sick days,
Replies: 68
Views: 21445

I could say a lot but aren't we glad we do not have a 6 hour program to finish everyday. Whatever program I have used this has always been my challenge -- figuring out the best way to make it work. I think as they get older it does get easier becasuse they do need less instruction and sometimes can ...
by Lucy
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Schooling on Nice days, Winter blahs
Replies: 17
Views: 11618

This is very normal. I think you would find many of us are feeling the same way and wanting to be finished with school. I like Toni's idea and think that would be helpful for you all. Another thought is to take a break for a week and just do some fun things not necessarily school related. We all nee...
by Lucy
Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Progeny Press or Total Lang. Plus?
Replies: 6
Views: 12289

PP - Progeny Press or Total Lang. Plus?

I bought a TLP guide to try it with my son (6th grade) to see which we may want to use next year -- Progeny Press or Total Lang. Plus. The teacher's guide suggests planning an hour a day to do TLP. My question is how does that fit in with the MFW schedule? Would I drop Spelling Power and use the sc...
by Lucy
Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition
Replies: 30
Views: 19361

Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition

Why isn't Singapore recommended for Algebra? I've also been wondering: does Singapore not offer Algebra? And if they do, why isn't it recommended for people already using the Singapore system? shellie Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:43 am One of the reasons that MfW has not gone the Singapore route for...
by Lucy
Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Bible - How is it integrated with history?
Replies: 15
Views: 10319

Paige,

Thank you for such a good overview of the books in Adventures and how they show faith as a natural part of our history. I forgot that both years 4 and 5 use one of those books as well and you are right about how it gently integrates the faith of many of the American figures of our past.

Lucy
by Lucy
Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Bible - How is it integrated with history?
Replies: 15
Views: 10319

Hi Malenki, Just a note about integration or the uniting of subjects in general. MFW tries to unit all the subjects together as much as possible but there is a point at which this can become fruitless so they do not try to ever make something work that just is not there. The same thing is done with ...
by Lucy
Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: * Discover-Investigate-Declare - Five year cycle questions
Replies: 69
Views: 34825

Re: Do they miss out?

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:25 am I have heard David Hazell say many times "in the ideal world" all of our kids would start from the beginning but "in the real world" that is way too much overload on the family. There are a several things that come to mind as I read your question. Your younger chil...
by Lucy
Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 1st, K, Preschool - Help choosing priorities in CTG
Replies: 6
Views: 7336

1st, K, Preschool - Help choosing priorities in CTG

I have some priority questions. I am in my fourth year using MFW. I started with MFWK then MFW1 with my two oldest. We did everything, every library book, every experiment, stuff I added to expand when I wanted to, extra art projects, etc. It was wonderful. Then I did ADV and was able to go more "b...
by Lucy
Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Age-appropriate challenge, academically gifted
Replies: 12
Views: 11271

Re: what about kids who need a challenge and adventures?

Awesome responses by Fly2Peace, HopeAnn and Crystal. I do not have kids like that(wish I did some times) nor was I like that. When I read your post earlier, Rachel, I did think of several friends of mine who as their gifted child has gotten older they have been able to encourage them in a particular...
by Lucy
Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Lists in MFW Guides - Is it possible to get the booklist?
Replies: 23
Views: 16155

Book Lists in MFW Guides - Is it possible to get the booklis

Is it possible to get the booklist so I know what books to save? Is it possible to get the RtoR booklist from somebody? Please?? I have 5 bins of books that I bought, and I would really like to figure out what books I will need for RtoR and sell the rest. I will eventually buy the guide from MFW. W...
by Lucy
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 1-year-olds - Getting school done, Encouragement
Replies: 10
Views: 9817

Great suggestions again by Crystal--you're on a roll!

Another would be to try and do some schooling while the toddler is napping in the afternoon. This would be a good time to do that reading or project that may take your attention. Just another thought.

Lucy
by Lucy
Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Ideas for reading to fidgety kids
Replies: 28
Views: 16469

I think all of these are great ideas and I wished I had known about some of them when my kids were younger. I really like the grid idea a lot. I may try that with my kids even though they are older. I think it may work! Paige I think I remember you suggesting this before but I forgot about it. I thi...
by Lucy
Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Academics - Do we skip forward if child is doing well/easy?
Replies: 17
Views: 11600

I would finish K, skipping the activities that she does not need such as learning the new sounds. Many have moved into 1 thinking their child was ready and realized it was just too fast. Another factor may also be how old she is now as well as her writing but if she is of normal age I would just wai...
by Lucy
Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Siblings - Using MFW-1 with twins or close siblings
Replies: 7
Views: 6413

Brenda, I think it is fine to use MfW1 with both kids. It sounds like your older has started it but that your younger is not yet using the phonics yet. I could not tell. It is important to do their phonics and math lessons separately. MFW would suggest this even if you had twins. It is not only for ...
by Lucy
Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Science - EX1850 Animals & Botany
Replies: 10
Views: 5820

Also the primary book used to teach zoology is very creation based and even has you go over some falicies found in the "theory" of evolution. I am not sure how it ever even came to be accepted as a theory. Even a theory needs some good scientific evidence that it is true. I have not seen any of that...
by Lucy
Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 19212

That's what happens here, too, unless I say, "Ok, I want you to spend 15 minutes looking/reading through the book basket. I'll set the timer." Otherwise, no interest. I don't get it. I think the books are great! We have been doing book basket now for 5 years and my kids still do not run to book bas...
by Lucy
Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Motivating a 7th grader
Replies: 10
Views: 9833

Kelly, I have an 8th grade girl and she is doing better this year but some days she is just not very motivated. My dh and I have decided that after Christmas we need to set (help her to set ) some better goals about finishing. We have made check off lists but if I do not check to see that they are d...
by Lucy
Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 19212

Hi Winni, I will just add on to what Crystal has already said. You can also use Honey for a Child's Heart to find other good read alouds. They will not be history related necessarily. Although it is great to learn history through historical fiction, if MFW could not find one then it is not listed. T...
by Lucy
Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:31 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Non-USA Family - Will ECC work?
Replies: 9
Views: 6368

Jackie, Welcome to the MFW board! I think that everyone has already convinced you that ECC would work for you and I whole-heartedly agree. I did want to comment that the U.S. is studied first, but then North America is the first continent to be studied. It is studied along with Mexico and Canada too...
by Lucy
Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - My son's bird pics (Adventures)
Replies: 8
Views: 6418

Hey Ginger,

We too are enjoying Courtney's work this year. It is good to see you here on the board.

Merry Christmas!

Lucy
by Lucy
Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:06 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore - What if we finish the Math year early? or late?
Replies: 9
Views: 5514

Carol,

I agree with Julie. You can move into the next book without testing them again. The testing is for initial placement. It is not unusual to start at a lower level. Going on to the next book is fine too since it will continue to use and review all that was done in the previous book.

Lucy
by Lucy
Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Homeschooling during difficult time - loss, caregiving,
Replies: 57
Views: 21897

Re: Missing Dad

Lori, I am pray with you and others for you to find His peace in all of this right now. I have been behind at times and found taking a break for a week can really clear things and takes the pressure off too. Do not feel bound to trudge through. A couple of times I have started my year finishing the ...
by Lucy
Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When homeschooling isolates the parent
Replies: 26
Views: 17759

My prayers are with you. I know that He has the answers for you, and He will comfort you and make it clear to you what is right for your family. I have felt many times discouraged and ready to give up but He always makes it clear to me that this is His way for us. You are His child and He has a plan...
by Lucy
Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:03 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?
Replies: 28
Views: 19235

I have not asked my children at that age to write it all. You can just have him write a few sentences and still get the same benefits form copy work. PLL is really just right because most of it can be done orally and if you have a child who is resistant to writing (or actually is still having diffic...
by Lucy
Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:26 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Using ECC in a Homeschool Co-op or Classroom
Replies: 14
Views: 15889

I used ECC to teach a group of kids that were ages 8-13. I found it easy to pick out fun activities to do and to learn fun things about the continents and countries. The other families were not doing ECC either. I just called it a geography class and we spent the year taking a trip around the world....