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by LA in Baltimore
Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Math Facts - How much to expect
Replies: 30
Views: 12650

After all this great advice all I want to add is.... Don't Panic!! No Math Program is perfect. Making changes is not what a child needs (most of the time). As moms, we tend to panic when things don't go smoothly and think "if only I switched programs, if only I taught it a different way...) I actual...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 21935

Science in the Kitchen...Moldy Bread...Help!

We did the moldy bread experiment in week 11 of Adv last week. Only problem is...the bread doesn't look moldy and it has been 6 days! This is scary! Either we didn't do it right (maybe not put enough water on it) or the bread has soooo many preservatives that it will never mold! :( We'd appreciate ...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - When stressed, discouraged
Replies: 141
Views: 44658

Be of good courage!

I've felt discouraged, too, at times. Sometimes, it is one of the children's attitudes. Sometimes, it is my attitude. Sometimes, it is burnout. Other times, it is loneliness. After more than 10 years of homeschooling you would think I wouldn't get discouraged so easily, but I do. I wonder if I'm doi...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 21935

Hasty Pudding...Johnny Cakes

Our Hasty Pudding was similar to Cream of Wheat at first. We ate it hot and then poured the rest into a glass container and refrigerated for lunch the next day. Once refigerated, it sliced like polenta and we pan-fried it with butter. Both ways were good. The next week, we made Johnny Cakes. I think...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 21935

Science Experiment Week 11

We just finished watching our split peas explode the bowl! The children enjoyed it, but it would be more impressive if you used larger sized dried beans/peas. The split peas were so dense that very little water fit in the container before we put the top on. Therefore, it only picked the top up a lit...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Grading - Any advice on how to give grades while using MFW?
Replies: 19
Views: 10127

Giving Grades

I don't give a 'formal' end of semester or year grade until 7th or 8th grade. But...I do put some grades on their papers because... 1) Some of my children want a grade . They seem to enjoy seeing how they did and trying to get it higher next time or keeping it there if it is a 100! Math papers and S...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Apologia General help starting/transitioning/Mod 1
Replies: 66
Views: 24116

Jr. High Science...

We have successfully used General, Physical, and Biology with Apologia. General and Physical went very well, but I must admit, my son is a voracious reader. Physical was done with a co-op, so we just had to pace his reading and give him any written assignments and tests we desired. He did General at...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 10-11
Replies: 34
Views: 21935

Quill Pen

We bought the white feathers at Michaels (local craft store - I'm not sure if they are a national chain). There was an inexpensive package with 4 white feathers. They were the perfect length! All I had to do was trim the bottom and voila...we had really cool quill pens.

LA in Baltimore
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ** More user praise reports!
Replies: 35
Views: 17829

Hurrah!! for Adventures...

I just had to take a minute after lunch and let you all know that Adventures has been a huge turning point for our homeschooling. My youngest commented this morning after we finished our Read Aloud that "it was a lot and a lot and a lot and a lot and lot more fun than last year because we didn't hav...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: State Sheets - Keeping children's attention
Replies: 17
Views: 6515

I'm only on Week 10, but I have found that during any coloring activity reading a book aloud to them helps it move along. I use the Read Aloud for this or another book that is from our book basket.
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Nature Walks - Study materials
Replies: 19
Views: 9186

Nature Study - First Book

I'd have to agree that Pocketful of Pinecones is a good place to start. I loved the book and got a good overview as well as ideas for Nature Study. If I only could pick one to start with I'd pick Pinecones ! Field Guides have been a much bigger help for our family. This year I added a Golden Book Fi...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 1-3
Replies: 71
Views: 48405

Week 3 Adv: Crayon Shavings

Just a heads up about the window poster. You don't need many shavings at all to make a beautiful poster. Less is definitely more with this project! This was definitely a hit with the children. I can see how this would make a great Christmas gift! * I did the project with three children also and we n...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 27952

Praises for MFW

Thanks for sharing your experience Theresa and everyone else!! I couldn't agree more. This is our 11th year of homeschooling and although I found out about the Charlotte Mason Method about 2 or 3 years into our schooling, I've never been able to pull together a program on my own that I or the childr...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 4-5
Replies: 33
Views: 28059

Wigwam week 4

I have to agree with Kimberly about the wigwam mess. The children began to lose hope that it would work out. The frame went well, but the bark covering got soooo messy and was hard to get pliable enough to stay on the wigwam. I started helping 2 of my 3 at that point and we got through it. I'm glad ...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 8-9
Replies: 15
Views: 14140

Tricorn Hats

We completed the tricorn hats today. They came out great! The children finished cutting and coloring the white part while I did the Read Aloud of Sarah Whitcher. God bless them...they knew which way to put the hats on. They really are paying attention to those pictures in Exploring American History ...