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by LA in Baltimore
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Will MFW work for large families? Tips, schedules
Replies: 89
Views: 30904

Re: Would MFW be a good fit for my family?

Any multi-age/grade teaching you can do is a plus! 1) They all have the benefit of learning from each other and spending time together, and 2) You can complete (most of ;) ) what you have set out to do each day. It has freed me up tremendously to combine Bible, History, LA, Science, Art, and Music w...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Support for using the message board
Topic: Why aren't new posts moving up / bumping?
Replies: 13
Views: 7587

Re: Why aren't new posts moving up?

Thanks, Julie!
I just got my mini lesson for the day.
I didn't know I could do all that! :-)
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Week 34
Replies: 11
Views: 8757

Re: Week 34

We received a response from President Obama today. Three of my children wrote individual letters. At this point only one received a reply. She received a general Thank You letter addressed to "Dear Student". It was a kind, generic letter. No photos or other items. Edited to add: The other 2 letters ...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 15001

Help-struggles in Language Arts

I wanted to know from those of you what you think about the amount of writing ECC plus the recommended MFW LA program will involve. My rising 5th ds is an avid reader but in general has always disliked copying things, even doing his own original work, in our past traditional curriculum choices. I t...
by LA in Baltimore
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Do you follow MFW grid? How do you teach several?
Replies: 76
Views: 28308

Re: How do you plan your MFW day?

Chiming in a little late... Oldest one (High School) works independently through the morning. I work with three youngest... First we do Bible and any History that is involved with Bible. Then we do Language Arts as written in TM. I send them off with any seatwork that Bible/LA presented. Then, I cal...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Preparation - Box Day! and helpful hints
Replies: 38
Views: 15793

Re: Before starting Adventures?

Agreeing with all the posts...with a twist ;) ... Depending on your personality, you may want to peek at the ADV board about 1 week ahead of where you are currently working. This may help you avoid the little bumps that inevitably occur... Like the time you can't get the egg to float... or the time ...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon May 25, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Field Trip Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 69
Views: 38767

VIRGINIA - THOMAS JEFFERSON

We just visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. They opened a new visitor's center this past April. It is wonderful! They have added a Children's Discovery Museum where you can touch and play with many duplications of what they will see in the main house and on the grounds tour...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri May 08, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Science - Description, topics covered?
Replies: 21
Views: 5945

In defense of the science portion

One thing in defense of the science portion ;) ...the year before last I used a very thorough science textbook with the children. We read the chapters and completed the summaries. We took the tests. And they remembered nothing!! This year we just followed the science suggestions...We did it all (no ...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - What standardized tests are out there?
Replies: 39
Views: 18515

Re: standardized testing for PA special need child

I was sorry to hear about them removing the WRAT. It is a wonderful tool. Lower stress. We've taken the CAT, ITBS, and WRAT. My child scored similarly on each one. The WRAT is just so much more child friendly! Do you belong to HSLDA? They would be the perfect ones to help you with this. Also, CHAP's...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Record Keeping / Planners - Ideas to use with MFW
Replies: 120
Views: 40681

Re: Homeschool Tracker

I've been using paper and pencil for 11 years now. I have it right with me while I'm teaching and can make any changes/additions/deletions as we go along. I always write in pencil, so I can adjust without having cross-outs or white-out all over the place. Learned that the hard way. ;) I find it much...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 30-31
Replies: 6
Views: 7011

Re: Weeks 30-31

Week 30: Transcontinental Railroad We noticed on our map, after reading about the completion of the railroad, that the men working westward appeared to lay many more miles of track. The story had been thorough enough that the children were able to remember the people working eastward had to dig thr...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 28-29
Replies: 11
Views: 8105

Re: Weeks 28-29

Week 28: Abraham Lincoln
The Nest DVD on Abraham Lincoln fit in really well this week.
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 24-25
Replies: 20
Views: 10283

Re: Weeks 24-25

Week 25:Water Molecules We used colored Marshmallow to complete this activity. The children made an extra "glass of water" ;) for Dad They were very excited to greet him at the door and ask him if he'd like a glass of water. This activity made GREAT conversation at the supper table and Dad enjoyed ...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 24-25
Replies: 20
Views: 10283

Re: Weeks 24-25

Week 25:Corn Casserole
The recipe in the TM was easy to make and enjoyed by all.
It didn't take long to prepare and was very child friendly as far as the children helping!
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Audio ideas
Replies: 14
Views: 11254

Re: High School Bible Reading Suggestion

I checked with my husband and we already have the NIV on CD, so that is one thing off my curriculum list! :-)

I like the idea of them playing it on something other than headphones.
My younger ones will probably benefit from it at times then, too!
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: Geography - Questions about ADV
Replies: 8
Views: 5990

Re: ADV- Map studies included this year?

Agreeing with everyone above that no supplementing is needed. A US Map puzzle would be fun though. I've often found them at garage sales. My children love to do them! You will also have a map placemat that you will refer to CONSTANTLY :-) as you do your history and your read alouds and your book bas...
by LA in Baltimore
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Why not continue with Singapore? Saxon transition
Replies: 30
Views: 17310

Re: Saxon - Why is this recommended?

On a personal note... We had used a more hands-on manipulative based program for the past 8 years. And yes, it was easier for them to do than some of the more traditional programs out there. But, as we got closer to taking college placement exams and started to take practice tests we realized that t...
by LA in Baltimore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - How to fill state requirements
Replies: 49
Views: 19517

Re: What to add to MFW's recommendations?

I always add a subject called "life skills" to my homeschool. Everything my children will need to be all God has called them to be in life. Depending on age it has included: setting the table clearing the table making breakfast, lunch, or supper sorting laundry doing laundry folding laundry raking l...
by LA in Baltimore
Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: General Ideas for Adventures
Replies: 71
Views: 62321

Resurrection Cookies Reminder...ADV

Week 30 of ADV has an Easter Focus. There is a recipe for Resurrection Cookies. For anyone who is not that far in ADV, you might want to look at it. It is a great thing to do this week no matter where you are in the program! Yeah!! We're on week 27 of Adv and would not have known if it wasn't for yo...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Book Subs - Suggestions if we've recently read an RTR book
Replies: 15
Views: 8910

Re: Dangerous Journey vs Pilgrim's Progress

Little Pilgrim's Progress has been well liked around here. We read Pilgrim's Progress at the High School Level. All the choices are great and have been or will be read many times around here! You really can't go wrong. You definitely might want to choose something different than Dangerous Journey ju...
by LA in Baltimore
Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Language Arts - Are the MFW recommendations the way to go?
Replies: 34
Views: 17620

Good children's dictionary suggestions?

I am interested in purchasing a good children's dictionary for my 8yo dd for 3rd grade. Does anyone have any good recommendations? I am not looking for a "picture" dictionary--but something with a little more "meat" yet still child-friendly :) Thanks! Irmi Gaut We've enjoyed Merriam-Webster's Eleme...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Mathematics Archive
Topic: Singapore 2A, Specific Lessons
Replies: 23
Views: 6953

Re: Renaming and subtracting

It seems that each child can struggle in a different area in math. One of mine had NO problem with regrouping, etc and then we hit long division! For us the 2B and 3A books seem the toughest. I always have them try doing things in their head if that is what the book wants and then we do it on paper ...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Foreign Language - Choosing & trying out different ones
Replies: 50
Views: 18489

Re: rosetta stone korean ?

We have Rosetta Korean. I believe it is an earlier version, so things may have improved. It has no workbook or keyboard component because of the different alphabet. The children enjoy it for the auditory work. Hear the word, pick the photo feature. By the time my oldest was going for High School Cre...
by LA in Baltimore
Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 24-25
Replies: 20
Views: 10283

Re: HELP! Ideas for forming glue into "jewels" for crown

The Crown is done! :-) We did two things: First we colored our traditional glue jewels with markers (we had tried drying the glue on wax paper on our second go-around instead of foil, but the wax paper curled up and the jewels would have been too hard to glue on the crown - we went back to foil for...
by LA in Baltimore
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Ideas - Adventures in U.S. History
Topic: ADV Weeks 24-25
Replies: 20
Views: 10283

Re: HELP! Ideas for forming glue into "jewels" for crown

OK...no one laugh. We are trying the jewels, AGAIN. The jewels I saved from yesterday we're "not acceptable" to the children. We had put the foil in the garbage before I decided to salvage them. The children were sure that the King of kings and Lord of lords should NOT have jewels on His crown from ...