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by MJ in IL
Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Handwriting (& Coloring) - Ideas for children who resist
Replies: 26
Views: 17136

I just wanted to chime in and agree with the other advice to not worry about it too much. I have one child who does not do well with the physical part of writing (10ds). His current manuscript is fairly legible, cursive is a bit better, and he is learning to type and loving it! This is the first yea...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Can we begin late in the year?
Replies: 2
Views: 5905

In CtG, the earlier roots are a bit "easier" (biblos, photos, metros) and more common in our language. If I were in your place, I would make a list of what you miseed, pick up where your are in the curriculum and then either simply discuss the earlier words or add them in more formally as you are ab...
by MJ in IL
Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:18 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Motivating a 7th grader
Replies: 10
Views: 10385

Kelly- I have a 7th grade daughter also and can relate to your struggles. Mine is a typical first-born in many areas, but is s-l-o-w in doing everything...even things she likes. For her, social restrictions are the most serious and effective. In our house, unfortunately, it tends to be a struggle wi...
by MJ in IL
Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 20829

I'm going to file this: If a child is stumped on what a "book type" is then give her ideas such as folktales, missionary stories, cookbooks, atlases, factual books about the geography of an area, stories about how real kids live, history of the area, books about the culture, etc. My daughter loved t...
by MJ in IL
Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: ECC book discussion, ideas, favorites
Replies: 41
Views: 20829

My daughter was 11-12 when we did ECC. She is a huge reader but used the book basket time as more of a "Free time." She read picture books, looked through the atlases and other reference books I had in there, but also read other books at her level. For those... We added other of the YWAM books (both...
by MJ in IL
Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: Making seatwork FUN!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 9971

I played hide and seek with the blue letters also. When they were able, I complicated this by adding in matching with the capital letters, pictures from our letter envelope or badges. They loved this! I might hide the goat badge and they would match it to a blue card and the one of several pictures ...
by MJ in IL
Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?
Replies: 28
Views: 20538

Copywork/Dictation - Benefits? Resistance?

How much do you require? When you have your child write the dictation passages in PLL, do you have them use the "lined" paper? How much would you expect from an 8 year old boy? Should he be able to write the whole passage at one time? We are just beginning the PLL and are doing lesson 2 where he ha...
by MJ in IL
Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: General Ideas for ECC
Replies: 165
Views: 131648

4H Culture Kits for ECC

I ran across a neat supplement for our studies through our local 4-H chapter. They had several "culture kits" available for checkout--free! I just got a large Rubbermaid tub about Australia with money, maps, stamps, postcards, newspapers, grocery flyers, a shirt, "Kangaroo crossing" road sign, local...
by MJ in IL
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:16 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Textured letters - Additional ideas & questions
Replies: 10
Views: 8394

Just another tip for textures and letters. I have done K 2X and a favorite activity of my boys' was to use glitter glue to form the letters (capital and lower-case) on an envelope. We then put the picture cards for that letter in the envelope. It was fun! I had texture letter puzzles that I used for...
by MJ in IL
Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Feel like I'm not doing enough-how can they be learning?
Replies: 12
Views: 12969

Pam- What is it you feel like you might be missing? Or is it just a nagging feeling that you might be missing teaching something? I have found peace in the fact that I can't "teach" everything and know God will guide me in what He wants my children to know and understand. (BTW we are doing CtG this ...
by MJ in IL
Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to other unit studies
Replies: 44
Views: 22901

Pam- I also have used several other programs and, for the most part, really enjoyed them with my oldest. I agree with the others about amount of time, the stretch to do SL with more than one child, easy hand-on activities and especially: ...more Bible centered, more integrated learning (instead of j...
by MJ in IL
Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:39 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - What standardized tests are out there?
Replies: 39
Views: 21014

Kelly- I'm odd because I like to test! I organize the testing for our homeschool co-op. I personally prefer the Standford . I can't really say why, although my earlier experience was with the Standford, so I may just be more familiar with it. I know I did like the score reporting better with S. I al...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: ** Testimonies from Users!
Replies: 61
Views: 29372

Do your kids love the program as much as you do?

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 6:47 am Justa brief note...You asked: Also, do your kids love the program as much as you do? "When is it book basket time?" and "Do we get to color another child with the Bible verse?" (the John 3:16 pages in ECC) My then 9ds asked, "Why do we have to change when this one (...
by MJ in IL
Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can ECC be done in a 4-day week?
Replies: 16
Views: 9609

Hi Amy- I did ECC and 1st with my 3 older children last year (ds7, ds9, and dd11) and also am involved in co-op classes once a week. I found that ECC worked well even being gone one day. Some things we doubled up on another day (this was not difficult with the Hero Tales, geography or science readin...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Productive activities - Unstructured Afternoons
Replies: 44
Views: 24921

I love this thread! My children tend to be dawdlers and I love rabbit trails...so, although we try to get done in the morning, it doesn't often happen. This summer I have purposed to change some bad habits (in my children and myself) to make the goal of free afternoons more possible. We have been ma...
by MJ in IL
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Notebooking - How does MFW utilize this?
Replies: 6
Views: 5781

Can you tell me how MFW utilizes notebooking? Thank you! Terri In 1st, your child develops his own Bible notebook. In the materials is a book for this. It is blank at the top with an increasing number of lines for writing a title then short summary of he Bible story. Both my boys have loved this. A...
by MJ in IL
Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - How do you manage big kid and little kid science?
Replies: 10
Views: 9311

I am doing a separate science with my 6th grader. I am using ECC and she is welcome to sit in for our time with that (1st grader and 3rd grader are "targeted.") I found that she was loving the journal/dictation pages and took WAAAY too much time with them. She now typically listens in and does a pag...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:23 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Way behind, squish or stretch into next year?
Replies: 11
Views: 7793

I just wanted to let you know you are not alone! I have no good excuses but I am also "behind." I keep reminding myself that I don't have anyone else's timeline but my own to worry about. We always school some through the summer and my children don't seem to mind as they think a short school day is ...
by MJ in IL
Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 3-4 United States
Replies: 67
Views: 54048

SOme nice supplemental resources for ECC

We just finighed our 2nd week in the US and it was much more fun than I expected. Prior to ECC, we had done 2 years of US History so I was thinking, "US, again??" Both my ECC children (11/9) memorized all the states with little effort...during book basket time! I had gotten a book- The Scrambled Sta...