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by MJ in IL
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Help with specific instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 13907

Hi Deb! I think we did it similar to Amy just mentioned. What we did was to get out 3 dictionaries at differing levels. Each child would look up the root to see how many words began with that root. Then the youngest, with the children's dictionary, would read a word and def. and we would rotate thro...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL - User tips for hurdles that first week of high school
Replies: 28
Views: 15552

We finished week 1 also. Dd completed her paper and I am looking forward to using the guidelines to grade it. Carylee-I helped too! I loved our "meeting" although it took longer than I expected, we got off on a lengthy discussion of the foreshadowing in Gen 3:15. (How cool is that?) My dd needs guid...
by MJ in IL
Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Combining 1st and an OLDER program
Replies: 80
Views: 38303

Did you teach both sciences?

Those who have taught CTG and 1st together... Did you teach both sciences? If so, did you schedule science at the same time for both levels? How did it work out? TIA. I did ECC and 1st and tried to do both. However, I eventually decided to make ECC science my priority. Older ds (who was 3rd grade) ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL - User tips for hurdles that first week of high school
Replies: 28
Views: 15552

Well, we just finished Day2 with dd14...does that count? I am not familiar with all of the literature selections/authors used in the examples. I had her read a quick short story by EAPoe just so she knew he was real (she asked about him being real). I explained that the examples were there to illust...
by MJ in IL
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Missionary Bios - Questions, Testimonies, & can we add m
Replies: 69
Views: 28287

I'm another one who loves the missionary stories! I wanted to add that I get in extra "reading" time with books on tape. We recently "read" through 5 of the Little House books in the car with books on tape from the library. Amost every trip for us is about 20 minutes so we could get a good chunk of ...
by MJ in IL
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Ideas: For busy/wiggly/kinesthetic boys (and girls)
Replies: 17
Views: 13732

Re: Attention span for almost 6yr old Kindergartener

"keep 'em moving" -- one thing after another, up & down, I agree. We are starting K with my youngest (sigh!) I have forgotten how patience testing it is! She sweetly answers every question I ask and 2 minutes later, doesn't remember a thing. I have a hard time keeping a a straight face:) Anyway, to...
by MJ in IL
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Family - Grades 2 to 8...isn't that an awfully large span?
Replies: 31
Views: 15266

Two children completely different

Well, these last two weeks have been hard, back and forth, trying to see the long term picture but also needing the immediate picture, two sons completely different....it just went on and on. I've come to a conclusion: I'm ordering MFW in the morning. My older son, 5th grade, loves to learn, loves ...
by MJ in IL
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: K & 1st - Favorite books and extra readers
Replies: 67
Views: 26672

I love reading "A House is a House for Me!" (I recently replaced my library discard of that one.)

Do watch for library book sales...I found many (the elephant one mentioned, one about a cow in a canal...) for $.10 at my friends of the library store.
by MJ in IL
Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 32816

We have treasure hunts. I separate the school supplies and new school books into boxes and, using a Klutz book that has ready-made treasure hunts, I hide and they seek! It gets a bit long now as each one wants their own (shhh! don't tell my upcoming high schooler I told you!) so I set a new one up f...
by MJ in IL
Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Encouragement for reluctant writers
Replies: 55
Views: 18136

Thinking and Writing

It isn't the actual WRITING, hand formation..etc, but getting composition to paper. Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:01 am Sometimes combining the tasks of thinking and writing is tough! I wanted to share a bit of my year from last year. Ds9 (then 8) broke both his wrists in September. He had 2 casts and...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 35818

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:24 pm I drew a picture of a bed with the word "bed" if that makes sense. They liked that. Also, I emphasize that with writing "b" you move down, up and around...while with "d" it is around, up and down. With that said, I think it takes time. Even my oldest will sometimes ...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 46698

Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:05 am I also like this idea! The geography year has helped in our with history studies with physical knowledge of places and our prayer/spiritual attitudes with the cultural/mission background. I read a post on the boards by Kelly in the last couple of days that gave a gr...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 19718

Modeling?

I'm wondering if I should stop asking her to "perform" and just model how to do it myself for a little while to see if she gets it... Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 I don't know if you want more ideas from someone who is not at that point right now but...I would say, "Yes!" Finding the main idea or summa...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - Help with writing
Replies: 41
Views: 19718

Re: Taking notes?

So, what are ways you help your child narrate the story? I've tried having her color while I read, but she can't remember what I said. Then, how do you help your child keep it short & sweet for their summary when they want to be super detailed? Is it ok to let them take notes while you read, if it ...
by MJ in IL
Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: 6th-8th grade - Which MFW years to choose? (David Hazell res
Replies: 81
Views: 46698

We just skipped RTR

...RTR and MOD would cover a lot of the material not already covered. I do agree with that, but my oldest has had such sporadic history at school that I really want him to "see history as it unfolds" when we homeschool. I want him to see that God started it all in the beginning and has continued "H...
by MJ in IL
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Discussion about the rumor that MFW is "light"
Replies: 45
Views: 27413

I have done the rigorous route with other curriculums and my children were left in the dust. I was tired of all the reading aloud I had to do and my voice even gave out for a week. Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:27 am As I read this thread, I agree with what has been said and thought all I could add wa...
by MJ in IL
Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:02 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 19696

Re: 2nd and 3rd graders

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:01 am I did CtG with my 2nd grader and it worked out great! I've posted before on my experiences. I found a post that I'm going to try to link that may be helpful, and there may be others: [Writing] http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=4623 If this didn't work...I le...
by MJ in IL
Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:56 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Review - after 1st, after 2nd, when finished early?
Replies: 40
Views: 15155

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:59 am Similar ideas that were fun for my kids were: - During their "sister time," the boys have read simple books to my younger dd. - My mom (who lives in a different state) made books-on-tape with many of the books she gave the kids. She even used a spoon and glass to si...
by MJ in IL
Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Math - Pre-Algebra, longer transition to Algebra?
Replies: 8
Views: 6324

Math - Pre-Algebra, longer transition to Algebra?

Just wondering if i gave my daughter some time to "mature" and not do the algebra what would i do with her for Math next year? She is 11 but "technically" in school she would be a 7th grader--she skipped 2nd grade when she was in public school. I don't want to take a break and do something else bec...
by MJ in IL
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Classroom - Ideas for set-up, desks, walls, boards, books
Replies: 82
Views: 39263

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:42 am For my perfect homeschool room I would love to have more accesible bookshelves with doors on the bottom 1/2, for messier storage items! I would also love a couple of laptops to move with us as we work. Now that I am thinking, maybe a counter along the wall for art ...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: EFRU - Premade card set?
Replies: 14
Views: 9236

I'm not sure what is included on the pre-made cards, but...my children enjoyed making the cards. The TM gives a great outline on making and using the cards. They learned the roots and seemed to be retaining what we got through in CtG.
by MJ in IL
Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Credits - General questions, terminology, states
Replies: 25
Views: 17494

Planning high school

Where can I get some good information on: what is required to graduate high school (homeschool style, of course); how to give my children the best advantages for getting into college to wherever they want; how do children get scholarships? Is the "College Without Compromise" book a good choice? I r...
by MJ in IL
Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: AHL Discussions - Literature/English Credit
Replies: 31
Views: 21320

Literature Supplement for the high school program?

Does anyone know what the "Literature Supplement" is for the high school program? I was just wondering. Thanks! OK I don't quite qualify yet as a parent of a high schooler, but...I do have my Lit/Comp supplement for next year. I think I can give you and overview of what's in there. It includes: a g...
by MJ in IL
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Kindergarten Readiness - Fine motor skills; Play
Replies: 15
Views: 10415

Crystal's eye dropper activity reminded me of a bead favorite here... Sort out a few different colors/shapes of beads and glue 2 or 3 of a kind in each compartment of an egg carton (I started with 4-6.) Using a tweezer (or fingers) sort the beads from the larger pool of beads into the appropriate co...
by MJ in IL
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Kindergarten Readiness - Fine motor skills; Play
Replies: 15
Views: 10415

I would tuck this in the back of your mind and focus play in this area...but not worry too much. Crystal has some great ideas! Neither of my boys had great fine motor skills in K...one has had (and continues to have mild) fine motor issues. I think MFW K is perfect for these kids! -The textured puzz...