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by MJ in IL
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Vocabulary - Card size, Card alternatives...
Replies: 23
Views: 9747

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:10 pm We needed to play catch-up on some of the cards when we did ECC. Instead of drawing the word, I used clip-art from the computer and Internet. I have a Lego kid too! I'm going to have to file that idea for ECC vocab. in a few years. He would love that! He's always tr...
by MJ in IL
Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Bible Notebook - How much to help with Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 11052

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:30 am I haven't heard that particular teaching from David so I'm not sure if my own thoughts line up with their ideas here but... What are you goals for that day? What is your time frame? What are your child's strengths/weaknesses? What is his personality? I've been all o...
by MJ in IL
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Teaching (& modeling) time mgmt (whiteboard pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 31484

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:33 am In my house, in addition to the trying to squeeze too much into my children's brains in a short time :) transitions slow us down. I realized I was throwing in a "quick" load of laundry, then having to spend 5+min. to regather the troops! Or my request for finding a ...
by MJ in IL
Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Chores = Life Skills!
Replies: 36
Views: 17112

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:10 am One of my kids' favorite things to do to "spice things up" is a "Bowl Choosing Day." It usually is a cleaning day, but I have also used this for school. I print the chores or school subjects with a few "fun" topics (15 jumping jacks, pick another card, play a game 2...
by MJ in IL
Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: 1850-MOD - Starting states/presidents in the middle?
Replies: 3
Views: 5504

1850-MOD - Starting states/presidents in the middle?

I have a 5th and 2nd grader and I have prayed and believe that the Lord has led me to this curriculum to give me the planning help I need and to help me continue with SOTW for my older child while meeting the needs of my younger child at the same time. So, I really praise God for this and can't wai...
by MJ in IL
Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Content - Describe MFW Screening?
Replies: 8
Views: 6536

As far as the content screening...I have used other curricula with too-mature-of-reading-selections-for-me. I have come to trust what Marie has chosen. I cannot keep up with pre-reading all the books we get...so I only pre-read what I find that she hasn't put on her list. I have found that her notes...
by MJ in IL
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:54 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: 46806

Ideas if you can only fit in ECC before high school and want to add a short overview of American History Hello, My 13 yo dd will be doing ECC next year and then entering MFW high school program the following year, which I believe centers on Ancient History. Our problem is that I'm afraid we didn't ...
by MJ in IL
Wed May 14, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - The Children's Homer pronunciation help !
Replies: 9
Views: 6297

I found these that helped some. I don't know the full content of the sites but this info helped me!

http://classes.colgate.edu/pgregory/cor ... dPron.html

http://campus.lakeforest.edu/academics/ ... onunc.html
by MJ in IL
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:49 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: 2nd & 3rd graders - How are they doing in CTG?
Replies: 32
Views: 19707

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:49 am I am currently doing CtG with my 12dd, 10ds, and 8ds. We are all loving it! My 8ds is right in there with the others although, as some stated, may not be getting as much out of the Streams book. I am not at all worried though because he is learning so much. He is us...
by MJ in IL
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - K-8 daily time frame (author response)
Replies: 45
Views: 18821

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:23 pm Carol - Welcome to MFW. I have 4 dc (12dd, 10ds, 7ds and 2dd.) We have done ECC (&K&1 with the boys) and I am getting ready to start CtG. I second the advice to look at the TM article. This helped me to get a framework for my day. What also helped me was an idea I g...
by MJ in IL
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Bible Translation, Missions, Service Projects
Topic: ECC inspires family mission trip
Replies: 7
Views: 8157

Lisa-
The impact this trip will make (and has made) on your children's outlook on what life is really about is huge!

Thanks for sharing your heart!
by MJ in IL
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Bible Translation, Missions, Service Projects
Topic: ECC inspires family mission trip
Replies: 7
Views: 8157

What a fabulous opportunity! Please share a bit about your trip. We have supported missionaries in the Nicauragua area for years and I know that there were people affected deeply by Hurricane Felix.

I love it when our "school" and "life" are one in the same!
by MJ in IL
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: PP - Progeny Press or Total Lang. Plus?
Replies: 6
Views: 12826

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:25 am I thought I'd weigh in on my experience with TLP. My daughter did several of the TLP guides (Amos Fortune, Incredible Journey, Caddie Woodlawn & MSotMountain) as a part of a homeschool co-op we belong to (as a 5th grader- BTW, LA is her "thing".) She loved them and...
by MJ in IL
Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: CTG/RTR - Experience with 7th-8th grader? (author response)
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:19 am I know the Hazell's have a post [see above] about using CTG with 7th and 8th graders. I don't know if you need more LA but I know she suggests literature guides. There aren't many specifically for ancient history but they are great. I concur with the previous respon...
by MJ in IL
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Comparing - Help, I keep switching curriculums! (David Hazel
Replies: 16
Views: 15048

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:14 am I have to reply to this as well. I am a curriculum junkie. My friends tease me because if they want to know about a homeschooling resource, chances are I have researched it. I unexpectedly found MFW at our homeschool conference several years ago and have not turned ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Dictation - Help when spelling is too hard
Replies: 15
Views: 10461

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:15 am I have 2 boys that have not loved writing, in general. We have done several things with dictation and copywork with them... -Reducing the length of the passage for my older was key. Writing was simply physically exhasuting for him. I can think of a particular PLLL t...
by MJ in IL
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Basket - How do you do this at your house?
Replies: 26
Views: 17039

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:05 am I have my kids' book basket time assigned right after lunch while I am putting their sister down for a nap. Like Kelly, I don't have any requirements of their time except that it involves the books in the basket. Our biggest problem is ending this time to get back t...
by MJ in IL
Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Ideas for daily routines, mornings
Replies: 68
Views: 33483

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:38 pm I did the ECC and 1st combo last year with 6th, 3rd, 1st graders and a 2 year old so I can relate. I did want to share a tip I got from _Managers of Their Homes_ that has saved my sanity. I rotate the older children through a time with my youngest . This year, they...
by MJ in IL
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:47 am
Forum: Ideas - Creation to the Greeks
Topic: Field Trip ideas for CTG
Replies: 25
Views: 20180

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:47 am Related to CtG, our 2 big field trips this year were: + to see the Tut exhibit in Chicago and + to church, actually--a representative from Jews for Jesus came and led our Passover Seder. + As we were reading the Psalms this week, we remembered being able to visit a ...
by MJ in IL
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Do you recommend this for CTG?
Replies: 19
Views: 10929

I am another to say go ahead and get it all! EFTRU was one of our favorites...even my 2nd/3rd grader! The read alouds (especially Patricia St John) should not be missed. We got behind on art (only finished about 2/3) but my children all learned so much from it.
by MJ in IL
Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Copywork - Goals in 1st
Replies: 5
Views: 6919

Copywork - Goals in 1st

We are going through mfw 1st w/ my 6yo ds and I have been wondering about the Proverbs copywork... There are obviously several words that my ds isn't ready to read yet in these verses that he is supposed to copy. I have been having him do it anyway and just reading it to him, showing him each word,...
by MJ in IL
Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia
Replies: 73
Views: 35834

Handwriting - Ideas for b/d reversals, dysgraphia, dyslexia

Hello ladies! My 9 yo dd has very messy writing. I have tried to figure out why. She use to have an unusual grip on her pencil, but we corrected that, but her writing didn't improve much. She doesn't seem to apply even pressure when writing a word. She may start out okay, but end sloppily. She also...
by MJ in IL
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Writing - Users answer questions
Replies: 10
Views: 5554

Writing - Users answer questions

how much writing there will be in CTG? Can anyone tell me how much writing there will be in CTG? We finished CtG this past fall with boys roughly those ages. I used ILL and PLL with older son-at our co-op for writing for the fall semester. I used ILL / PLL with Writing Strands (very lightly) and my...
by MJ in IL
Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:42 am
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Academics - Too much for average or not college bound?
Replies: 30
Views: 15198

Re: Not college bound...

I admire all the single moms who are parenting and providing! I wanted to add a couple more thoughts here because I think there are 2 polar sides to the issue and, based on what I am reading, most of us are somewhere in the middle: I am coming from the perspective of having a MA and a career path th...
by MJ in IL
Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:54 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Academics - Too much for average or not college bound?
Replies: 30
Views: 15198

This is a great thread! My oldest is also 13 and we have a vision for some areas, but not a well-thought out plan. Several thoughts came to mind as I read this: Vision Forum has an interesting DVD out on raising daughters at home...I don't recall the title. They interview several families whose daug...