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by MJ in IL
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploration to 1850
Topic: General ideas for U.S. Presidents
Replies: 17
Views: 14386

It kind of hurts, but I just decided to glue them. The kids think it is great!
by MJ in IL
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Timeline - What does yours look like?
Replies: 24
Views: 19393

Re: No space for a timeline

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:32 am I have looked at an accordian-style timeline at Rainbow Resource for years but never bought it. It's name is something like We were signing the Constitution when Beethoven was ... I ended up making my own timeline a couple years ago in a book. I would really like to...
by MJ in IL
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Was The Children's Homer difficult?
Replies: 21
Views: 11413

I highly recommend reading The Childrem's Homer! My 2/3rd, 4/5th and 7/8th loved it! My older dd did choose to read a more "advanced" version on her own in conjunction with my read aloud. Marie does a great job of prefacing what you are about to read, what to look for and then we always did a quick ...
by MJ in IL
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Writing - Assignments & modifications for younger students?
Replies: 6
Views: 5424

I have done CtG with a 2/3rd grader and 7th/8th grader with my ds4th/5th in between. It took us a bit longer (hence the 2 grades) as we moved during that time, had chicken pox w/4, and several other health and travel interruptions. I have come to really understand how to use the materials as a guide...
by MJ in IL
Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 9923

I have two opinions/ideas here depending on what your goals are. Does he need more time in meeting the goals of that particular lesson in that LA time or does he need work in being concise? I have one son in Language Lessons and he really wishes I would be fine with what he finishes in the LA time s...
by MJ in IL
Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: 2nd grade and RTR
Replies: 21
Views: 13825

I had a 2nd grader (8ds) in CtG this year. He really did quite well...better than I expected. I am learning each year to go with what works! He loved EFTRU...I hadn't planned on including him...but he simply wrote the root, definition, copied a word with def., and we worked out a sentence together. ...
by MJ in IL
Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Plunging in to MFW & Charlotte Mason, need hand-holding!
Replies: 12
Views: 11190

Academics - Support plunging in to MFW & Charlotte Mason

Plunging in to MFW & Charlotte Mason, need hand-holding! I spent this summer trying to pull together my own thing for school and it was pretty good, but I spent so much time looking for books and planning and thinking about it that my head is going to explode. I frequent the homeschool review board...
by MJ in IL
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Exploration to 1850 & 1850 to Modern Times Archive
Topic: Vocab after CTG & RTR
Replies: 6
Views: 3654

My mom (retired hs English teacher) trained me to read with a notebook next to me. I am trying to teach my children to do this as well. When we get to a word we don't know, we write it down, look it up and jot down a definition. Sometimes we simply figure out by the context and look it up in the dic...
by MJ in IL
Wed May 30, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 29773

MJ, what is a "desk apprentice"? Sounds like something I need! LOL! Or maybe a human one... you know, someone to set up the desk area and keep it all organized for me! ;o) Seriously, if you could describe it or post a link to a picture of what you have... Go to staples.com and type in Desk Apprenti...
by MJ in IL
Wed May 30, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Prep/Organization - Daily advice from the very organized!
Replies: 75
Views: 29773

I love to read about organization...I just wish I was more consistent in doing organization:)! I'm a bulk copier. The copy store has an industrial puncher that I like to punch huge amounts with. I put them in a binder and I'm set. As far as time organization goes, I can make a great schedule on pape...
by MJ in IL
Tue May 29, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Science - Do 7th and 8th graders do BOTH sciences?
Replies: 14
Views: 7420

Science - Do 7th and 8th graders do BOTH sciences?

My 7th grader will be starting CTG this fall. I was thinking about adding Apologia Science along with CTG. Wondering if I should leave out the Science that is already included in CTG. I have only glanced through CTG, so I'm not exactly sure how challenging it is going to be. Would love to hear some...
by MJ in IL
Tue May 22, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Teaching - Math/LA & when do you consider switching?
Replies: 14
Views: 8747

Kelly- This is an interesting question and thread. I found MFW years ago at a conference; called my husband to see if we could swing the K prgram for my son; then bought. It was a bit of an impulse buy-based on my children's learning style differences and my desire to accomplish teaching to multiple...
by MJ in IL
Fri May 18, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Teaching - How to avoid ''Over-educating our first child''
Replies: 18
Views: 13987

I did this! I am embarrassed to admit how may preschool/K programs I used concurrently to make sure I was covering all the bases . Dd(now13) read earlier than my others (4-5), but the others were actually much easier as they were older and "really ready." That said, none of them were that interested...
by MJ in IL
Thu May 10, 2007 8:36 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Special Needs - Teaching & resources for specific needs
Replies: 90
Views: 35021

Those are great analogies Crystal! Auditory processing was just becoming more in the forefront of SLP when I left my "career" outside the home for my "career" at home. I wish I had more experience in that area!
by MJ in IL
Tue May 08, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Teaching diligence amongst distractions
Replies: 6
Views: 7617

Nicole- I remember the days of 6,4,2...it is a lot of work. I know how easy I have it now...I just wish I weren't in the car driving so much! Just another quick idea for your younger children. I don't like messes...which means a lot of fun activities. However, Play-Doh, rice, water activities in sma...
by MJ in IL
Tue May 08, 2007 12:20 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Academics - Question for those who have used this a long tim
Replies: 39
Views: 22437

My children have the chickenpox so I have extra time to reply to posts today! We have used MFW for several years. My older dd didn't get the beneift of starting with it as the Hazells hadn't written it all yet! We plan on staying the course here. I have used other curricula and will stay because: - ...
by MJ in IL
Tue May 08, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Teaching diligence amongst distractions
Replies: 6
Views: 7617

OK, I am a not a great example for time management. I love making charts / schedules but have difficulties following them. We follow Marie's order of subjects in the CtG manual-I put that in quotes because I'm fairly sure it doesn't always look like it! I have found my children do much better focusi...
by MJ in IL
Sun May 06, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: 6th to 8th grade Archive
Topic: Grammar - Placement for child who has already had lots?
Replies: 13
Views: 11506

Lisa- I agree with Julie. I have a dd13 who does well in grammar and spelling and we have had years in which we focus on science and math in place of these. I haven't used PP, but I know there is grammar in TLP guides. As far as writing, I have not done much with WS for dd. She does takes an IEW cla...
by MJ in IL
Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Compare CTG to other ancient history programs?
Replies: 23
Views: 18644

In my mind, the cost difference is a "history & possibly Bible reading" versus "an entire curriculum plan." For example, we recently finished the period of the judges. In studying Samson, another program may have a reading on Samson and activites. In CtG, we had 3 days of reading from the Bible and ...
by MJ in IL
Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Can't seem to fit it all in! Sick days,
Replies: 68
Views: 23942

Although, we are currently following Marie's schedule as much as possible, there have been times I have chosen to have a rotating 1/2 hour block with each child. For example, dd12-LA (indep); ds10-piano; dd8-meet with Mom (we go over math concepts, introduce the LA, etc.) Then rotate to new "positio...
by MJ in IL
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Schooling on Nice days, Winter blahs
Replies: 17
Views: 12416

I second the list idea. My kids and I are list people. I make a graph or table with the column heading as subjects. I write the days, lessons, assignments or chapters down each column and we color them in as we do them. When we finish a column, we have a treat! Children love visuals! We also sometim...
by MJ in IL
Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Ideas - God's Creation from A to Z (Kindergarten)
Topic: Badges - Ideas for wearing them and alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 62886

What I did for badges was cut out a simple shape from construction paper, write the character/Bible info for that letter on the back and laminate them. We taped them on the refrigerator, sometimes used them for flashcards or played matching games with the letters. I got a lot of the animal shapes fr...
by MJ in IL
Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Reading - I cannot believe this! My reluctant reader just read!
Replies: 19
Views: 9170

Tammy- How wonderful for you to hear those words from your son. I, too, have a son who started v-e-r-y slow and has continued to surprise me with his incredible "jumps" in skills after periods of wondering if I was doing this right. I feel the Lord brought me on a particular journey to show me His p...
by MJ in IL
Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 21412

The test scores usually confirm my thoughts--especially the child whose lowest score was listening and following directions (smile).
I had that exact experience also...It was nice to show the child it wasn't just mom!
by MJ in IL
Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Testing - Is it helpful? Prep? Hints?
Replies: 50
Views: 21412

I also test, however I prefer the Standford. In the state we used to live in, a test score was required for several specific grades. I am odd in that I always loved taking tests and I enjoy administering them, as well. I am planning on testing my 4th & 7th graders, but I'm not sure about the 2nd gra...