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by Jenn in NC
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:18 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Copywork - Goals in 1st
Replies: 5
Views: 5045

I do really like the character building aspect of the Proverbs work. But I was unsure about using it for copywork since he can't read what he is writing -- his handwriting is coming along beautifully though. the Proverbs are to be copied for use in learning language mechanics such as capitals, comma...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Audio/DVD/Website - Resources
Replies: 13
Views: 5492

Re: DVDs/Websites - Does MFW have suggestions?

The VOM resources Scott listed above were extremely helpful for us when we went through ECC and dovetailed really well with Window on the World. They are worth checking into (imo).
by Jenn in NC
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Ideas - Exploring Countries and Cultures
Topic: Weeks 1-2 Introduction
Replies: 80
Views: 63241

Book to use with Maps & Globes

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:38 pm I found a book I really liked called Where in the World Do You Live? by Al Hine. I don't even know if it is in print anymore but there are used copies available for very little, or you check interlibrary loan. My kids understood the Maps and Globes concepts much bet...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Tests - Does MFW include this? Do you add tests or review?
Replies: 26
Views: 12703

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:16 pm My dh was like your dh, he didn't really know what was being learned. It wasn't too hard to change that though; I just started asking the kids at dinner to tell daddy something they learned about today (usually I will give them some sort of prompt -- like a bit of i...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: DELUXE - Describe these options, schedule
Replies: 7
Views: 5229

If it will take several weekends just for one castle then I should definitely do just one. Otherwise we'll never finish. I like the idea of asking dh to be involved. Once late fall hits, it'll be dark after dinner anyway, maybe they can work on it then. Fortunately we don't have a cat -- so that par...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Library - Must I use it?
Replies: 13
Views: 6292

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:42 am I just wanted to add that I live in the middle of nowhere and we have the worst library system here. But I still use MFW and love it. I do go through the TM at the beginning of every school year, and pick and choose a select number of books from either Rainbow Resou...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 112963

Re: Help explaining the Bible verses

I have found that it takes son awhile to process the information Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:07 pm My boys are very much this way, and I think it is wonderful that you are so in tune with your son that you are aware that it is a processing issue, and not a discipline issue or a mind-wandering issue....
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:24 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: 16885

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:05 am We are starting our fourth year with MFW so I'm not "seasoned." But I can say that my kid's scores have done nothing but go up each year. I'm not a "teach to the test" type, but we have to test every child age 7 and up every year in my state. So I get a lot of testi...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:06 am
Forum: Bible Translation, Missions, Service Projects
Topic: When our children begin to consider missions (David Hazell reply)
Replies: 6
Views: 6737

When our children begin to consider missions (David Hazell r

My dd is considering a mission trip overseas. She is really trying hard to earn the money for the trip. (Don't worry...she is still getting her school done ;) Any advice? Carylee mom2seven Praising God for the work He is doing in your dd's heart. What a blessing to see Him shaping her heart after H...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Creation to the Greeks Archive
Topic: Read-Alouds - Was The Children's Homer difficult?
Replies: 21
Views: 9719

Just wanted to mention that I think there is an older version of the Wanderings of Odysseus book that lacks the nudity and graphic violence that is in the newer version. I may be wrong -- I have been meaning to check into this to verify one way or the other... does anyone know?
by Jenn in NC
Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Rome to the Reformation Archive
Topic: Schedule - Compare RTR to CTG
Replies: 4
Views: 4250

Thank you all so much for your responses. I think in general I am getting the feeling that you all are saying that if we can handle CTG, we should be able to handle RTR. Of course next year we will have a new baby in the mix so "what we can handle" is all up for debate anyway :) But I felt like I ne...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Topics - Do you limit books to the topics of the day?
Replies: 6
Views: 3518

I don't know if there is any one right way to do this... but I tend to put out everything for the week we are on. Science, history, Bible, other cool books that have nothing to do with where we are academically. And the books from last week and the week before that the kids are still looking at. I h...
by Jenn in NC
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:51 am
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Schedule - Must I start in fall & end in spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 4956

Schedule - Must I start in fall & end in spring?

Is there anything REALLY wrong with starting ECC in a couple of weeks....doing it for 4-6 weeks.....and then picking it up next fall? Would it wreck the continuity? We have such a shortened school year with traveling from April-July with my husband's job.....the idea just popped into my head. Anybo...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: 3rd-4th grade - Transition from Adventures to ECC
Replies: 89
Views: 27476

Re: 3rd grader in ECC??

However, if it's your *oldest,* maybe you should do something drastic to keep you from overdoing on that book -- glue it to the basement shelf so it's hard to get at or something?! LOL I was that way with my oldest! Julie this is too funny! I love the visual that puts in my mind. Thanks for the wor...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Being content when the grass starts to look greener :)
Replies: 53
Views: 15909

I have already learned how to implement MFW There is something to be said for not having to repeat the learning curve every year, isn't there? Funny, there seems to be a lot of talk about this lately. You must be right, must be spring fever coming on early or something. All this convention scheduli...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Writing - Extra practice
Replies: 21
Views: 8412

Thank you very much for all the great ideas, ladies! I knew I could count on you all to help me see things from a different angle. Crystal, moving ILL to the last subject of the day is such a good idea. Then he is on his own time and he can choose how to spend it, and I don't have to pressure him to...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:31 am
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: General Ideas for God's Creation from A to Z
Replies: 90
Views: 112963

Creating a picture dictionary

By the end of the K year we had a multitude of picture card cut-outs in envelopes for each letter of the alphabet (the ones used for the matching games etc.) DS hated to throw them all away, and he still occasionally used them for review, so we turned them into a picture dictionary of sorts. I used ...
by Jenn in NC
Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Spelling - Do I need this for a good speller?
Replies: 17
Views: 7652

Kelly I like your idea about just watching his writing. There certainly is enough of it. And knowing he will eventually be tested on it will be very motivational for him. Doing the spelling power especially on a tough day helps her feel successful and getting through each new list provides a sense o...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:59 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Schedule - Is a 4-day school week possible?
Replies: 43
Views: 14511

Hi Debbie, I have almost always done a 4-day week. We clean house on Friday mornings. We love it. We are in CTG and 1st. I have never had any trouble getting 5 days into 4 with mfw curriculum, except during that learning curve that happens every time we start a new year. Like the pp's have mentioned...
by Jenn in NC
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:53 pm
Forum: Exploring Countries and Cultures Archive
Topic: Books - Ideas for using the Illustrated World Altas
Replies: 12
Views: 6559

Books - Ideas for using the Illustrated World Altas

How are you using Illustrated World Altas info...? At this point we've just been reading it and I ask a few questions or ask them to tell me a few new things they learned from our reading. The kids don't mind it, but I'm wondering: What other ideas have you been using? We would just peruse the day'...
by Jenn in NC
Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Cursive - Can I add this to 1st?
Replies: 5
Views: 5485

We switched to HWT cursive to make it easier on me and the kids Ditto that. HWT does a good job of hand-holding you through the teaching process. And it is visually appealing to the kids, uncluttered, simple, fun. We liked it. The Carson-Dellosa books that MFW recommends are a good follow up though.
by Jenn in NC
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:59 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Babies - Teaching while expecting, taking time off
Replies: 9
Views: 5863

Re: Encouragement

10 days away from your due date? You are one tired momma right now. And the hormones are raging, and everything is so overwhelming. On another post Julie just finished telling me not to worry over-much about high school (see? I was listening:) and here I am to tell you not to worry over-much about 1...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: High School Archive
Topic: Combining Younger Sibs - Can we beef up & stay togeth
Replies: 20
Views: 8574

Jenn, I think as your kids get older, you will find them taking the lead in asking for independence. Don't worry that you will have to "force" it upon them. Just do it when they are ready. Julie Actually most of my kids are already convinced that they are quite capable of engaging in many adult-lev...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Cursive - Can I add this to 1st?
Replies: 5
Views: 5485

Cursive - Can I add this to 1st?

My first grade daughter really wants to learn cursive writing. I think I would like to go ahead and teach it to her since she has a real interest in it NOW. Her printing is good and I don't really see any reason why we should delay cursive when she has a real interest now. My question to all of you...
by Jenn in NC
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Schedule - Keeping up with a fast or advanced child
Replies: 11
Views: 5734

Re: ? About an advanced

God has put it on my heart to homeschool but my mind keeps wondering if it is better to put him back in public school where someone else can occupy him. I just wanted to raise the idea that your ds might end up being just as bored in ps, if not more. I remember being pretty excruciatingly bored. Ye...