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  1. I would suggest going to a web site like Pink Monkey or other study guide web site, finding the Illiad, and looking at some of their suggestions for short-answer tests and thematic questions rather than the minute fact stuff that Memoria seems to focus on. Is your kid getting the BIG picture and learning to do some analysis; that's what you want to know. A few factoid questions do help determine whether they've done the readings, though.


    I agree with you, which is why the test I wrote for her is primarily essay-based. I've read the Iliad and Odyssey and have a fairly good grip on the subject material. I definitely hope the revised tests reflect a deeper interaction with the themes of Homer.

  2. Yes, the tests are included in the TM. I actually really like the TM. It gives background information, summaries, discussion question helps, essay ideas, and the answers (hallelujah), etc. I'm finding it worth the money. I don't know how long it will be for revisions but they are definitely going to revise the tests (thank goodness).

  3. Has anyone used these study guides? The tests are extremely daunting. They are expected to memorize everything (names, places, quotes) and SPELL it all correcty. Eight pages of nothing but memorization regurgitation. No essays at all. My 13yo is bright but I've never seen anything like these tests. Personally I think it is a little overkill.


    I'm just wondering if any of you have modified these, created or own tests, or if you actually gave them as written.



  4. I'll look for that book, Dawn.


    Things are going well here. We've been attending a PCA church for a year and have become members. WE LOVE IT! The kids are learning and growing. My daughter is finishing up 8th grade and will be a high schooler in just a few months. CRAZY. She took some high school level courses this year so she's aware of what she's in for. I'm reassured that she is ready. :)


    We are super busy now that the kids are getting older. I used to think I was busy when they were younger. Now it is just a different KIND of busy. LOL.

  5. Just wanted to pop in and say, "Hi!" Wow, everything has changed. I guess it has been a while since I've been on here.


    So what's the scoop with all of you? I wanted to touch base with my homies before braving the larger forum. ;-p

  6. I'm not going to be online, ladies.


    I've struggled a long time with my online time. I was helping my daughter clean her room yesterday and discovered a note in her pile of trash. Although part of it may just be teenage angst, she made it really clear that she feels I spend too much time online and misses when we spent more time together. She really struggles to articulate her feelings verbally and tends to write down her thoughts so while the note made me sad, I'm glad I saw it. I needed the kick in the rear.


    Apparently, while not neglecting my duties, I've clearly neglected my relationships. The house is clean. School is done. Dinner is on the table. And my daughter is lonely for her mom. :(




    Anyway, I'm going completely offline. I've only got a few years left with her and I'm not going to spent it in front of the computer. The only way I can have the willpower to stay away from my blog is to take it down.


    I won't be here either. What can I say? My kids are more important and that is as it should have been all along.

  7. We do both. We try to mix it up some. Right now...


    Mornings with Mom

    Devotional books

    Bible reading (Currently in 2 Cor)

    Catechism memory work


    Evenings with Dad

    Training Hearts, Teaching Minds (Study of the Catechism)

    Proverbs study

    Awana memory work

    Singing hymns


    Last month we were finishing up Understanding the Faith in the mornings which was a doctrine-based study and were reading a devotion in the evenings. It gets changed up through-out the year.


    We did the same thing when the kids were smaller. It helps to break it up into mornings/evenings.

  8. Bible: Bible Doctrine for Older Children & misc reading

    Math: Saxon Algebra I

    English: R&S English 7, Spelling Power

    Writing: IEW SCC-B

    Literature: Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings

    Science: Apologia General Science

    History: Beautiful Feet World & American & misc books for government

    Foreign Language: First Form Latin

    Logic: The Thinking Toolbox



    Continute with Fencing

    Awana Trek

  9. My daughter already used a lot of dress-ups but I like that IEW has taught her to look for them in her writing. It has helped her balance their usage.


    I think the RSS is pretty important. It really does what Pudewa says it does. It grabs the waning attention span of the reader. I'd work on it and take the time to explain its importance. Maybe even go on an RSS hunt in some quality literature around your house.

  10. We are flying out of LAX to go home tomorrow.


    I haven't been to LAX in *YEARS*.


    What can I expect? Will they require me to go through those *blasted* scanners? Will they require my kids to go through them?


    How does it work? Is two hours enough to go through security?


    I flew out of LAX about 9 months ago with my two kids. It was a breeze. The kids and I went through regular metal detectors, though there were plenty of scanners. My son had to bring his epi-pen and it wasn't a problem. I had it in a ziploc bag, put in a bin, and sent it through the luggage/carry on scanner. But a lady on our flight had metal sequin on her shirt and they put her through 2+ hours of h$ll. She just barely made the flight. I made sure my kids had absolutely NO metal on them anywhere.


    It definitely didn't take me two hours to get through security but it might depend on when you are flying out. I've had it TAKE forever.


    I paid for my luggage and printed boarding passes on the computer at home so that saved time. I just had to drop off my bags and get through security.


    It was actually the best experience I've ever had there and I've flown out of LAX many times over the last 15 years.

  11. I bought the one from MFW. The schedule was fine and we've used their own schedules. Never bought SL ones to compare.


    each module has it assigned on do these pages today.. this experiment. Lab supply list at the beginning. reminder to study for the test and take it test.


    The set up is not "grid" but rather day to day check off. we find it very easy on our eyes to read and follow along. There a place in the front to record test grades. some of the years in the mfw plans there's even place to record lab grades. I can't remember if General is one. I'm too lazy to turn on the lights to go look. I know in biology and chemistry it is.


    not sure that's detailed enough to help you see it. It was nice to buy the stuff new and get the package. Bought it for oldest and now middle child is using it. so it made sense to me to get their lesson plans included in that package.




    Do you happen to remember if MFW takes 2 or 3 weeks for the first module? I've heard Sonlight takes 3 weeks just to ease into it. I'm liking that idea, but can do that myself really if it comes down to it.

  12. We thought it was important enough to get over our squeamishness about it. We asked our close friends who are share our values to act as temporary guardians (in state) until out-of-state family (also specifically designated in our will) could arrive and take custody.


    We listed three families in our will in order of proximity and availability.


    Family 1 - Lives in state and can take immediate custody of children in case of death therefore avoiding the foster care system.

    Family 2 - Out-of-state family (older) who if still physically able can take custody.

    Family 3 - Out-of-state family (younger) if older family members are no longer physically able.


    The directions are very clear and we did speak with all three families before putting them in our will. All three families also have a copy of our will.

  13. My son only gets screen time when we are watching an educational movie. No computer. No video games. He...


    1. Builds forts outside and plays in them.

    2. Rides his bike with friends.

    3. Reads and/or listens to books.

    4. Plays with Legos and Playmobil. Yesterday he built Middle Earth using his Playmobil. (pix below)

    5. Builds aliens using cardboard and egg cartons.

    6. Plays with Knex and Snap Circuits

    7. Draws matchbox cities on the driveway with chalk and plays with cars and planes.

    8. Builds airplane models.

    9. Chores

    10. Draw maps, cars, etc.

    11. Fencing lessons



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