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If you follow the MoDG syllabi, this is the HASSLE of 5GRD.  Each of these maps (not Australia or Antarctica) print out as a poster of four tiles. I like to have the country divisions and the rivers, but Europe and Australia didn’t have that option. So if we need rivers, we’ll print the matching ones “water” and put it up on the window to trace.  Enjoy!

North America

South America

Antarctica

Australia states water

Africa

Asia

Europe states  water



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I got some great questions emailed to me and asked if I could share it on the site.

1) Why is the a marked long in the suffix a-ble even if it’s not said that way? Because the suffix base on its own has a long a (able)? or for spelling purposes only or both?
It is just for spelling purposes. In real life, the “a” is a schwa. Over-pronouncing the “a” distinguishes it from “ible.” All of this is really irritating in the early years, but come 7GRD, it’s super-great to be able to eliminate options for spelling mistakes. Kind of like, do you ever say /dok tOR/ in your head to spell it right? No one says it that way in real life, but we can hold an alternative pronunciation in our minds to help us spell. Accenting every syllable “for spelling” creates a verbal map for spelling a word, no matter how it’s said in regular speech.

2) I know valley is read-to-spell as /val -li/. Same for baby and /bay-bi/. Is it because that’s how they were said in the past? Or just for spelling purposes alone (short-I use y rule)?
It is just for spelling purposes. And while it feels DUMB in the easy words that kids learn to spell easily, it really comes in handy later when words get hard. It’s the easiest way to “mark” them with your voice and make sure you always get the “i” where it belongs; it sets those words apart in the mind from “ee” (employee) or “e-e” (concrete). Spalding has a whole page on it.

3) Syllable division – Some syllables are divided differently than the hand-under-chin rule – at least the way I understand it anyway. Maybe it’s my accent.
Hand-under-the-chin will give you the number of syllables, but not generally the “official” syllable division location on the books. Pronunciation differences tend to slide the consonants around. Spalding uses the official dictionary divisions, not the typical spoken ones. Like, I say /feh-ther/ for “feather” but Dictionary.com (when you click the syllable button) gives me feath-er. There would be no way to accommodate for how everyone says words verbally, so the dictionary division is the great unifier here.

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4) How do you explain how most Americans say the following words (fire, choir, our, hour) with TWO syllables instead of one? Even the online Webster’s gives the option of a 2nd syllable, though an old print copy from the 90’s still only gave the one syllable option.
These are special sounds in rhotic speakers. Sliding from a stand alone vowel sound to an ‘r’ is a weird mouth move for us; it creates the illusion of a second syllable that isn’t there. Contrast “flyer” with “fire” below. Most speakers give “flyer” a stronger 2-syllable sound than “fire.” Even the pronunciation markings are slightly different; the “2nd” syllable in one is an “r” while the other has a full “er”. Brits and other non-rhotic speakers often barely say that ‘r’. It’s way easier on the mouth and keeps it one syllable, but it’s not great for remembering how to spell it. I would recommend sticking with Dictionary dot com (instead of Websters) since it shows the difference between official syllable division and the common pronunciation pattern.

fire

flyer

​5) People with my accent notoriously pronounce them fahr, kwahr and ahr (sorry can’t mark Spalding way!)
You are illustrating exactly why having a separate standardized pronunciation for spelling is so helpful. It frees up the regional pronunciation difference. Kids have no problem learning two pronunciations. Do you say “wed-nez-day” in your head to spell Wednesday?  It’s the same thing.  Making a spelling system that is representative of actual speech is really complicated.  Additionally, it would have to change from region to region.  



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WRTR for Reading Instruction: Curious?

1GRD

I am!  A while back I got a 3GRD and 6GRD teacher’s manuals for a STEAL on Ebay. It was a revelation!  I totally understand what’s happening now.  But, I was really curious about how WRTR taught reading.  Aren’t you?  Just for heck? Well, I found a public school site that posts their lesson plans! […]

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AAS versus WRTR: For Spelling

3GRD

The hot topic seems to be All About Spelling(AAS) versus Writing Road to Reading (WRTR) these days.  I have a lot of detailed knowledge about spelling programs and actually write content for a dyslexia intervention program, so lemme share what I know. I am also open to private questions at ivorysoap76 at gmail dot com. […]

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Greece/Roman History Maps and Keys

7GRD

  Greece blank Greece key Mediterranean Area blank Mediterranean Area key  

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Wordly Wise 4 Spalding/Latin Keys

7GRD

More keys! How exciting, right? If you use Spalding and Worldy Wise and Latin, you will like this. Otherwise? Boring. Sorry. Lists 1-10 Lists 11-15 Lists 16-24   We find remembering the spelling easier for those words that come directly from Latin.  Here are the lists of words from each lesson that come directly from […]

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Voyages Diagramming Key 6GRD

6GRD

Voyages diagrams 1 Voyages diagrams 2 Sometimes people say, “Omigosh, why do you share all this?”  Sometimes I want to help others, and sometimes I know that if I don’t get this up in the cloud, I will lose it before the other three kids get to this grade.  HA!  That’s this post.  I can’t […]

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KGRD…again.

All Printables

I haven’t taught KGRD in five years!  I forgot how much juggling there was with the literature, liturgical year, and saints days.  Sometimes is REALLY wish our church calendar didn’t move around so much! Anyway, in case you are already weeded in next year’s shopping, here’s the thing you need for the “supplementary” books for […]

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Abeka 3 LSITS 90/10 Manual

3GRD

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Teaching Cards WRTR: Set II

3GRD

In the last set, I covered the rules that come up really early in the year.  Here are the rest.  I would love some feedback! TeachingCardsSetII

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History Reading Times 3GRD-6GRD

3GRD

  I rebooted the old guides I made that timed out the literature for history so you could plan better how long it might take you to get through it.  Each book that I could get the word count for has the number of “days” scheduled in the syllabus so that you know how long […]

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Voyages in English 6 Resources

6GRD

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Two Learning Styles

MBTI

I have updated my “short course” that comes with subscription, but I am so convinced that this material is helpful, that I want to make sure current subscribers hear about it.  My husband and I both have mental health degrees and many combined years of teaching and writing lessons.  We’ve both become convinced that while […]

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What is Classical Education?

Blabber

*The following post is not endorsed by any school and is riddled with my opinions.  Enter at your own risk. In medieval times, there was no “Classical Kindergarten” education.  So, what each Classical Education school is attempting to do is to impart to the children whatever portions of the medieval university education is appropriate to their […]

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Out-of-Print KGRD Story Collections

KGRD

  Here are the pictures of Stories that Never Grow Old and Chimney Corner Stories. Sometimes, we moms wonder if we shouldn’t hunt down those out-of-print titles.  I thought you’d like to see these so you can decide for yourself. Many of these stories are repeated in the BOV and fairy tale selections I have scheduled […]

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WRTR Teaching Cards

3GRD

  I have talked many times before about how difficult WRTR can be.  Teacher’s who use it in schools attend training classes.  Spalding has them for parents too. I find that a parent (me, three times over, for example) starts to drown in the early weeks of Rule Pages.  The scripts for those pages are in […]

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Repentance….WRTR #5

3GRD

The louder and more set against something I am, the closer I am to buying into it the next day.  I haven’t figured out why that is.  But it happens. The words I get to eat this round are all about Rule #5.  Y and I only say /i/ and /I/. It’s stupid, right?  They […]

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Busy Mommy-sori

All Printables

  This year MoDG is coming out with their own preschool plans.  When my fourth was 3, there were no preschool plans, so I wrote and used the following plans with the Montessori materials we already owned.  I accidentally deleted those resources when I moved around the navigation.  Someone asked about them.  Here you go! […]

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Burgess Printables

All Printables

The pics are a combination of Dover images (I can only use 10 from any coloring book without violating their rules) and pics from Clip Art ETC. I set them up as picture files instead of pdfs because my kids actually prefer I print them as “smallies” (four to a page).  And SORRY I couldn’t […]

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Funny Father-Assigned Memory Work

4GRD

I listened to a school lecture about memory work.  In fourth grade, we memorize population and electoral college data for the largest states (by population).  When asked, our director said that this was information that had come up in conversation in her life and was embarrassed not to know.  Same for the population and square […]

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