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It’s not on the booklists yet, but new books have been chosen to replace the out of print 4GRD books in the online lesson plans.  If you have a 4th grader, and you don’t already own all the books, these are the substitutions. (I can’t imagine that this information is meant to proprietary, since past year’s booklists have been on the public site for ages.  I am working under the assumption that the shopping lists will be updated very soon.  However, if the school complains, I’ll have to take this down.)

If you can’t locate the OUT OF PRINT:

  •  Roop Columbus book, use  First Voyage to America: From the Log of the Santa Maria (Dover Children’s Classic).
  •  Travels of Vasco Da Gama or any of the other OP suggestions for him, you can extend the viking readings with Vikings by Janeaway
  •  Travels of Ferdinand Magellan, use  Ship’s Boy with Magellan by Lomask
  •  Travels of Henry Hudson, you can get a title from DYOCC or do more activities from the Colonial Models book.  I like that.  It used to be just one day in the whole year, which seemed like a waste.
  •  Priest on Horseback, use If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern.
  •  Travels of Samuel Champlain, use Cross Among the Tomahawks by Lomask

 

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 Over the four weeks I typed up for you:

  1. We still opened daily with Psalm 100, it’s like our dinner bell for Circle Time.  Everyone grabs and toy or something to draw and heads to the carpet.
  2. We continued to work our way through always start with our MUST DO’s for the day.
    • Great Americans for Little Americans by Eggleston. With each story, we identify the main characters, the setting, and the main points of the story.
    • We read Felix and the Spider and the corresponding story about him in Once Upon a Time Saints, but it never got retold or illustrated.  We had a lively discussion, though, about the differences in the stories and which parts were likely imaginary.
  3. We did no particular saints reading. Francis De Paola got skipped and I totally forgot about Callie’s saint report.
  4. We got over halfway through Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls and will have one picture left for next week in My Path to Heaven.  We were sick and traveling here and there, so I let DTBG slide in favor of finishing MPTH.
  5. We did memory work time as described, except that I wore out on catechism.  We reviewed less per day than we were supposed to.
  6. We are reading all the Easter picture books, but it’s going to bleed over into next week.  We started Seed Babies, which we LOVE.  I don’t know what will happen to Rolf and Beowulf.

Our plans for the next few weeks look like this:

  1. We will still open daily with Psalm 100 and coloring, drawing, and toys.
  2. We will continue to read Great Americans for Little Americans (2GRD) until we run out of stories.
  3. To finish Bible History (4GRD) before school is over, we will read a set of those each Monday-Tuesday.  They’re to much to read in one sitting, right?
  4. We will continue to work our way through Seed Babies since we love botany. As soon as that’s over, we probably need to do Marquette or Matchlock Gun (4GRD) since I don’t have those on audio.
  5. There is very little liturgical stuff left to sprinkle in.  We’ll do St. George on the 23rd for 2GRD retelling and Just Like Mary, and Take it to the Queen for Mary’s month.  Might thrown in Comgall from Pochocki if we need another retelling.
  6. We will continue to follow our memory work pattern:
    • 2GRD poem, capitals (4GRD participates), catechism, and latin hymn on youtube.  Set him free to to do math facts games on computer.
    • 4GRD poem, geography facts (5GRD participates), catechism, and latin prayers (5GRD participates). Set her free to do math facts.
    • 5GRD poem, geography facts, catechism, and latin song on you tube. Send him off to do alone work.

    The rest of our day, if you’re curious, is 2GRD is first babysitter while I do all the 4GRD Mama Work.  Then I set her up with “near me” work while I make lunch.  She becomes second babysitter.  I work with 2GRD and turn him loose.  Then I do whatever discussions are needed for 5GRD.  Done before 2 PM.

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Spring DRIVE-along Wks 3-4

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100EZ and Dolch words

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  MODG uses phonics all the way up to 6th grade, at least.  That’s just as far as I know.  Anyway, I am a big fan of Dolch words (click above picture for the best Dolch site EVER).  It doesn’t hurt anyone for the child to have a couple hundred words memorized before he understands […]

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Abeka Teacher’s Manuals Really Helpful

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  Last week, we found that the forsythia, daffodils, pear trees, and Japanese quince.  This week, we found that the Chinese Magnolias (above) were blooming.  Also blooming, if their owners didn’t trim back past the year old wood is the Chinese Privet (below). Finally, we’ve seen that the Easter Redbuds are starting to bloom.   In other […]

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K-2 Hymns on Your Devices

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We do our hymns during circle time, just after read-aloud, while I’m sitting on the couch.  That means I’m not close to the desktop or any CD player, so the most convenient thing for me is to play them on the chromebook or other device.  The first place to go for the hymns is Catholic […]

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4GRD-5GRD Latin Prayers and Hymns on your Devices

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  There are a few “sing-along” hymns in 3GRD-4GRD Latin.  I have them on a youtube list here, including a sung version of the Pater Noster that we like. Here you can find the Pater Noster and Gloria Patri spoken slowly or quickly in Latin.  YES!  However, his Table Blessing is SO FAST, we can’t […]

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Preschool Montessori at Home

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Using the book Montessori at Home, I have started homeschooling my preschooler (age 3) three times a week when the older kids are out of the house.  A few weeks ago, I set up our shelves.  Here’s the master list of activities I have out for the month: Pink tower, brown stair Knobless cylinders Color […]

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Read Aloud Circle Time Example

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I thought some folks might like to know my exact reading for the next few weeks, so they could see how to structure it with an assortment of kids.  Mine are preschool to 5GRD.  For circle time, the preschooler is usually playing on the kindle in my bed.  She is still too uncivilized (read: LOUD) […]

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