Thank you for visiting Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great homeschool tips sent to your inbox for free!

drills

Why Drill?

Abeka 1, 2, and 3 are ADVANCED.  Also, since we don’t usually buy the teacher’s manual, we miss out on all the DRILL Abeka expects.  If you use our Saxon alternative syllabus, you DO use the teacher’s manual.  I thought that meant that Abeka accomplished in a workbook what Saxon did with a mountain of supplies.  Nope.  But, the school doesn’t want you BUYING the teacher’s manual.  It’s totally overwhelming!  With the manual, IT’S TOO MUCH. Without the manual, IT’S TOO LITTLE. Each year of Abeka will get more and more frustrating as you fall farther behind in what they think you’ve already memorized.  If you want to start out next year where Abeka thinks you are, which makes those worksheets MUCH shorter, you really need to be practicing some skills in KGRD.

Do I Need the Manual?

Rather than buying the EXPENSIVE teacher’s manual, for which you need ONE PARAGRAPH every 4 pages, I recommend you try the document below.  It’s a summary of the whole year of drill in FIVE pages. YAY!

Do not stress out when you see this.  Abeka is major OVERKILL on the drill.  Most of these exercises will fall to the back burner in a couple of weeks.  NOTE: I say “do it multiple days”, but that’s not me talking; it’s Abeka. See the end of this post for how I actually use it.

KGRD Math Drill

Above, you see a segment of the drill sheet. That’s first in the document.  You may be cool just knowing what needs to be practiced and what needs to be periodically reviewed. All NEW skills are in normal font.  Skills 2 weeks old or more are in small font. Every week is 100% cumulative. That means if you’re on Week 10 already, just IGNORE the weeks of drill before that. Start where you are in the syllabus and check the small font items to see if your kid has any holes.  Then keep moving forward!

Below you see the “support sheet”.  This tells you what supplies you need for the next few weeks and gives suggestions on how to vary the activities.

support sheet

How to use it.

  1. Read the whole document, noting where skills appear, change, or move to small font.
  2. Gather your supplies for where you are in the syllabus.
  3. Do your Abeka worksheet for the day.
  4. Look over the skills list for the week.
  5. Review a few things you think need practice or checking.



{ 0 comments }

Thank you for visiting Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great homeschool tips sent to your inbox for free!

third conjugation
I stumbled upon a “hack” while teaching my kids that I just have to share.  It may not continue to be useful, but it’s been super-helpful so far.

I tell them that every Latin verb has three parts:  what, when, and who.

It’s exactly backwards from how we would say it in English.

“He will eat.”   in Latin is Eat will he (ed e t).  So, we do our translations in reverse order.

EXAMPLE:

Caesar was conquering.

1.  Conquer  = vincere.
We only need this guy for a second.

The “re” means  no one’s doing this, I just am, man. Cross him out.
That “e” in the stem means we’re in 3rd conjugation (chart above).
Now cross it out! “Bye, E!  Thank you for your information.”

2.  Caesar is a dude.  HE was conquering. = t

________    _____ _____ _t_

3.  WAS conquering is past tense. = eba

________    _____ _eba_ _t_

4.  What was he doing?  conquering – vinc

________    _vinc_ _eba_ _t_

5.  We have a noun.  He’s the boss in this sentence = first form

Caesar  vincebat.



{ 6 comments }

My WRTR Happy Place (So far)

3GRD

I have STRUGGLERS in spelling.  Every year, we really need to reboot WRTR from the very beginning and find the holes that appeared during the summer.  WRTR has always been hard in this department.  Weeks of dictation!  This method I’m using (six weeks in) is GREAT for us so far.  I wanted to go ahead […]

Read it →

Mom-Formation Recommendations

Philosophy

I want to give my kids a classical education.  I know it consists of certain assignments and exercises.  But, if I don’t have actual knowledge about what I am doing or how it all fits together, how can I honesty persuade my child of an exercise’s importance?  “Do this it this way.”  “Why?”  “Cause the school […]

Read it →

Ancient History at a Glance

6GRD

Most ancient history timelines online are TOO complicated for me.  I just want to know what’s happening in Egypt while Greece is doing such-and-such. So I built one.    I put it below my beloved clothes pin timeline of centuries (empty and ready for a new year of clothes pins!) so you can see the size […]

Read it →

Free-Reading Resources

All Printables

Finding a list of books that fits your value system is difficult.  Then, you have to worry about reading level.  The following lists are compiled from lots of folks “good stuff” lists and organized by author and then by reading level.  Some lists are first organized by author, so scroll down and the list will […]

Read it →

4GRD Maps and Keys-ish

4GRD

A commenter asked me for USA map keys today.  I never realized that I didn’t post those.  I totally take requests, yo! All of the d-maps should be traceable on top of each other so you can get rivers in with the states, etc.  I couldn’t find a d-map with mountains, so I pulled it […]

Read it →

Memrise: Beginning Latin I, II and Fundamentals

3GRD

Have you heard of “spaced repetition”?  It’s practicing words you don’t know at intervals.  I made decks for Beginning Latin I, II, and Fundamentals I on memrise.com.  The advantage of that site is that the material is cumulative and you have control over adding new words.  The child can practice daily, only the words he […]

Read it →

Wordly Wise 5 Spalding Key

8GRD

If you used WRTR in the earlier grades, the Spalding markings can be used for the rest of the school career.  MoDG has you do it in 8GRD, if you know it.  Here’s our key for it, to the best of my ability.  A few words I couldn’t figure out. WW5a key WW5b key Also, you need […]

Read it →

8GRD Outline Maps

8GRD

Is it just me or are these maps a HASSLE?  I had no idea I knew so little about geography!  So, here’s the 8grd Europe map key and blank.  Also is a link to my google drive to get ALL of the outline maps for the Ultimate Guide mapping for the rest of the year. […]

Read it →

8GRD Timeline!

8GRD

In past years, we did our timeline work up front.  THAT WAS HARD!   Here’s the figures and timeline placement for 8GRD, but they’re BY WEEK this time.  Whew!  Each figure is scheduled on the first week you hear about them in either Story of the Church or Old World and America. 8grd timeline figures 8GRD timeline […]

Read it →

WRTR Mini-Lessons, Handwriting

3GRD

A while back I wrote “Teaching Cards” for WRTR.  I realized later that most people don’t live in their laminator like I do.  So here’s a pdf version that’s printable like a book.  The rules are in order.  Whenever you need to “teach rule ___”  just grab this doc and find your spot.  It’s also […]

Read it →

Will Work for Prayers!

All Printables

It doesn’t say “spiritual gift of spreadsheets” in the Bible, but maybe there is one? Can someone feel the love of Christ in a year-at-a-glance chart? I show love by writing and teaching and writing about teaching. I like to organize, write scripts for curriculum that doesn’t have any, and generally help orient “big picture” […]

Read it →

Get a Jump on Next Year–Supply Lists!

3GRD

Am I the only one that goes crazy every year making copies and hunting down books and keys and “back of the syllabus” resources scattered all over the house?  Unlikely.  So I made supply lists!  Not just the books, but every dang map, homemade key, printed religion question list, “History assignment overview” I forget to […]

Read it →

Free “Homemade” 5GRD Geography

5GRD

In MoDG, 5GRD is supposed to be a “homemade” geography course, ideally.  But most moms don’t do it.  I decided to try it out this year. But unlike the instructions say, I scanned, not photocopied and the images are square, not circles. However, I did a pretty good job getting them to match, right? I […]

Read it →

5GRD Outline Maps

5GRD

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 […]

Read it →

WRTR FAQ

3GRD

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? […]

Read it →

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! […]

Read it →

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. […]

Read it →

Greece/Roman History Maps and Keys

7GRD

  Greece blank Greece key Mediterranean Area blank Mediterranean Area key  

Read it →