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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” people who feel lost.  If you need help in this department, PLEASE email me on the contact form below. I can’t substitute for a consultant or organize anything you haven’t already purchased, but I make a great administrative assistant/friend.

When I write books and curriculum in my professional life, I get paid, or course, but I don’t want this in my “ministry.  But I’ll tell you what I really do want…PRAYER MAIL.

If you appreciate what I do here or will honor me with your custom project, offer up a prayer or your mass or part of a rosary, etc for my family; write it down on anything, even a post-it; and snail mail it to us so I can stick it on the wall “See? Mama is helping people with all that typing.  Look what they did for us in return!”  It would really make our day.

Caswell Family
P.O. Box 2081
Collierville, TN 38017

 



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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…everything.

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I find that the easiest way to get ready for next year is to do as much as I can at the end of this year.  I have this attic system with office depot boxes; on the left you see my kindergarten box, followed by 5GRD, 7GRD, and 8GRD.  As I’m packing away this year, I’m using these lists to track what I have and what I’m missing. Nothing gets checked off until it’s in the box!  That way when I pull it down in August, I can say, “I still need to copy the Latin tests and print the BCII questions for this year.”  Or, “I never did find that 8/7 test key, did I?” OR whatever.

You can find these on the “Welcome to ___GRD” links in the sidebar if you lose track of this post.   I haven’t made ones for the other grades yet, but here’s the ones I have. The rest will appear on those pages as I make them. Oh, and they’re HYPERLINKED to my printables and websites you need.  YAY!

KGRD Supply List PDF  in excel

4GRD supply list PDF and in excel

5GRD supply List PDF and in excel

6GRD supply list pdf and excel

7GRD supplies pdf   7GRD Supplies excel

8GRD Supply List pdf    8GRD Supply List excel

In other news, I’ve added a lot of resources to the “Welcome to ___GRD” pages over there.  I have the 8GRD catechism, poetry, virtue/vice lists, UGTG outline maps; KGRD hymn lyrics; Latin noun stem charts, verb charts…lots of stuff. Go see!

 



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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 […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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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

I call these the 90/10 manuals because once you’ve taught one math year, 90% of the teacher’s manual is unnecessary. However, there’s a 10% that is VITAL to your sanity. Abeka worksheets aren’t supposed to take very long at all. That’s because there is a great deal of DRILL happening in the teacher’s manual that […]

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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

The first trip through Voyages in English 6 was a bumpy one for me.  I hadn’t reviewed grammar in YEARS.  As a writer, I was comfortable using grammar, but I had no idea what to CALL everything.  Additionally, the assigned outlines in the MoDG 6 syllabus threw me for a loop.  The example outline didn’t […]

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Two Learning Styles

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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?

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*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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