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IMG_1025   We have had some special this year, so I had to get as set up as possible.  Below you see two CT scans, one of a normal nasal pathway, looking down from above on the cheek bones.  All the white is bone.  Notice on the left, that the bones leave plenty of room upfront for airways and arch AROUND in the back.  It looks like a squid man to me.  On the right, you have a 1 in 2 million congenital condition called “Pyriform Aperture Stenosis.”  The bones of the face have pinched in on the airways in the front, where the arrows are pointing, but also notice that instead of arching around the airway in the back, it stays pinched. pr2006275f1   Can you guess where we are going?  Yep, my baby has this.  Tiny Nose Holio. What does it mean?  Well, snot streams have a certain diameter.  Right now, his pipes are too small for it to come out (they will be plenty big later).  So, any congestion, completely blocks his nose and can’t be suctioned lest we pull MORE snot into the pipes.  And, little babies have an anatomy thingy that keeps them from breathing through their mouths consistently until they’re 4-6 months old.  So until the New Year, any serious congestion (that I can’t force down the back with saline or afrin) might mean a trip to the hospital to get tubed up so he can breath well.  Also, he has to stay on this foot monitor that tracks his pulse and oxygen levels.  That way, we know a day ahead or so if congestion is starting to gradually affect his breathing.   Can you imagine the germ routine around here? Anyway, everyone wants to know if it affects his appearance.  It doesn’t.  Here’s the nose: nose So, now to the preparation.  I decided that if I wanted any homeschool to happen this year, I had to make it as automatic as possible.  If Baby Quin gets a cold, it’s a bunch of all-nighters for me, drops, feeding, being a human “breathe right” strip when he nurses. For each grade, I prepared 10 weeks of work.  100% prepared.  Copies made.  Sheets printed.  Flashcards pulled. (Do note that the pics are for my LEFTY notebook, bound southpaw.)

1) 10 Weeks of Math for us is about 50 lessons, so I printed out 50 of the answer sheets we use.  And put in a tabbed divider.  We don’t use the Saxon sheets for all of the math facts review at the beginning of the year.  Later, those sheets review a variety of concepts, but for the first ten weeks, it’s nothing they don’t get better from Reflex.  For 3GRD, I tore out 50 Abeka lessons.

IMG_10282.)  For the 6GRD editing, I copied and stacked 10 weeks of that:IMG_10293)  The I tore out 10 weeks of Latin.IMG_1030
4)  History timeline instructions and figures, OWAA copy, Egypt Maps (all the N. America maps for 5GRD went in her notebook)


5)  I didn’t put in the writing sheets for English; I’ll explain that in a sec. But, I did put in the copies for the diagramming worktext that comes later in the 10 weeks.  

7) There are a lot of music sheets this year.  And remember I already have all the music bookmarked on


8)  We chose to do the TOPS Electricity first.  I have the teacher’s notes in my book and the worksheets in his.  I also gathered EVERY SINGLE supply for the first ten weeks and hung them in a backpack.


9)  I took it all to Office Depot and had it coil bound for $3.  YES!

10)  I pulled all the flashcards, abeka math cards and charts for 3GRD, printed all the mapping labels, made states cards, etc. and put them in a box, so they were “grab and go” for the first ten weeks.

Each weekend, all I do is print the assignment sheets from the school site, for how far we got determined by the number of crises we had, and I get the new flashcards or cd’s out AND SHOVE IT ALL IN THEIR BACKPACKS.  Did I say that before?  All their crap lives in their backpacks, hanging on the stair hooks where their backpacks USED to hang when they went to public school.  HA!  Anyway, SO MUCH of the work is done already, that school is mostly automatic, even if I’m comatose all weekend.

Now what about those writing assignments and spelling and all that?  Well the other notebook at the top has writing paper in it.  And the spine opens and closes.  So for the first ten weeks, I just have them pick a page and go, after that, we’ll rearrange and put in tabs.  The only thing I have to watch is the spelling rule pages to make sure the right thing goes on the front and back of a sheet.  I have screwed up SO MANY of those sewn notebooks, trying to have a decent WRTR notebook, that I gave up.  This year, it’s already taken two attempts to get the first page right.   But, so far I’m pleased at the fact that we only have TWO WORKBOOKS.  A big worksheet book and a thinner “writing” notebook.  No more chasing the workbooks and composition books all over the house!

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Egypt Labelled
I about lost my mind trying to find the cities and cataracts and lakes for this map.  It might not be 100% right, but it’s pretty darn close. Print out my labels from THIS POST.  Print out six copies of the blank map below.  Print out one copy of the labelled map above for placement the first round.2014-09-05 10_35_31-Greenshot


5GRD-6GRD Mapping Labels


My kids CANNOT seem to write small enough or neatly enough to read the maps once they’ve been labelled. So, I grabbed my pack of labels (10/sheet mailing labels) and made printables for them. For 5GRD, each label is the stuff the child has to write names, numbers, and letters for that week. For sixth, […]

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6GRD Timeline? YIKES! Detailed Instructions…


I have been fooling with this timeline for days. I thought I just needed the figures I posted, but NO. It’s still not nailed down enough for me. So here’s my version using the 92-page book: DAY ONE 1.  Set up your book like I did in this post. –Print out the Egypt images. –Print […]

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Updates to Freebies!

My Printables

I simplified the 4-5GRD cut and paste timeline HERE  and HERE. I put in printable 5×7 pdfs of COLOR images for PLL and ILL.

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Timeline Figures for 6GRD


Download the images you want and print them all at the same time on the “contact paper” setting on your printer, or whichever one has the 32 images per page on your printer…if you want them to be the same size as my other ones.  OR, just download this: Egypt timeline figures (has a couple […]

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Intermediate Language Lessons COLOR images


Click the images to see full size. HERE THEY ARE AS PDF 1 and PDF 2 Lesson 1 Lesson 9 Lesson 61 Lesson 79 Missing 83 No artist mentioned in book. Couldn’t find, but here’s something similar… Missing 98 Same problem here. No artist. Here’s something similar. Lesson 111 Lesson 117 Lesson 126 Lesson 137 Missing 152 […]

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Q: Are the read-aloud booklists separate from what is online?


I get questions from non-enrolled families from time to time in my email and this one was especially well asked.  Here is the question and my answer. QUESTION I am writing with a question related to your emails about the MODG booklists. Although I use a different Catholic curriculum, I really like the MODG book […]

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Primary Language Lessons COLOR images


I am missing TWO.  All of the rest have one or more versions from which to choose. Click the images to see full size.  I will be printing them out as 4×6 or 5×7, whatever size the art cards are, and I will keep them in the same folders. HERE THEY ARE AS 5x7s PDF   […]

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Available on Request: B.O.V. 1GRD, 2GRD Schedules


More fruits of being stuck in bed.  It occurred to me after doing the KGRD schedule that I had ignored the Book of Virtues readings for 1GRD-2GRD when I did those schedules last year.  So, rather than rewrite both, I just made supplements.  My schedules for those years is four days a week, so these […]

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