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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 both say EE as well!  I’ve hated it for years. But after reading the teacher’s manuals and seeing some youtube videos of actual WRTR classes, I get it.  That and marking up Wordly Wise 4 for my 7th grader, it REALLY helps to have that rule.  Crapola.

So, here’s what I discovered.

First, the Spalding lessons don’t go like I thought they went.  Each lesson is:

  1. Review “sounding” some hard phonograms.
  2. Review writing some hard phonograms from the sounds.  Here’s a video of steps 1-2.
  3. Dictate 5-10 words according to “spelling” into the notebook. 
  4. Read them (and others in notebook) according to spelling.
  5. Read them (and others in notebook) according to reading. Here’s a video of steps 3-5, and another.
  6. Front load tomorrow’s words, rules, and syllabification.

So, what makes the change?  That “reading according to spelling” and “reading according to reading.”  I didn’t realize the stark difference between the two. In other Orton Gillingham methods, those are usually united.  (Like AAS, Recipe for Reading, etc.) Spalding DOES NOT teach children to sound out for reading. That’s for spelling only.  Reading is whole word, and only after WRITING it is learned. Spalding even talks about it in her book, calling sounding out a bad habit.

Anyway, I tried out using Rule 5 in WW4 with my son.  As soon as I went back to Rule 5, which, BTW, he was appalled as well, his spelling of dictated words improved. After a few words, “Wow, Mom, that is better.  I can’t believe it.” It’s so hard to mix up “i” and “e”. (Here’s what the Spalding folks have to say about it.) The irritating thing is that some seem to suggest that huge swaths of the population actually SAY /bA bi/.  But, since the link above says that you are welcome to read the words for “reading” according to your regional pronunciation, that keeps me from burning the book.

What does my WW4 lesson look like now?

I dictate the words according to SPELLING. Then we read through according to spelling (like in the videos, segmented and unaccented) then in another order for reading.  (I have a notebook, which I will scan for you soon so you won’t have to figure out the markings for WW4 or the Latin basewords.)



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Weekly Checklist fake

 

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!

Busy Mom-essori Preschool Plans (3yr old)

Montessoi 3YR OLD Checklists as Spreadsheets

PDF of the spreadsheets

 

Weekly Checklist Period 1-2 Sequence 2 Lang-Sensorial

 

Sequence 1-2 Most Work



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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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WRTR Teacher’s Manual!!!

3GRD

I found mine for $10 on ebay.  Boy, are they eye opening!  It’s not as pretty as AAS, but many of the things I like about AAS are in the manuals.  Here’s what’s NOT like AAS.  Spalding expects the teacher to already understand the rules and phonograms.  The program doesn’t teach the teacher.  It assumes […]

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Teacher’s Manual 90/10 Abeka 2

2GRD

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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Second Grade Reading Lists

2GRD

The MODG website updated and now the 2GRD fiction booklists are public like the rest.  So no more having to email me for anything except the Liturgical year planner.  YAY! Bennet Supplement 2GRD – Sheet2 Read-Aloud-Schedule-for-Second-Grade Second Grade Reading Practice  

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Abeka 1: Teacher’s Manual 90/10

1GRD

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. The missing piece in Abeka, for most parents without the manual, is the MEMORY WORK.  There is SO MUCH DRILL that you don’t know about. […]

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Abeka Math: Minimalist Edition

1GRD

  I’ve been analyzing the Abeka Math teacher’s manuals.  For me, the manual is part of the journey to understanding.  But from many, it would be overkill.  What you really need to know is the math facts pacing each year so those worksheets don’t get too hard. See that little chart above?  Abeka recommends that […]

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Ancient Near East Map

6GRD

Near East Labelled Near East Unlabelled If you use a “Near East” map in your curriculum, here’s a labelled and unlabelled version to print so you don’t have to trace them yourself.   Also, here is my favorite video for showing the kids a few thousand years of Near East history. Watching this video will […]

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MBTI Curriculum Personalities: The Fatigue Edition

Learning Style

Golly, I love flickr.  What is that picture?   It’s called “Annette in a net.” Ha! Anyway, she looks TIRED.  That’s what we’re going to talk about today. Tiredness. If you already “know” your MBTI letters, here’s the shortcut to your processes (front seats are bolded): NTP – Ne-Ti-Fe-Si NTJ – Te-Ni-Se-Fi NFJ – Fe-Ni-Se-Ti NFP […]

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MBTI Curriculum Personalities: Adaptation

Learning Style

I’ve given you the meat of what you need to know why a particular curriculum “works” or not.  If it speaks to your front seat processes, you’re good.  If it doesn’t, now you have words for what needs to be different. So, let’s fool around with how you can (and can’t) fix something that “doesn’t […]

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MBTI Curriculum: Results Show

Learning Style

If you missed the previous posts or only read the emailed versions (that I rewrote the next day) go HERE. Now you should have a pretty good idea of which two functions are in your front seats.  Just as a check, it should be one info-gatherer (S or N) and one decider (T or F). […]

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MBTI Curriculum Personalities: Part 2

Learning Style

If you missed the last post, go HERE. There are four mental processes groupings.  2 are for info gathering (Ni/Se, Ne/Si) and 2 are for decisions (Ti/Fe, Te/Fi). Everyone has all four pairs, but only two pairs are at all useful to you. And only one from each of your two pairs is a “front […]

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MBTI Curriculum Personalities: Part 1

Learning Style

We’re going to come at this from a different angle than most sites. Rather than starting with Introvert/Extrovert, let’s take this from a processing angle.  So much of the “this doesn’t work for my family” boils down to processing differences, not whether you like crowds or not. There are four mental processes groupings.  2 are […]

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Egypt/Rome Read Aloud Times

6GRD

Word Count Minutes Aloud Days Scheduled Min/day Add Fri. Min/day Henry V 27543 172.14 5 34.43 Eagle of the Ninth 86864 542.9 6 90.48 7 77.56 The Children’s Homer 53784 336.15 9 37.35 11 30.56 Caesar’s Gallic Wars 67391 421.20 8 52.65 10 42.12 D’Aulaire Greek Myths 37436 234 6 39.00 7 33.43 City 7000 […]

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Memory System Box

3GRD

Since we have dyslexia and dysgraphia in kids 2, 3 respectively, I have had to use a lot of alternative curriculum. I keep little pieces of what works for our methodology. This memory box is dreaded and loved. You can tell where I got it from (All About Spelling). It catches all the material that […]

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WRTR Pacing Guide!!!

3GRD

There are different personalities in this world and mine CANNOT function without a pacing guide. I don’t hold tight to them and force a child to go a particular speed, but I need to know the standard path to make good choices. I make very poor decisions otherwise. I need to know WHAT I’m disobeying, […]

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Wall Timeline Printable

3GRD

Each child has a super-detailed book timeline, but on our wall we have what I like to call the “Ballpark timeline.” Every century has a saint, an American history event (or something that fueled the quest), a music period, and an artist. The music people are pictured in the right century, but they don’t have […]

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Why Classical Education is Confusing!

Blabber

Meet Jean Piaget.  Isn’t he CUTE?  He’s this great French scientist that formalized the terms for the developmental stages of children.  He did a lot of work on babies.  People have fussed over whether or not you can nail it down to the month or whatever (all kids are different, right?), but his Big Kid […]

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