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cheat sheet

Beginning Latin 1 Helper pdf

BeginningLatin II Helper pdf

BLII Cheat Sheet & BLI pdf  and EXCEL

This post has two printables: Teacher’s Helper and Cheat Sheet. Above you see a sample of the cheat sheet for BLII. I can’t spell stereotype, apparently. Rather than correct it, I gave you the excel version too. Another note, as you progress in Fundamentals I, that section gets more words. Even though their endings are otherwise, “mother”  and “Mary” are female. “Leader” and “soldier” are male. We use that section to reduce the memory load.

Below is the first section of the teacher’s helper.  I list which weeks have new vocab AND which days have new teaching. If you need to review how something is done, this is the sheet that will give you Lesson # and Day for the original explanation.

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My favorite part, though, is the TEST PREP. I went through and found the exercises that mimic what the child will see on the quiz. As the year winds on, sometimes we get lost in the material and those tests come out of left field. And if they screw up on a test, now you know what exercises to drill. 

The second section is a quick vocabulary list. I note in the first section which weeks add new words.  It’s worth nothing that with the exception of the word “non”, no new vocabulary words appear on the test the same week they’re introduced. They all delay one week before quizzing.

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After the vocabulary, I made a drill chart.  This is the material that needs to be memorized or reviewed. However, this format doesn’t work for me. My people take a LONG time.

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So, I made a weekly drill sheet like the one I have for Abeka K. See below.

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!

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How I use it

  1. Read the whole document, noting where skills appear, change, or move to small font.
  2. Do your assignment for the day from the syllabus.
  3. Look over the skills list for the week.
  4. Review a few things you think need practice.
  5. Check them off.



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Abs-2-7

Prepositions.  We just memorize the Ablative ones.  The rest are accusative.

Here’s the memory device: In Grammy’s downstairs closet is a body builder in a speedo.  We see his ABS. He’s going to demonstrate the ablative prepositions.

  • He’s IN the closet
  • Then he’s OUT OF the closet.
  • Then he’s BY the chair that sits outside the closet.
  • Then he’s ON the chair arm.
  • Then, IN the chair set.
  • Then, he’s DOWN, he fell DOWN FROM the chair into the floor.
  • And the dog comes to be WITH him.

So when my kids go to translate

  • We name all the vocabulary words in the sentence.
  • We decide whether they’re -ere, -ire, or -is chart words, or none (like prepositions)
  • If it’s an -is word, we “Check for sexism. Check the last letter. Then check the bathrooms and i-stems.
  • If there’s a preposition, we check the body builder.

 



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Latin Hack 2: Gender & i-stems

Hayden Latin

Once the kids are acquainted with the basic charts, the workbooks move on to irregulars. For this, we use targeted memory tricks.  We find that having the accumulated irregular gender nouns, i-stems, and ablative prepositions memorized is super-helpful. My kids can’t reason it out every time. We learn the reasons, but we don’t USE them […]

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Latin Hack 1: Charts

Hayden Latin

My kids do great with vocabulary, but they have a hard time USING Latin rules. Over time, we’ve changed translating into a more concrete decoder-ring type experience. We still learn the rules and how to find verb stems, but we don’t really USE that to conjugate. First, we learn the “-ere Chart”: Every verb has 3 parts: […]

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KGRD Abeka Math Drill Plan

Abeka Math

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 […]

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Latin Hacks: Verbs

Latin

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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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