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Lesson Plans: What Are They Selling?

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I have seen a lot of lesson plans, and so have you.  They come in different forms. Each has it’s own proprietary information that you can’t get without buying the plans.  This isn’t a comprehensive analysis, but it will introduce us to enough to talk intelligently about how ours compares. Some plans are selling pacing. […]

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K-12 Subject Overview…Almost

3GRD

I don’t know about you, but I need more charts in my homeschool life.  Have you ever looked at your yearly resources and said, “Are they ever going to get to ________?  Where are we HEADED?  Is catechism coming back around sometime?”  I can’t tell you how many times I “inserted” things into my yearly […]

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I’m in USA Today!

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RIGHT HERE! I have a new picture book, Beach House, from Chronicle. Didn’t the illustrator do an AMAZING job? How cute is that? And this? If you need the perfect summer book, I highly recommend this one by Amy June Bates…and me. Ha! Here are the reviews from the fancy folks that know picture books: […]

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Light on Math and Science?

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I have heard over and over, and said myself that MoDG is “light” on math and science.  Is this true? First, we must remember that our curriculum is geared to dovetail with the university education at Thomas Aquinas College.  Our curriculum is KGRD through Bachelor’s degree.  Now, my kids aren’t going to attend school there, […]

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Mark Your Catechism for Sanity

3GRD

Last post was really detailed in a CONFUSING way.  So, I’ll tell you how I marked up my catechism. No. 1, Part I:  Creed In Catechism No. 1, I have circled every question #1-83.  These will be seen over and over and over 2GRD-6GRD.  However, some of them have ‘new phrases’ added in Catechism No. […]

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5GRD Catechism Cheat Sheet

5GRD

This year (5GRD), the BC No. 2 chapters hop around in the lesson plans.  (See this post, if you’re lost on what I’m talking about.) Also, they don’t arrive on a consistent weekly pattern.  They come week after week, then NOTHING, and then it picks back up.  Also, right now (June 2015) the verbal cues […]

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A “Great Books” Education

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Have you heard of this?  Of course you have.  It’s everywhere.  But people are doing it with different aims and for different reasons. When I started homeschooling, I was barreling my kids through as many great works as I could.  I was going for “exhaustive.”  It was like going through the Museum of Natural History […]

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Mom Summer Reading Suggestions

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One of the commenters on another post wrote that Teaching Tips should be summer assigned reading with DYOCC.  We DO need assigned reading! Here’s my suggestions: Read DYOCC BACKWARDS.  I mean Appendix first, 12th grade second, 11th grade next, etc.  I would have avoided a lot of worry had I done that years ago.  The […]

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WAIT…What Parent Resources???

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I just got a comment that illustrates what I was going though in the last post: WAIT, there are more parent resources? If that was your reaction as well and you aren’t inclined to read past comments, here’s my answer: Hee-hee. Yes. Here’s what I found quickly. These are non-enrolled prices. Ready? In addition to […]

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Getting the Big Picture

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Okay, folks.  Let’s be honest.  I can say Charlotte Mason, and most everyone has a pretty good idea what’s going on there.  Yeah, you should read the six volume treatise, but generally, a year in the trenches and you’ve got the basic gist.  I can say Seton, CHC, Montessori, even Waldorf and if you’re familiar, […]

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My Brother, The Professor

Philosophy

  So, I asked my PhD science professor brother, “Does this curriculum go far enough in science and math?”   He says that the colleges look at number of subject UNITS, not how far you got.  A science-focused kid will have more preparation if they do science and math every year of high school, but […]

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K-12 Aimed at Thomas Aquinas College

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When we read DYOCC, we see that it’s author aimed MODG for her children attending Thomas Aquinas College, or one like it.  If you’ve never fooled around on that site, you need to.  The K-12 curriculum choices make a LOT of sense after you see it.  Here is the syllabus.  It’s a fixed curriculum.  Everyone […]

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Another Great Classical Ed Video

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I’ve noticed in Classical Ed that certain things are made priorities without persuading ME, the teacher, that they are priorities (like “wonder” and “beautiful art and music”).  Other things (like science content) are suppressed without persuading ME that they should be suppressed.  I teach very poorly under those conditions. THIS video, like the one I […]

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Understanding Your Curriculum: Deep or Wide, or BOTH?

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(Note: As I said before, this series makes me nervous. It seems my understanding of education grows and changes by the week and I’m afraid that I am about to say a bunch of dumb stuff. Please keep that in mind. This is all my “current” opinion.) Education communicates values and culture.  There’s no such […]

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Understanding Your Curriculum: Alone, Parent-Lead, or Straddler?

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(Note: As I said before, this series makes me nervous. It seems my understanding of education grows and changes by the week and I’m afraid that I am about to say a bunch of dumb stuff. Please keep that in mind. This is all my “current” opinion.) Alone or Parent-Lead? Some curricula, like Sonlight, are […]

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Understanding Your Curriculum: Scheduled or Strewing?

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  (Note:  I would just like to first say that this post series makes me nervous.  It seems my understanding of education grows and changes by the week and I’m afraid that I am about to say a bunch of dumb stuff.  Please keep that in mind. This is all my “current” opinion.) Every curriculum […]

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BUY: Teaching Tips and Language Arts Overview

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This is a public service announcement:  If you use MODG curriculum, BUY those two resources from the school.  There is a lot of overlap between them, but they both contain information that would have SAVED MY SANITY. HOW did Laura do the literature?  Stratify the kids by grades (K-3)? Was the directed reading same or […]

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2015-2016 Liturgical Book Organizer

All Printables

I did these last year and they were really awkward to use all year for me, so I changed the format.  Hopefully, this will work better.  Again, all weeks start on Monday and end on Sunday so you can build up to that mass.    This year’s calendar for our personal favorites is free, but if […]

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2015 Reflections: Curriculum 3, 5, 6 GRD

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I really liked the curriculum this year.  As I get further up in MODG, I find less and less I want to change.  It’s the early grades I dabble around in. 3GRD I need to remediate some reading issues, so I used an alternative to WRTR and PLL. Rather than the speed drills, I did […]

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2015 Reflections: Loved the Schedule

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This year is almost over.  It’s time for planning next year.  To that end, I will be refining and re-posting all of the do-ahead material.  I’ll try to make sure everything is complete.  But this post is about looking back.  What did I love?  What didn’t go well?  What do I wish I’d done differently? […]

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