Philosophy

Primers Ideas for Moms?

Philosophy

So often, the lesson plans assumed I already knew the content well enough to adapt the material for my child. In fact, I often didn’t know the content well enough to even understand the lesson plans AT ALL. Worse, in the very early grades and I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I didn’t know […]

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KGRD Read Aloud Schedules

Philosophy

KGRD Booklist KGRD Supplementary Book List KGRD Read aloud schedule

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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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Two Learning Styles

MBTI

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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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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Why Classical Education is Confusing!

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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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Dreadfully Hard Books

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Every year in MoDG, there is a “dreadfully hard” book.  It’s taken me years to get a handle on WHY it’s there.  Especially with all the talk about developmental levels and not introducing books to early so as to ruin them.  So what’s up with the “dreadfully hard” book each year? As I understand it […]

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True, Good, and Beautiful…Huh?

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I wasn’t sold on this whole “true, good, beautiful” thing until recently.   Much of the ugly versus beautiful seemed like ivory tower talk.  However, I’ve found an author that really helps me in this department.  Kevin Vost. Since I want to get to the meat of this quickly, I’m going to report it backwards to […]

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Laura’s Homeschool Christian (2001) Interview

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If you paste it into Word, it’s 32 pages LONG!  Anyway, HERE’s the link for the QA session.  The other one, which preceded it, is less practical and more theoretical.  If you are in that mood, it’s great. I have cut and pasted a few excerpts that I found particularly helpful.  All of the bolding […]

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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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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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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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