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WRTR for Reading Instruction: Curious?

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I am!  A while back I got a 3GRD and 6GRD teacher’s manuals for a STEAL on Ebay. It was a revelation!  I totally understand what’s happening now.  But, I was really curious about how WRTR taught reading.  Aren’t you?  Just for heck? Well, I found a public school site that posts their lesson plans! […]

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Teacher’s Manual 90/10 Abeka 2

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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

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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 Math: Minimalist Edition

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  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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100EZ and Dolch words

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  MODG uses phonics all the way up to 6th grade, at least.  That’s just as far as I know.  Anyway, I am a big fan of Dolch words (click above picture for the best Dolch site EVER).  It doesn’t hurt anyone for the child to have a couple hundred words memorized before he understands […]

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Abeka Teacher’s Manuals Really Helpful

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It had always confused me that our first option was the Abeka workbook and speed drills ALONE and our second option was the full-fledged Saxon programs.  They didn’t really seem comparable.  In Saxon, there is so much repetition and drill, and while Abeka was spiral, the lessons were dramatically less…full. This year, I got the […]

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K-2 Hymns on Your Devices

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We do our hymns during circle time, just after read-aloud, while I’m sitting on the couch.  That means I’m not close to the desktop or any CD player, so the most convenient thing for me is to play them on the chromebook or other device.  The first place to go for the hymns is Catholic […]

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4GRD-5GRD Latin Prayers and Hymns on your Devices

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  There are a few “sing-along” hymns in 3GRD-4GRD Latin.  I have them on a youtube list here, including a sung version of the Pater Noster that we like. Here you can find the Pater Noster and Gloria Patri spoken slowly or quickly in Latin.  YES!  However, his Table Blessing is SO FAST, we can’t […]

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Science With Plants, If You’re Behind, Like Me

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All images linked to the site from which they came. Just click. Will remove images if not cool with source.  PAGES 1-4:  If you never did the first few pages of the book, this is as good a time as any.  There’s enough sun and warmth in the house that your bean seeds won’t fight […]

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Inside Liturgical Year books

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Several curricula use My Path to Heaven for Lenten reading.  However, it’s not a sit and read on the couch in one sitting book.  It’s better as a daily devotional, and not a short one.  Each spread as you see below has a REALLY complicated Where’s Waldo kind of picture that is meant to be […]

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Inside Some More Saint Picture Books

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I adore this St. Nicholas book by Tompert.  Look how sweet the illustrations are! However, it doesn’t get used in my anxious-people house because of the following unfortunate spread. Boo. But may your kids can handle it? The next book we use every year.  We use it in the beginning of third and fourth and […]

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Saints and Liturgical Resources for March

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This year we are trying out two new books for Lent:  My Path to Heaven and Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls by Houselander. MARCH: Lent starts March 5th Little Rose of Sharon by Gurley (easy to find used) Little Acts of Grace by Gortler Way of the Cross for Children by Winkler, if you do the […]

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Storybooks for Sacraments

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My kids didn’t sit well for Receiving Holy Communion and Going to Confession by Lovasik.  It’s not that they’re not useful, but most St. Joseph Books are for USING, like a manual or prayer book, not just reading straight through in one sitting.  So, for snuggle time, we like the above.  You can see inside […]

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2GRD: Out of Print Substitutions

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I have a couple of littles that will be coming up behind my bigs, and so I’ve looked over the lists again to see what we have and what’s in and out of print. On the main booklist: Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims.  SURELY, Sonlight’s Publishing company will pick it up like they’ve done for […]

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St. Joseph Books for Read-Through or Report

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We don’t do reports on the Our Lady books, but the three you see above are decent read-throughs and in some cases the only books available on the topic.  Below you see Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It’s broken into sections and reads more like a continuous story than book mentioned yesterday. The Fatima book is […]

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St. Joseph Books for Vignettes on a Theme

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I mentioned yesterday that many of the St. Joseph Picture Books are best used as children’s manuals for participating in a series of prayers or another sacrament.  However, many of the books in this series are best suited to a vignette-a-day type reading.  If you are the type of homeschool mom that likes to do […]

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St. Joseph Books for Using, not snuggling

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In our house, St. Joseph Picture books (about 1.50 each) fall into two categories:  USING for prayer or VIGNETTES/REPORTS.  My kids don’t think St. Joseph Picture books make good snuggle on the couch read alouds.  In this post, I’ll cover the books we feel work best as follow-alongs for mass and seasonal prayers OR as […]

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GREAT Saint Series by Ignatius

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I am so excited about this new series from Magnificat and Ignatius.  They’re translated from French, and they’re fantastic!  See the top four books here or at Ignatius here, here, here, and here. The illustrations are adorable. Here is Francis and the leper below. You can see more from each book at the Ignatius links above. […]

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Math Facts, States Resources

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My kids do best with their memorizing, if they have a funny phrase or picture connection.  Above you see my favorite card from the www.memoryjogger.com states and capitals cards.  All of my kids know their states and capitals quickly using these cards. Below, you see another one. In addition to being funny, they’re actually quite […]

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More of Our Favorite Books

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If you don’t know this book, you should.  It’s DELIGHTFUL.  Marigold Hunt wrote Life of Our Lord for Children.   This one is a great series of Bible stories about angels.  My kids ADORE  IT. It’s no joke, though.  It will take you weeks to get through. Next you’ll see a blurry picture of my […]

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