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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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Buying the Oldie Goldie Catholic Books

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Here are the little golden oldie Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls Vol I and II.  Below is the most important fact about dropping the dough on them. They’re tiny. I was shocked. Inside, you’ll find delightful stories, though.  We especially like #1.  #2 Get’s too sad around page 60, but I’m still glad to […]

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New Saints Books: Modomnoc, Martin, Vincent, and Seton

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This is a sweet, self-published book called St. Vincent, Friend of the Poor that I think is going to by popular in our home.    It’s longer than some of the Betz books, but shorter than a Windeatt.  It might take a week for us to read.  There are a couple of REALLY potentially sad parts that […]

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Liturgical/Saints Resources for February

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 I just wanted to share how we do “Read Aloud Time” for K-2nd in my house. (It’s required K-2nd, even though it’s only explicit in the K syllabus.)  First of all, in my house, it’s really K-5 since none of the kids want to miss out. It’s the first thing we do every day after […]

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Summer Saints Books and Other Hole Fillers

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  Sometimes the assigned monthly liturgical book is so far out of print I can’t find it.  I have about a $15 tolerance level for a “one and done” saint book, and it has to be highly recommended.   If it’s a book that will take a week or more, and it’s highly recommended, I […]

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Sound Beginnings 4-Day Conversion

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Sound Beginnings is listed in the syllabus according to the “Days” of the internal scheduling of the book. Since it just says “Day 1, Day 2″ and I’m going to have to go look up the actual assignment anyway, it doesn’t foul up anything (so far) for me to follow my own reworked version of […]

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Evening Reading K-2: Liturgical and Saints Books Reviews

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I have that Catholic mosaic picture up there because their (free) booklist has a great deal of overlap with the proprietary MODG booklists, but I can review it without making people uncomfortable (I hope.) Underlined titles are books we use for retellings and may read out of order depending on when we need to do […]

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Using Blank Books, How Many?

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In each of the lesson plans for K-5GRD grade, there is a recommendation to use blank books for various subjects to make a permanent record of the child’s work for him to enjoy in later years. I have eshewed this in past years in favor of pro-click notebooks or even binders, but I have found […]

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A Peek Inside: D’Aulaire Biographies

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The D’Aulaire biographies are a time-tested stand-by for homeschool history.  Almost any literature-based curriculum is going to use at least ONE sometime.  Our curriculum uses them A LOT.  Over and over.  At first I thought that was weird, but after going through a few rounds of them and realizing that they remember more each time, […]

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A Peek Inside: Sound Beginnings

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  Like Writing Road to Reading, this is one of the more controversial book in the curriculum, if you can really call anything 2GRD “controversial.”  It’s expensive.  It’s strange.  Some of the lessons plans are really uneven.  It is a FIRST GRADE learn-to-read program being used as a 2GRD spelling program…AND it’s a different marking […]

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A Peek Inside: 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns

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I have yet to see another collection of Catholic hymns that is this complete.  It comes with all of the hymns for three years of curriculum, so it’s very worth the price.  If you read music, having the notes is helpful, but regardless, you need the words.  Each year the child listens to the music […]

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2GRD MODG Do-Aheads

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THIS POST WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED AFTER 5/2015. NEW PAGE HERE. There are plenty of things you can do to get a jump on next year. This will be especially helpful if you have multiple kids. The proliferation of “do this with me” in the syllabus has me running around like a chicken with […]

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Recitation (shhhhh, Catechism) Printables

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    I have been asked for these a lot, so here they are!  If someone with authority complains, I’ll have to take them down.  They contain all the poems we use for K-4th (there are a few added and removed from the MODG list, sorry!), the catechism questions (some adapted), dates, states and capitals, […]

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Decodable Readers: IN THE RIGHT ORDER!

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I don’t know about you, but I find reading practice really frustrating.  Every phonics program teaches the phonograms in different orders and I have no idea what readers are right for practice outside of the lessons.  So, I made some printables to help me you out. If you use Teach your Child to Read in […]

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15-Cent Card Folders

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It’s school season, so don’t forget to take advantage of the 15-cent folders at Walmart!  I made tons of folders for all my Montessori cards.  Look how nice and organized they are!  Use a normal two-pocket, brad-less folders.  Cut it down to a 6×8.  Put staples in the sides.  Two each.  For this particular folder, […]

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Science Experiment Supply Lists: Abeka and Usborne

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SECOND GRADE SCIENCE WITH PLANTS THIRD GRADE EXPLORING GODS WORLD ABEKA FOURTH GRADE UNDERSTANDIN GODS WORLD ABEKA

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Lives of the Saints TOC by Date

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It’s hard to figure out what saint to use if the book is organized by name or something other than the date on the calendar.  So here are two table of contents according to date. Illustrated Saints contents by date Children’s Book of Saints contents by date Picture Book of Saints by date

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American History Books According to Difficulty

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  In my school, the supplementary reading for a given time period is OFTEN way above the reading level of my child.  (Laura’s children must have been reading super-stars!) So, I assign separate reading practice.  The easiest way is to get the appropriate Sonlight Reader Guide (they have a test on the site to establish […]

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