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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 8

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. How do you tell princes from princess? Let’s pause for a sec and talk about the /s/ sound.  If you downloaded my sheet from last lesson, you know that there are common and uncommon ways to spell sounds.  One thing that WRTR doesn’t really talk […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 7

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 This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Flossy Pattern 17. We often double l, s, f, at the end of a one syllable base word. (with a SHORT vowel.) This is called in other circles FLOSSY pattern. This pattern is why we have fluff, ball, grass, but not pooff or baill.  Some […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 6

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Shhhh…Tall, short, and otherwise So, now we are on page 6 of the spelling notebook.  This won’t be taught until halfway through the second year, but here you go. This is rule 13’s page. EXCEPT THAT IT’S MISSING. 13. SH at the beginning of a […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 5

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. The Second Suffix Rule:  # 11, Page 4 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) CHANGING (a y to an i)* We covered […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 4

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These “Rules” don’t appear in the Spelling Lists until somewhere around list N, so you won’t be teaching this in order. The First Suffix Rule:  #9-10 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 3

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules 7-8 7.  There are five kinds of silent e’s. If you are familiar with Sound Beginnings, this section is easy: “Time” illustrates “job 1, jump 1.” “Have” and “blue” illustrate “v, u, job 2.” “Chance” and “charge” illustrate “c, g, job 3.” *”Little” illustrates […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 2

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules for Spelling NOT Reading This is the BIGGEST sticking point for parents.  It took me YEARS to realize that these are only rules for SPELLING pronunciation.  Compared to a program like All About Spelling or Recipe for Reading, this program seems CRAZY.  This is […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 1

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Writing Road to Reading makes parents crazy.  Hopefully, this site can help you struggle through. First, let’s give you an idea of how a regular Spalding Spelling lesson goes in a public school.  We don’t do it this way, but you need to understand it for the book to make any sense! How a Spalding […]

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K-12 Subject Overview…Almost

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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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Date Rhymes

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Theoretically, rhymes are my “art.”  But, these are NOT NECESSARILY GOOD. Some of them intentionally so. HA! I want them to each stand alone.   If we memorized them as a whole poem, the child would have to recite the whole thing to get to the correct date. Varying the meter and whatnot, while irritating to […]

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Mark Your Catechism for Sanity

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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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Catechism Progression 2GRD-7GRD

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One of the commenters made the following awesome summary statement: “I’d love to see them redo the early years and have a much more comprehensive syllabus (like CHC). I think many are turned off by the first couple of years. They are fine when you know what you’re doing, but for just starting out and […]

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Primary Language Lessons COLOR images

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I am missing TWO.  All of the rest have one or more versions from which to choose. Click the images to see full size.  I will be printing them out as 4×6 or 5×7, whatever size the art cards are, and I will keep them in the same folders. HERE THEY ARE AS 5x7s PDF   […]

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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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Using Writing Road to Reading

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There’s a big fight in “teaching reading” about phonics versus whole word methods.  The thing I like about our curriculum is that it uses BOTH for reading and then hammers phonics and spelling rules all the way to 6th grade.  That takes care of both ends.  Love it.  However, the book we use, and even […]

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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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A Peek Inside: US History Picture Books

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  Though many of these come earlier in the year, they are unlikely read-alones, unless your child is ahead in his reading skills.  The above book is 79 pages of what you see below.  We have yet to finish it within the bounds of the scheduled assignments, however the online syllabi have it spread over […]

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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: US History Easy Readers

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The second half of the third grade year, the books are easier than in the beginning. My kids don’t really read ANY of the history books on their own until this point in the year.  The highlighted list below shows you the reading level for all of the history 3rd grade books.  Note that the […]

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A Peek Inside: Prima Latina

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Prima Latina is our 4th grade Latin program.  It’s a step up from the Latin root memorization from last year, but it’s still basically memorization.  My auditory son did fantastic using the CD’s every day, but my daughter prefers to do it all in writing.  She listens to the lesson on Monday and does the workbook […]

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