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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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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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Memory Hooks for Geography Facts

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ACK, those numbers, right?  How do we remember the mountain heights and rivers? Well, here are the memory hooks we use. You can use these several ways. Good:  You can just say them a lot. Good-er:  Sign the numbers when you say them. Better:  “place” them in an environment with you imagination.  See OZ and […]

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Intermediate Language Lessons COLOR images

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Click the images to see full size. HERE THEY ARE AS PDF 1 and PDF 2 Lesson 1 Lesson 9 Lesson 61 Lesson 79 Lesson 83 Missing 98 Same problem here. No artist. Here’s something similar. Lesson 111 Lesson 117 Lesson 126 Lesson 137 Missing 152 Same artist, same title. Can’t find the one with the chickens. […]

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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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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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Pioneers and Patriots Cut & Paste!!! Timeline

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Doing the 4GRD-5GRD timeline is one of those suggestions that doesn’t happen in our house.  If it ain’t in the lesson plans, it ain’t a-gonna happen.  And when I do get around to it, it’s a MONUMENTAL task.  So, I have made a cut-and-paste version (or  a exactly what-to-write-where version) for you, using the 92-page […]

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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: Understanding God’s World

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Understanding God’s World is a 4GRD Abeka text.  It’s about 200 pages long and full color. you can see the full contents at the Abeka site.  There are a few experiments the first few weeks and then those stop until about Week 15.  For my fourth graders, both time, I’ve had to read this aloud […]

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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: Drawing Textbook (and Draw Squad)

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  This is a slim little book about drawing literacy.  I love the idea.  I love that people should be able to communicate reasonably well in images.  As you can see below, it’s not elaborate art.  Also note, however, that it’s not elaborate INSTRUCTIONS either.  Many families have found this challenging.   Luckily, there’s an […]

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