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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 6

3GRD

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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5GRD Catechism Cheat Sheet

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This year (5GRD), the BC No. 2 chapters hop around in the lesson plans.  (See this post, if you’re lost on what I’m talking about.) Also, they don’t arrive on a consistent weekly pattern.  They come week after week, then NOTHING, and then it picks back up.  Also, right now (June 2015) the verbal cues […]

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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

4GRD

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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Geography Facts in 5GRD

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With my dyslexic student, we have hit the wall over and over and over on the numerical geography facts in our curriculum.  So this year, I tried something new that REALLY paid off for us.  First, let me confess that I don’t really know why we memorize the exact heights of certain mountains and rivers; […]

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5GRD-6GRD Mapping Labels

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My kids CANNOT seem to write small enough or neatly enough to read the maps once they’ve been labelled. So, I grabbed my pack of labels (10/sheet mailing labels) and made printables for them. For 5GRD, each label is the stuff the child has to write names, numbers, and letters for that week. For sixth, […]

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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 Missing 83 No artist mentioned in book. Couldn’t find, but here’s something similar… Missing 98 Same problem here. No artist. Here’s something similar. Lesson 111 Lesson 117 Lesson 126 Lesson 137 Missing 152 […]

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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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Pioneers and Patriots Cut & Paste!!! Timeline

4GRD

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?

1GRD

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: Latina Christiana I

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  Latina Christiana is our fifth grade program.  I find the CD’s and teacher’s manual indispensible.  My son does most of the work on his own, but I check it daily.   Each weekly lesson is only one page spread, but for us, that’s plenty.  The work is less memory and more translating.  The child […]

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A Peek Inside: Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide

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I got this book used for a very reasonable price. If, however, you want the CD that has all the printable maps…you will likely pay $35-40 for it. I already have a mapping program on the computer that I love.  So, I didn’t need the CD.  Also, I wanted to “get in closer” to the […]

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A Peek Inside: Drawing Textbook (and Draw Squad)

4GRD

  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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