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Abeka 3 LSITS 90/10 Manual

3GRD

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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Teaching Cards WRTR: Set II

3GRD

In the last set, I covered the rules that come up really early in the year.  Here are the rest.  I would love some feedback! TeachingCardsSetII

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History Reading Times 3GRD-6GRD

3GRD

  I rebooted the old guides I made that timed out the literature for history so you could plan better how long it might take you to get through it.  Each book that I could get the word count for has the number of “days” scheduled in the syllabus so that you know how long […]

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Voyages in English 6 Resources

6GRD

The first trip through Voyages in English 6 was a bumpy one for me.  I hadn’t reviewed grammar in YEARS.  As a writer, I was comfortable using grammar, but I had no idea what to CALL everything.  Additionally, the assigned outlines in the MoDG 6 syllabus threw me for a loop.  The example outline didn’t […]

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Out-of-Print KGRD Story Collections

KGRD

  Here are the pictures of Stories that Never Grow Old and Chimney Corner Stories. Sometimes, we moms wonder if we shouldn’t hunt down those out-of-print titles.  I thought you’d like to see these so you can decide for yourself. Many of these stories are repeated in the BOV and fairy tale selections I have scheduled […]

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WRTR Teaching Cards

3GRD

  I have talked many times before about how difficult WRTR can be.  Teacher’s who use it in schools attend training classes.  Spalding has them for parents too. I find that a parent (me, three times over, for example) starts to drown in the early weeks of Rule Pages.  The scripts for those pages are in […]

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Repentance….WRTR #5

3GRD

The louder and more set against something I am, the closer I am to buying into it the next day.  I haven’t figured out why that is.  But it happens. The words I get to eat this round are all about Rule #5.  Y and I only say /i/ and /I/. It’s stupid, right?  They […]

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Funny Father-Assigned Memory Work

4GRD

I listened to a school lecture about memory work.  In fourth grade, we memorize population and electoral college data for the largest states (by population).  When asked, our director said that this was information that had come up in conversation in her life and was embarrassed not to know.  Same for the population and square […]

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WRTR Teacher’s Manual!!!

3GRD

I found mine for $10 on ebay.  Boy, are they eye opening!  It’s not as pretty as AAS, but many of the things I like about AAS are in the manuals.  Here’s what’s NOT like AAS.  Spalding expects the teacher to already understand the rules and phonograms.  The program doesn’t teach the teacher.  It assumes […]

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Teacher’s Manual 90/10 Abeka 2

2GRD

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

2GRD

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 1: Teacher’s Manual 90/10

1GRD

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. The missing piece in Abeka, for most parents without the manual, is the MEMORY WORK.  There is SO MUCH DRILL that you don’t know about. […]

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Abeka Math: Minimalist Edition

1GRD

  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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Ancient Near East Map

6GRD

Near East Labelled Near East Unlabelled If you use a “Near East” map in your curriculum, here’s a labelled and unlabelled version to print so you don’t have to trace them yourself.   Also, here is my favorite video for showing the kids a few thousand years of Near East history. Watching this video will […]

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Egypt/Rome Read Aloud Times

6GRD

  Word Count Minutes Aloud Days Scheduled Min/day Add Fri. Min/day Henry V 27543 172.14 5 34.43 Eagle of the Ninth 86864 542.9 6 90.48 7 77.56 The Children’s Homer 53784 336.15 9 37.35 11 30.56 Caesar’s Gallic Wars 67391 421.20 8 52.65 10 42.12 D’Aulaire Greek Myths 37436 234 6 39.00 7 33.43 City […]

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Memory System Box

3GRD

Since we have dyslexia and dysgraphia in kids 2, 3 respectively, I have had to use a lot of alternative curriculum. I keep little pieces of what works for our methodology. This memory box is dreaded and loved. You can tell where I got it from (All About Spelling). It catches all the material that […]

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WRTR Pacing Guide!!!

3GRD

There are different personalities in this world and mine CANNOT function without a pacing guide. I don’t hold tight to them and force a child to go a particular speed, but I need to know the standard path to make good choices. I make very poor decisions otherwise. I need to know WHAT I’m disobeying, […]

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Wall Timeline Printable

3GRD

Each child has a super-detailed book timeline, but on our wall we have what I like to call the “Ballpark timeline.” Every century has a saint, an American history event (or something that fueled the quest), a music period, and an artist. The music people are pictured in the right century, but they don’t have […]

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Spelling Printables!

3GRD

So, one kid is totally on track, number two is dyslexic, and number three struggles with the physical act of writing: I went through several version of the notebooks.  Right now, we just use mine.  But before that, I had these printed and we marked them. If you want the syllable spaces in there, you […]

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Greek Timeline Assignments

7GRD

MOM WORK You could make your kid do this, but I don’t.  Getting those BC pages dated right is mind bending. 1.  Set up your book like I did in this post. 2.  As seen in that post, put the lines, beginning and end dates, and tick marks on the following spreads: p. 25 = […]

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