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Will Work for Prayers!

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It doesn’t say “spiritual gift of spreadsheets” in the Bible, but maybe there is one? Can someone feel the love of Christ in a year-at-a-glance chart? I show love by writing and teaching and writing about teaching. I like to organize, write scripts for curriculum that doesn’t have any, and generally help orient “big picture” […]

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WRTR FAQ

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I got some great questions emailed to me and asked if I could share it on the site. 1) Why is the a marked long in the suffix a-ble even if it’s not said that way? Because the suffix base on its own has a long a (able)? or for spelling purposes only or both? […]

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What is Classical Education?

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*The following post is not endorsed by any school and is riddled with my opinions.  Enter at your own risk. In medieval times, there was no “Classical Kindergarten” education.  So, what each Classical Education school is attempting to do is to impart to the children whatever portions of the medieval university education is appropriate to their […]

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Repentance….WRTR #5

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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

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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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Memory System Box

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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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Why Classical Education is Confusing!

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Meet Jean Piaget.  Isn’t he CUTE?  He’s this great French scientist that formalized the terms for the developmental stages of children.  He did a lot of work on babies.  People have fussed over whether or not you can nail it down to the month or whatever (all kids are different, right?), but his Big Kid […]

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Dreadfully Hard Books

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Every year in MoDG, there is a “dreadfully hard” book.  It’s taken me years to get a handle on WHY it’s there.  Especially with all the talk about developmental levels and not introducing books to early so as to ruin them.  So what’s up with the “dreadfully hard” book each year? As I understand it […]

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True, Good, and Beautiful…Huh?

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I wasn’t sold on this whole “true, good, beautiful” thing until recently.   Much of the ugly versus beautiful seemed like ivory tower talk.  However, I’ve found an author that really helps me in this department.  Kevin Vost. Since I want to get to the meat of this quickly, I’m going to report it backwards to […]

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Laura’s Homeschool Christian (2001) Interview

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If you paste it into Word, it’s 32 pages LONG!  Anyway, HERE’s the link for the QA session.  The other one, which preceded it, is less practical and more theoretical.  If you are in that mood, it’s great. I have cut and pasted a few excerpts that I found particularly helpful.  All of the bolding […]

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The First Ten Weeks Automation

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As I mentioned last year, about this time we had a “special” baby.  He’s over that now, but since he needed a lot of care back then, I needed homeschool automated.   It was so successful that I’m doing it again this year. Above you see my sixth grade notebook all dressed and ready to go […]

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Lesson Plans: What Are They Selling?

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I have seen a lot of lesson plans, and so have you.  They come in different forms. Each has it’s own proprietary information that you can’t get without buying the plans.  This isn’t a comprehensive analysis, but it will introduce us to enough to talk intelligently about how ours compares. Some plans are selling pacing. […]

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Light on Math and Science?

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I have heard over and over, and said myself that MoDG is “light” on math and science.  Is this true? First, we must remember that our curriculum is geared to dovetail with the university education at Thomas Aquinas College.  Our curriculum is KGRD through Bachelor’s degree.  Now, my kids aren’t going to attend school there, […]

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A “Great Books” Education

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Have you heard of this?  Of course you have.  It’s everywhere.  But people are doing it with different aims and for different reasons. When I started homeschooling, I was barreling my kids through as many great works as I could.  I was going for “exhaustive.”  It was like going through the Museum of Natural History […]

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Mom Summer Reading Suggestions

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One of the commenters on another post wrote that Teaching Tips should be summer assigned reading with DYOCC.  We DO need assigned reading! Here’s my suggestions: Read DYOCC BACKWARDS.  I mean Appendix first, 12th grade second, 11th grade next, etc.  I would have avoided a lot of worry had I done that years ago.  The […]

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WAIT…What Parent Resources???

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I just got a comment that illustrates what I was going though in the last post: WAIT, there are more parent resources? If that was your reaction as well and you aren’t inclined to read past comments, here’s my answer: Hee-hee. Yes. Here’s what I found quickly. These are non-enrolled prices. Ready? In addition to […]

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Getting the Big Picture

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Okay, folks.  Let’s be honest.  I can say Charlotte Mason, and most everyone has a pretty good idea what’s going on there.  Yeah, you should read the six volume treatise, but generally, a year in the trenches and you’ve got the basic gist.  I can say Seton, CHC, Montessori, even Waldorf and if you’re familiar, […]

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K-12 Aimed at Thomas Aquinas College

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When we read DYOCC, we see that it’s author aimed MODG for her children attending Thomas Aquinas College, or one like it.  If you’ve never fooled around on that site, you need to.  The K-12 curriculum choices make a LOT of sense after you see it.  Here is the syllabus.  It’s a fixed curriculum.  Everyone […]

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Another Great Classical Ed Video

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I’ve noticed in Classical Ed that certain things are made priorities without persuading ME, the teacher, that they are priorities (like “wonder” and “beautiful art and music”).  Other things (like science content) are suppressed without persuading ME that they should be suppressed.  I teach very poorly under those conditions. THIS video, like the one I […]

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Understanding Your Curriculum: Deep or Wide, or BOTH?

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(Note: As I said before, this series makes me nervous. It seems my understanding of education grows and changes by the week and I’m afraid that I am about to say a bunch of dumb stuff. Please keep that in mind. This is all my “current” opinion.) Education communicates values and culture.  There’s no such […]

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