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Understanding Your Curriculum: Alone, Parent-Lead, or Straddler?

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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.) Alone or Parent-Lead? Some curricula, like Sonlight, are […]

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Understanding Your Curriculum: Scheduled or Strewing?

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  (Note:  I would just like to first say that this post 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.) Every curriculum […]

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BUY: Teaching Tips and Language Arts Overview

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This is a public service announcement:  If you use MODG curriculum, BUY those two resources from the school.  There is a lot of overlap between them, but they both contain information that would have SAVED MY SANITY. HOW did Laura do the literature?  Stratify the kids by grades (K-3)? Was the directed reading same or […]

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2015 Reflections: Curriculum 3, 5, 6 GRD

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I really liked the curriculum this year.  As I get further up in MODG, I find less and less I want to change.  It’s the early grades I dabble around in. 3GRD I need to remediate some reading issues, so I used an alternative to WRTR and PLL. Rather than the speed drills, I did […]

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2015 Reflections: Loved the Schedule

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This year is almost over.  It’s time for planning next year.  To that end, I will be refining and re-posting all of the do-ahead material.  I’ll try to make sure everything is complete.  But this post is about looking back.  What did I love?  What didn’t go well?  What do I wish I’d done differently? […]

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Kindergarten Concrete Results

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The school has their own methodology and skill goals, but I tend to want a bird’s eye “this is what he will know” concrete content list for each grade.  So, that’s what I’m writing here.  If you follow the lesson plans as written, this is what you get (in my experience): Music: Your child will […]

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Read Aloud Reality Report/Easter Plans

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 Over the four weeks I typed up for you: We still opened daily with Psalm 100, it’s like our dinner bell for Circle Time.  Everyone grabs and toy or something to draw and heads to the carpet. We continued to work our way through always start with our MUST DO’s for the day. Great Americans for […]

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Read Aloud Circle Time Example

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I thought some folks might like to know my exact reading for the next few weeks, so they could see how to structure it with an assortment of kids.  Mine are preschool to 5GRD.  For circle time, the preschooler is usually playing on the kindle in my bed.  She is still too uncivilized (read: LOUD) […]

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Logic Gems in “Lost Tools of Learning”

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Dorothy Sayer’s “Lost Tools of Learning” has become the flagship essay for the Classical Education Movement.  I admit, she had me from the start: “Has it ever struck you as odd, or unfortunate, that today, when the proportion of literacy throughout Western Europe is higher than it has ever been, people should have become susceptible […]

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Grammar Gems in “The Lost Tools of Learning”

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In “The Lost Tools of Learning”, the flagship essay for the classical education movement, Dorothy Sayers builds her case for returning to a classical method of education and then outlines specifics for the stages.  The following is an abbreviated version of her comments  about the grammar stage along with how we employ them in our […]

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Classical Ed and Charlotte Mason’s Attainments for 6yr old

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It has been argued that since a CM education is essentially training in virtues and ideas, it shares a great deal in common with “Classical Education.” And since both MODG and CM rely heavily on “living books”, there should be significant overlap between the two curricula. The following comparison is based on “A Formidable List […]

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A Practical Look at Classical Education Stages

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  In the last post, I began a comparison between Classical Education and Classical Dance.  I argued that just like classical dance training prepares the body to excel at any movement based art, so classical education is meant to prepare the mind to excel at any intellectual subject.  Classical education has identified the mental movements […]

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Classical Ed is like Classical Dance

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  I have read so many articles about Classical Education, but in the end, I’m a practical girl and all that talk is a bit above me when we’re just trying to learn to read, so I’m going to break it down for you as best as I can. To me, classical education is like […]

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