Manual Analysis

WRTR for Reading Instruction: Curious?

1GRD

I am!  A while back I got a 3GRD and 6GRD teacher’s manuals for a STEAL on Ebay. It was a revelation!  I totally understand what’s happening now.  But, I was really curious about how WRTR taught reading.  Aren’t you?  Just for heck? Well, I found a public school site that posts their lesson plans! […]

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AAS versus WRTR: For Spelling

3GRD

The hot topic seems to be All About Spelling(AAS) versus Writing Road to Reading (WRTR) these days.  I have a lot of detailed knowledge about spelling programs and actually write content for a dyslexia intervention program, so lemme share what I know. I am also open to private questions at ivorysoap76 at gmail dot com. […]

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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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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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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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Mark Your Catechism for Sanity

3GRD

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

5GRD

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

3GRD

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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100EZ and Dolch words

100EZ

  MODG uses phonics all the way up to 6th grade, at least.  That’s just as far as I know.  Anyway, I am a big fan of Dolch words (click above picture for the best Dolch site EVER).  It doesn’t hurt anyone for the child to have a couple hundred words memorized before he understands […]

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Abeka Teacher’s Manuals Really Helpful

1GRD

It had always confused me that our first option was the Abeka workbook and speed drills ALONE and our second option was the full-fledged Saxon programs.  They didn’t really seem comparable.  In Saxon, there is so much repetition and drill, and while Abeka was spiral, the lessons were dramatically less…full. This year, I got the […]

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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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Decodable Readers: IN THE RIGHT ORDER!

100EZ

I don’t know about you, but I find reading practice really frustrating.  Every phonics program teaches the phonograms in different orders and I have no idea what readers are right for practice outside of the lessons.  So, I made some printables to help me you out. If you use Teach your Child to Read in […]

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Lives of the Saints TOC by Date

1GRD

It’s hard to figure out what saint to use if the book is organized by name or something other than the date on the calendar.  So here are two table of contents according to date. Illustrated Saints contents by date Children’s Book of Saints contents by date Picture Book of Saints by date

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