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A Peek Inside: D’Aulaire Biographies

2GRD

The D’Aulaire biographies are a time-tested stand-by for homeschool history.  Almost any literature-based curriculum is going to use at least ONE sometime.  Our curriculum uses them A LOT.  Over and over.  At first I thought that was weird, but after going through a few rounds of them and realizing that they remember more each time, […]

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A Peek Inside: Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide

5GRD

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: Sound Beginnings

2GRD

  Like Writing Road to Reading, this is one of the more controversial book in the curriculum, if you can really call anything 2GRD “controversial.”  It’s expensive.  It’s strange.  Some of the lessons plans are really uneven.  It is a FIRST GRADE learn-to-read program being used as a 2GRD spelling program…AND it’s a different marking […]

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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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A Peek Inside: 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns

1GRD

I have yet to see another collection of Catholic hymns that is this complete.  It comes with all of the hymns for three years of curriculum, so it’s very worth the price.  If you read music, having the notes is helpful, but regardless, you need the words.  Each year the child listens to the music […]

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A Peek Inside: Concepts and Challenges Earth Science

5GRD

This is one of the more controversial text choices. People expect science books to be really recently printed, but it unless your fourth grader is learning cutting age genetics, not much has changed in the last 20 years on the 5th grade level. The glory of this series of books is that they are so […]

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A Peek Inside the Music Picture Books

1GRD

  The first couple of times I taught 1st Grade, these books were out of my price range and unavailable from the library.  However, this is third round, my mom sent them to me as a surprise! The picture books by Celenza, as you can see below, have enough words to stretch them over a […]

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A Peek Inside: Easy Make and Learn Projects- Colonial America

4GRD

  Easy Make and Learn Projects-Colonials America  is a book of patterns for models and paper projects.  There’s at least one for each of the colonies, including Roanoke.   The book recommends that you reproduce the patterns on larger, or at least thicker, paper.  We ran it through our copier/scanner/printer on card stock and it […]

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A Peek Inside: Starting a Spelling Notebook

3GRD

This is your assignment book for Writing Road to Reading. It’s got daily assignments according to three different age group levels, but the syllabus will tell you which one to use each year.  See below for the other contents of the book. Below you can see the first week of the most commonly used Daily […]

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A Peek Inside “English from the Roots Up”

3GRD

Dorothy Sayers says in her essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, that learning Latin cuts the work of learning any other subject in half. She’s not kidding.  Even with the fifty or so roots my third grader knows, his grasp of science and math terms is so much stronger.  I can’t imagine how easy studying […]

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A Peek Inside: Child’s Bible History–Knecht

3GRD

I love this little book. It’s got super short stories. It’s not kiddie language.  Sometimes it’s not even grown-up language.  It’s OLD language.  The story about about Joseph and the Pharaoh’s dream said “kine” instead of “cow.”  Wow.  Makes me remember all that King James verse memorization I did as a child.  He reads it […]

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A Peek Inside “How Our Nation Began”

3GRD

This a really sweet introduction to American History.  It’s not especially graphic about deaths and battles (which disappoints my son), but it’s very kind to all groups involved in the settling of the New World.  It places a great emphasis on how religion really drove many of the great events in our nations early history […]

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A Peek Inside Primary Language Lessons

3GRD

PLL is a very sweet little language book.  It focuses on using the right tense in a sentence, retelling stories, using complete sentences when we answer people, and copy work.  As copying is a really difficult area for my third grader, we do this work orally most of the time.  Below is a picture of […]

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A Peek Inside: Creative Alphabet For Preschool and Kindergarten

Handwriting

Marie Picard’s  Creative Alphabet For Preschool and Kindergarten site description: A great help for the parent to make a reading and writing readiness program for preschool and kindergarten. Includes a printing page at 1 1/2″ size character for each letter of the alphabet, each with a word and a line drawing to color. Next to each […]

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A Peek Inside “Our American Heritage”–Abeka

3GRD

If you want a map skill workbook that covers all the bases, this one is great.  My son is great with maps, so it’s a little below him but my daughter will find it pretty challenging next year. See the page shot below for a good idea of it.  There’s no instructional pages, just work […]

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A Peek Inside “New Catholic Picture Bible”

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Materamabilis.org, a Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum, recommended this book for first and second grade.  I LOVE it.  Since we don’t have “BIBLE” class in Mother of Divine Grace for those grades, this is part of my read-aloud schedule for them.   We do 1-2 stories a week for the Old Testament (1st grade) and 2-3 […]

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