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Latin Hacks: Verbs

Latin

I stumbled upon a “hack” while teaching my kids that I just have to share.  It may not continue to be useful, but it’s been super-helpful so far. I tell them that every Latin verb has three parts:  what, when, and who. It’s exactly backwards from how we would say it in English. “He will […]

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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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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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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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Money Saving Tips: Dealing with the Booklists

Practicality

Over the years, finances have changed enough and lifestyle has changed enough that I’m not currently pinching pennies on homeschool.  However, that hasn’t always been (and might not always be.)  I was reminded lately of how distressing extra expenses can be. Advantages of MoDG Methodology I hear people say that our school is really expensive, […]

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Dialogue Punctuation Memory Hook

Language Arts

I have tried for YEARS to get my kids to do quote mark punctuation correctly. The above image is the only thing that has solved the problem.  We draw a mouth, with laugh lines, and a beauty mark.  These are your quotes, words, and punctuation positioning.  Silly, but it’s helped me stop banging my head […]

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Capitalization Tip

Language Arts

Lots of elementary teachers use the proofreading acronym COPS. Capitalization Order Punctuation Spelling They also use MINTS for capitalization.  Month, “I” as a word, Names, Titles, Start the Sentence. But that one didn’t work for us. We needed the “starting a sentence” to come first.  And where were initials and abbreviations?  Starting dialogue in the […]

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Date Rhymes

3GRD

Theoretically, rhymes are my “art.”  But, these are NOT NECESSARILY GOOD. Some of them intentionally so. HA! I want them to each stand alone.   If we memorized them as a whole poem, the child would have to recite the whole thing to get to the correct date. Varying the meter and whatnot, while irritating to […]

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Cheap Art Prints

7GRD

“Child Sized Masterpieces” are little.  I was wondering when this would come up.  In 7GRD, it’s finally mentioned.  There are two recommendations that year.  Get Art Memo.  Get some bigger prints from National Gallery.  I took my art budget and went a slightly different direction.  I got bigger prints…really cheap.   I got them at calendars.com.  […]

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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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Memory Hooks for Geography Facts

4GRD

ACK, those numbers, right?  How do we remember the mountain heights and rivers? Well, here are the memory hooks we use. You can use these several ways. Good:  You can just say them a lot. Good-er:  Sign the numbers when you say them. Better:  “place” them in an environment with you imagination.  See OZ and […]

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Geography Facts in 5GRD

5GRD

With my dyslexic student, we have hit the wall over and over and over on the numerical geography facts in our curriculum.  So this year, I tried something new that REALLY paid off for us.  First, let me confess that I don’t really know why we memorize the exact heights of certain mountains and rivers; […]

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The 10-Week Super Set-Up

Organization

  We have had some special this year, so I had to get as set up as possible.  Below you see two CT scans, one of a normal nasal pathway, looking down from above on the cheek bones.  All the white is bone.  Notice on the left, that the bones leave plenty of room upfront […]

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SUMMER Math Facts, Reading Support, Audio Books

Practicality

MATH FACTS (20 min/day) The first site that I HEART this summer is ReflexMath.  It tests and customizes to your child and gives him certificates and whatnot for learning his facts.  I can’t say enough about the tracking and adaptive qualities of this product.  It’s usually $35/child/year, but through the Homeschool Buyers Coop, it’s 44% […]

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K-2 Hymns on Your Devices

1GRD

We do our hymns during circle time, just after read-aloud, while I’m sitting on the couch.  That means I’m not close to the desktop or any CD player, so the most convenient thing for me is to play them on the chromebook or other device.  The first place to go for the hymns is Catholic […]

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4GRD-5GRD Latin Prayers and Hymns on your Devices

1GRD

  There are a few “sing-along” hymns in 3GRD-4GRD Latin.  I have them on a youtube list here, including a sung version of the Pater Noster that we like. Here you can find the Pater Noster and Gloria Patri spoken slowly or quickly in Latin.  YES!  However, his Table Blessing is SO FAST, we can’t […]

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HOW to handle your read aloud time

Practicality

I had a lovely conversation in the comments section of another post with a mom who was trying to figure out how to do the reading aloud for back-to-back 1st and 2nd graders.  I thought I’d post my answers. In our house, there’s ONE read aloud time each day for K-5 saints, liturgy, bible, fiction, […]

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Math Facts, States Resources

1GRD

My kids do best with their memorizing, if they have a funny phrase or picture connection.  Above you see my favorite card from the www.memoryjogger.com states and capitals cards.  All of my kids know their states and capitals quickly using these cards. Below, you see another one. In addition to being funny, they’re actually quite […]

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