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Buying the Oldie Goldie Catholic Books

1GRD

Here are the little golden oldie Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls Vol I and II.  Below is the most important fact about dropping the dough on them. They’re tiny. I was shocked. Inside, you’ll find delightful stories, though.  We especially like #1.  #2 Get’s too sad around page 60, but I’m still glad to […]

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#3 How to Generate a KID GRID

Organization

PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  If you are enrolled, all lesson plans are in an online database.  No need for writing your own schedule. My number one tip for homeschool is to bundle your memory work.  Bundle the resources.  Bundle the daily assignments.  Do all the memory work parts of each subject AT […]

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#2 How to Bundle Your Other Mom-Work

Organization

PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. In the last post, I explained several methods for bundling your memory work assignments so as to get them done in one sitting.   It’s the number one way to make working with multiple grade levels go smoothly.  Number TWO is to bundle […]

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#1 How to Bundle Memory Work Assignments

Organization

PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. Over the years, I have bundled the memory work for homeschool in several different ways.  I have found this to be the number ONE way to make my day go smoothly.  Number TWO is to bundle the rest of the “Do this with […]

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How to Make a Child’s Assignment Sheet

Organization

Identify what weekly work they can do alone, or mostly alone. (I don’t have one of these sheets for the 2nd grader, because he doesn’t do anything alone and/or couldn’t read the assignments yet anyway.) Type out only what THEY need to know to get it done.  Not the instructions for you. Be sure to […]

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Multi-Child Planning

Organization

 PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. This works for anyone, but I’m going to specifically talk about MODG.  Most syllabi are written for the mom or the kid.  And almost none of them talk about how to juggle multiple kids.  Here’s how I do it. Identify WORK ALONE assignments. […]

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Read Aloud Lesson Planning

Organization

The “lesson plans” for reading literature aloud for K-3rd are a lists of titles.  I have provided sample plans for each grade, but what if you have a mix? For those of us who like to buy our books at the beginning of the year, there’s no way to tell how many to read or […]

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Using YouTube for Baroque Music

4GRD

I am not so great at having the CD’s all organized, but I can click a link!  Here are the MODG music suggestions for 4th grade and 5th grade from the syllabi.   We just play them during the lunch break.  It’s really funny to watch the baby rock out to Vivaldi! 4th GRADE BAROQUE […]

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15-Cent Card Folders

1GRD

It’s school season, so don’t forget to take advantage of the 15-cent folders at Walmart!  I made tons of folders for all my Montessori cards.  Look how nice and organized they are!  Use a normal two-pocket, brad-less folders.  Cut it down to a 6×8.  Put staples in the sides.  Two each.  For this particular folder, […]

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Spalding Phonogram Hand Signals

3GRD

I LOVE this video for teaching the spalding phonograms with hand signals.  Isn’t she cute?  I do however have some edits for use with my children.  Since we use Spalding for spelling, not so much decoding, I want to be able to say to my kids, “Listen to the word ball,  what phonograms make the […]

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Montessori Puzzle Map

4GRD

In addition to the workbook, we use this puzzle map to reinforce the different areas of the US and the capitals.  Each knob is placed on the capital of the state, so we pull out some states, mix them up, announce the state and capital as we replace them. (In DYOCC, this type of puzzle […]

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Our School: Work Trays Instead of Boxes

Organization

I think it’s most correct to say that “I” use work trays.  Or work boxes with trays instead of boxes.  Whatever. Anyway, each child’s crate has a set of dollar store cookie sheets and the individual subjects stacked on each.  Since the kids do most of their work with me, I find that the stack […]

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Teaching 1, 10, 100, 1000 with beads

Math

Of all the materials I’ve tried from the land of Montessori, this particular bead material is my favorite.  I got it for $15 from Alison’s Montessori.  It contains nine unit beads, nine ten bars, nine hundred squares, and one thousand cube.  They are connect nylon beads, not near the same quality as the individual bead […]

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Place Value: Base Ten Blocks

Math

This is the FIRST time my daughter understood what ones, tens, hundreds meant! To play this game, you need two boards (laminated paper) labelled as you see in the picture, preferably NOT the same color as your blocks.  You also need base ten blocks and three dice. It’s usually played as “Race to 100″, but […]

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Carrying: Montessori Cards and Base Ten Blocks

Math

Middle Kid, doesn’t get carrying in addition AT ALL. We’ve been over it and over it and it’s just not going in. She’s already up to adding three digit numbers in Abeka, so I decided to try it with some manipulatives. So, I got a box of base 10 blocks and printed out some Montessori […]

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