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Beginning Latin I & II: Teacher’s Helpers

By Book

Beginning Latin 1 Helper pdf BeginningLatin II Helper pdf BLII Cheat Sheet & BLI pdf  and EXCEL This post has two printables: Teacher’s Helper and Cheat Sheet. Above you see a sample of the cheat sheet for BLII. I can’t spell stereotype, apparently. Rather than correct it, I gave you the excel version too. Another note, as you progress in […]

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Latin Hack 3: Prepositions

Hayden Latin

Prepositions.  We just memorize the Ablative ones.  The rest are accusative. Here’s the memory device: In Grammy’s downstairs closet is a body builder in a speedo.  We see his ABS. He’s going to demonstrate the ablative prepositions. He’s IN the closet Then he’s OUT OF the closet. Then he’s BY the chair that sits outside […]

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Latin Hack 2: Gender & i-stems

Hayden Latin

Once the kids are acquainted with the basic charts, the workbooks move on to irregulars. For this, we use targeted memory tricks.  We find that having the accumulated irregular gender nouns, i-stems, and ablative prepositions memorized is super-helpful. My kids can’t reason it out every time. We learn the reasons, but we don’t USE them […]

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Latin Hack 1: Charts

Hayden Latin

My kids do great with vocabulary, but they have a hard time USING Latin rules. Over time, we’ve changed translating into a more concrete decoder-ring type experience. We still learn the rules and how to find verb stems, but we don’t really USE that to conjugate. First, we learn the “-ere Chart”: Every verb has 3 parts: […]

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KGRD Abeka Math Drill Plan

Abeka Math

Why Drill? Abeka 1, 2, and 3 are ADVANCED.  Also, since we don’t usually buy the teacher’s manual, we miss out on all the DRILL Abeka expects.  If you use our Saxon alternative syllabus, you DO use the teacher’s manual.  I thought that meant that Abeka accomplished in a workbook what Saxon did with a […]

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My WRTR Happy Place (So far)

3GRD

I have STRUGGLERS in spelling.  Every year, we really need to reboot WRTR from the very beginning and find the holes that appeared during the summer.  WRTR has always been hard in this department.  Weeks of dictation!  This method I’m using (six weeks in) is GREAT for us so far.  I wanted to go ahead […]

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Memrise: Beginning Latin I, II and Fundamentals

3GRD

Have you heard of “spaced repetition”?  It’s practicing words you don’t know at intervals.  I made decks for Beginning Latin I, II, and Fundamentals I on memrise.com.  The advantage of that site is that the material is cumulative and you have control over adding new words.  The child can practice daily, only the words he […]

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Wordly Wise 5 Spalding Key

8GRD

If you used WRTR in the earlier grades, the Spalding markings can be used for the rest of the school career.  MoDG has you do it in 8GRD, if you know it.  Here’s our key for it, to the best of my ability.  A few words I couldn’t figure out. WW5a key WW5b key Also, you need […]

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8GRD Timeline!

8GRD

In past years, we did our timeline work up front.  THAT WAS HARD!   Here’s the figures and timeline placement for 8GRD, but they’re BY WEEK this time.  Whew!  Each figure is scheduled on the first week you hear about them in either Story of the Church or Old World and America. 8grd timeline figures 8GRD timeline […]

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WRTR Mini-Lessons, Handwriting

3GRD

A while back I wrote “Teaching Cards” for WRTR.  I realized later that most people don’t live in their laminator like I do.  So here’s a pdf version that’s printable like a book.  The rules are in order.  Whenever you need to “teach rule ___”  just grab this doc and find your spot.  It’s also […]

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WRTR FAQ

3GRD

I got some great questions emailed to me and asked if I could share it on the site. 1) Why is the a marked long in the suffix a-ble even if it’s not said that way? Because the suffix base on its own has a long a (able)? or for spelling purposes only or both? […]

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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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Wordly Wise 4 Spalding/Latin Keys

7GRD

More keys! How exciting, right? If you use Spalding and Worldy Wise and Latin, you will like this. Otherwise? Boring. Sorry. Lists 1-10 Lists 11-15 Lists 16-24   We find remembering the spelling easier for those words that come directly from Latin.  Here are the lists of words from each lesson that come directly from […]

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Voyages Diagramming Key 6GRD

6GRD

Voyages diagrams 1 Voyages diagrams 2 Sometimes people say, “Omigosh, why do you share all this?”  Sometimes I want to help others, and sometimes I know that if I don’t get this up in the cloud, I will lose it before the other three kids get to this grade.  HA!  That’s this post.  I can’t […]

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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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Teaching Cards WRTR: Set II

3GRD

In the last set, I covered the rules that come up really early in the year.  Here are the rest.  I would love some feedback! TeachingCardsSetII

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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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Repentance….WRTR #5

3GRD

The louder and more set against something I am, the closer I am to buying into it the next day.  I haven’t figured out why that is.  But it happens. The words I get to eat this round are all about Rule #5.  Y and I only say /i/ and /I/. It’s stupid, right?  They […]

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Busy Mommy-sori

All Printables

  This year MoDG is coming out with their own preschool plans.  When my fourth was 3, there were no preschool plans, so I wrote and used the following plans with the Montessori materials we already owned.  I accidentally deleted those resources when I moved around the navigation.  Someone asked about them.  Here you go! […]

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