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The pics are a combination of Dover images (I can only use 10 from any coloring book without violating their rules) and pics from Clip Art ETC. I set them up as picture files instead of pdfs because my kids actually prefer I print them as “smallies” (four to a page).  And SORRY I couldn’t […]

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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

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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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WRTR Pacing Guide!!!

3GRD

There are different personalities in this world and mine CANNOT function without a pacing guide. I don’t hold tight to them and force a child to go a particular speed, but I need to know the standard path to make good choices. I make very poor decisions otherwise. I need to know WHAT I’m disobeying, […]

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Spelling Printables!

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So, one kid is totally on track, number two is dyslexic, and number three struggles with the physical act of writing: I went through several version of the notebooks.  Right now, we just use mine.  But before that, I had these printed and we marked them. If you want the syllable spaces in there, you […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 10

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. “Advice” in the Fortune Cookie #29  Say the double letters so you don’t forget them. This is a weird rule to me.  It’s like a recommendation.  It reminds me of when you open a fortune cookie and get “advice” instead of a fortune.  “Don’t cry […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 9

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Milk Truck Rule /k/ is really the most difficult sound to spell for us. Rule #25 says, “The phonogram ck may be used only after a single vowel that says its short sound.“ AGAIN, that just doesn’t complete the picture, so we state it this […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 8

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. How do you tell princes from princess? Let’s pause for a sec and talk about the /s/ sound.  If you downloaded my sheet from last lesson, you know that there are common and uncommon ways to spell sounds.  One thing that WRTR doesn’t really talk […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 7

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 This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Flossy Pattern 17. We often double l, s, f, at the end of a one syllable base word. (with a SHORT vowel.) This is called in other circles FLOSSY pattern. This pattern is why we have fluff, ball, grass, but not pooff or baill.  Some […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 6

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Shhhh…Tall, short, and otherwise So, now we are on page 6 of the spelling notebook.  This won’t be taught until halfway through the second year, but here you go. This is rule 13’s page. EXCEPT THAT IT’S MISSING. 13. SH at the beginning of a […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 5

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. The Second Suffix Rule:  # 11, Page 4 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) CHANGING (a y to an i)* We covered […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 4

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These “Rules” don’t appear in the Spelling Lists until somewhere around list N, so you won’t be teaching this in order. The First Suffix Rule:  #9-10 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 3

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules 7-8 7.  There are five kinds of silent e’s. If you are familiar with Sound Beginnings, this section is easy: “Time” illustrates “job 1, jump 1.” “Have” and “blue” illustrate “v, u, job 2.” “Chance” and “charge” illustrate “c, g, job 3.” *”Little” illustrates […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 2

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules for Spelling NOT Reading This is the BIGGEST sticking point for parents.  It took me YEARS to realize that these are only rules for SPELLING pronunciation.  Compared to a program like All About Spelling or Recipe for Reading, this program seems CRAZY.  This is […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 1

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Writing Road to Reading makes parents crazy.  Hopefully, this site can help you struggle through. First, let’s give you an idea of how a regular Spalding Spelling lesson goes in a public school.  We don’t do it this way, but you need to understand it for the book to make any sense! How a Spalding […]

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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

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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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