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Rules and Phonograms Printables

3GRD

I find the WRTR book cumbersome. Here are some printables that you can put in yours or your child’s notebook for reference. Oh, and a set of the phonograms cards. Spalding phonogram cards Single page Spalding Rules and helpful stuff Single page Spalding Phonograms for reference

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Printable Catechism Questions

2GRD

Need all of the year’s catechism questions on one sheet?  Here you go. Note, 5GRD assignments are out of order, but the printable questions are in order. I highlight which ones we’ve covered as we go. 2GRD 3GRD 4GRD 5GRD 6GRD   

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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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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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Ancient History at a Glance

6GRD

Most ancient history timelines online are TOO complicated for me.  I just want to know what’s happening in Egypt while Greece is doing such-and-such. So I built one.    I put it below my beloved clothes pin timeline of centuries (empty and ready for a new year of clothes pins!) so you can see the size […]

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Free-Reading Resources

All Printables

Finding a list of books that fits your value system is difficult.  Then, you have to worry about reading level.  The following lists are compiled from lots of folks “good stuff” lists and organized by author and then by reading level.  Some lists are first organized by author, so scroll down and the list will […]

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Digital Flashcards: Latin, Geography, Phonograms

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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8GRD Outline Maps

8GRD

Is it just me or are these maps a HASSLE?  I had no idea I knew so little about geography!  So, here’s the 8grd Europe map key and blank.  Also is a link to my google drive to get ALL of the outline maps for the Ultimate Guide mapping for the rest of the year. […]

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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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5GRD Outline Maps

5GRD

If you follow the MoDG syllabi, this is the HASSLE of 5GRD.  Each of these maps (not Australia or Antarctica) print out as a poster of four tiles. I like to have the country divisions and the rivers, but Europe and Australia didn’t have that option. So if we need rivers, we’ll print the matching […]

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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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Greece/Roman History Maps and Keys

7GRD

  Greece blank Greece key Mediterranean Area blank Mediterranean Area key  

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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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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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