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3GRD-5GRD Date Rhymes

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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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Fiction Book Lists Have Gone Public!

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I had a major freak out early on, before there were online syllabi, about the secrecy surrounding the fiction book lists.  I had to re-buy paper syllabi for K-3GRD to get a list of fiction titles.  I was MAD.  I understood why the liturgical calendar and saints calendar resources were copyright protected; they were scheduled […]

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Catechism Progression 2GRD-7GRD

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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

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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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Q: Are the read-aloud booklists separate from what is online?

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PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Fiction/Liturgical book lists are now on the MoDG site (except 2GRD, likely coming.) See the side bar for links! I get questions from non-enrolled families from time to time in my email and this one was especially well asked.  Here is the question and my answer. QUESTION I […]

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Primary Language Lessons COLOR images

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I am missing TWO.  All of the rest have one or more versions from which to choose. Click the images to see full size.  I will be printing them out as 4×6 or 5×7, whatever size the art cards are, and I will keep them in the same folders. HERE THEY ARE AS 5x7s PDF   […]

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Available on Request: Booklist Schedules, Calendar

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PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Fiction/Liturgical book lists are now on the MoDG site (except 2GRD, likely coming.) See the PRINTABLES page for schedules! I already posted our family liturgical calendar for the 2014-2015 year, but for those of you who like to stick to the booklists in the syllabi and own all […]

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Abeka Teacher’s Manuals Really Helpful

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It had always confused me that our first option was the Abeka workbook and speed drills ALONE and our second option was the full-fledged Saxon programs.  They didn’t really seem comparable.  In Saxon, there is so much repetition and drill, and while Abeka was spiral, the lessons were dramatically less…full. This year, I got the […]

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Using Writing Road to Reading

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There’s a big fight in “teaching reading” about phonics versus whole word methods.  The thing I like about our curriculum is that it uses BOTH for reading and then hammers phonics and spelling rules all the way to 6th grade.  That takes care of both ends.  Love it.  However, the book we use, and even […]

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3GRD Out of Print Substitutions

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  History Literature OP List Boston Tea Party by Kroll is OP.  Below you can see the text of it.  It’s hard! If you want another read aloud picture book, I would use the Jean Fritz Sam Adams book. It’s REALLY entertaining. If you want to substitute with a possible read ALONE, I would go for […]

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A Peek Inside: Third Grade History Picture Books

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  Though many of these come earlier in the year, they are unlikely read-alones, unless your child is ahead in his reading skills.  The above book is 79 pages of what you see below.  We have yet to finish it within the bounds of the scheduled assignments, however the online syllabi have it spread over […]

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4GRD-5GRD Cut & Paste!!! Timeline

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Doing the 4GRD-5GRD timeline is one of those suggestions that doesn’t happen in our house.  If it ain’t in the lesson plans, it ain’t a-gonna happen.  And when I do get around to it, it’s a MONUMENTAL task.  So, I have made a cut-and-paste version (or  a exactly what-to-write-where version) for you, using the 92-page […]

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What Makes the MoDG Read Aloud Lists Special?

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As a children’s author myself, I thought my tastes were pretty refined.   I’m a card catalog of classic children’s literature.  And to me, the recommended booklists for K-3 read aloud (which double as read alones for two grades up) seemed unnecessarily SHORT.  However, after asking a lot of questions, I now understand more about the criteria that […]

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Using Blank Books, How Many?

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In each of the lesson plans for K-5GRD grade, there is a recommendation to use blank books for various subjects to make a permanent record of the child’s work for him to enjoy in later years.  I have eshewed this in past years in favor of pro-click notebooks or even binders, but I have found […]

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A Peek Inside: Third Grade History Easy Readers

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The second half of the third grade year, the books are easier than in the beginning. My kids don’t really read ANY of the history books on their own until this point in the year.  The highlighted list below shows you the reading level for all of the history 3rd grade books.  Note that the […]

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A Peek Inside: D’Aulaire Biographies

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The D’Aulaire biographies are a time-tested stand-by for homeschool history.  Almost any literature-based curriculum is going to use at least ONE sometime.  Our curriculum uses them A LOT.  Over and over.  At first I thought that was weird, but after going through a few rounds of them and realizing that they remember more each time, […]

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A Peek Inside: Writing Road to Reading

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Of all the texts in MODG, I think Writing Road to Reading is the most intimidating.  It’s made much more understandable by Starting a Spelling Notebook.  But it’s still overwhelming.  There’s a short class given by the school, but in case you missed it, I can give you a couple of tips to get you […]

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A Peek Inside: Starting a Spelling Notebook

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This is your assignment book for Writing Road to Reading. It’s got daily assignments according to three different age group levels, but the syllabus will tell you which one to use each year.  See below for the other contents of the book. Below you can see the first week of the most commonly used Daily […]

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Poetry Handwriting Sheets

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 I will add to this as the year progresses, but for now, here are the first 12 weeks of handwriting for my 4th and 5th graders.  Each week, after doing math, they do handwriting practice based on memory work. We do it in third grade too, but I don’t have one of those this year. […]

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3GRD MODG Do-Aheads

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THIS POST WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED AFTER 5/2015. NEW PAGE HERE. This is one of the TWO most mom-intensive years in MODG (according experienced moms). There’s a lot you can do to help yourself out, before next year begins. You don’t have to do all of this; any little bit helps. The biggest time […]

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