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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 10

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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

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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. #20 S almost never follows X. This is one of the “it is what it is” rules.  When you have an X followed by a /s/ sound, it’s almost always a C.  excited, excel, etc. /s/ Conference (Not-So-MoDG) Above you see the first half of […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 7

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 This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. The last couple pages of the spelling notebook are lists of multi-letter phonograms. There are lots of rules, even used in the earliest sections of the spelling lists, that don’t have pages.  So, we’re going to continue with the rules.  NOTE:  If you are using […]

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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 is rule 13’s page. EXCEPT THAT IT’S MISSING. 13. SH at the beginning of a word, SH at the end (word or syllable), or in the suffix ship. The […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 5

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. So, now we are on page 4 of the spelling notebook.   I would like to keep showing them to you, but I scare people all the time with my cavalier copyright attitudes. This page in the spelling notebook demonstrates the SECOND suffix rule. The […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 4

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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) CHANGING (a y to an i) Page 3 of the spelling notebook illustrates the DOUBLING rule.  It has two parts.  Rule […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 3

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Section 3: Silent e’s The last section of page one is all of the silent E rules grouped together as “Rule 7.” 7.  There are five kinds of silent e’s. If you are familiar with Sound Beginnings, this section is easy: “Time” illustrates “job 1, […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 2

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This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Section 2: Vowels Below the consonant section of Spelling page 1, you see the VOWELS section.   In the far left column are written the vowels, followed by a vertical line. Instead of listing the phonograms or the actual rule, KEY WORDS are used to illustrate […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 1

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Writing Road to Reading makes parents crazy.  First of all, it should never be attempted as a spelling curriculum without Starting a Spelling Notebook. That text breaks it into assignments for you.  But, that doesn’t really make the CONTENT easier. My daughter has been going through a similar program for dyslexia intervention.  When I say […]

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3GRD 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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