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BUY: Teaching Tips and Language Arts Overview

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This is a public service announcement:  If you use MODG curriculum, BUY those two resources from the school.  There is a lot of overlap between them, but they both contain information that would have SAVED MY SANITY. HOW did Laura do the literature?  Stratify the kids by grades (K-3)? Was the directed reading same or […]

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2015 Reflections: Curriculum 3, 5, 6 GRD

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I really liked the curriculum this year.  As I get further up in MODG, I find less and less I want to change.  It’s the early grades I dabble around in. 3GRD I need to remediate some reading issues, so I used an alternative to WRTR and PLL. Rather than the speed drills, I did […]

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2015 Reflections: Loved the Schedule

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This year is almost over.  It’s time for planning next year.  To that end, I will be refining and re-posting all of the do-ahead material.  I’ll try to make sure everything is complete.  But this post is about looking back.  What did I love?  What didn’t go well?  What do I wish I’d done differently? […]

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

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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 am writing with a question related to your emails about the MODG booklists. Although I use a different Catholic curriculum, I really like the MODG book […]

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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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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 those out-of-print titles, I made another one just for you. Also, I have weekly schedules, worked out for all of the read aloud fiction in the […]

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2014-2015 Liturgical School Planner

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The following planner is for the liturgical year 2014-2015.  I find that since the calendar moves around all the time, I can’t figure out what I need when without significant effort.  So, here’s what I’m using this year. Rather than listing every popular book, I just listed the ones that made the cut in our […]

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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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What’s NOT in the Lesson Plans

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  My consultant often tells me that the lesson plans are intended “as a guide”.  This seems to mean that the resources described are ONE way to reach the education goals.  You are free to substitute other resources that reach the same goals.  However, for me, just getting my brain around the goals and methods […]

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