KGRD Do-Aheads

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There are plenty of things you can do to get a jump on next year. This will be especially helpful if you have multiple kids.


  1. Print out my lists.
  2. Make wise book-buying goals. 
    • Check your library for the fiction books before you buy. Save your pennies for used copies of the liturgical and saints books!
    • Check the liturgical calendar against your school year. Do you read to the kids in July?  I don’t.  Same for Thanksgiving and Christmas break.
    • Buy the books that land on actual school weeks first.
  3. Order your blank books.
    • Here’s a pdf for KGRD Blank Book decisions.
    • If you want to plan super long-range, see THIS post.

Fine Arts

  1. Go ahead and cut out your art cards.
    • I have an attractive, cheap way to store them HERE.
    • I think the pdf that now comes to enrolled folks says to toss out Miro and Chagall. I can’t remember if anything else is ugly.
    • If you find that ugly/beautiful distinction confusing, watch this video.
  2. Check out my K-2 GRD Hymn Links or upload your CD to itunes and play it from there. Scrambling for that CD all year is a pain. Also, my kids don’t love the singer’s voice.  The links are more beautiful.
  3. Evening classical music appreciation time isn’t assigned specifically outside of the sample schedule. Decide what you think of that.

Language Arts

  1. Breathe and get realistic. I don’t know whose fault it is, but so many curricula these days suck the FUN out of literature.
    • Ramming the kids through a specific list of books strictly stratified by grade level is legalistic and unnecessarily anxiety-provoking, especially if you have more than one student. MoDG is 100% AGAINST this mentality. Breathe.
    • Plan to read 30 minutes from any MoDG literature list. It’s all good. Even the same good book over and over is fine. Quality, not quantity.
  2. If you want an example schedule for the all the fiction reading, here you go.
    • The basic pace is 2 picture books a week, one Bennet story, and a fairy tale.
    • These are EXAMPLE schedules.  If  you beat yourself over the head with them, you have to go to time out. MODG is about falling in love with literature and goodness. If the book is checked out, pick something else. The order is unimportant.  This ain’t Ambleside.
  3. Somewhere on your Mom notebook, write “Sequencing.” That’s the language arts focus this year in retellings. Here’s a made-up example for The Very Hungry Caterpillar: “The caterpillar ate lots of bad food. He ate a leaf. He turned into a butterfly.”
    • If you want to have a really smooth, non-stressful year, start reciting this to yourself now. Sequence, only sequence.
    • Notice your child’s conversations now, before school starts. Try cheerfully steering them back to proper order and ignoring all other errors. No eating the leaf before hatching, but otherwise, let them claim the worm has rainbow hair and is five years old just like they are.


  1. Consider doing the Abeka K option, it will make next year so much easier.
    • Print THIS to guide your drill choices.
    • The syllabus completely leaves out drill until 2GRD.
  2. For the original math plans, buy supplies.
    • Get watercolors, blocks for adding, and get a stack of index cards for the little shape and letter activities sprinkled through the year.
    • Hide them in a “nazi box” (our funny word for the NO TOUCH box of supplies in my closet) so you aren’t looking through the household community supplies to teach a lesson.

Reading & Writing

  1. Notice there’s no short “e” or “b” this year.
    • The lesson plans teach the following phonograms: c,d,f,l,m,n,r,s,t,th,w, short a-i-o-u, and LONG e.
    • At a certain point, the lesson plans tell you to have them read an easy reader.
    • Unless you supplement, the child won’t be able to complete that assignment until about Lesson 55 in 1st Grade. Decide what you think of that.
    • Check out this list for choosing easy readers. (Note, there’s an error on week 23. It’s not a repeat of m,s; it’s N.)


  1. Set up your liturgical reading on a calendar.
    • You can email me for a syllabi-based liturgical planner if you already own the syllabi or are enrolled. Here’s an example of what it looks like: 2016 Planner.
    • But regardless, here are a few Tables of Contents by Date.


  1. On your weekly assignment list, put “Enjoy something nature-y together.”
    • Nature walks and close observation of nature are assumed
    • They aren’t in the weekly assignments.
    • See Teaching Tips, sold by the school, for examples.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth September 16, 2016

Thank you so much for blessing us with all your hard work! I would love to to have the 2016-2017 syllabi-based liturgical calendar. Could you please email it to me? May God reward all your hard work!


2 admin September 16, 2016

I emailed you.


3 Kimberly July 6, 2016

Hi, could you email me the syllabi-based 2016-2017 Liturgical Calendar?

Thank you so much!


4 Lauren August 25, 2015

Doing MODG K for the first time this year. Do you think this is the Abeka K book? It looks different from the rest, so I have a nagging feeling it’s not the comprehensive book, but I don’t see anything else on their site. The inside cover says “Numbers Skills K5 is a numbers workbook correlated with the Abeka Book K5 Curriculum. Not every lesson number will be represented since the curriculum does not call for a page to be used every day.”
I do not see a Curriculum book listed on Abeka’s site. Do you think it’s worth finding?


5 admin August 27, 2015

That the book, I think. The teacher’s manual is all of K5 together and is pricey. Abeka doesn’t do a math worksheet every day in KGRD. It has a math lesson every day, likely, but not all lessons are worksheet based. Is that what you mean?


6 Kim Grigsby June 26, 2015

Could you please email me the syllabi-based 2015-2016 Liturgical Calendar?

Thank you!


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