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5LittleMonkeys last won the day on February 6 2013

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  1. The upcoming 6th grade boy is fascinated with these decades so I'm looking at putting together a humanities study that will cover each. I know it's a long shot that there may be something already out there, but perhaps I could pull from different resources so that I'm not starting completely from scratch. What I'd like to cover: Literature and Poetry Movies Art Clothing\Decor\Food Daily Lives Inventions People Major Events Political\Social\Economic trends I'm not even sure what this would look like on a daily basis so would love ideas if anyone has done something simila
  2. Example - The 11th Doctor loves bow ties and fezzes. Often, he can be heard exclaiming, "Bow ties are cool!" and "Fezzes are cool!" The child has bibliography cited for each episode that these quotes came from...how would she cite within the sentence? Thanks!
  3. Thanks! As the person evaluating this student's writing I'm trying to "teach" mechanics without squelching creativity. I think I like the hyphen.
  4. A light rain trickled through the fall leaves orange like a sunset hanging above my head. Thanks!!
  5. Freesia - have you begun using this yet? I've looked at the website and downloaded the samples and like what I'm seeing so far. I'm not seeing writing instruction...are you familiar enough with it to give more details?
  6. I'm using this right now with a group of highschool students ranging from 9th to 11th (the older ones were a bit behind in this area). Along with the Jill Pike Syllabus it is a full credit for an average or young student. The syllabus has the students go through Teaching the Classics over the first few weeks and also adds in work with To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and Hamlet. Jill blended the additions of those three works with the WttW materials beautifully. WttW itself uses many short stories and poetry to teach and practice the skills. You could easily add in additional readin
  7. I'm currently teaching a class of ten 9th-11th graders with the Windows to the World\Jill Pyke Syllabus combo. It has been a great year so far. The students are responding well to the program, the parents are pleased with the improvement in skill, and I'm pleased with how easy it is to teach from. I've been asked to teach this group again next year. I would love to find something similar to what I've used this year. The syllabus homework pages for the kids has been wonderful in keeping them on track each week and the grading rubrics help them see what type of grade they will receive based
  8. Mosdos with the workbook and without the teacher's guides has been a success for independent literature for several of my dc.
  9. For PreK we always do one period (we have 3) where we focus on one book, talk about the story, characters, setting ,etc. , then we do a craft based on that book that helps with fine motor control, writing, gluing or cutting practice, or it could just be fun. For example if you read Corduroy you could have a craft where the kids "sew" big buttons onto a precut pocket (large buttoms, embroidery thread and plastic needles) and then they glue the pocket onto a cut out of Corduroy wearing his overalls. When we did Caps for Sale we mad paper hats out of large brown paper bags and let the kids deco
  10. We are doing To Kill a Mockingbird first. :) Great suggestions. Thank you all. Some of these I admit I've not read but think they may be a good fit, so I've got some reading to do. :)
  11. I'm going to be teaching Windows to the World with the Jill Pyke Syllabus to a group of children this coming school year. Many of these kids have dyslexia and dysgraphia so I'm going to be adapting and customizing in an attempt to provide a thorough but enjoyable 9th grade English credit for them. I know these children, mostly boys...have taught them for a few years...and I know they are NOT going to be able to work through Jane Eyre. Even if we took it very slowly they aren't going to enjoy this book and part of my goal is to get them to not shy away from all classics just because they
  12. I did see the sample but I'm so bad at getting a sense of the whole program from a sample. I think I'll go ahead and pick up level 5 since I'll use it for my younger dc, but you may be right that the writing part of it may be well below her ability. I may find the grammar part is below her ability as well which would leave me with a reading schedule, some poetry, and a picture study. Not enough to warrant me using the program. I'm all for tweaking the WWS to fit her needs, and know that I'll need to add something to it so I'll look into some of your suggestions OhE. Thanks for the
  13. The bolded is why I'm struggling. :) I've used WWS before with my two older dc (however, they are COMPLETELY different learners than this dd is), but I've not used the higher levels of ELTL so wasn't sure how the writing instruction differed in ELTL. Your explanation is helpful, but now I'm left wondering if I should do both! It's the grammar, copywork, dictation, poetry, and picture study of ELTL that is so appealing to me and something that I'd like to get back to doing for this dc. Upon looking through the WWS again I know there are parts she will not need repeated practice in, such a
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