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    UPDATED: 18 pages with NO WATERMARK! ETA: Updated verson has extra 8 advanced pages! There are many curricula that teach the formation of letters based on a clock face. Some teach manuscript, others teach cursive, but both use the sound of dictation to direct the pencil of the pupil to write a letter. Some use Spell to Write and Read, Logic of English, Salding Method, Clock climbing letters, etc. These are worksheets that have the middle dotted line, they have a red baseline, and blue top guide, and a full face clock throughout the whole page for students to practice their letter formation, then later on their phonograms, and even small words. You can purchase here. I use PayPal, so message me with your PayPal email, I'll send you a bill and when you pay, I'll send you the file. However if you are a member of TpT, you can purchase and download immediately. Look at my Teachers pay Teachers site for details here.


  2. Spell to write and read would be great! I love their app for phonogram practice!
  3. I use Spell to Write and Read and they recomend Cursive First which is so similar to the clock climbing letters program suggested above! The main difference is say the "a" in CF starts at the baseline then goes up to the 2 on the clock, then back around, etc, etc. the climbing clock letters program starts at 1 on the clock. My kids start Cursive in Kinder. I also transition the older kids to CF. I found my kids needed more practice so I used my clock paper for them to practice and to correct their writing on the page. They wrote all over the place even in lined paper. Here is the fonts of SWR and CF
  4. This link looks similar
  5. I think the Q looks like a two but the French samples are a good option
  6. I've made a paper that helped my kids. They are visual but older. They needed the red baseline, blue middle dotted line and top guide for a while. They were embarrassed to use the Kibder paper with so wide spacing...My oldest had letters swiming all over the place on lined paper! After using my paper she can write straight on white paper after much practice on much smaller spacing. I'm not home, so I cannot today, tomorrow night I'll post it. K
  7. Have you found any resources on Tecumseh's brother prophesying a solar eclipse in response to then Govenor of Infiana Harrison's challenge or questioning his speaking for God? There is so much out there on science about the eclipse I wanted to cover some American History for my kids. Thanx! K
  8. If you forgot to buy the eclipse glasses, or you got knock offs, and fear safety... here is a solution I found. Disclaimer to say NASA recommends Shade 12 and up for using welding helmets.
  9. I am surprized that no one mentioned Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri. SWR is a full LA program, they have a cool app, they are not that expensive, and the thing is there is only need of one basic set per teacher, as the teacher can make copies for her/his students. There is a FaceBook Group called SWR Training and the lady there has made awsome videos explaining how to do things. I have Riggs Institute books, they are expensive, but you can find them used. They are too convoluted for something really simple to do. as SWR, they have their own notebooks, etc. but all of them use clock letters to print and do cursive. That is why I made my own clock letter paper to go with any of the Orton based curricula, as it helped my kids practice better. My avatar is a sample of that, here is the link for my TpT store. Mrs. Q For some reason I am only allowed to post 62 KB of data so here is the link to the picture I mean
  10. Have you considered continuous ink system? Look it up on Amazon or eBay! Saved me lots of money on ink.
  11. I used Cursive First, loved it! Then The Memoria press product... but found the most effective way was using A clock so I could talk to my kids the directions. <----- look at my avatar... I made clock papers so they could practice not floating their letters and later on how to do connections. But that was in addition to teaching them Cursive First.
  12. Spalding is a little teacher heavy at the beginning if you are not familiar with it, but later on it becomes a natural flow to your day.
  13. I agree that I am a homeschooler, therefore I do not do a school at home. I don't plan to copy BasisEd at home, however, just like many others, I do look at different curricula, I spice up my teaching, and I look at what the Schools around me--and around the world--are doing. I know my kid's "learning style" I know what fits them, and I am willing to challange myself to help them learn. As I mentioned before there was ONE thing that really took me by surprized and that was that they take AP exams in 8th grade....I do know that they start schools in expensive neighborhoods, have no free lunches, and have no bussing, making that a little weed-out system for them, and they have been publicly critizied for their drop out rates in upper grades. I am not an apologist for this school, I am glad that so many have an opinion about my first question. I'd like to hear answers to my second question. If your child has taken AP exams, I see someone did that in 7th grade here, how did you prepare, and how did you prepare your kids for it. I agree, exam taking should be part of of their lives so they are exposed to tests like this. Part of that would be to see how my kids do with tests... so far there is no problem, they are great readers, they need practice with writing. My thoughts with APs are mainly saving 10k-40k depending on what school my kids get into, I talk about US History because it's a love we have for it. Mrs. Q.
  14. I don't think so, my kids already love History, we do our homeschool around History. We even use Science in the Beggining Series of books by J Wile and Berean Builders Publishers Who set Science in a History timeline. Perhaps is my use of the word "drill" that makes it sound boring, I should say then practice, or make sure to include and repeat the topics covered in the U.S. History AP.
  15. Have you heard of BasisEd? one of the top 5 schools system in the country. So when in the news some school like that comes to light I usually ask myself what are they doing right that I can use in my homeschool... There are many things, but one thing jumped out at me... they start their AP exams in 8th grade with the US History AP. By the time they take the May test they have covered US History for many years, and are prepared. By graduation they have taken 9 to 11 AP exams. They spend their Senior Year doing a Thesis, or a project that of course needs to be aproved. My kids are in elementary school. so why am I still thinking about AP tests? If I set my eyes on the US History AP, then I have a few years to drill the content into my kids and then let them try it. What are yourt thoughts with mimiking succesful "schools" or with AP tests early on? If you have taken AP courses, how have you prepared your student? Thanks Mrs Q
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