Jump to content


Kathie in VA

  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited


205 Excellent

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I use Alpha Phonics. Not sure how you would use it all in 11 weeks. But this is mainly supplemental and this book has lots of practice. There lare more lessons that focus on the short a sound with all the other basic letters then you will probably need. So you should be able to pick and choose. Another option might be to use The ABCs and All Their Tricks. It is a small reference book that covers the phonogram and lists many words that use that phonogram. It also has some explanations to help understand when and why to use the specific spelling for a given sound. This would be for you to use as a guide. You can then make make sheets or prep to use a white board or make up some games.
  2. My favorite is Alpha Phonics. Sometimes I'll use the white board 'cause the kids seem to like it that way. Many times we just snuggle up and do a some lessons together. Its very simple to use, completely open and go... no parts or pieces to manage. i can add in other things like games, Bob Books, etc. but those are just extras. Alpha Phonics really does cover all that is needed for reading. My current student is my just turned 4 yo dd. She started when she was 3 1/2 years old... very slowly. I'd do a lesson or two when she seemed interested. I often repeated the lessons each time we got to doing phonics, till it seemed she really got it. She is my 4th one I am taking through this book!
  3. Did you know that YouTube has videos that show how to open up various computers and laptops? I've used them to change a laptop screen, a keyboard and a hard drive. Very helpful!
  4. I enjoyed reading our advent books to our kids a few years ago. However as the older ones have gotten into high school and college (staying at home while attending community college) they tend to be so busy that I don't feel they have time to sit and listen to stories. So I gather the books to read to just the younger two but then feel like I'm leaving the older two out of the fun. Ug. I guess this is normal? Should I just move on? Should I have them make time for the advent stories (if they want) or keep their schoolwork their top priority?
  5. We used TOG yr 1&2 for grades 7&8 in a co-op. Then we switch co-ops and now we are using a combination of 1&2 for 9th at the Rhetoric level. I don't know about next year as we will be moving. :(
  6. Hmm. Rod n Staff Eng is by grade but it has lots of review each year. Maybe starting with the 5th grade book might work. Analytical grammar might work at his own pace starting from the beginning. An older choice might be Harvey Elementary Grammar. Could prob get all caught up with one book...and it might be online somewhere. Maybe Khan Academy has what is needed, for free and online.
  7. Lol there are times when they took so long spacing out that when their work was done.... They set the table for dinner !
  8. From the Singapore math Standards 3a... Did you realize that the HIG has a great fact practice tool in the back? I photo copied pages a26, a24, a25, and a27 and put the into sheet protectors. I have dd use an ultra fine wipe off marker to fill them in each day. After three days of not even completing them she is already gettin faster. For those that don't have this it is basically a copy of a completed mult chart, then a partial chart, then the same chart but with the numbers rearranged. There is also a partial chart with some numbers missing but the answer given so they need to think some division.
  9. CW is a full program, especially if you do all that it offers. We were quite busy with it even when we skipped some of the spelling and or vocabulary. BTW, spelling in CW is not meant to be a full program. I guess you can expand it to be one. The vicab is neat to do but it is not many words per week. Hmm. You may be able to do the CW Homer in a month cours I'm high school and thenove into the Diogenes level (but I'm not sure if that means you get the same level of grammar n applied grammar done with this path).
  10. I like to tell my kids to think of the pictures n videos that could go with their story. Then we wonder if someone else would come up with the same images and actions as they did and how they might imagine it differently. With this they go back over their paper to use vocabulary and grammar to try to help their reader (or confine their reader) to the scenes as they, the writer, imagine them.
  11. I remember reading that it was 1/2 level a I've grade level. So SM 3B and 4A would be for grade 4.
  12. The core books from Classical Writing are written to the teacher, at least for the Aesop, Homer, & Diogenes levels. The higher levels are written to the student. All do a nice job of explaining the process from the concept, outlining, writing, and right through the editing stage. The core books have the lessons and the workbooks are just one way to implement the lessons.
  • Create New...