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  1. I think knowledge of geography is very important, but also feel that it's going to be best mastered gradually over a few years. We make time to look over and discuss maps of the world/US most days. We trace or draw the maps by hand. We discuss the regions and mountain ranges and talk about the environment as well. We try and be clear about which major cities are in which states.
  2. What grade or subjects are you needing to teach differently?
  3. You can order a book of decodable booklets from most big name school publishers. They typically go K-2 and seem to offer the widest range of phonic based reading for early grades. You can get readers that feature shorts vowels, digraphs, consonant blends, long vowels, 2 syllable words etc which will go further in scope with OPG than a lot of other readers that I know of. You can get them on Amazon or Ebay for pretty cheap.
  4. For our purposes, drawings are an included part of our note taking strategy and we seem to prefer to write without lines than to draw through the ruled lines. I may dabble with this a bit. I think that we'll keep using lined paper for as long as we have a composition program but I want to experiment a little and see if he will become comfortable with writing on unlined paper too. Notes can be much neater and better structured when you have better control of the layout. Maybe we'll just experiment a bit for the next year and see what happens. Since we've just finished 1st grade it wi
  5. I think we'll continue to use ruled paper for our composition program at least, but try and encourage unlined paper for writing tasks such as copy-work and notes in science or other reading.
  6. We use a few vintage school books and it makes me wonder, what were they writing on before lined paper was commercially available. I know slate work was popular/common, but several students also wrote on paper. I remember adults writing guide lines for me too! I know I've heard mention of students writing guidelines on their paper "back in the day". But I wonder if the end goal was that they learned to write in a line without first drawing the line?
  7. True, but how much have you practiced writing neatly without lines marking the way? Think about how well TEACHERS can write on a wall-mounted board and how students write on the same board. It comes down to learning and practicing, I think.
  8. We do a lot of visualizations, drawing, detailed-tasks in cutting, marking, crafting type stuff so Jr. writes fairly consistently in both lined and unlined paper. I guess I kinda have this thing for handwriting and penmanship, we were very inspired by the French handwriting philosophy (if Graphisme can be called that). Maybe we'll continue to use lined paper for specific writing assignments (ie, our writing curriculum) but encourage unlined paper for everything else?
  9. The appeal of unlined paper is we're hoping that it will encourage general neatness, and it will definitely allow for easier "layout control" of a page as you are writing and we can always use graph-lined pages or stickies for a piece of math that needs precise alignment, but Jr. is pretty good about maintaining neatness. Also, he does most of his math with an ink-pen, so there is that.
  10. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I was taking an account of how much paper we have left and we'll need to restock soon. Typically we've used lined paper for writing and unlined paper for drawing, but I'm wondering now about switching to unlined paper for everything in order to encourage neatness and allow more flexibility in organizing the lay out of papers. Currently, Jr has semi-good handwriting and he's learning to make notes from reading. He will be in 2nd grade this fall. I figured if anyone has an opinion about this, it'd be the ladies of The Hive. What Says The H
  11. We are conciously trying to! We try to very intentionally include picture books that relate to emotional awareness, processing emotions and expressing emotions. We discuss and role play different scenarios sometimes too.
  12. We plan to continue through the summer, but I have a few small brags. Jr. is really blossoming in his drawing. He's including greater details in his pictures much more regularly. Jr. is making really good progress on Ukulele We started a writing program a little while ago and it's a big success so far.
  13. This is a time when the 10 Commandments of Homeschooling are helpful to read and mediate on. I know that for me, it is VERY discouraging to ask for advice and be *tsked, tsked* by the more experienced homeschoolers who assure me that I don't need a program for X or Y. I usually wind up feeling overwhelmed or inadequate after being advised by some of the really experienced homeschoolers and all that they've accomplished with their kids, even the ones with various learning disabilities. But I try and be very gentle with myself. I'm still learning. I'm still growing. I recognize that
  14. She can blend. She can and does decode words reliably, but she hates reading phonics drills? If that's correct then I would move over to contextual reading. Most beginning phonics programs include stories/readers, but some series do a better job than others. We used a lot of "Decodables". You can search on Amazon for Decodables. If you go with a school publisher, such as Open Court, Scott Foresman, Houghton Mifflin, you can get a book of "booklets" that you can make for her. If you want something more durable, then you can purchase something like The SRA Beginning Reading Series which
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