Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part IV – Copybook, Bible, & Memory}

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Oh, how I am enjoying remembering our past year in curriculum! Recommend recommend! After math comes… Copybook & Memory and this contains a Bible story from the Golden Children’s Bible and use of the Memoria Press Copybook I. It is laid out to read the story on Monday, Language Lesson and memorization of the relevant scripture on Tuesday. Copy and trace the verse on Wednesday with sometimes some math practice pages thrown into the practice those numbers on Wednesday. Thursday is a proof and correction date with recitation added and Friday ends with time to illustrate and review. The Golden Children’s Bible was chosen because of its slightly simplified, but poetically appealing, King James text, along with its beautiful and age-appropriate illustrations. This is important because we believe students should learn to revere the Bible as a sacred book, distinct from modern adventure stories with cartoon heroes. The Golden Children’s Bible was. . .

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Presidents’ Day Resources for the youngers and mama

Presidents’ Day is Monday Feby 16 Ariel Bradley: Spy for General Washington Four Great Americans: Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln by James Baldwin (YC) Life of Washington by Anna C. Reed (New Leaf Press) – other biographies Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (Ladies of History #3) – series Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark (mystery) George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz Mandie and the Washington Nightmare (#12) by Lois Gladys Leppard – Pres. McKinley A Kid’s Guide to Washington DC Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (Landmark books)* Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote (Young) Abe’s Fish Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty Abe Lincoln: the Boy who Loved Books Abe’s Honest Words* Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – film Abraham Lincoln by D’Aulaire Meet Abraham Lincoln (Landmark) Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker Mrs Lincoln’s Rival Abraham Lincoln’s World* by G Foster JFK by. . .

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part III – Mathematics or Arithmetic}

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Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part II – Recitation & Phonics}

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The other day I gave you a taste of what is involved in the Memoria Press Kindergarten Lessons Plans for One Year in their Classical Core Curriculum, but today I’d love to share more.  Based on years of research, Memoria Press is pleased to offer the second year of our planned Junior K-12 classical curriculum. Now your child can have a Highlands Latin education at home using the very same materials our teachers use in our highly acclaimed programs. By following the daily lesson plans in our full-year Curriculum Guide, you will have every tool you need to give your child the very best education possible.   It has been quite a crazy year. My oldest student has a hunger and a thirst for knowledge with a distracting free-willed little sister shadow and now a new baby brother. Yet we held ourselves together this last school year due to the. . .

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part I}

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2013-2014 was our K4 year and our main curriculum has been the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. (I cannot believe we are already halfway through the next year, these memories seem like yesterday!!) These Lesson Plans are written out for one year. At this point we are within a handful of weeks to completetion, possibly days. This year follows our K3 year with the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten and prior to that Tot School with various preschool printables and Sonlight P3/4. Please head back to read my several part review on the Memoria Press JrK Curriculum if you’re interested. JrK is written as a 2-day week for 33 weeks, recommended for the general 4-5 year old range. Also, for your information and a side note, Memoria Press is in the process of releasing a leveled pre-JrK program designed for special needs. The plan, to my knowledge, is “to unveil. . .

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PreK3 Curriculum for 2014-2015

Having just finished drafting my post for the K5 Curriculum (even if it is six months late!) I figured perhaps I should also write a post for our PreK3 Curriculum this year as well. As my second child is entering into the world of academia I am learning some important lessons. While AppleBlossom was ready to jump and run early on and loves workbooks and “doing school” things… her sister is, well… a free spirit. OrangeBlossom should have been called PinkBlossom. If it is not pink, princess, or fairy related she’s not interested. All life must involved things that are pretty, beautiful, in skirts and sparkily is a plus. Sitting to “do school”, so not her thing. She will beg for school for a minute or two, and then flit here and there and yonder. OrangeBlossom is my here, there and yonder child at three years old. Who know what the. . .

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K5 Curriculum for 2014-2015

5 Year Old Kindergarten 2014-2015 *This post is so tardy! I’ve had it drafted and saved in my folder waiting for me to edit it and add pictures for so many months now, but alas. Yet now, as my bouncing baby boy is six months old! It’s time for me to catch up…* Two years now has brought our family such blessings through our experience with Junior Kindergarten and then Kindergarten (review in progress) through Memoria Press so we decided first on our list was to continue with the First Grade materials, even if we slowed it to a two year pace considering her younger age. We have just finished with week three and spread it out over about five weeks. (At the time of writing this originally, finally getting around to proofing it and we’re beyond week 16!!) Right now I’m not certain if we’ll keep a slower pace. . .

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– starting the morning

‘Wayfarers Ancients’ – starting the morning with Tot, PreK, and LG (lower grammar). 5 year old reading aloud from ‘The Beginners Bible’ while her 3 year old sister listens and their 6 month old brother is flailing at a board book copy of ‘The Beginners Bible Book of Prayers’. On other days I’ve read the same Bible story from our ‘Family Reading Bible’. In the next time through Wayfarers Ancients we will use the ‘Egermeier’s Bible Story Book’. I partially want to read it now. But with AppleBlossom (5) reading basic stuff now as she does well in her phonics it makes more sense to have her read something on her level. After all another four years she’ll be 9 and Egermeier’s definitely works then. And I’ll have the Toddlers version of that to go along then as well! And now back to reality. He’s six month old today!!

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Practice, practice, practice! and it’s fun!! (with IXL!)

What an incredible year this has been for reviews, I’ve been especially pleased in finding new curriculum ideas for our homeschooling life. Some have been wonderful and will be new staples in our regimen, while others have been neat and we might continue if a budget allows. One program we have been blessed to discover and experience for the last several weeks that will definitely be a program on my go-list is IXL ~ (http://www.IXL.com/). In the past, I’ve seen sales for IXL (such as through the co-op) and I’ve seen their ads and banners on blog sidebars, but I never really knew what it was about…  Through the blessing of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I have been blessed to gain access to both the IXL Math and IXL Language Arts for one year with an account for both of my students. I’ve been using this with AppleBlossom (age 5 years, 3.5 months). . .

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Wrap up? Update?

I’m not sure if I want to call this a weekly update or am October wrap up. Either way. . . We’ve been trekking along in school. AppleBlossom is 5 years 4 months old. OrangeBlossom is 3 years 2-3/4 months old. Almond boy Blossom is 3-1/2 months old. AppleBlossom is doing a plethora of fun things. We call this year K5 but a majority of what we are doing is technically called First Grade, although we are in no rush. This week we have come upon the first quarter in Seton Home Study School First Grade, our intent was to make this curriculum last two years, but so far outside of art and music it doesn’t look like it will, so we might make it with lots of reading being our second year of it. But this is only the first quarter so who knows what the next three quarters. . .

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Another day, just keeping it honest.

So far today… Well there was the frog. The girls have watched Barbie 12 Dancing Princesses. Diaper changes, fussy baby, lots if laundry, one book review and one page of math. Wait? That’s it for school. Hmm… Now OrangeBlossom is sobbing because she wants a Hershey Kiss (we don’t have any not have we ever…) and AppleBlossom is begging for a snack, again. Almond just went into the crib asleep, but oh wait the sobbing is now making him moan. Hmm… Did I eat lunch? I did have creamy quinoa for breakfast (finally)! Although I heated it twice in between. Hold catastrophes and still ate it cold…

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