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ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook (Online) {Review}

The ABeCeDarian Company has introduced an interactive version of their materials.  We have the opportunity to review their ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook. This is an online product and we attempted to use it on a 2nd generation iPad. This is not a “set it up and walk away” while your kid interacts with the program application. The ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook absolutely requires the interaction of a guiding teaching through the use of the program. This is not self-correcting. It is an interactive electronic tool for teaching and working through the ABeCeDarian program, specifically for Workbook A in our instance. We did not enjoy our experience with the electronic version of the program. However going through the Teacher’s Guide, I fully believe that this is an incredible program when used properly. I think the physical program would be awesome, and have heard that it is as well. I believe that the interactive electronic online app version has. . .

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What materials do you use to teach reading?

Creative Madness Mama discusses Teaching Reading

Learning how to read is possibly the first essential skill in education, but how to teach it? How do you teach reading? There are programs, and curriculum galore available. There is just using phonics or alphabet flashcards. There are interactive apps for mobile devices and websites. There is the option to just read to them and point things out here and there. And there are also educational DVDs. Which direction to go? This doesn’t even touch on the use of workbooks and printable worksheets too! AppleBlossom is my oldest, and at six she is a really good reader and enjoys it. She CAN read good chapter books such as Prince Caspian, Pages of History, The Red Pyramid, Fancy Nancy Chapter Books, and Harry Potter. But she still wants pictures, so she goes back for things like the Magic Tree House, The Black Princess, and picture books. I’m trying to win. . .

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An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni {Step into Reading, Level 3}

Leo Lionni’s popular story about an alligator who gets confused with a chicken is now available as a Step 3 Step into Reading book—perfect for children who are ready to read on their own!

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Any advice for someone about to start Memoria Press First Grade?

Any advice for someone about to start Memoria Press First Grade? I love Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum, I truly do. I’m impressed with everything they’ve put together and their Enrichment is my favorite part of how it all meshes together. We have spent the last year working our way through Memoria Press First Grade from their Classical Core Curriculum. It’s shocking, because I feel like I was just finishing up my reviews from our year in Kindergarten. We started with Junior Kindergarten, then Kindergarten, and then First Grade, and I’ve already started plotting my fall with Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum Second Grade. We are that impressed that I just keep coming back for more and recommending it to anyone who asks. Truly, I could go on for hours. It is based on years of research, that Memoria Press is able to offer classical curriculum for homeschool families. After. . .

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Real-Life Homeschool in a normal day

If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day.   So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .

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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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K5 and PreK3 Curriculum for Fall 2014 (Verbose Post)

AppleBlossom’s K5 and OrangeBlossom’s PreK 3 Fall 2014 Curriculum (with a newborn Almond Blossom in the mix):   The LONG Post The Short Post, and Picture Post to come… *Before I get started. This is a conversational post. There are no affiliate links in the text, however I do have accounts and would gladly share them if you’re interested. And/or if there is something I mention and you want to know where to find it or more information, I’d gladly talk your internet ear off about any of this, here below.* *grin* Continuing for AppleBlossom (as mentioned in the Previous Curriculum page) Memoria Press Curriculum with Enrichment (substituting EPS Primary Phonics Readers Sets with Bob Books). We have finished from our K4 previous plans: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Memoria Press Kindergarten Enrichment Guide, Memoria Press First Start Reading, Bob Books Beginning Readers, American Language Society Fun in the Sun,. . .

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School today

Today started like any other day. Girls bouncing in my bed near seven am wondering if baby brother and I are awake or sleeping. Awake now apparently… Into the kitchen to take my blood sugar and pour cereal for the girls. I lament I haven’t made a new batch of quinoa for myself and tell myself I need to as it would be a much better breakfast for me. Then I’m stacking up books near the green chair. I’ve put a dry diaper, clean clothes, squealing with joy baby on the floor gym and he’s kicking away inching diagonally along the mat. First, big five year old sister crawls into my lap and we do about three lessons in The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading . Then we finish up reading Bob Books from the Big blue Costco box, so I think this means she has read all if. . .

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Lightning Literature & Composition

  Working with the TOS Review Crew this year has been a neat experience thus so far, especially when I get to learn about companies that I had never heard of before such as Hewitt Homeschooling  ~  (http://www.HewittHomeschooling.com/) and I’m delighted now to have discovered them! I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Grade 1 materials. We had many of the book selections in our home library and I’ve since been adding new ones to our purchase lists to buy as we are able and I’m finding some great read aloud choices here. The products I received are physical paperback books for both: Lightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Student WorkbookLightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Teacher’s Guide Both books are a hefty paperback with a vibrant purple cover. The interior pages of the Teacher’s Guide are black and white, and the interior pages of the consumable student workbook are full. . .

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Logic of English: Foundations, Level A Cursive (Science of Reading) {Review}

(This is a long post… I’ve debating breaking it into parts… but oh well.)

Today, I get to share with you a new treasure to our family in our homeschool curriculum and I’m delighted to review this new-to-me program that I definitely want to stick with on further levels in the Logic of English ~ (http://www.LogicofEnglish.com). I was granted the blessing to obtain and use Foundations, Level A as well as a set of reusable resources, and the iOS Doodling Dragons App. I was curious about the curriculum, but had no idea the delight that we were in for on this adventure!
Logic of English Review
The Logic of English: Foundations program is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and is designed to easily be used in schools, homeschool settings, older struggling readers, and English Language Learners. I’m certain it would make a good addition to a co-op setting. The Level A is for the beginning reader and opens the world of reading through basic phonogram knowledge, beginning handwriting skills, short vowel and consonant blends decoding.

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