[insert stack photo] My Princess has taken a slower, but perhaps more average start and stance on the idea of schooling. Mostly, if it is not somehow princess related she is not particularly interested. I have found printables and coloring hands-on activities are very appealing for her and find that a different direction from her sister is indeed warranted. This past year has found so many changes in her personality and behavior that indeed I believe that this will be the first real school year with a routine set for her. Although, she is my “spirited” child, so that may change… My five-year-old, six in the beginning of August, Princess enthusiast is not yet reading but it is a challenge we’re heading toward with a plethora of tools at our belt that are not quite working yet, but we’re adding a few new things here and there with fingers crossed. . .
I think that it is an easy statement to say that one of my favorite product reviews that I have been introduced to through the blessing of participating in the TOS Crew is from Logic of English ~ (https://www.logicofenglish.com/) and today that blessings has continued in the form of the latest level of their primary school program in Foundations Level D. Link back to Foundations A and you can read my extremely verbose post on our original thoughts about LOE Foundations. We still love “Dragon Phonics”! When we started using LOE Foundations, I got the full kit including the supplemental Doodling Dragons book and iOS phonogram app. You can read more about those in my previous post. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive what is knowing as the Continuing package which included the Level D Teacher’s Guide, Student Workbook, Flash Cards, and more. The Logic of English Foundations program is. . .
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. . .
This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .
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!
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. . .
Join Biscuit—the bestselling My First I Can Read Book character and everyone’s favorite yellow puppy—in this nighttime story about camping. Total Biscuit ICR sales top fourteen million copies!
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. . .
Five Little Monkey Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1. Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed gif with all verses from Enchanted Learning. Hubbard’s Cuppard Lesson Plans & Activities for Caps for Sale. Caps for Sale video – read aloud. http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2015/02/12/caps-sale-video/ Monkey Bread Recipes Caps for Sale Units from Delightful Learning (multiple years with different experiences!) Scholastic Caps for Sale Extension activities. Mm is for Monkey from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week Curriculum. Core Knowledge Caps for Sale Lesson Plans. Activities and photo in action from Our Aussie Homeschool rowing Caps for Sale. Directions for creating Wooden Peg People Caps for Sale recreation set from Wee Folk Art. Lesson Pathways links to resources for Caps for Sale. Not Free $$ Teachers’ Notebook Caps for Sale activities and printables. Teachers Pay Teachers Caps for Sale activities and printables (some are free). Felt Fantasies Set Caps for Sale, the book, is available. . .
Instead of hibernating as he should, a little bear cub goes out in search of spring—and he thinks he’s found it! Gloriously illustrated with cut-paper collages, Carin Berger’s stunning picture book celebrates the changing of the seasons.
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. . .
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). . .
Last night I couldn’t fall asleep and then when going to bed I poked a baby awake so he would nurse while I was still awake. The Enginerd was already fast asleep so I took Almond boy with me to the living room. We both fell asleep out there until toddler OrangeBlossom discovered me while in route to the potty. Off to bed then for reals. Normal waking nursing after that. Until two hours later with the booming thunder and lightning enough to shake the house. So I left the boys in my room and ran to the girls. Both were terrified of course. I jumped in between them and wrapped my arms around little girl AppleBlossom at my chest and other arm and legs back to OrangeBlossom behind me. I woke up when the Enginerd came and poked me to say he was leaving. I then relocated back to. . .
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,. . .