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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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2014-2015 Curriculum Thoughts (Looking Back)

This has been a hectic year. This has been an amazing year. I had a baby. I blogged books, quilts, cross stitch, and homeschool stuff. I also taught a combination of Tot School and K5/1st Grade. I found some new things to love, and I discovered some things that just weren’t an appropriate fit. Love! (Backlinks of joy) Memoria Press First Grade (Advice) Memoria Press First Start Reading (Phonics) Memoria Press Kindergarten (Series) Creative Madness Mama Blossom School on a Normal Day Logic of English Foundations Lightning Literature 2014-2015 Wrap Up Blog Hop Landing Page (Visit other bloggers!) Last year, the curriculum that I chose was suppose to take AppleBlossom two years to complete. It was suppose to be K5 that merged into 1st Grade as time went on. However, she finished all of the First Grade materials, or is very nearly so through with them as of now. She. . .

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What’s up?

Summer; Math Studies & Cursive Well I haven’t been abundantly active here, but we’ve been active elsewhere! From VBS to a summer cold to a little bit of summer school we’ve been busy. We’ve started working in part two of Saxon Math and are getting close to the introduction of multiplication as well as continuing to reinforce our fact families for addition and subtraction. We’re going alphabetically in cursive and are about halfway way through the alphabet. History & Bible AppleBlossom is working a delighted steady pace through Veritas Press Self-Paced OTAE (Old Testament & Ancient Egypt) History and now also Self-Paced Bible: Genesis through Joshua. She’s studying the Flood and Noah now and about to start on the Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, so the Egyptian fun begins! We’ve been collecting books so I’m eager to immerse ourselves in this study. We’ve been watching more Netflix and our. . .

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Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2014-2015 Edition)

End of the school-year, well it should be… but I guess this is more of a check in. Last year I wrote an end of the school-year wrap up post and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that same date was coming up on the calendar for this year. In the past year I’ve continued on with my eager-to-learn five year old, discovered my attention-span-of-a-butterfly three year doesn’t want to pipe down into school time like her sister, and added a baby brother nearing on ten months old to the mix. Wow. We’ve started a kitchen garden and attempted our first true unit study. We’ve discovered more curricula to love and others to sideline. We aren’t finished. But here’s the deal. When we started this year, what I was calling K5, we had the plan to really do it all over two years, but as we get to. . .

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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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Caps for Sale {Free Resources}

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. . .

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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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Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014 Edition)

Can you believe it is already that time of year, to wrap up your school studies? If you are using a standard school year it is that time. Although if you use a calendar year, then it’s the time to pep up as you’re almost halfway there! Or if you school year-round you might be changing topics, taking a hiatus, or re-energizing to keep on trekking. Finally, there is another new-to-me option that your family might use in (the name slips my mind at the moment) schedule of 6-9 weeks on, break, on, break, and so on! Generally for us I think we use a school year start, and then naturally fall a bit into a (whatever that last one is called) schedule. However we let life get in the way as well as speed up and slow down as the material and skills lead us. We started the year with. . .

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Adding Classical Music to your School: Maestro Classics Review

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my first introduction to a great art program was at a homeschool convention. Something else that I discovered at that convention was the concept of educational music CDs from Maestro Classics, which I’m glad to review and share with you today. Through a few choices, I opted to order Casey at the Bat (recommended for all ages) as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (recommended for ages 4 & up). I came by these choices wanted to enhance our own homeschool studies planned.

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