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Laughing at myself – curriculum thoughts

Today I stumbled across an old forum post that I wrote about this time last year. I hope I’m not too late to join the party! The Princess, is my “spirited” four year old. Night and day scholastic comparison to her sister (my six year old accelerated student, finishing second grade) so it is quite the adventure to try to understand her. We have been using Preschool, then SC:A-C. With the older, it was checkbox it all and keep trekking. With the Princess, we have two good days and then she refuses it all and prefers disruption and drama. I’ve given up on structure with her for now. We pick and choose from the read aloud lists on the levels I mentioned. She also is working on the A-I workbooks after the other A-D series also from R&S in addition to Alphabet Books, Numbers Books, and FSR. She has lost. . .

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Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set (Memoria Press) {Review}

Do you even have to ask to know that this Creative Madness Mama absolutely adores materials from the people behind Memoria Press? In addition to teaching my own children on their level, I am also slowly working myself through the upper levels of material in continuing my own Classical Christian Education. Right now, I am delighted to have started a portion of the eighth grade Classical History curriculum. Thanks to the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, I am able to review Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set, a set of The Iliad & The Odyssey curriculum from Memoria Press which makes up the plans for Classical History in the second semester of a planned eighth grade year. Check back in my archives to read my review on The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid (review before the release of the teaching DVDs) and the Lesson Plans scheduled for a. . .

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Greek Myths and the Iliad in our current school days…

What is this pregnant mama doing this morning? I’m studying the Iliad and sharing the adventure with my daughter who is collecting her D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths workbooks, at the time of this photo. #memoriapress #memoriapresseighthgrade #memoriapressthirdgrade #memoriapressfourthgrade #classicalchristianeducation #hsreviews #iliad #homer #homeschool #blackshipsbeforetroy #3rdgrade #8thgrade #greekmythology #ancientgreece from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2nmWobl

Memoria Press Second Grade {Review – Part I}

In 2011, I added a second child to the mix and my toddler was antsy to get more attention in addition to being a little mama. We dabbled a bit with a book box curriculum of good nursery readers, however, it was in 2012-2013 that our Memoria Press adventure started. At the age of three, my book loving daughter started in on our K3 Junior Kindergarten with an extremely wonderful year that we still look back on with extremely fond memories. In 2013-2014, it was our K4 year and our curriculum was the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. In 2014, I added a third child to the mix. At this time, my next toddler was not ready for anything officially school related and she continue to tag along in read alouds and child play becoming the princess she is today. Around this time, Memoria Press started beta releasing their Simply. . .

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Little Passports for Christmas!

Lately, I am doing a bit of upkeep behind the scenes on the blog. Pretty much our Christmas gifts have been purchased and this year it is my oldest that is getting the big gifts. Under the tree when we get to Grandmama’s house she will discover the first box of a Little Passports subscription to Science Expeditions as well as a second envelope containing the first package of a subscription to Discover the Little Passports USA Edition. So while I’m updating my affiliate links and banners, right now I’m seeing all the excitement and secretly knowing how delighted she will be to open those packages in the next few weeks!

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D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths (Memoria Press) {Review}

Memoria Press D'Aulaires' Greek Myths Set

Memoria Press  ~  (http://www.memoriapress.com/) is a long-standing favorite of the Creative Madness Mama homeschooling household. Most recently we have been blessed by the TOS Crew to review their very popular D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set which includes a consumable Student Guide, non-consumable Teacher’s Guide, and cardstock Flashcards. To enhance our studies even more we also bought the Audio version of the book, and thus have read it and listened to it multiple times now.  Normally, each year I share a review of the entire Classical Core Curriculum from Memoria Press and the D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set can most easily be found within the Memoria Press Third Grade Classical Core Curriculum in both their new standard as well as their Accelerated Core. (Whether I will be able to review the rest of the core, is still pending.) We thoroughly enjoyed using Junior Kindergarten, as well as, Kindergarten, and First Grade, and Second Grade in the. . .

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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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Top Ten Places I search for our next Read Aloud (Book Lists)

Creative Madness Mama top ten reading lists

Hi, my name is Margaret and I’m a book-a-holic. You caught me. I am without excuse a complete bibliophile, a book nerd, collector, and I missed my calling as a classical librarian. One of my utterly favorite things to do since I caught the homeschooling bug is to make book lists. I have book lists for reading aloud. Book lists for required student reading. Book lists for enrichment and unit study purposes. Book lists for taking our studies a bit further. Book lists for entertaining and educating and book lists for just plain escaping into the pages of a story. I am delighted to discover a new book list source! Share your book lists with me! Memoria Press My most appealing book lists come from particular curriculums that I’m in love with. For instance, Memoria Press has never steered me wrong when it comes to books. From Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten,. . .

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Wrapping Up Weeks 1-3 (2015-2016)

Homeschool Edition! Homeschool is our way of life Technically as far as schedules go we should really be starting school the day after Labor Day, but with new review products arriving, sale prices of online curriculum, and my daughter’s begging to do the next thing – we went a head and jumped in and started the week as the birthdays went by. That seems to be a pretty good plan for us. Summer between the birthdays – that gives us mid-July to mid-August to read and IXL [review] our way through a short summer. Otherwise… I’d say we school year round briefly following with the general idea of VPSA, Highlands Latin School, and keeping in mind the local school schedules (avoid the museums on spring break etc!). This week in our Preschool I’m really going to have to work on this. All those emails and blog posts I ignored over. . .

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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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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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The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans {Review}

The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans Thanks to the TOS Review, I was delighted to receive and review the complete set of the Dorothy Mills, The Book of the Ancient Romans edited by Memoria Press with their Student Manual, Teachers’ Guide with solutions, and the text. While the curriculum is such that you can just jump in and go, I’m a person that for now at least in my earlier years of homeschooling enjoys a bit of direction. This is provided in the Lesson Plans by Memoria Press. In the introduction, I discovered that Memoria Press recommends that your student has taken The Book of the Ancient Greeks & Homer studies in the year prior to studying Dorothy Mills’ Ancient Romans giving them a firm foundation on which to build. After having a few weeks and nearly a dozen completed lessons under my belt I’d. . .

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The Book of the Ancient Romans Curriculum from Memoria Press {Review}

Memoria Press ~ (http://MemoriaPress.com/) is the company known for their Latin curricula, but in the past few years they are providing so much more for education in cottage schools and homeschools everywhere including their histories and classical studies, especially their programs on Rome including Famous Men of Rome Set (Grades 4-8) and The Book of the Ancient Romans Set (Grades 6-12). Memoria Press is  making a name for their publishing company in the Classical Homeschooling method with their Classical Studies Programs. They have several topics available and the ones highlighted in this review for the Review Crew are divided between two typical age ranges including some adult study. For my review purposes, I have been blessed with a physical copy of The Book of the Ancient Romans Complete Set which I planned to use three times per week for the review period, which works out well – I’ll get into this. . .

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