Spalding and teaching Language Arts

This is an interesting read to come across in my inbox today- All About Teaching Handwriting

What is interesting is she loosely teachings based on the Spalding method…Do you know what the Spalding method is?  Here’s a little information on it if you’re interested in learning more about it. Spalding Method

Spalding was the way I learned my phonics but I don’t remember loving learning phonics which is why I am teaching V the Orto Gillingham method ..Orton Gillingham



New Common Core site for companies and products

I’ve started a new website on Blogger for companies that I’ve researched on my own that is not listed on the HSRoadMap.If you choose to use Common Core or not in your homeschool it is entirely up to you. Some of these companies support Common Core others don’t.A list of Companies and Common Core Stance.There’s only a few on there as of now but the list will grow as I am always continuing to research curriculum for my daughter.

2019-2020 School Year(Tentative)

It is kind of premature to think about what we will use next year for P4(last year of preschool) but providing V continues at her current pace I think Heart of Dakota Little Hearts For His Glory will be too difficult for her.She is just learning her numbers up to 10 and HOD LHFHG goes up to 100. Winter Promise(WP) has a curriculum CM friendly and Unit Study friendly(not as much as HOD but close enough for me) and has a PreK/K curriculum that will teach and build upon her current skills/concepts.I think after that curriculum she will be more than ready for HOD LHFHG.

Phonics and Spelling will be  continuing All About Reading Level 1 and All About Spelling Level 1 unless things change.

Math:Continue Life of Fred Elementary Series  and Eden Series

Reading:Continuing to read books ie rhyming books, short stories etc.

Note on My Father’s World:It was clarified by a former teacher and current homeschool mom that MFW is only Unit Study friendly up to 2nd grade and thereafter it becomes textbookish. That was the vibe I was getting after looking at ECC.They also have a FB pageMFW Official FB Page.

I love to plan ahead and look at different curricula but of course our homeschool is mastery based so I will modify my choices for curricula depending where she is skill wise.I will never push her more than she can handle.Anyone else have an idea what they will be doing for curriculum next year?For a lot of homeschoolers they’re just about done with the year until Fall I believe.Us,we go year around so that doesn’t apply to us,

Is your child learning?

The Big Pit
I love this article by Marie Ripeel. It discusses how as home educators should look backwards instead of comparing our kids to others. I know easier said than done but aside from education more often than not, we compare even siblings. The difficult thing to remember is that all of our kids are unique in their own way and have their own weaknesses and strengths. Just another reason I choose to do mastery based learning approach. Another way you can tell if your kid is learning is just through narration. Talk to them and ask them questions. For an ex: Recently I asked my daughter “What sound does the cow make?” V”Moo,Mom”. Me:Right! V! What does the cow make? V”Cow makes milk,Mom!”. Me:That’s right again V! Cow produces milk for us to drink. Where do cows’ live? V:”Milk?” Me:Yes,they make milk. They live on a farm.”

All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1

A few weeks ago I ordered and received All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1. I also ordered and received learning language arts through literature blue book.

When I ordered All About Reading and All About Spelling Level 1 I wasn’t sure how she’d take to it. We used the All About Reading pre Reading last year very lightly. Mostly we used the rhyming cards and some of their worksheets. I also kept the books. The level 1 of both programs look great and simple to use. I’ve also heard that using both intertwined is also good. Actually I think that’s what we’ll end up doing. I looked over LLATL but it’s not as easy to supplement with All About Reading and All About Spelling so unless somehow she doesn’t retain much we’re not going to try another approach. We also have Queens homeschooling language arts for little ones but there still lots of writing which she’s just getting some writing exposure so it’s a while before we can try it aside from other parts of it.

Today I actually tried one page of All About Reading Level 1 with her. She had no interest in cutting which I’m slowly working on with her but she did great with sounding out the words Pam,Sam,sap and map. She identified which one is Pam (girl),sam(boy),sap on a tree and a picture of a map and gluing it.

We’re also still using Life of Fred Elementary series and the beginning readers as well as heart of Dakota little hands to heaven and my fathers world voyage of discovery which I think will likely be our last year with them. Partly because every time we order from my fathers world the curriculum doesn’t come looking new. The other thus far she’s not retained anything I’ve used with my fathers world like she does with heart of Dakota.

On heart of Dakota we are on unit 4 finishing up. Already she can recite one verse of the poems for A-D,recognizes all letters uppercase,lowercase and all the sounds. However we’ve been singing the ABC song since she’s been brushing her teeth at about 9 months actual age.