Ark of the Covenant/Tablernacle 2014 Edition

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Tabernacle 3D puzzle

The boys and I are studying the Old Testament this year. We’re currently in the desert with Moses.

Back when John Paul was in kindergarten, we made our own Old Testament tabernacle (see: supplies and then finished product)but that was seven years ago and I wanted the younger boys to feel like they created their own, so we bought this 3D puzzle from Christianbook. I found the directions a little lacking, but because it’s easy to look at the picture, it’s not hard to get it together.

We had read about Aaron’s garments and the Ark of the Covenant in Golden’s Bible, and then did these projects.

We also ordered another paper version from Christianbook that the kids could cut out and glue together, but it came laminated (which I thought was great!)…and rolled up in a tube (which I didn’t like). We tried to put it together, but the cutting was quite precise and it was too hard to hold down to cut.

I could have done it but it was for the boys, so that was disappointing.

The boys liked working on the puzzle and then putting our homemade version together as well, so it was worth keeping for seven years! I’m embarrassed to say that we haven’t pulled it out for that long!

Lesson Planning… or staring at a blank page

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I usually know exactly what I want to do for school in January and am chomping at the bit to get down to planning it in the summer. There’s something about a new fresh page that is hopeful, inviting, and reinvigorating for teachers.

Not this year.

This reluctance sort of started happening last summer too, but I, at least, had a plan. It was the executing of it for which I was dragging my feet.

When I lesson plan, my first step is to make a chart with each of the kids and a column of each of the subjects and just start filling it in. I’m more than half way done with plugging in some subjects for sure. However, I’m stymied by the subjects that I’m trying to fit into a narrow block of time.

My dilemma is that I’d really like somewhat realistic plans this year.

Probably not possible.

2013-2014 curriculum

I decided that I would try to get over my speed bump by actually making our schedule, my second step in lesson planning. The challenge: can I really fit all these subjects in? Usually, this is a weekly schedule, we’ve been more a routine kind of family, and the kids could pick which subjects they wanted to tackle first, and I would just float around to each child to do math and any other subject that required me with them. We just checked off our list for the week and filled in our time as we chose. Sadly, I realized in the middle of last year that our “routine” will have to be a little more structured this coming year because I will have K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th/7th (whatever I want to call John Paul)… and that’s a lot of subjects to tackle. So we’ll really need a strict daily schedule.

With a spot for all the subjects.

And the chores.

And snacks, and lunches, and dinners to plan.

And activities for a cute, bald roaming toddler.

And a chatty, bossy “older” sister.

Do we have enough wiggle room for escaping pigs or goats…or sickness. Blech.

I’ve been staring at little blocks of time that I charted.

And staring.

And staring.

I self-diagnosed myself as having the scheduling version of writer’s block.

Where to start? It seemed like any schedule that I typed down would be a pipe dream.

Here’s my current pipe dream:

2013 2014 Daily

I’m going to stare at this one for the rest of this week before I scrap it.

The third step when I lesson plan is to map out which weeks we’ll be do school work and which weeks we’ll be on vacation or cleaning the house or… whatever. I’m happy to report that I’ve done that… the bad news is that I think we need to start on August 19th in order to get all our subjects in by the end of May. (Dan is out of school in June and we don’t do regularly scheduled homeschool well when he is home).

That’s the earliest we’ve ever started. Perhaps we could do just two subjects that week: Math and Spelling or Math and Grammar just to kick us off?

The other things I’m mulling around: which poems for John Paul and Bobby, which Bible for the Old Testament? Different ones for different ages? Which spine for history? Who reads the spine? Mom outloud or the kids? The writing program that I’d like John Paul to do is not out yet (scheduled by the end of the summer), but there isn’t even a sample to peruse to see if it’s a level that will fit him or too difficult. Should I wait it out? Or find something else?

Anyway, I’d better get back to my blank page.

Organizing Right Start cards


Index cases

We’ve been using Right Start math since the middle of my oldest’s Kindergarten year. And I’m embarrassed to say that it has taken me six and half years to come up with an organized method of storing the math game cards??

We’ll blame it on lack of sleep.

So I’m sharing our system just in case you are sleep deprived too.ūüėČ

One of the benefits of using Right Start is the focus on math games to learn math cards. And my kids love math games! But the cards would be all.over.the.place. Some kids weren’t capable of wrapping a rubberband around them OR the rubberband would break. Then the cards would get left out, and the baby would find them and eat the corners. Or even better throw them all over the room, blah, blah, blah. ¬†So then I would have to recheck if all the cards were there (you know the Right Start version of counting to 52) : “Do I have six sets of 1 to 9? 1,1,1,1,1,1, 2,2….”

It got very old.

I tried using little tins from leftover mints, but those proved to be too hard for some kids to open. Or close the case when they were done.

This past year when my oldest had to use index card for writing a research paper, I realized that a plastic index card holder with either a snap or rubber band closure would be perfect!

Abacus tally cards

A few years ago I printed the abacus cards on bright cardstock and then laminated them since we play many memory games with them. I also went the extra mile and bought paint pens and painted them blue and yellow. As I am on child #5 on Right Start, I am glad that I did this. It makes them more fun. All of these beginning Right Start cards are together in one index card case.

Next up… “Go to the Dump.”

Go to the Dump Speed

“Go to the Dump” is the most played Right Start game in our house, followed closely by “Corners.” Go to the Dump requires six of each basic number card from 1 to 9. But then I realized that some of the “Speed” games require the same thing… and so did “Rows and Columns.” So I decided to group those games together and label them as such.

Addition War Solitaire

I then realized that Addition and Subtraction War and Long Chain Addition or Subtraction Solitaire also needed the same amount of cards. So I followed the directions for the Long Chain addition cards, and then added the instructions for the other games that would work with that set of cards.

Speaking of instructions…


Included with the basic cards are some of the instructions for the most popular games; however, at some point, we either lost those OR I wanted directions to a game that didn’t have directions. So I typed my own out on ORANGE paper (so they would stand out as the directions) and included them in the pack. Now I took those directions and using packing tape, I taped them to the clear index dividers included in each case. And then used the little label stickers, so I could find them.

So far this system is MORE baby proof, but if left out, I’m sure they could figure a way to scatter them. It would just take more time… and I *might* catch them before it happens.

Also note: the Corners cards are a completely different shape: small and square. ¬†They would get lost in an index case. We’ve just been using a plastic bag for them. I bought some tupperware snack cases to house them to see if that protected them any better. But I’m still not sure this is the solution yet. ¬†I’ll update if it is. Also we don’t use the clock cards. We use a clock game of our own (Clock O Dial), so those cards are buried away in a box somewhere. ¬†I’m not sure all those little time cards would work in the index card case.

FYI — Right now in stores, I’ve sampled from Index Cards from Walmart, Target and Staples. I *think* Staples might be my favorite with just a snap closure, a paper “table of contents” right as you open the case (sorry I didn’t take a picture of this — but the link has a picture!), and then five clear index dividers with stickers. The Target version has the rubber band closure and Walmart has a snap closure like the Staples. (Note: I’m sure you can get these cheaper IN store rather than online — especially with back to school sales).¬†

Summer School!

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We don’t do school year round because our summer is broken up oddly. BUT we are doing “summer school” here this year. I haven’t done school in summer since my oldest was in first grade, and that’s when I discovered that summer school really doesn’t work for us. But we really need to hit a couple of subjects that got lost under the couch this year. We always read, and we sometimes do mathy things, but this summer it’s definitely more.

But I didn’t want it to be the same as the school year, so I’m trying some things that I wouldn’t do during the year! I’m not going to schedule our summer school, but whenever we are home and free we’ll keep going.

    • Sassafras Vol. 1 Zoology

      Science/Nature Study:¬†Sassafrass Zoology¬†(compliments of this thread at 4Real). I ordered the printed text, the printed teacher log, but ordered the PDF Student Log book for the kids from Elemental Science website, so I can print the logbook multiple times. We’re using the two encyclopedia’s that she recommends, but then we’re just going to supplement with whatever books/videos we own. Her manual/teacher log has an optional book list, but so far, we don’t have most of what she recommends. ¬†A friend found us Herriot’s treasury, so Daddy’s going to read those at night to the boys.¬†¬†We’ll also take our notebooks outside to draw/observe the animals around us. What we don’t finish, we’ll keep doing during the school year. ¬†We’ve done the first couple of chapters and the goofy story is the perfect summer fun story to launch us into studies of many different kinds of animals. The boys love it. ¬†We’re also taking many nature studies and drawing wildflowers.

  • Words Their Way Word Study A

    Spelling¬†—¬†Words Their Way Wordstudy Notebook. I’m not buying the teacher book to go with it. I’m just winging it. I have the kids do the word sorts as reviews. What we don’t finish, we’ll keep doing in the school year. Just a note about this: we’ve done the¬†Words Their Way¬†with our own notebooks, but at the end of the year, we stopped doing spelling tests and a couple of sorts got destroyed by the 2 yo, so spelling didn’t finish strong. These colorful notebooks were on sale and will be fun as a review and a head start for next year. I decided that I’m not giving tests, word study doesn’t mean that you have to have a test! It’s just a bonus doing any “word study” in summer, in my humble opinion. ¬†(FYI¬†— if you haven’t done Words Their Way, I’m not sure you would get the notebooks without the Teacher’s manual. I don’t want to steer anyone to buy something that will make no sense! I’m just sharing what we’re doing.) So far the kids really love the colored version… and no tests.:)

  • Math: We did Math very well this year, but just to help keep it fresh, we’ll
    play Right Start Math games ¬†– most especially Go to the Dump and Corners. ¬†I’m only allowing Math video games on Sundays — I really would like a mostly screen free summer. ¬†We’re also reading the Sir Cumference books.

    Sir Cumference Math adventures

  • Literature and Religion: Each child has a fun book list which also includes saints books.

I’d also like to teach my oldest how to type, but I haven’t figure out what program yet. ¬†I have some suggestions, but I didn’t order anything yet. ¬†He’d also like to start his Saxon math in the summer. I may let him… in August. I’m not ready for “real” school work.¬†

Anybody else doing some version of summer school?

The 2012-2013 Wrap Up

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So… we *could* have been finished with school last week, but since we were lazy towards the end, it will be this week… I *think*…or maybe next year. ¬†The goal is to be done before the end of May, and like those people that you need to tell that dinner is going to be two hours earlier than it really is going to be served, we need two weeks notice for the end of school… apparently!

This post has been a work in progress as I crossed off what we didn’t use and added my thoughts to what we did use (so I would remember later on!). Also I should add that if I’m critiquing something in the negative it’s *mostly* for user error. I’ve come to the stage of motherhood where I don’t really have time to learn new tricks. If it’s not instantly easy, it’s not going to happen. So I may drop the greatest curriculum in the world that we do every once in a while for something that I can accomplish every day.

To be clearer, for example, let’s talk chocolate.

I know the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe by heart. Every.Single.Word.

So I know exactly what ingredients I need at the grocery store; I know exactly what measurements of these said ingredients as I hold a fussy baby and give a math times test; and I know exactly how many cookies each batch will make and how long they will cook — so basically I’m a cookie making robot. No thought, sleep or coffee required.

Grammar, math, and writing curriculum need to follow this model.

I may say something didn’t work for us — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t Mrs. Fields million dollar recipe that went around the internet! It just means that I’m a Toll House girl tried and true.

So take my critiques with a grain of salt… or a teaspoon of salt since that’s what Nestle’s calls for.

Another point for this year in particular:  Sometimes I alternate intense grammar and intense writing in years where I think I can handle both.  Both grammar and writing involve each other, so neither is completely neglected. I want to point out that this was a writing year. Writing assignments went well for the older kids and was satisfactory for the younger kids. I have some more that I want to do with the younger guys, but as they are home more often during the summer, I can do some more writing with them then.

I think the only real weak link this year was Nature Study and Science. In the past, we’ve done those really well, but I think we exchanged doing History very well and for doing Science/Nature Study not so well. I’ve been thinking about how I can improve that for next year.

So breaking it down by subjects…

— Religion —

Dan does religion at night with the kids when he comes home. He did a combination of Baltimore Catechism, Angel Food and Catholic Readers, Saints Books, and Bible reading with the boys.¬† Father VW gave Bobby a subscription to MagnifiKids which we read in preparation for Sunday Mass each week. ¬† ¬†I did CHC’s Communion Prep with Michael, and he read a saint book every day/week during certain times of the year.

Religion Thoughts on the year: this all went well, next year, I’d like to add some sort of flash cards next year for memorization because some of their definitions are a little fuzzy. More than flashcards, I’d like to return to our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentations. ¬†This year with essentially two babies, I couldn’t fit them in. I also would like to rotate taking my kids to a holy hour or holy half hour. ¬†The fruits of a holy hour are immeasurable.:)

— Language Arts —


Philip (PreK)

  • started¬†100 Easy Lessons ¬†and we do them once or twice a week, and we are¬†more than HALF WAY THROUGH. Truth be told, he could be done, but his brother who is 15 months older needs more time and I don’t want him to feel hurried.
  • We did a lot of Montessori’s Pink series as well.
  • started¬†Bob Books, but Philip prefers Easy Readers and just finding the words he knows
  • Explode the Code A, B and C.
  • Seton Kindergarten Handwriting (because of all of my children, Philip is the advanced writer/reader, so I started Luke and him in K handwriting)

Luke (K)

  • almost finished¬†100 Easy Lessons
  • continuing Bob Books
  • Explode the Code B, and C¬† and Explode the Code 1 (Luke exceeded my expectations!)
  • Spelling: Words Their Way (we’ll start the Red Series) – we just did a couple of the Red Series WTW
  • we did a lot of Montessori’s Pink series as well
  • Poetry: Robert Louis Stevenson poems – just did a couple
  • Seton Kindergarten Handwriting – LOVED this. TONS of practice for my Luke.

OVERVIEW: for these two boys alternating all sorts of pre-reading (whether it be 100 EZ, Explode the Code, Pink Series, etc) was the key to success. Doing one thing over and over again did not hold their interests. Alternating these things did. ¬†Luke has VERY weak muscles for writing and can’t seem to hold him wrist and arm in the right position. The thumb, pointer, and tall man are in the right positions, but he doesn’t hold back his ring finger and pinky as he writes. This year he tried holding a penny in those fingers to help him (advice compliments of my friend Luci!). His arm gets tired easily and we’re trying to work on building up those muscles! He is definitely improving, but writing is his weakness. Philip, on the other hand, is an amazing reader and writer; it’s unlucky that the child that has struggled most is just above the one that excels the most. Philip doesn’t have perfect pencil grip, but has perfect handwriting, spells easily and reads easily. ¬†It’s a challenging combination. I have been very pleased with both of their progress this year, but especially Luke’s in reading. Okay… onto Michael’s Language Arts…

Bobby yellow WTW sort
Michael (2nd)

Bobby (4th)

John Paul (6th – he’s a young 6th grader, so our current plan is¬†to have him repeat this grade)

  • Words Their Way Blue¬†– (he didn’t want to do Phonetic Zoo)
  • Daily Grams Level 5
  • Poetry Selections
  • Seton Handwriting 5
  • Building Thinking Skills by Critical Thinking Company
  • Writing with SKILL Level 1 – instructor text and student text (Note: WWS needs both WWE just needs instructor text that has the student pages in it) ¬†LOVED THIS ¬†—¬†we are not all the way through, but he is on learning footnotes, endnotes, and paper writing — well beyond my expectations. We may stop after this paper and skip to the last two weeks of poetry study.

OVERVIEW: Bobby and Michael got weary of Writing with Ease towards the end of the year, so I let them do their own writing. Truly, I only do Writing with Ease to make sure we do narrations, dictation and copywork, but if the boys are motivated to do this in a book their reading that works for me.

Bobby liked narrating and copying from the Hobbit. Michael liked all sorts of books and topics. This worked to keep them writing. I haven’t decided what to do with the unfinished WWE materials — in other words, should I use it as summer work or just drop it.

John Paul *really* clicked with WWS. (I blogged about this). Now that we’re in the last weeks I want to disclose what we are going to skip. She assigns *multiple* papers at the end. He’s finished up one. We’re going to skip the next two and then finish up with the poetry assignments. WWS far exceeded my expectations for the year, so I have no trouble dropping some of those papers.

Okay, just a word on spelling. Words Their Way definitely falls into the Mrs. Field’s cookie recipe category; however, I see enough Toll House in it to keep trying it. It’s just that I don’t have it down automatically yet. I have some ideas for changing it because truly the downfall of ANY spelling program with me is giving the kids a test. ¬†So next year I’m going to have the kids give each other their tests. Problem solved.

Bobby using the Right Start Cards

— Math —

  • Luke (K): Right Start A¬†– (we gave Philip a workbook too, but he was not ready for Right Start at the same pace as Luke).¬† Luke does very well in math.
  • Michael (2nd) Right Start C — this is the hardest year for me to do with Right Start because there are sooo many lessons, but Michael flew right through it! He is my oldest student doing it, so that may have helped as well.
  • Bobby (4th) Right Start E¬†– Bobby came into his own doing RSE — he did really well. He really enjoyed the geometrical lessons at the end of the year.
  • John Paul (6th) Saxon 7/6– John Paul is almost done and doing fine in 7/6. He does all these lessons on his own, and just asks me if he has trouble… which is infrequent. Little mistakes are his nemesis – we’re working on getting rid of them.

OVERVIEW: Satisfied with our plan. Not much more to say! ¬†I’ve got Right Start down. I even know which lessons we skill because even though they might be fruitful; they don’t fit with our crazy busy scheme. Like cutting out a thousand triangles (or something like that). Saxon is pretty much the same. I throw the books at John Paul; he corrects his work and then we chat about what he got wrong. ¬†There are a few lessons that I do with him from start to finish, but not many.

— Science —

OVERVIEW: Really wish I had done more. These are my thoughts for next year. I need to figure out a way to do history in a more manageable chunk, so that we can get to science…. which we also love.

Glue onto lapbook (480x640)

— Literature/History/Geography —

We followed ¬†Jessica’s (at Shower of Roses) history lead. ¬†We went through three units of American History. And then we stopped! I can’t decide if we should pick it up this summer, next year… but three units was more than enough for this year. They loved it, but it was too intense for me. ¬†This wasn’t a Toll House vs. Mrs. Fields kinda thing — this was a “there aren’t enough hours in the day” kinda thing. ¬†I need ¬†a break to sit and think about what to do about history for next year.:)

  • Sea to Shining Sea Student book and Teacher’s Manual¬†– we didn’t really have time to read from this book
  • Age Level Historical books (what I have and then more from Emmanuel Books) – we got to all the books in the units and loved all the books we picked out. Sorry no time for lists.
  • Homeschool in the Woods¬†Timeline¬†Traveller History packs¬†starting with New World Explorers¬†– these packs were awesome but wayyyy intense since the little kids wanted to do this too. In fact, Luke (of all people) luuuuuuvvvved this, and regularly would like to look at his own little lapbook. Which in and of itself makes me glad we killed ourselves to do this.
  • Timeline Binders and timeline figures¬†– Ummm, yeah. We’re so-so on getting timelines accomplished.
  • Geography puzzles¬†– We’re really good at this.

— Read-alouds —

Here’s some that I can remember off the top of my head:

  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Railway Children
  • More history books that I just can’t remember
  • Fairy Tales
  • Aesop Fables
  • A gazillion picture books

— Other —

  • Prima Latina from Memoria press – we did the DVD’s and are only halfway through. The downfall to this program was that I kept forgetting where I hid the DVD’s… you know the “Safe Spot” thing. I didn’t want them accessible to the two-year old, so I would stash them. A really dumb move for the sleep deprived. And then when I couldn’t find them I would think: “Meh, Latin was a bonus anyway.”
  • Art: ¬†Seton art lessons — The kids loved them. But we only did them¬†occasionally, because the History plans had plenty of art type lessons, and I could only take so much of toddlers, walls and loose crayons and a baby who would eat them.
  • Music listen to classical music every morning. Dan is a master at putting classical music every morning.

— Supplies —

All the usuals were all big hits:

¬†So that’s it. And since we’ve finished the math books, I really can feel that that’s the fat lady singing on our school year. And every thing else will be left in its dust… or resumed next year. ¬†Summer “school” is a remote possibility, but I guess not completely out of the question on a 95 percent humidity, 100 degree day.

Update: Writing with Skill — works for us!


Writing with Skill Level 1
Sometimes when you start a new program, you’re not sure how you will like it.

For example, as I have taught writing before, I shared how I tried to implement IEW’s writing program on the cheap (aka skipping the $169 Teaching DVDs) and tried just to use one of its themes (Middle Ages) for John Paul last year. And… it failed. He needed me to keep going with the lessons each week, and while I got the gist of his method, I needed more visible appeal in the presentation of the materials (a definite fault in me), and I also needed more hand holding. ¬†So IEW didn’t fit my needs, and I spent the rest of the year just having him narrate his lessons.

I gave a little hint back in September that WWS was a hit… but I never got back to you on how big a hit. ¬†Sarah left a comment for me today wondering how it went, and I’m more than delighted to go on and on about it! Let me just say, it was a pleasant surprise to be able to give Writing with Skill a big two thumbs up in the Absolutely Works for Us column!¬†(FYI I wrote some earlier impressions about it here and here). ¬†¬†

This new writing program came in two books: Student Text (with almost everything the child needs to do this almost on his own) and Instructor Text.¬†(Note: In order to re-use this book with the next child, he had to copy maybe ten pages altogether, I decided this was not enough to break the code of copyright infringement since her cheaper download would allow me to print those pages as many times as I wanted. If that bothers you, don’t buy the Student Text, buy the download).¬† In my other posts, I complained about the HUGE book size, but I got over it. ¬†If this text made my son write with little prompting from me, I can handle the big, hulking book on my lap.

Okay… so back to why this works for us:

  1. We are in week 28 of school and John Paul is on week 28 of writing. Woot! Woot! Moreover, let me remind you that I/We were sick for the whole month of March; I have a baby and a toddler and four other kids to teach… and we are on target!?!?! THIS alone says a lot. We always are behind and need to catch up. Not this year.:)
  2. She directed the text to the student. It taught him independence and accountability as well as writing because it was mostly up to him to get it done! ¬†So can I take credit that he’s on week 28 out of 28. Nope – it’s all him. Woot! Woot!
  3. I think half of learning to write well is to write often. ¬†So to write each and every week puts us well on our way! I’m so proud of my son for consistently and almost independently doing his writing assignment. ¬†(I mostly just reviewed his work). She made the assignments interesting for him to want to keep doing them with very little prompting from me.
  4. His writing is good! I’m not going to gush and tell you that I have the very next Mark Twain living in my house, because it certainly could be better; but it definitely could be a lot worse! Writing well is definitely a work in progress, but I can see huge progress from the beginning of the year. ¬†Huge progress always impresses me.
  5. Sleep-deprived mamas need really good crutches. ¬†When my sleep-deprived mind couldn’t think of a sample of a good summary, the instructor manual had sometimes even THREE samples to offer as examples to a child who was struggling. Many times I felt that John Paul gave great summaries, but to give him ideas how a narrative summary could vary, I would read the other samples.

Moreover, these skills were taught: (I’m quoting right from Peace Hill Press)

Skills Taught:
~ One- and two-level outlining.
~ Writing chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum
~ Constructing basic literary essays on fiction and poetry
~ Researching and documenting source material

I wish I had more time to compare and contrast IEW to WWS, but I don’t. ¬†And… I know I wouldn’t do IEW justice because I am aware that this is a good method — and that *I* am the hindrance to it.

I guess to be really honest, I feel like it would be beneficial for ME to take the IEW Teacher Intensive, so I had more tools in my belt when I’m reviewing his writing, but, as a whole, I know I would not be able to implement IEW as consistently as this program. ¬†WWS is soooo easy to schedule because it is already broken down in a 36 week 4 day schedule. It’s pretty and made for student independence. ¬†All great things for really busy moms.

In terms of needing me, I would say John Paul needed my help more at the end of the year when we got into Literary Criticism.  However, it was  sooo easy to read her instructions that are written exactly as you would read to a child.  And the instructor text gave you all the answers.

And I have my fingers crossed that Writing with Skill 2 Student and Instructor does come out in August, because I’d like to keep going next year! (Although, I have yet to decide whether I want Bobby my rising 5th grader to start ¬†WWS1 next year OR wait until 6th grade).

I should also mention that we also have the Creative Writer from Peace Hill Press that we may try to do in snippets next year as well – I would do this with both boys? I think. ¬†It has an 18 week format. We did not get to it this year. ¬†(This series also has four levels — but I *think* they are almost all published unlike WWS which is still coming out).

Not sure if Writing With Skill is a good fit for you? ¬†I recommend downloading the sample first ten weeks, and trying it!! ¬†You can see if your child likes it, can do it mostly independently, etc! ¬†I would definitely NOT do it with younger than 10, unless they were well, Mark Twain. ¬†Hmmm… well, I suppose you could, but then it wouldn’t be as effortless? And I’m not a big fan of making things harder than they need to be.

All the lapbook printables in one post

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Closed lapbook

Whole Inside of Lapbook

Here are all the files to print and I put in parenthesis what I printed them onto)

You can read the directions in each of the posts going backwards! Or here they are in order.

Folded down top flap

Open Top flap

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