Classes from LPH are announced

LPH offers online courses primarily designed for Catholic homeschoolers 4th – 8th grade although they have a number of high school students attend. The cost of each 10 week course is $38 and includes your entire family (I’m envisioning how it could be a great unit study type course).

http://lphrc.org/#courses contains the list of classes.

From the website:

Each week (beginning on Monday morning) the URL you receive at the beginning of the year will bring up a new lesson. That lesson will come up for the rest of the week; it can be done at any time during the week.

Each lesson starts with a web page containing the lesson.

For most of the courses, this is followed by a series of “Discussion Topics“.
These are questions usually with no specific answer, which are intended to help facilitate discussions within the family on the material which has just been learned in the lesson.

Then there is a link to a quiz, which is a web form.

A grade point average for the quizzes will be available in September for whoever would like one.

At the end of the year, a Certificate of Completion will be available (in pdf – Adobe Acrobat – format) for students who complete at least 75% of the quizzes with an average of at least 70 on the quizzes for the year (for the Creative Writing class, no more than one lesson can be missed for a certificate).

Of note, the quizzes are optional – they are used to generate a certificate of attendance. I personally have not taken a class to know how the content is presented, but they’ve been around for a long time. If the topics line up with your plan of study, it might be worth checking them out!

Review of Little Angels Reading Program

I imagine many of you are familiar with the lovely set of readers from Stone Tablet Press

Reader A
Reader BReader CReader D

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought the set of readers at a local Catholic homeschooling conference several years ago. But, it wasn’t until Mrs. Linda Bromeier presented a webinar on teaching phonics for Homeschool Connections this past March, that I realized there was so much more available to go with the readers. (you can listen to the webinar here and scroll down to Teaching Reading with Phonics)

In fact, this is a full phonics program with a teacher’s manual and workbooks for each reader. The teacher’s manual fully explains how to use the program. Each lesson is designed to be completed over the course of a week or so. There are word lists for each lesson – each day the student reads the words listed to develop fluency (it’s built in!) and then the workbooks reinforce what the readers introduce.

New Catholic History Series published by Tan

The Story of Civilization

The Story of Civilization

I am so excited to share this information with you. I have not had a chance to review the information, but there is so much material available for purchase – not just textbooks and workbooks, but audio and DVD.

I’ve listened to the dramatized audio samples on the website. They are professionally done – interesting to listen to – not a man dryly reading text, but there are sound affects to bring it all to life. I would love them for my dyslexic kids! All this is based on a Catholic world view – Phillip Campbell is an amazing history instructor. I can’t begin to tell you how much it changes history to study it through a Catholic world view with an understanding of salvation history.

The Story of Civilization from Tan Publishing

 

 

 

Here’s a description from the website:

Children should not just read about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way.

The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world.

Volume I, The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.  Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ.

The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you’ll have the trusted resource you’ve always wanted.

 

2014 Catholic College Month Webinars

Thanks to www.homeschoolconnections.com for letting us use the platform and bringing to you the 2014 Catholic College MOnth

1. Belmont Abbey – The Long Term Value of the Liberal Arts http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p2c2518zcvn/

2. Celtic College Consultants – Paying for College http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p2flr8scf64/

3. University of Dallas – Transcripts http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p9cfx91qxh0/

4. Celtic College Consultants –Getting Help; What a College Planner Can Do For You http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p8rj1sij1cd/

5. John Paul the Great University – Demystifying the Financial Aid Process http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p4mappgp5vn/

6. Wyoming Catholic College – The Persuasive Homeschool Application http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p7ka7dw9s44/

7. University of Mary – The Value of a Liberal Arts Education http://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/p9p7bummj54/

Schola Rosa – Another Catholic Curriculum / Co-op Option

I love! when I am able to promote another resource for Catholic homeschoolers that is truly Catholic. So, I invite you to check out The Rolling Acres School and Schola Rosa. This is a serious contender for a few popular protestant co-op programs that cost significantly more.

3 options are offered:

  • Online School – Live, Independent Study and Independent Study PLUS options – fully enrolled or a la carte.
  • At home program for k-8.
  • Co-op option for K-8.

Online courses are on par cost-wise to other providers. Costs for Independent Study and Independent Study PLUS appear to be quite reasonable.

Cost for the at home, Schola Rosa program is $250 per year per level. That is nearly all the materials needed including Classically Catholic Memory!

The start up cost for a co-op is very reasonable. The per family cost is $200 a year for each level that you need (Elementary Bundle and Intermediate Bundle). Most of the material is available via download – they use resources like McGuffey’s Readers (PDF) and Ray’s Arithmetic.

I do not know any more details except that they have some excellent reviews. The instructors have fantastic reviews too.

 

 

A Great Tool for Memory Work

Memory Work BoardI  have taken some memory work from Classically Catholic Memory (the map and history cards) and have hanged them on the wall.

I am using 3M Command Fridge Clips – we are able to take our CCM history cards and line them up on the wall. It really has made it easier to practice our memory work every day because it’s on the wall, no more digging through folders.

Since the photo, I have added our religion memory questions, a Bible scripture and our poem.

Sound Beginnings Review

I have to confess, I’ve used Mother of Divine Grace since my oldest was in 3rd grade (he graduated last year). But, I never used Sound Beginnings or Writing Road to Reading. I’ve taken several training classes on WRTR, but it never clicked. And, I’ve bought Sound Beginnings four times; I’ve sold it 3 times.

I’m not sure what prompted me this time to actually read Sound Beginnings… But, thanks be to God I did. I didn’t need another book to help me understand it; I didn’t need to read 1/3 of the book to use the program; I didn’t need to take a class.

The book begins with a four page introduction followed by by a five page Questions and Answer section In reality, I didn’t even read the first nine pages. What needs to be read are the three pages, “How to Use This Program”. Now if you did read the first four pages, you’d come to understand that the author took extensive training in how to use Writing Road to Writing. She said  she based Sound Beginnings on WRTR; distilling it into a program that could be used with a minimal amount of preparation.

The program consists of five sections:

  • the Instruction Schedule that contains 118 lesson (not necessarily daily!)
  • 25 lessons that introduce the formation of letters and numbers (handwriting and phonics – two for one!)
  • 15 sets of Phonogram Dictation exercises (review of the 45 basic speech sounds)
  • 20 exercises in Spelling Dictation exercises
  • 18 Sentence Dictation exercises  (again handwriting, phonics and grammar!)

http://ourfathershouse.biz/SoundBeginnings/sbpg10.pdf has the exact instructions for you to read over. Seriously, it’s only two pages of instruction.

The next section is the actual Instruction Schedule. It contains 4 columns per instruction:

  • Lesson number
  • lesson instructions: lesson 33: Phongram Diction 6A p. 116, Spelling Dictation 4 p 116, Worksheet p. 11&12
  • Preparation: Read Spelling Dictation 5 p. 117. Practice dictating the works listed and making the spelling markings.
  • Observation: Note difficulties / strengths.

That’s it! Once you finish those 118 lessons, then you move on to the Spelling List. Detailed information on how to use this section are provided. The spelling list will take a child through high school level spelling.

Now, in all honesty, I have no plans for moving to Writing Road to Read. What we are doing is 100% more than we’ve done before.

Now, MODG does use Teach Your Child to Read in One Hundred Easy Lessons to teach the initial process of reading and to introduce the alphabet. I do use a beginning reading program for teaching the reading.

You can buy the complete program at : Our Father’s House.

*****Note, I was not asked to write a review, nor did I receive any products for writing this review.