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    I'm planning to order the SRA readers 3&4 set but I am also planning to get the new phonics stuff for 1st grade. I'd rather wait til 1st grade was 'done' being tweaked so that I only paid shipping the one time. I'm not quite ready for the summer plans anyway. Will the price on the 3&4 set be going up soon? Is it a limited time sort of option for the reduced price on the reader set?

    #2
    Hello.

    Our plan is to only sell the Primary Phonics Readers 3-4 at this reduced rate until everyone who has purchased kindergarten in the past year has a chance to get them. We are planning to send an email to all the kindergarten purchasers with the lesson plans and the offer of these books at a reduced price. We have already increased the price of our kindergarten curriculum package by $40 to cover the price of these new readers that will be included in the K package from now on. If we take the reduced-price books off of our website before you have purchased them, you can always call us and tell us that you purchased the K set from us and need them at a reduced price. We'll be glad to honor that for you. I'm thinking we will leave them up on the website until the end of June, giving people plenty of time to get them for the summer. After that, they will have to go back to their retail price of $26.75 per set. These little guys are expensive for us too!

    Regards,

    Tanya

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      #3
      Tanya,
      I've not really been paying attention to the 'summer-reading-additions for the lower elementary' conversations but wanted to clarify that the Primary Phonics sets 1-4 will all now be included in the K package? K will be one of the cores we order for the fall, but I'm waiting to purchase until some funds rolls in. In fact, can I place my order at the conference? I hadn't thought of that until just now.
      Thanks!
      Festina lentē,
      Jessica P

      '22-'23 • 13th year HSing • 11th year MP
      DS Hillsdale College freshman
      DD 11th • HLN & Latin online
      DD 8th • HLN & Home
      DS 5th • HLN & Home
      Me • Memoria College, MPOA Fourth Form for Adults

      Teaching Third Form Latin and co-directing @
      Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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        #4
        Hello.

        You are correct! Sets 3-4 will be included in all K sets from now on. And you can buy at the conference in July. The advantage to buying at a convention or conference is that we offer free shipping!

        Cheers,

        Tanya

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          #5
          Blessed free shipping! I will have my crazy, three-core list ready then. Thanks, Tanya!
          Festina lentē,
          Jessica P

          '22-'23 • 13th year HSing • 11th year MP
          DS Hillsdale College freshman
          DD 11th • HLN & Latin online
          DD 8th • HLN & Home
          DS 5th • HLN & Home
          Me • Memoria College, MPOA Fourth Form for Adults

          Teaching Third Form Latin and co-directing @
          Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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            #6
            I'm finishing Kindergarten right now and I won't have one in Kindergarten again until 2015/16. What are the new readers for? Do I need them now? Don't take this the wrong way but I'm getting a little weary of all the changes.
            Courtney
            Mom to 5 boys-14,13,10,8,5 and the girls- 3 and 1

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              #7
              Changes

              I'm one of MP's most loyal customers, but I have to agree with Courtney. I understand that temptation to tweak endlessly, but the changes are becoming a hindrance. Somebody call a time-out and focus on the higher grades instead. Perhaps it is different in a school setting where the teacher only has that one grade level to worry about. As parents trying to homeschool multiple levels, we need things to stay consistent when possible. If I am on my third MP second-grader, I would prefer to be presenting materials that I have worked through before. Because I will also be working with a kindergartener, a fifth grader, a seventh grader, etc... I can't keep up with the changes to the lesson plans anymore, so I am just not sending them back for the most current ones. Next year's kindergartener and second grader will be using the lesson plans from two years ago.
              Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
              Blessings,
              Jude

              dd 17
              ds 14 (special needs)
              ds 11
              ds 9
              dd 7
              ds 4
              dd 2
              DD24
              DS21
              DS18
              DS16
              DD14
              DS11
              DD9

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                #8
                Hello.

                I'm sorry we've frustrated you. The changes we are making are specifically due to the feedback we have received from homeschoolers. We are not making any changes in our school, so if you want to continue using our lesson plans as they are written, that is fine. There is nothing wrong with them. But we are trying to meet the needs of the students who are struggling with the reading level we are expecting in 1st grade by providing a smoother transition from leveled readers to actual books.

                All students coming out of kindergarten need to be reading all summer, and we are just providing a schedule to help with this. Going from a non-reader to a reader is probably the biggest milestone in a student's educational journey, and after the feedback we have received over the past couple of years, we decided that we could make this transition better. No one has to use the summer enrichment. And if your students are ready for Little Bear when they start 1st grade, that is great. But if they happen not to be, these new lesson plans will be there for you to ease your students into reading real books.

                Remember that this curriculum is brand new to the homeschool market. The tweaking we have done is because we have realized - based on the input of homeschoolers - that the perfect curriculum in the classroom may not be perfect at home. There was no way to determine this until homeschoolers used it for a couple of years. While you have been using it, we have been listening to your praise and criticisms. And we haven't changed the core at all. But we have had to make minor tweaks and additions in order to perfect a homeschool curriculum. I wish I could tell you that we are finished and there will be no more changes. But I can't. If we figure out a better way to do things that would improve the education of students, we will make those changes. But remember that there isn't anything wrong with the original curriculum. In fact, we are still using it at our school and will continue to use it.

                The philosophy behind what we are doing has not changed. And the core subjects have not changed. But every year that I taught, I continued to make improvements as I gained experience with the curriculum and the classroom. I think some of the frustration for homeschoolers is that you don't have that luxury. You teach a different grade every year, so it's a different animal altogether.

                Also, the primary changes we are making don't affect our release of curriculum for the older grades at all. That is a totally different set of teachers doing the writing. The slowness there is due to the difficulty of the curriculum. It is a lot easier to get an Alphabet Book completed than it is to write a study guide on Ovid's Metamorphosis. But we have lots of upper school teachers coming in to write this summer, so we continue to move forward.

                And I do apologize that you are frustrated, but we are so thankful that you stepped out on this limb with us when we released this curriculum. We couldn't have made the improvements we have made without your input, and our initial Core Curriculum Package customers will always be special to us because you have come on this journey with us and helped us to provide the best education possible to students - and that's why we come to work every day.

                Regards,

                Tanya

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                  #9
                  Hi Tanya,
                  Please don't be offended. You've still got the best classical Christian curriculum I have found on the market. I agree that there need to be options for students who are not quite ready to transition into first grade, although I would just stop and remediate before moving forward. I could see summer bridge packages being an option in the future: Rising 1st Summer, Rising Second Summer, etc... Probably the easiest product to market would be summer copywork books for each grade level, each with its own theme. I think I suggested it to Cheryl for the special needs packages. Forty-five pages or so of poetry, Latin Bible verses, and literary passages from the Highland Latin School summer reading list.
                  Blessings,
                  Jude

                  dd 17
                  ds 14 (special needs)
                  ds 11
                  ds 9
                  dd 7
                  ds 4
                  dd 2
                  DD24
                  DS21
                  DS18
                  DS16
                  DD14
                  DS11
                  DD9

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                    #10
                    So the extra colored readers are just a bridge to 1st grade then? To use over the summer? I'm glad to hear you are working on upper grades, that was a primary concern for me.
                    Courtney
                    Mom to 5 boys-14,13,10,8,5 and the girls- 3 and 1

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                      #11
                      Re changes

                      If I'm understanding correctly, the added K readers are less about remediation and more about continuing skills (diphthongs etc). I've seen many families commenting in the forum about what to do with their kids who aren't able to do Little Bear immediately in 1st grade. FSR ends before some of these skills are taught. So just practicing what they'd already learned wouldn't be much help. Now we'll have directed practice to both maintain and expand their reading skills so they'll be capable of moving on.

                      Other lower grade changes: the manufacturer doesn't want MP selling the phonics workbooks so MP is looking for an alternative. Read alouds go out of print and must be replaced. Many have asked for a more gradual rampup to third grade so an alternate track (for those who want it) will provide this opportunity.

                      Completely independently a special needs track is being developed and upper grades are being developed.

                      Personally I like getting a fresh updated lesson plan that I can read without the tears, stains or scribbles that accumulate. (Nobody's ever asked me to mail it back to MP).


                      Tanya,

                      Do you expect to know the first grade phonics workbook before end of June?

                      Thanks for all your help!

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                        #12
                        Hello.

                        You are correct on all counts, Celticadea. Great summary! And I do expect that we'll have a final SRA replacement in place by the end of June. I'm just cooling my heels while the teachers finish up school this week. I'm hoping they all show up for work at the Press after Memorial Day. Then we'll start making real headway!

                        And Courtney: You are correct that the summer phonics is to help students continue to progress in their reading as they move to 1st grade. Some students need this more than others. My oldest son went into kindergarten reading, so he was free to choose his summer reading from the library and did just fine. But my youngest could really have benefited from leveled readers because reading didn't just happen for him. The approach you take should be determined by each individual student.

                        Regards,

                        Tanya

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                          #13
                          Ok thanks Tanya. The way it was mentioned on the forum I would have been looking for something in 1st grade curriculum, not K. A place on the website listing what's new and what they are for would be helpful. I don't want to miss something as I prepare for next year.
                          Courtney
                          Mom to 5 boys-14,13,10,8,5 and the girls- 3 and 1

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                            #14
                            Actually, we are putting Sets 5-6 in 1st grade to give students a slower start. But if you have a student ready to read Little Bear now, you won't need them. You can just use the original plans that begin the year with Little Bear.

                            Tanya

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                              #15
                              Tanya thank you for your great explanations, I'm newer so the changes excite me more than frustrate me.

                              God Speed on the work plans for the summer,

                              Amy
                              -Amy

                              Nine babies, 6 graduated, 5 married, 17 grand babies 7 and under!
                              2020/21 MP 3rd, 6th, 11th MPOA, College student. Starting 8th year using Memoria Press
                              Director of Coop 412, a Classical Christian Coop using MP and based on Ephesians 4:12.

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