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    Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

    I'm putting together my order for summer/fall and could use your ideas, friends.

    My youngest little fellow did his first run through of MP K this year as a 4-5 year old because I needed him with me at our cottage school all day on Mondays. He turned 5 in late October. He's had a fantastic year and has greatly exceeded my expectations with reading and arithmetic. (His teachers were amazing!) That said, he is not a candidate for first grade next fall. Because of this, I won't be doing the K to 1st summer bridge lessons with him. His reading is slow and the amount of K language arts work is getting too long for him at this point in the school year (Week 29). Next spring I expect he'll be breezing through that list of work every day.

    Can you all help me brainstorm a tiny bit of work we can focus on through this summer to stay fresh without pressing forward much for reading and math? There might be things from Simply Classical as well that would be a perfect fit. I'm just not that familiar with the options. Here's what I had in mind:

    -phonics flashcards we encountered so far through K
    -math fact flashcards from K (plus a little money and clock work)
    -Moose Moments books? I haven't seen these in person.

    A few things to stay fresh on penmanship muscles:
    -Numbers and Colors book from Jr. K (https://www.memoriapress.com/curricu...umbers-colors/ They loved this this year in our K cottage school class)
    -Alphabet Coloring Book
    -Numbers Coloring Book

    My plan is to read a little, write a little, and do a few math problems each day. We always have plenty of stories around on audio and in the van.

    Anything else that would be a good fit? Corrections to my list? I am looking for something light to make part of our summer mornings. We generally stop all formal curricula in the summer, because this mama needs a break.
    Last edited by pickandgrin; 04-18-2017, 10:25 PM.
    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

    #2
    Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

    I vote for Moose moments! I'm actually working through them right now with my middle. It works on mastering short vowel words and consonant blends.

    For math you could finish any blacklines not completed.

    What's your plan for him next school year? A total repeat of kindie?
    DS12- Simply Classical mash-up of SC Spelling 1, intensive reading remediation, and MPOA 4th grade math.
    DD10- Classic Core 4th Grade w/ 5th grade literature
    DD8- Classic Core 2nd Grade

    We've completed:
    Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade
    Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5/6

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      #3
      Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

      Thanks, Michelle. Those books look awfully sweet and it is great to hear your recommendation! Um, how did I forget that I have 900 pages of blacklines? Great point. This, folks, is why the forum exists!

      Yes, he'll be doing a total repeat of K. Our situation is a little peculiar because we have a full day at cottage school on Mondays. For those days, he'll be right on track with peers. If he is whipping through anything (which is uncertain), I can accelerate things at home. I'm in no rush though as he's my littlest one!
      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
        Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

        Jessica,

        If he is struggling with fluency, rather than Moose Moments, which I would recommend for an older student who needed a variety of decoding practice, I would suggest the American Language Series. Fun in the Sun, Scamp and Tramp and Soft and White those contain plenty of little stories not scheduled in the curriculum. But, if he has already completed those, At the Farm and On the Trail the next two in the series would be good. The stories are shorter with fewer 'surprise' sounds in the stories.

        Blessings,
        Michelle T

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          #5
          Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

          Originally posted by Michelle T View Post
          Jessica,

          If he is struggling with fluency, rather than Moose Moments, which I would recommend for an older student who needed a variety of decoding practice, I would suggest the American Language Series. Fun in the Sun, Scamp and Tramp and Soft and White those contain plenty of little stories not scheduled in the curriculum. But, if he has already completed those, At the Farm and On the Trail the next two in the series would be good. The stories are shorter with fewer 'surprise' sounds in the stories.

          Blessings,
          Michelle T
          Good to know! We are in S&T/S&W now and they do require a lot of sounding out. Maybe I'll stash Moose Moments for next year when the ALS books are completed.
          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
            Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

            You could also add the math read alouds from SC1, just for fun.

            SC1 covers very similar topics to MP K. It adds more hands-on and kinesthetic activities. You could add some of them either this summer or next year so it doesn't feel like an absolute repeat to the little guy.
            DS12- Simply Classical mash-up of SC Spelling 1, intensive reading remediation, and MPOA 4th grade math.
            DD10- Classic Core 4th Grade w/ 5th grade literature
            DD8- Classic Core 2nd Grade

            We've completed:
            Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade
            Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5/6

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              #7
              Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

              Originally posted by Colomama View Post

              SC1 covers very similar topics to MP K. It adds more hands-on and kinesthetic activities. You could add some of them either this summer or next year so it doesn't feel like an absolute repeat to the little guy.
              Where would I find these, the SC1 lesson plans? 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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                #8
                Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                You could get just the SC 1 phonics plans or the phonics and the math plans. The activities are suggested throughout the daily plans.
                Susan

                2021-2022
                A (13) - Simply Classical 7/8
                C (12) - Simply Classical 7/8
                G (8) - Simply Classical 1

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                  #9
                  Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                  Thanks, Susan!
                  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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                    #10
                    Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                    They're all on the same page as all of the other downloadable lesson plans for the Classic Core, just scroll all the way down to the Simply Classical section
                    DS12- Simply Classical mash-up of SC Spelling 1, intensive reading remediation, and MPOA 4th grade math.
                    DD10- Classic Core 4th Grade w/ 5th grade literature
                    DD8- Classic Core 2nd Grade

                    We've completed:
                    Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade
                    Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5/6

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                      #11
                      Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                      This isn't really answering your question but I did the same thing with my December son this year and wanted to share the positives and my plan. I stopped at about week 22 and now just let him slowly move in a couple of books and readers as the desire hits or I think he needs to. Realizing I don't want him too young when 3rd grade hits, especially with our coop using 3A not 3M at this point. So my new advice for parents with either zealous kids or that are zealous themselves to get started is to start K and have fun moving as slow as you want. I think hearing how Sarah teaches her kids to read but not go through the curriculum caught my eye. It's been so fun letting him learn to read but not having the pressure to get through all the lessons. I've enjoyed adding in some of the Rod and Staff workbooks to stretch it out and slow him down. There is such a variety in those books of building up motor skills, cutting, ordering, color by number.... so next year I plan to do a little review, then start where we left off adding in more R & S extra books, then finishing with the summer bridge as part of the school year. He is getting to learn without losing the joy and carefreeness of his age before more intense school is required.
                      -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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                        #12
                        Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                        What about the other Rod & Staff Preschool books?
                        Margaret of GA, in west TN – Enginerd’s wife & Mama

                        Trekking along at a student self-pace...
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                          #13
                          Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                          We keep busy by doing the Rod and Staff A-L books, too. Lots of coloring, cutting, and pasting which keep her busy while I am helping her older sister. And the toddler has the younger Rod and Staff books so she can cut, glue, and color in a "safe" place too - just because she has to be included! The books are a hot mess now, but she has had fun!

                          (The JrK and Preschool curriculum is great for sit down time together - theses are things we add for table time because their playmates are still doing school.)

                          AMDG,
                          Sarah
                          2020-2021
                          16th Year HSing; 10th Year with MP
                          DD, 19, Homeschool grad; college sophomore
                          DS, 17
                          DD, 15
                          DD, 13
                          DD, 11
                          DD, 9
                          DD, 7
                          +DS+
                          DS, 2

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                            #14
                            Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                            Originally posted by CherryBlossomMJ View Post
                            What about the other Rod & Staff Preschool books?
                            What Sarah said. They have A-L books and we had a few that were actually included with the complete core of Preschool, JrK's and K (maybe) that we hadn't really used up until this year. Then I will add a few more from our local Mardel.
                            -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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                              #15
                              Re: Ideas for K to K bridge (yep, you read that right!)

                              Thanks, all!
                              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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