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    Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk :)

    Received all the material for SC4 and the R&S is giving me a little bit of confusion that might be obvious to the people that have used it. I always struggled with math myself, so that didn't help my attempt at absorbing it all.

    1) First of all, what are the "Blacklines"? Are they just the pages in the students books?

    2) Also, we are new to MP and the SC4 starts at lesson 103, does that mean that we are missing out on some of the Triplets? Are learning the Triplets absolutely necessary (I would think so, but never learned them myself as a child), and if so should we go back, and from what lesson number? My daughter is doing pretty well overall with math, but I want to give her a really good review (since I noticed that her +- facts aren't completely automatic. She counts on her fingers a lot still. They had already started to cover more complex math in school such as long division etc, however if she missed out on the basics (due to the classroom setting being very distracting for a child with sensory integration challenges), then I'm wondering if going back might be the best approach.

    3) Also, will I need all the visual aids if we started from lesson 103. I don't mind making them, but want to make sure we will use them before I get the material .

    Finally, I'm trying not to panic with all the curriculum that I'm trying to process, but the reality of this commitment is sinking in hard, and I'm also setting up the younger kids to go back to school. I think I'm overthinking this maybe as a first time homeschooler. Also the children just found out their teachers for the year and my daughters friends are so sad she's not going to be with them (although it doesn't seem to bother my girl, who's so relieved to not have to battle the large school setting this year). It seems to be me struggling with the transition more than her because I know how much the teachers love working with her and they are truly wonderful at the school (at the same time we know it's not the ideal setting for her). So yesterday I began questioning whether I'm qualified to actually carry this through. Perhaps this is a common feeling for the beginner homeschooling mother. And having a tricky time figuring out R&S didn't help yesterday.
    Appreciate any and all feed back.

    Blessings,
    Malin

    #2
    Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

    Start small. Select a subject or two to prepare. Set aside book space. Organize all of those books you just received by subject. You are opening your own "school," so give yourself the freedom to purchase what you need to create good shelf space and organizers for supplies. This will make you feel much better and prepare you for the first day. You might give her another week off, which will be a fun bonus, while others go to school and while you prepare.

    It IS a transition, but you are fully capable. Remember this seemingly obvious point: You are not trying to duplicate what did not work. You can create whatever routine works well for you. Are you a morning person? Plan your day to start early and end early, and then enjoy those afternoons. Help her make new friends who are homeschooled. You will enjoy making friends with homeschooling moms too.

    I'll let our SC R&S moms answer your specific R&S questions, but "Blacklines" are the paper-pencil practice pages that came in a box in your supplies.

    The myriad of books looks daunting, but keep in mind that this is for an entire year! After you organize by subject and put everything away neatly on a shelf or in tidy bins, you can prepare one subject at a time, and I think you'll feel much better.

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      #3
      Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

      Thank you so much! I needed that boost today! I sorted through the books and it's not as overwhelming as I initially thought. I love the idea of taking the time to set things up together, and also to start off with a fewer subjects as we settle in. For the black lines, they were not in package sent, so they we either not sent, or aren't included in the SC4 set. I saw that you can purchase them separately, and know what they are now so it makes sense. Let me know if they are supposed to be included before I go ahead and purchase them.

      Thanks again for your words of encouragement,

      Malin

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        #4
        Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

        Looking at the Simply Classical, Level 4 page, it does not look like the black lines are included in the package. This makes sense, since the Rod and Staff, Level 2, Math curriculum is spread out over two levels (users proceeding from Level 3 to Level 4 will have already purchased the set of black lines previously). So you can purchase the black lines here: https://www.memoriapress.com/curricu...th-blacklines/

        The black lines are not strictly needed, however. There is more than enough daily practice in the textbook and workbook exercises. But if your child really struggles with math and needs consistent practice, the black lines are recommended. I always purchase them just in case.

        Don’t be overwhelmed with Rod and Staff. The first year I taught with it, I almost drove myself crazy. There are so many manipulatives and class exercises and things to check in the index, it took me several weeks of teaching before I was confident enough to teach it well. But the concept is actually very simple. Once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike. I think you’ll find that you enjoy it after awhile. Rod and Staff is very straightforward, goes at a consistent and thorough pace and is definitely mastery based. Nothing’s going to be thrown st you suddenly. Everything is very well-planned and new concepts are introduced slowly and easily, so as not to overwhelm you or your students. Don’t worry! You’re in good hands.
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
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        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
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          #5
          Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

          Thanks Anita! That's very reassuring, and puts me at ease. I'll just dig in and get started with it. I'm excited because I think it will be a great fit for Lilly. Steady pace, no fuss and few distractions.

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            #6
            Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

            Good afternoon all,

            Cheryl is travelling, but she wants to let you know that her to-do list now includes "add Blacklines to SC4 lesson plans"! It may take some time, though
            Michael
            Memoria Press

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              #7
              Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

              The black lines in level 2, in my opinion, are more essential than level 1. There are skills in the black lines, not in the workbook!

              If your child does not have the facts memorized 11+, I would start with book 2. (Book 1 is review of facts to 10). This means you will be “without” exact lesson plans, but you could just do a lesson a day. You would actually finish a little early. You could use additional black lines to fill space, if needed.
              Christine

              (2019/2020)
              DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
              DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
              DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

              Previous Years
              DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
              DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
              DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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                #8
                Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

                Thank you! I did notice that's the case. To include the optional multiplication/division part the Blacklines are needed for this level. That's great that they will be included in the future for new SC 4 users

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                  #9
                  Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

                  Yes, you are now officially numbered among our SC pioneers, those who assist families who follow! Thank you, Malin.

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                    #10
                    Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

                    How are you doing?

                    Are you making any progress? Are you feeling any better? All the "pieces" do look really intimidating! I get overwhelmed if I look at the whole part. I try to do 1 subject at a time, and look in 6 week chunks. The good news is, there is a predictable rhythm with MP, that once you get into you will say "wow" that wasn't so bad!

                    In all honesty, until you start working you will, in fact, not know how long things will take. Also, do not forget that you are not a slave to the guide. It is, simply, a guide. I would encourage you to try and follow the guide for at least 6 weeks. (However, if your child is not understanding the material or not mastering, please slow down and take 2 days per day, if needed!) I have a tendency to think "oh we have got this" and start moving more quickly than the guide. I have finally, found, that there really is "enough" work each day. If you find your self with oodles of free time, then consider doubling up or find enrichment activities (piano, art, etc).

                    The R&S math plans also follow a predictable routine. At home you may find you do not need to do every thing scheduled. However, in the beginning, I would encourage you to do everything, for maybe the first 6 weeks. You will soon find out what areas need more work. You might need a different practice (backline) sheet, you might need less. I found with my kiddos that we could do several lessons "before" activities fairly quickly. This allowed me to alternate the teaching part to each of my kids. (I still spend time with them doing the "warm-up" but I don't necessarily "teach" math every day as scheduled in the TM)


                    When you teach, begin each lesson with review (recitations, flashcards, etc). It doesn't have to be long, but 5-10 min to "warm-up" the brain! You may find you can not be able to teach everything scheduled for that subject in a timely fashion. You can consider breaking it up into smaller chunks, with more frequent breaks. If you are still doing math 1.5 hours later, stop, try again tomorrow, even if the lesson is not done!! (Really, 45 min might be enough at this level)

                    Good luck!
                    Christine

                    (2019/2020)
                    DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
                    DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
                    DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

                    Previous Years
                    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
                    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
                    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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                      #11
                      Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

                      The Blacklines are not listed in the 2nd grade math plans that do Math 2 in one year. They are listed in my SC 3 guide.
                      JeJe Greer
                      Mom to:
                      Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
                      Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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                        #12
                        Re: Rod & Staff and in need of a little pep talk

                        Originally posted by howiecram View Post
                        How are you doing?

                        Are you making any progress? Are you feeling any better? All the "pieces" do look really intimidating! I get overwhelmed if I look at the whole part. I try to do 1 subject at a time, and look in 6 week chunks. The good news is, there is a predictable rhythm with MP, that once you get into you will say "wow" that wasn't so bad!

                        In all honesty, until you start working you will, in fact, not know how long things will take. Also, do not forget that you are not a slave to the guide. It is, simply, a guide. I would encourage you to try and follow the guide for at least 6 weeks. (However, if your child is not understanding the material or not mastering, please slow down and take 2 days per day, if needed!) I have a tendency to think "oh we have got this" and start moving more quickly than the guide. I have finally, found, that there really is "enough" work each day. If you find your self with oodles of free time, then consider doubling up or find enrichment activities (piano, art, etc).

                        The R&S math plans also follow a predictable routine. At home you may find you do not need to do every thing scheduled. However, in the beginning, I would encourage you to do everything, for maybe the first 6 weeks. You will soon find out what areas need more work. You might need a different practice (backline) sheet, you might need less. I found with my kiddos that we could do several lessons "before" activities fairly quickly. This allowed me to alternate the teaching part to each of my kids. (I still spend time with them doing the "warm-up" but I don't necessarily "teach" math every day as scheduled in the TM)


                        When you teach, begin each lesson with review (recitations, flashcards, etc). It doesn't have to be long, but 5-10 min to "warm-up" the brain! You may find you can not be able to teach everything scheduled for that subject in a timely fashion. You can consider breaking it up into smaller chunks, with more frequent breaks. If you are still doing math 1.5 hours later, stop, try again tomorrow, even if the lesson is not done!! (Really, 45 min might be enough at this level)

                        Good luck!
                        Thank you for checking in howiecram! I do feel less overwhelmed at this point as I'm studying the materials and outlines.

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