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    So I thought I could walk into my local Target and find things like sandpaper letters and Wikki Sticks. I was sadly mistaken, so I have a few questions. I can find both on Amazon, but since I will be sitting in front of my TV half-watching the Olympics all of tomorrow, I thought I might just make my own. Has anyone made these? Is there a template somewhere?

    Wikki Sticks Alphabet Fun comes with Wikki Sticks. Do I still need to buy the Wikki Stick Primary Colors sticks as well?

    Can I give my daughter a regular rolling pin, or does she need a child one? She will be 8 in September. She has used a rolling pin to make cookies before, but I am not sure if I need a child specific rolling pin for any reason.

    My daughter is on grade level (2nd) for math, can add numbers in the 1000s, can count to 100, and knows how to skip count. Should I still be buying the sandpaper numbers and the Wikki Sticks Number & Counting Fun Cards? Also, we did not buy the Best Counting Book Ever. I assume we can skip that one, but I thought I better check while I am asking all the rest of these questions!

    Clara can do 300 piece puzzles by herself. Is there any reason I need to buy her a 48 piece GeoPuzzle Animals?

    Sorry for all the questions. I am getting really nervous because we are supposed to start Monday (we can only do 4 days a week because of my job so we need to start now in order to make it to the Thanksgiving and Christmas books at the right time of year).
    JeJe Greer
    Mom to:
    Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
    Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

    #2
    Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

    What level math will she be doing? Sounds like you may have customized her math up to 2nd grade. There are no simply classical math plans for that level, you would need the pdf individual lesson plans. But, maybe she doesn't have her math facts mastered so she's still using rod and staff math 1, book 1.

    The rolling pin can be any size. I don't recall using it last year.

    The sand paper letters are to practice letter formation in a tactile way. Not the end of the world if you don't have them. Your daughter can simply finger trace over the letter, either an alphabet flashcard or a letter you have printed. Another option aka 'handwriting without tears' is for you to write the letter with a dry erase marker and she traces it with her finger, erasing it as she goes. If you're really needing/wanting those sandpaper letters you can write them in glue and sprinkle sand on top to make your own.

    The wikkistix are just another tactile way to practice letter and number formation. I bought ours from rainbowresource and then scored a huge bag at a thrift store. My kids love these things. Definitely buy a good size quantity. The amount from rainbow, their smallest set, was definitely not enough for my kids creativity. The color doesn't matter, primary or neon or all hot pink, etc

    The geopuzzle, we don't have. The idea is to just practice fine motor skills and maybe some visual spatial stuff. I would think any puzzle would do.

    Are you doing SC1 entirely or did you customize some things like math? Don't want to send a flare towards your plans, just wanted to double check that you were using the most appropriate level for her. We did SC1 last year, but subbed in a higher level math for my 8 year old; we sound pretty similar
    Last edited by Colomama; 08-06-2016, 10:22 PM.
    Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

    DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
    DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
    DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

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

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      #3
      Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

      We are using all of SC1 except for math. Clara has spent 2 years doing kindergarten and 1st grade in other programs. I have absolutely no concerns about her math. We discovered that she has dyslexia in the spring, and this seems to completely explain her trouble with reading (plus her absolutely miraculous ability to put 4 and 5 letter words together into a real word that seems to have little to do with the order in which the letters are written!).

      I will buy the extra 96 pack of Wicki Sticks. Since it seems to not be a big issue, (and Clara can already write all her capital and small letters) I think I may take our stencils and have her follow them inside, tracing with a finger, after placing them on sandpaper. I think this is much more cost effective for us than buying all of the sandpaper letters.

      I will also skip the child size rolling pin and the Geopuzzle. If your kids made it to the next level, I know that my daughter can, too, since she theoretically tests into SC2. I have written to Cheryl and talked to Michelle enough that I think that this level is right for Clara, and possibly too easy, but she must start to understand that she is not "dumb" so my husband and I agree with Cheryl that we should place her in SC1 and let her succeed after 2 years of failure in everything but math.

      Thank you for your very helpful suggestions!
      JeJe Greer
      Mom to:
      Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
      Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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        #4
        Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

        I totally get it. My son had internalized that he was dumb after 1 year of half-day kindergarten in school. He needed to have success. Feel success deep inside. The negativity still rears it's head every now and then, but he will often say, "God gave me a big brain" when he understands something that he previously struggled with, but it's taken nearly 2 years to get over that negative self-talk.

        We went real slow with math and now he has confidence about his ability.

        I think its great that you're starting Clara in this level. She will build her confidence as a student and you will build yours as a teacher. It will be music to your ears when she interrupts you explaining something with that sassy 8 year old voice saying, "Mom, I get it, you can stop talking now." Haha

        With your stencil idea, just make sure they're not artistic stencils with weird lines in them. She should be able to very clearly trace the letter exactly as she should write it. I have found its helpful to put a starting dot where she should first start forming the letter. My son has some very unusual ways of forming letters. Stress proper letter formation; not just that the letter p looks as it should, but that she formed it correctly.
        Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

        DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
        DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
        DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

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

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          #5
          Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

          I should just buy the letters. I see what you mean about stencils. After all that we have gone through and stride it's silly not to spend $15 on the letters you can get at Amazon. Your message really put that into perspective for me.

          I am so happy that your son is doing well. I follow all the conversations on this board particularly for a few of you who have posed that make me think that your children could be much like mine. It is nice to have someone like you reply. Once we have gone through this level a bit I will try to help others as you have helped me.
          JeJe Greer
          Mom to:
          Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
          Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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            #6
            Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

            Oh and the sand paper letter thing...I bought 3M stair traction sheets at my local hardware store. It's sticky on back, super sticky. (It's 6inches x 12 inches and you stick it on outdoor stairs to add grip in inclement weather)

            So, you could trace your letters in reverse on the back, cut them out, and stick them to a piece of card stock to make your own tactile letter set. She could then use these as she starts forming CVC letters and honestly use them as part of her spelling lessons for the next 2 years or so.
            Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

            DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
            DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
            DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

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

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              #7
              Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

              If you can still write in that middle school girl bubble writing you could totally whip this out tomorrow in front of the Olympics. Haha. That stair tread stuff was maybe $4 for 2 sheets
              Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

              DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
              DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
              DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

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

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                #8
                Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

                Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                What level math will she be doing? Sounds like you may have customized her math up to 2nd grade. There are no simply classical math plans for that level, you would need the pdf individual lesson plans. But, maybe she doesn't have her math facts mastered so she's still using rod and staff math 1, book 1.

                The rolling pin can be any size. I don't recall using it last year.

                The sand paper letters are to practice letter formation in a tactile way. Not the end of the world if you don't have them. Your daughter can simply finger trace over the letter, either an alphabet flashcard or a letter you have printed. Another option aka 'handwriting without tears' is for you to write the letter with a dry erase marker and she traces it with her finger, erasing it as she goes. If you're really needing/wanting those sandpaper letters you can write them in glue and sprinkle sand on top to make your own.

                The wikkistix are just another tactile way to practice letter and number formation. I bought ours from rainbowresource and then scored a huge bag at a thrift store. My kids love these things. Definitely buy a good size quantity. The amount from rainbow, their smallest set, was definitely not enough for my kids creativity. The color doesn't matter, primary or neon or all hot pink, etc

                The geopuzzle, we don't have. The idea is to just practice fine motor skills and maybe some visual spatial stuff. I would think any puzzle would do.

                Are you doing SC1 entirely or did you customize some things like math? Don't want to send a flare towards your plans, just wanted to double check that you were using the most appropriate level for her. We did SC1 last year, but subbed in a higher level math for my 8 year old; we sound pretty similar
                The geopuzzle is for fine motor, spatial skills, focus, concentration, and learning the continents. It goes along with the recitation skill for the week, "Name the 7 continents." It also helps introduce which animals live on which continent. I recommend it, even if a student can do a 300-piece puzzle. My kids loved it. And it really helped them.
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “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.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  #9
                  Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

                  I wanted to give you and other moms another option for the sandpaper letters: Montessori: Letter Work. It's a board book with "sandpaper" letters in it. Very good size and feel. My son enjoys it. You can see samples on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Le.../dp/1419704117

                  There is one for numbers, shapes, and maps, as well, but we do not own those.
                  Michelle in Central Tx
                  DS 12 (4A modified), Ds 9 (4M), DS 5 (K)

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                    #10
                    Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

                    Originally posted by jejegreer View Post
                    So I thought I could walk into my local Target and find things like sandpaper letters and Wikki Sticks. I was sadly mistaken, so I have a few questions. I can find both on Amazon, but since I will be sitting in front of my TV half-watching the Olympics all of tomorrow, I thought I might just make my own. Has anyone made these? Is there a template somewhere?

                    Wikki Sticks Alphabet Fun comes with Wikki Sticks. Do I still need to buy the Wikki Stick Primary Colors sticks as well?

                    Can I give my daughter a regular rolling pin, or does she need a child one? She will be 8 in September. She has used a rolling pin to make cookies before, but I am not sure if I need a child specific rolling pin for any reason.

                    My daughter is on grade level (2nd) for math, can add numbers in the 1000s, can count to 100, and knows how to skip count. Should I still be buying the sandpaper numbers and the Wikki Sticks Number & Counting Fun Cards? Also, we did not buy the Best Counting Book Ever. I assume we can skip that one, but I thought I better check while I am asking all the rest of these questions!

                    Clara can do 300 piece puzzles by herself. Is there any reason I need to buy her a 48 piece GeoPuzzle Animals?

                    Sorry for all the questions. I am getting really nervous because we are supposed to start Monday (we can only do 4 days a week because of my job so we need to start now in order to make it to the Thanksgiving and Christmas books at the right time of year).

                    Hi, Jeje.

                    Happy start day!

                    Over the weekend you received many good answers. I'm just making sure we didn't miss any.

                    -Any rolling pin will do, if she can manipulate a larger size.
                    -Any color Wikki Sticks will do.
                    -If she has a good sense of numbers beyond 100, you will not need the counting book. However, if her counting and adding is rote only, you might check out the book from the library to read, even if you do not plan to purchase it. We like the book because, unlike most counting books, the numbers continue beyond 10!
                    -For geography, you might consider a more advanced world map puzzle, if you do not want the "younger" version. Clearly your daughter's visual-spatial skills are strong, so she might enjoy the Ravensburger 500-piece world map puzzle, or another 300+ world geography puzzle that you could complete together.


                    Have a great week --

                    Cheryl

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                      #11
                      Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

                      What do you think about this puzzle? It is the world and has animals on it, too. It says ages 8 and up (Clara will be 8 in September and she LOVES animals and puzzles). She is very good with puzzles and can do 300 piece ones herself, and 500 piece ones with a little help.https://www.amazon.com/Broader-View-...n%3A3136098011
                      JeJe Greer
                      Mom to:
                      Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
                      Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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                        #12
                        Re: SC 1 Supply Questions

                        Hi, Jeje.

                        I just scanned posts & realized you never received an answer to this.

                        Even though Amazon reviews are not stellar, yes! Our family really enjoyed the puzzle you mentioned, because it is an inexpensive but more challenging alternative to the easy version. We worked it together.

                        If you find something you really like, let us know. We might need to include it somewhere!

                        Thanks-
                        Cheryl

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