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    Keeping word cards straight for multiple children

    I was using the MPK flashcards for my 8 and 6 year olds but we were really inconsistent with them. We're getting back on track now, but the cards don't cover all previously learned words, a level of review that I think my son needs and my daughter would benefit from. I'm planning on using the SC1 style word cards with them instead. Here's my quandary: I made a set of SC1 style word cards for my almost five year old who is just starting Book B. My 8 and 6 year olds are about halfway through Book C. I originally thought I would just make cards all the way through Book C and put a divider tab in to show where my youngest should stop when we review. BUT, today I discovered that my 8 and 6 year olds have mastered/need to work on different cards from each other and there is overlap between what is mastered/needed by who so my original tab idea isn't going to work. I'd prefer not to make three separate sets of cards so I thought I'd see if anyone else had a simple solution that I'm missing -- before I devote most of an afternooon to this, lol!
    Jennifer
    Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

    DS16
    MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
    MPOA: High School Comp. II
    HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

    DS15
    MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
    MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
    HSC: Modern European History

    DS12
    7M with:
    Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

    DS11
    SC Level 4

    DD9
    3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

    DD7/8
    Still in SC Level 2

    DD 4/5
    SC Level C

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    Re: Keeping word cards straight for multiple children

    Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
    I was using the MPK flashcards for my 8 and 6 year olds but we were really inconsistent with them. We're getting back on track now, but the cards don't cover all previously learned words, a level of review that I think my son needs and my daughter would benefit from. I'm planning on using the SC1 style word cards with them instead. Here's my quandary: I made a set of SC1 style word cards for my almost five year old who is just starting Book B. My 8 and 6 year olds are about halfway through Book C. I originally thought I would just make cards all the way through Book C and put a divider tab in to show where my youngest should stop when we review. BUT, today I discovered that my 8 and 6 year olds have mastered/need to work on different cards from each other and there is overlap between what is mastered/needed by who so my original tab idea isn't going to work. I'd prefer not to make three separate sets of cards so I thought I'd see if anyone else had a simple solution that I'm missing -- before I devote most of an afternooon to this, lol!
    I don't have any solutions for you. Sorry. I think each child would benefit from their own review box. We do ours Simply Charlotte Mason style. There's a tab for daily review, tabs for odd or even days, tabs for each day of the month, and tabs for numbers 1-20 (roughly the days of school in a month). So each day we do the daily cards, either the odd or even cards, the day of the week, and the number of days we're on. The word cards move up and down in the box depending on what each child needs to work on.
    Susan

    2018-2019
    A (10) - Barton, R&S math 3, SC 3
    C (9) - Barton, R&S math 2, SC 3
    G (5) - Simply Classical C

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      Re: Keeping word cards straight for multiple children

      Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
      I was using the MPK flashcards for my 8 and 6 year olds but we were really inconsistent with them. We're getting back on track now, but the cards don't cover all previously learned words, a level of review that I think my son needs and my daughter would benefit from. I'm planning on using the SC1 style word cards with them instead. Here's my quandary: I made a set of SC1 style word cards for my almost five year old who is just starting Book B. My 8 and 6 year olds are about halfway through Book C. I originally thought I would just make cards all the way through Book C and put a divider tab in to show where my youngest should stop when we review. BUT, today I discovered that my 8 and 6 year olds have mastered/need to work on different cards from each other and there is overlap between what is mastered/needed by who so my original tab idea isn't going to work. I'd prefer not to make three separate sets of cards so I thought I'd see if anyone else had a simple solution that I'm missing -- before I devote most of an afternooon to this, lol!
      If you have not yet made three separate sets of cards, you could try our children's "baggie" system. For both LC 1 and arithmetic, I labeled ziploc sandwich baggies His/Her/Both. I kept the cards in a recipe box.


      If you don't like the bulk (or slippery-ness) of baggies, you could use a recipe box with 5 tabs:
      Child A
      Child B
      Child C
      All Three Still Need to Master
      All Three Mastered -- Need to Review

      For overlapping cards, you could mark with a pencil in the card's corner A/B, B/C, or A/C, rather than create three more tabs for these ever-changing categories.

      If handled in a spirit of service, you could create a Phonics Team of the three students with a "contest" to see if all cards could be transferred into the Mastered group by June 1 (or whenever). Then they might even quiz each other to move this along.


      Another tip:
      You might want to keep true phonics cards (blends, word families) in patterns, rather than scramble everything prematurely. The students need to know that these are not sight words, but words to be decoded. You could mark sight words with a red dot and keep these separate.


      You seem to be an efficiency expert, so I'm sure you will create something that will work!

      Cheryl

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        Re: Keeping word cards straight for multiple children

        Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
        If you have not yet made three separate sets of cards, you could try our children's "baggie" system. For both LC 1 and arithmetic, I labeled ziploc sandwich baggies His/Her/Both. I kept the cards in a recipe box.


        If you don't like the bulk (or slippery-ness) of baggies, you could use a recipe box with 5 tabs:
        Child A
        Child B
        Child C
        All Three Still Need to Master
        All Three Mastered -- Need to Review

        For overlapping cards, you could mark with a pencil in the card's corner A/B, B/C, or A/C, rather than create three more tabs for these ever-changing categories.

        If handled in a spirit of service, you could create a Phonics Team of the three students with a "contest" to see if all cards could be transferred into the Mastered group by June 1 (or whenever). Then they might even quiz each other to move this along.


        Another tip:
        You might want to keep true phonics cards (blends, word families) in patterns, rather than scramble everything prematurely. The students need to know that these are not sight words, but words to be decoded. You could mark sight words with a red dot and keep these separate.


        You seem to be an efficiency expert, so I'm sure you will create something that will work!

        Cheryl
        LOL -- more like "expert at trial and error until something works"!

        I like the coding idea. I have colored Frixion (heat-erasable) pens that I could use to color code them based on where the kids are now and those would allow me to add/remove dots super-quick as things change. I think I'll keep E's cards separate since she can get turned around if things aren't straightforward and set; but the coding would work well for the other two. Thank you for the tip about marking the sight word cards separately -- that will be a huge help as they review!
        Jennifer
        Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

        DS16
        MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
        MPOA: High School Comp. II
        HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

        DS15
        MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
        MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
        HSC: Modern European History

        DS12
        7M with:
        Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

        DS11
        SC Level 4

        DD9
        3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

        DD7/8
        Still in SC Level 2

        DD 4/5
        SC Level C

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