- Spelling Journal - a great reference tool where kids can organize all of the words that they tend to misspell the most
- Basic Phonogram Flash Cards - 74 *heavy* coated cardstock flash cards containing phonograms that have sample words on the back for the convenience of the teacher. These cards are an absolute MUST for the program. They are also awesome even if you use any other program.
- Spelling Rule Flash Cards - Exactly what they sound like! 41 flash cards containing spelling rules to memorize and drill.
- Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards - 46 advanced phonograms following the same layout as the basic phonogram cards described above.
- Grammar Flash Cards - 83 flash cards containing parts of speech, spelling and capitalization rules, etc. Again, like the phonogram cards, they can also be used as a standalone product.
- Morpheme Flash Cards, Set 1 - 109 color-coded flash cards containing roots, suffixes, and prefixes.
- Phonogram Game Cards - used to play games as outlined in the curriculum.
- Phonogram Game Tiles - 130 tiles containing the 74 phonograms, all color-coded according to phonogram type - used to play games as outlined in the curriculum.
- Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference - a full-color, six-page foldout reference summarizing just about everything Logic of English teaches. Essential. Awesome.
- Spelling Analysis Card - What I use as my bookmark in my Teacher's Guide. Explains how to break down the spelling of a word for a student. A great tool for any student.
Are there any beauty products that you buy over and over again? Things that you make sure to have backups of before you run out because you can't face the idea of not having them on hand? I have a few such Holy Grail (HG) products, two of which I repurchased this week (which is why this post is on my mind, I'm sure).
The first of these is Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.
1. There is a stoplight in the middle of the highway in a town just north of Dennison, TX. I find that fascinating.
2. NCFCA is in desperate need of an adult parody Twitter account. There is only so much the children can do. Just sayin'.
3. The longer the tournament days, the lower the Laura-filter. Thank heaven most of those I talk to in the people-group of children are 17+. I think my style can best be described as NC-17.
4. OK has very nice roads but Brahms get the thumbs-down from Therese.
5. I missed Region 4 hospitality like crazy this tournament.
6. Now that I know how JO works, I wish I could go back to my first year when I was JOed as a judge (yes, contrary to instructions, it is a verb) and redo my encounter with a certain homeschool writing celebrity. It would go very differently. #couldashouldawoulda
7. As per the above, I now write down my judging philosophy! I will never be misquoted by resentful teams again!! Always put it in writing (unless you want plausible deniability, of course).
8. Voting against teams you really like sucks. #unbiasedjudging
Yesterday something in me snapped a little and I wrote a *very* long email to my dad. I just needed to talk. Typically when I get in those moods I end up emailing myself (complete non-sequitur: am I the only person who analyzes her grammar as she writes? As in, looking at that clause I just wrote and thinking there really should be commas around "when I get in those moods" even though I am kind of emotional just remembering writing that email? Does anyone else look at what they are writing, dispassionately critiquing as you go? I'm genuinely curious here...), but yesterday I really needed to know someone was on the other end (yes, of course I pray and I know that God is on the other end, but I needed to hear someone tell me it would be okay. God, being a perfectly pure spirit, doesn't speak by vibrating air over vocal cords. He's a bit more subtle.).
In any case, my dad reminded me of the two things he has been telling me my whole life: Let go and let God and take it day by day. I don't know why I need reminding of those things so often, but I do. The other things he told me, which I was desperate to hear, are that my kids will be okay (I am not breaking them or ruining them with my massive screw-ups) and that I can't be all things to all people and that that's okay. I am not wholly convinced of the first, but I know that the latter is true - in spades.
My dad was not perfect when I was growing up. Things happened that I am still not okay with. However, I knew then and know even more now that he did the best he could with what he had. And (never start a sentence with a conjunction) and I never doubted that he loved me. Now he is one of the only people I can trust - really trust. I am so, so blessed.
I have never been in 12 Step, so I can't speak to the efficacy of the program, but they do offer some very sound advice that I use in my every day life. That letting go thing is very, very hard, but oh-so-necessary. As usual, I wonder how people who don't believe in God cope. I, for one, don't have enough faith to be an atheist.