Posts Tagged ‘Language’

Podcast! Exploring Classical Conversations

Interview with Lisa Bailey, NC Classical Conversations Statewide Manager


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Have you heard about Classical Conversations before and always wondered what it was all about? Now’s your chance to get the inside scoop on this approach to homeschooling that thousands across the country have used with great benefit. Listen in as Lisa Bailey, the NC State Manager for Classical Conversations, explains and explores the various facets of this program that has been specially designed to support parents by providing children with a combination of classical learning and Biblical worldview!

Here are a few of the questions that Greg asks our guest in this program: What is Classical Conversations? Why should parents use it? Why not just use a prepackaged curriculum? How does it actually work? Is there a cost involved? What are the “practicum” that parents can attend? And much more! Listen today for the answers and stay tuned for part 2 next week.

Podcast! Choosing Curriculum, Part 1 of 2

Interview with Dwight Gullion, homeschooling father & owner of Gullion’s Christian Supply; Interview with Nancy Glidewell, homeschool curriculum coordinator at the Winston-Salem Gullion’s store


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As we continue our back-to-school interviews with homeschooling moms and dads from all walks of life, our special guests today Dwight Gullion, homeschooling father & owner of Gullion’s Christian Supply, and Nancy Glidewell, the homeschool curriculum coordinator at the Winston-Salem Gullion’s store. Together, they offer up their professional and practical tips on how to choose the curriculum that best suits your family. Be sure to check out Gullion’s on the web Gullion’s Christian Supply for an incredible range of used and new books & supplies for homeschoolers!

This is the first of a two-part series. We’ll try to help you answer questions you might have about curriculum such as the purpose, content and methods, and then the 3-4 major curriculum approaches you can take, while exploring the advantages/disadvantages of each approach.

Homeschooling Curriculum

Homeschooling Curriculum


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This week on our broadcast of The Homeschool Show we explore curriculum choices with Dwight Gullion, homeschooling father and owner of Gullion’s Christian Supply , a sponsor of The Homeschool Show. Gullions has three stores in NC: Winston-Salem, Walkertown, and Statesville, offering you thousands of popular homeschooling products both new and used plus other books, Bibles, music, gifts and more. So if you’ve ever wondered how to sort through the bewildering array of curriculum, and figure out which approach works best for you, Dwight has a few insights to share with you.

Plus, announcing a special Homeschool Seminar that will be held on Saturday, May 14th, at Gullions Christian Supply with refreshments, handouts, catalogs, Q&A on homeschooling and curriculum and a time to meet and greet with other homeschooling families. Make plans to join us!

What Legos and Language Have in Common

Wordbuilding is fun!

“Mommy, look what I’ve built!” There he stands, face beaming up at you, holding out his multi-colored LEGO™ creation for your inspection. These simple, multi-colored interlocking construction toys have been around since 1949, providing children with a seemingly infinite variety of building fun. The concept is quite simple: LEGO™ bricks are assembled and connected to form vehicles, buildings, and robots. Parts can then be easily switched around to create entirely new objects.

As I considered this simple process, it dawned on me: words can be built in the same sort of ways. The building blocks of words are phonograms, which is a letter or set of letters used to represent one or more sounds we hear/say in the English Language. There are 45 such sounds which we spell in 70 basic ways. It follows then, that the quickest, most natural way to learn how to spell, to write and ultimately to read is to learn these phonograms, the “building blocks” of language. For instance, as seen in the picture above, the word birthday is composed of 5 “building blocks” of sound: b – ir (two letter phonogram) – th (another two letter phonogram) – d – ay (a third two-letter phonogram).

Once you grasp this basic concept, it becomes the key to unlock the English Language. English is often blamed for being difficult to teach, much less understand and consistently apply! But once a student masters the 45 “building blocks” they can build words with ease, analogous to constructing a LEGO™ creation, assembling and disassembling objects (words) at will. Not only does this method establish a solid foundation for analyzing and building words from the simple to the complex, but it gives both teacher and student a clear and consistent road map to Language Arts success.

One language arts curriculum that applies the above concepts remarkably well is the Spell to Write and Read program. In addition to teaching the phonograms, author Wanda Sanseri has formulated 28 spelling rules that guide and govern how to consistently use the phonograms in building words. No matter what language arts curriculum you choose, if you help children see the building blocks of language, the light bulb will come on, and soon you’ll hear, “Mommy, look what I’ve done!”