Summer is nearly here! Are you looking for fun things to do here in Cincinnati? I found a website that has an up-to-date list. The heading is called Staycation Fun in Cincinnati. If you don’t live here, but live within driving distance, please come. You’ll enjoy the places and activities the city has to offer.
I also have a previous post that lists programs to attend and places in Greater Cincinnati to go for the summer that I compiled. Check it out!
Cincinnati Museum Center
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One concern that I hear voiced by home school moms is the issue of spelling. How do you help a poor speller become a better speller? I have read many articles about this and the general consensus is that you are either a natural speller or you aren’t. It’s similar to a person who has a natural tendency toward math or science. This doesn’t mean that you give up and don’t do anything about it. There are methods that will help them improve.
First, be certain they know the sounds each letter makes. Does your student “hear” the difference between the vowels? The short /e/ and /i/ sound similar so be sure and provide a great deal of practice before moving forward. Also teach a simple rule that each syllable must have a vowel.
Secondly, teach the phonics rules and patterns that make the sounds. Write lots of words that are examples of that rule and have your child copy the words while saying each letter out loud when writing it. For example: /a/ as in cat, bat, rat, tack, flat, etc. Review and quiz before moving on to the next spelling rule.
Third, some words do not follow a set of rules and are easier if memorized. There are 220 words and 95 nouns used in 50-70 percent of our everyday reading and are known as Dolch sight words. Have your speller practice these each day- beginning with 5 words and then adding 5 more the next day if s/he is ready. Have your student do 10-20 words a week, depending upon their ability. Don’t rush the process as it is like anything else that is being learned; it takes time. Here is a link for the Dolch words with flashcards that you can print. click here. Once your student has finished one list, move on to the next until they have mastered reading and spelling them.
Lastly, practice, practice, practice! We retain 90% or higher when we say aloud what we are learning. So, spelling words out loud while writing each of them, having spelling bees (competitions), or jumping rope while spelling are all great ways to reinforce what is being learned. Here are some games to make and play as well.
Summer Spelling Pages
Looking for a curriculum or want some help in choosing one? Happy with your spelling program, but are looking for a supplement? Here is a list and a review of products from The Old Schoolhouse magazine. I have also added some choices to the list. This is by no means an exhaustive list so if you have a curriculum you like and find beneficial to your family please post a comment about it for others to read. Thanks!
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Oh Happy Day! Here is a chance for you to win Wondermaps. “What is it?” you ask.
It’s a customizable collection of over 350 different maps. With nearly endless possibilities, WonderMaps makes it easy to regularly integrate map study into a variety of lessons and make the most of every learning opportunity. With WonderMaps’ made-to-order geography materials at your fingertips, there’s no more skipping map studies due to a lack of preparation time and resources! Go to their website and leave a comment for your chance to win. Three winners will be chosen on May 25, 2012. To read all about it click here. I hope you and I win!
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A Picture of an eBook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I thought it was about time that I posted something just for you! I have a hard time staying up on all that I have to do, but everyone needs “down time”.
I like to read and thought you might too. Here are some websites to investigate that have free kindle books. If you don’t have a kindle, no problem! You can get this free kindle app that can be put on your computer or laptop. click here I have also found some websites that are not limited to kindle readers. Not really interested in an eReader and rather have an audible book? I have some websites for that too. Pamper yourself. It will energize you.
Pixel of ink has a variety of books and articles to read and helps if you are new to the kindle scene.
Gutenberg has book classics that are no longer copyrighted in the United States. You can also read on your computer or laptop if you don’t have a kindle. An interesting side note is this website was created by Michael Hart, the creator of eBooks who believed that books and literature should be as free and as plentiful as the air we breathe.
Many Books has been coming up on my radar the last few days. One of my friends said it is her new favorite place. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReader devices at this site.
Free Book Spot has over 90 categories for your viewing pleasure.
Free audible books are available if you enjoy listening instead of reading. Here are two websites that I found to get you started.
Books Should Be Free
Are you interested in listening to an audio version of the Bible? I have really enjoyed this free version. You can download it for the iPad, iPhone, and Android as well as listen to it on your computer. You can also read along with it as it is being dramatized. If you like it, please consider donating. Bible.is
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Do you feel like your marriage needs a bit of rejuvenation after your year of homeschooling? I have the thing for you! I just received this information about a free online Marriage and Family Expo that will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 pm EDT. Guest speakers are Todd and Debbie Wilson (Familyman) and Jay and Heidi St. John (The Busy Homeschool Mom).
Todd is an author, blogger, and speaker. “Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark.” For more information about his ministry, click here.
Heidi is also an author, blogger, and speaker. “For more than a decade, Jay and Heidi St. John have been ministering to homeschooling families. In 2010, Heidi drew from her experience as a busy homeschool mom to write The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance, which was an extension of a class she had been teaching at homeschool conferences for several years.” For more information about Heidi, click here.
The Old Schoolhouse is sponsoring this event and it is open to the first 1000 people who register. Here is the link to read more about it and sign up: click here. I hope you are able to attend. It looks like a lot of fun.
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