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Helping Young Students Write

Please forgive me for not getting to write sooner.  My husband had some medical issues and has spent almost a month in the hospital. It is difficult to write anything when so much is happening. But, I have been thinking of you and what would be something that would benefit you who have young students. A comment that I hear often from moms is that their child (especially boys) don’t like to write. It takes a lot of practice, baby steps, and many successful experiences to get children comfortable with writing.

Be a scribe for your daughter/son so they see that they see they have something to say/ write about. Write down what they say and read it back to them. Here are some ideas:

  • Find a funny picture and have your child tell you about it. You can use the picture below of the giraffe if you like.
  • Have your son tell you a funny joke.
  • Have your daughter tell you about her favorite toy.

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Do small writing projects.  Many times children are excited about telling a story, but get bogged down with the physical act of writing. Small writing projects are just the thing! They bring huge successes to your budding writers.

  • Lists- your son can write a list of their favorite things (toys, sports, season, things to do). You can use this list for writing later by finding which list has the most interest and information and have him write about that.
  • Have your daughter put 3-4 pictures in order and then tell what happened. If you can find pictures of a family event that would be interesting and more engaging. If you have ever been to my house for a homeschool assessment you have met my extremely friendly cat, Oreo. Here are four pictures you can use if you like.

I have more ideas that I will share with you next week. If you try one of these and would like to send a quick email I would love to hear from you! It makes my day when I know I have helped.

Have a great week! ~ Lisa ~

Draw and Write Through History

Are you interested in combining history, art, and cursive this year? The Draw and Write Through History series of six books does just that.

The workbooks are in full-color and are Non-consumable. The recommended ages are 8 and up. I think this would be fun to do together with your son or daughter. They are affordable with each priced at $10.00 or if you purchase all 6 you save $1.00 per book. These are from a Christian worldview and are divided into the following time periods:   Creation to Jonah  |  600BC to 395AD  |  793AD to 1600s |1492 to 1781  |  The 1800s  | 20th Century

If you are curious to learn more, here is a description of the second book, Greece and Rome. “Take your children on an exciting journey through time as you draw and write your way through history! Learn how to draw a Greek soldier, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Great Wall of China, Hannibal’s war elephants, the Colosseum, a gladiator, and more in this second book in the Draw and Write Through History series. Each drawing is broken down into easy to follow steps. Cursive handwriting copywork about history is also included.” (source: http://www.amazon.com)

 

Have a great week!  ~Lisa ~ 

5 Great Read-Aloud Books

Have you ever read a book to your children? I loved this time that we spent together as a family. We had a lot of discussions, laughs and even cried (or at least I did ). Well-written books should evoke a response from us such as joy, empathy, sorrow, just to name a few. Here are some books to consider for your Read-Aloud time:

Moose Country by Sam Campell-  Although this is not a well-known series, if your child likes nature this book, and others in the series. will be ones they will enjoy and want to read many times. They are about the life of a man who lives in the Canadian wilderness and the antics of the animals that he loves.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins– by Richard Atwater  Imagine Mr. Popper’s dilemma when penguins arrive at his house! This is a classic book that everyone loves.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a silly, funny book of poetry that is the perfect introduction to this genre of literature. You will find your children wanting you to read “just one more”.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, has a problem and must have the help of rats of NIMH to save her family. The race against time makes this book hard to put down.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson The Herdman family are a bunch of unruly, loud, and obnoxious kids who want to run the Christmas play. read what happens in this funny and touching story. There are also two more books in this series should you wish to read more.

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 If you have a book that your family has enjoyed, please let me know. I would be happy to add it to the list.

Have a great week! -Lisa-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Adventures for the Car

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Many an hour did we spend listening to audio adventures as my boys were growing up. I loved listening to them.  We still talk about the books we listened to while we were in the car.

Perhaps you are going on a long road trip and need some audio books to pass the time.  Why not consider some of these resources? There are free and paid services as well as some specific series and titles my family has enjoyed over the years.

EPIC has thousands of books to read and has an audiobook section too. The cost is $7.99 per month and you can cancel at any time.

Librivox has free ebooks that are public domain and read by volunteers. Books are available to stream online or download. Some of the books include dramatizations that are done by a group of actors while others feature a single reader.

Loyal Books has over 7,000 free titles to listen to and enjoy. Some books to consider listening to include Treasure Island, Anne of Green Gables, and Swiss Family Robinson.

Adventures in Odyssey is a series that we first heard on the radio. You can listen to it that way or you can purchase CD’s to enjoy whenever you wish. Our library carried some of the series and the kids loved them!

Redwall by Brian Jacques is the beginning of a series of villain and heroes in the animal kingdom. Once you have listened to this book you are going to want to listen to more of these adventures.

All Creatures Great and Small is one of my all-time favorites. James Herriott was a veterinarian who lived in Great Britain and tells hilarious stories of farmers and their animals.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien just can’t be beat listening to it on audiobook. Everyone had a favorite part and many hours were spent listening to the stories of the Hobbit and “The Ring”.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

Homeschooling with Real Books

Homeschooling with real books (library/trade books) is much more interesting than exclusively using a textbook. The use of literature can be used to introduce, develop, or reinforce a concept that you are teaching. You may totally agree with me and are getting excited about doing this, but then comes the next thought, “Where do I begin? What books would I use?”

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Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books by Kristin Draeger is just such a resource you need! Kristin shares her personal homeschool experience of how she created this 120+ page list of books, games, puzzles, videos, and music.  I appreciate that she has created such a fantastic open-and-go reference guide. She has taken the time to do this so that you can do other things! Kristin has categorized the books into the subjects of math, science, history/ geography, literature, grammar, and art history. She has also created subcategories of books for students K-3 and 4th-8th grade.

I love that Kristin has included extras for your student like this CD (or streaming option) that is about addition, skip counting, and money, but also includes some art, history, and information about space.

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Math games are a terrific way to practice what has been taught without the use of yet another worksheet. Kristin recommends this logic game and I second it as my sons had this when they were young. It is compact and comes with a travel bag so that it can be played in the car or taken to doctor’s appointments. If you’d rather not take it out, it can be used as a culminating activity after your math lessons. If you click on the picture, you not only see the game, but you can watch a short video on the webpage on how it is played.

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Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books is a great deal at just $10.00. This is one book that I think you would return to time and again for ideas for your library trips or stock your own library shelves with real books.

  • Note- Kristin mentions the Kratt brothers  Zoboomafoo series. You can click on the highlighted link to watch these science programs for your K-3 grader since they were not released onto DVD.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~ 

I received a free review copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.