Fall is just beginning to come to the beautiful rolling farmland of Ohio. The last few days the air has begun to turn crisp, the nights are cool, and soon the trees will turn the most fantastic hues. I never tire of it.
For our family, fall also means apples! Many years ago, we started making apple cider, which as become a much-cherished tradition. We all look forward to apple cider time!
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On the 9th Day of Homeschool, the Sisters gave to me..............
33 Freebies to Teaching Spelling!
Don't forget: Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win Jonathan Park Audio Adventure!
Spelling is one of those things that, for me, often has fallen into the category of How much? How often? What do I really need to teach here? There are some children who, simply from reading a lot of good literature, seem to intuitively learn and apply the rules of good spelling.
And then there are the ones who don't.
If your child falls into this latter category, here are 33+ fabulous and free resources for improving his or her spelling.
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On the 5th Day of Homeschool, the Sisters gave to me..............
How to Teach Preschool for FREE
There are only 3 days left to enter the Foundational Phonics giveaway!
With the beginning of a new school year rapidly approaching, I realized recently that I *really* need to get busy with homeschool planning!
This year I am tackling my most important planning first: Fun stuff for my littles. With a tenth grader and two eight graders in the house, I feel like the majority of my time and energy often goes into the "serious" business of career exploration, high school credits, and pursuing weightier subjects. Planning fun educational things for the little ones is often last minute and doesn't receive as much of my attention as I would like. So, this year I've decided to start with my littlest guy (who'll be starting preschool this year) and working my way up.
Sisters with a System received a free copy of Foundational Phonics, Book One for the purpose of this giveaway. This is not a paid endorsement. Sisters with a System is not being compensated in any way for this review.
On the 4th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
A reading curriculum giveaway!!
This is the last day to enter the TruthQuest giveaway!
Do you ever find a product that you LOVE and just have to share it with others? That's how we feel about Foundational Phonics from Little Seedling Press!
When our good friend Ariel told us about a phonics-based reading curriculum she was writing for her children and sister's children, we were immediately interested. After seeing the curriculum in its completed form several years later, we were impressed!
First let me say that, although I am a long-time Amazon Prime member (would NOT want to be without it!), this is the very first time I have shopped the Amazon Prime Day sales. When I received an email from a fellow blogger talking about Amazon Prime Day deals, I was curious. I tend to be a person who is skeptical of sale signs and "deals" because the "deals" or sales usually aren't steep enough to tempt me. (And you thought Rachel was the frugal one! ha,ha) Anyway, I clicked over to Amazon and read through the Prime Day promotions beginning Monday, July 16th. Many of them were the typical electronic gadgets-- most of which did not interest me nor did I think would interest our readers.
Then I saw a promotion saying that STEM toys would be going on sale 20-40% off for Prime Day. I decided to check it out and I'm so glad I did! I found some of my family's favorite, most-beloved educational toys for, not only 20-40% off, but upwards of 50-70% off!!
So, here we are, in the middle of a history lesson. We are experiencing productivity at its finest. My six-year-old is coloring quietly. The four oldest are sitting around the table filling out history timelines while I read aloud. Occasionally someone asks a questions that sparks some interesting discussion. The toddler is---wait a minute! Where is the toddler?!
When I realized my little guy was showing signs of preschool readiness, I decided to create My Big Book of Learning. He really likes the idea of having his very own school binder, just like the older sibs. But, up to this point, it's held mostly coloring sheets and "busy work" to keep him quiet while the older ones are working.
This year he's ready for more.
For the last 15 years we have participated in the Summer Reading Program at our local library. The program is free and each child receives a book upon completion of the program. When all of my children were younger, it was a great way for me to be reminded to read daily to my children during the summer months. More often than not we would drag a blanket outside under our favorite shade tree with an enormous stack of books and read until somebody needed to go inside to use the restroom or a baby fell asleep in my lap.
The early years of homeschooling are so fun! Teaching letter and number recognition is like playing with your child when you incorporate do-a-dots, messy fun, and lots of games. Many times the child doesn't even realize they are "working" because it's just having fun with Mommy.
Every year our family participates in a local Homeschool EXPO. It is similar to a science fair, except the children can present on any topic they choose. Each child is expected to prepare a visual display and a 3- to 5-minute oral presentation on their chosen topic. It is always a very positive experience for the kids. It is not a competition; rather, each child is given a participation ribbon and slips of paper from several parent "judges" with comments regarding their presentation and visual display. This has been a wonderful opportunity to help my children gain confidence in public speaking!
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