As I mentioned in my last post, The Beckoning Cat Comprehension Questions, I will doing a series of comprehension questions that goes along with the Highlights Magazine stories. I just love the Highlight Magazines, I grew up with them and now my son will too! I came up with the idea of comprehension questions when my son really showed enjoyment in the stories from the magazine. I thought to myself, why not take what he enjoys and turn it into a learning opportunity.
So if you are a Highlights Magazine subscriber and your kiddos really enjoy the stories, use these stories as replacements for comprehension lessons in place of those boring stories in whichever lesson you are working on in language arts. If you are not a Highlights subscriber you can sign up here. (I do not make any type of commission off of your purchase, I just wanted to share this amazing resource that I use in my home education journey.)
So today these are questions for the story, Rising Above Slavery, by Linda Trice from the February 2019 edition of the Highlights Magazine, page 16. I forgot to mention in my last post, that you can either have your child read the story themselves or you can read it to them and either have them write the answers or tell you the answers. The choice is yours!
What works for me is to read a little bit and ask a question. If I read the story to my son to the end and then have him answer questions, he shuts down in frustration. Too much information at once gives him an overload, so I read a little bit and then ask the question. I personally don't mind if he just tells me the answers, but again, it is what works for your child.
Okay, here are the questions and the answer key. As always this is free. You can get the questions here.
Quick Disclaimer: I created these questions myself, Highlights or the author did not create these questions. The author wrote the story and Highlights published the story.
I finally finished my comprehension questions for the stories in the Highlights Magazines. Here is the first set of questions. These questions go with the February 2019 Highlights Magazine. The story, The Beckoning cat is by Ellen L. Ramsey and can be found on page 8.
Quick Disclaimer: I created these questions myself, Highlights or the author did not create these questions. The author wrote the story and Highlights published the story.
Okay, now that is out of the way. You can get the questions here for free. If you are not a subscriber to the Highlights magazine, I highly suggest you do, Highlights is a great learning resource, especially for homeschoolers. You can sign up for a subscription here ( I do not make any type of commission off of your purchase, I just wanted to share this amazing resource that I use in my home education journey.)
I just looked to see when my last post was and it was in May. I have to apologize for my absence, a lot has happen in two months. You might remember from my last post, Life gets in the way, I was on the hunt for a job. Well, I got one. I worked there for almost a month and I got pneumonia. I have a lung condition, so when I catch a cold, there is a good chance of it turning into pneumonia. So I was in the hospital and out of work for a week.
Fast forward to the following week, I was feeling a lot better and was ready to get back to work, well a week after returning to work, I started to feel bad again in my lungs. I knew that this job was too much physical work for me. Sadly, a few days ago, I quit my job.
Now, I said sadly, but is it really sad? I have been so busy with working full time that I have neglected this awesome blog, I have not created anything fun for your kiddos and mine to do. I even slacked on my son's schooling. So I look at it as an opportunity to get back to what is important, you my readers and schooling my son.
Now, I am back home and hopefully, keeping my fingers crossed, I won't need to go back to work part time. I really want to focus on my family and my extended family, you, my readers!
With that being said, I would love to hear what you do to save money, so you can live on one income. Let me know in the comments!
Did you miss me? I haven't been around lately. Personal things going on. I did post about it, you can read it here. Anyways, I am back to creating. My son and I are working on blends and that can get a little boring, so I created this fun game!
I made it pretty simple. When you go to print, you will have 2 options to use. The first is a mini game board, just print and play! The second are the game board pieces, they are a little bigger and can be used to create your own game board. I would use cardboard or poster board. The last page is the playing cards. These will be used with both versions of the game.
Playing is simple. Grab two player pieces (legos, mini action figures, counters..etc.), place them on the start box, grab one die, roll and play! Roll the die, move the number of spaces shown and say the letter blend, find the playing card with the same blend and read the words.
I didn't realize that my last post was in April. I am so sorry for being so quiet, but life is getting in the way. The company I work for is going out of business in like 2 weeks and I am on the hunt for another part time job. This is very stressful for me and I am sure my kiddos are not too excited about doing school with stressful mommy!
A little bit on my job hunt, only because it ties in with homeschooling and hopefully this will resonate with others so I know I am not the only one... ;) If you have been following me you know that I have three kids and they are all in an e-school. My two oldest kids can pretty much get their school stuff done on their own, but my youngest still needs me and with him having difficulty with reading, needs me way more than a normal 9 year old. So long story short, the e-school is not meeting my sons needs, so starting next school year I will be traditionally homeschooling him.
Okay, so back to the job hunt. I have a Masters Degree in Business Management. You would think I wouldn't have a problem finding a job, but I am. I have the education, but not the field experience to go with it. So, when I apply for a part time cashiers job, they are probably thinking that,"Why does this person want a cashiers job when she could get a corporate job" Well, they will never know because they don't call me for an interview, they just move on the next applicant.
I do have a couple of options that could be great for me in the next 5 years when I want to put my career into full swing, but my dilemma is how can I work full time hours and still give my son the best education possible? I am stuck in the typical school day mode, school during the afternoon, it feels weird to be schooling in the evening after 5pm, right?
I guess I am nervous to take that step, to be okay with him playing video games instead of doing school while I would be at work, but on the other hand, if we do school in the afternoon he would be playing video games at night. So really what is the difference, right?
I would love your input, your experiences with working full time and still schooling your children, tell me about it in the comments!
The best thing I love about homeschooling is creating my own schedule. I get to pick the days, times and activities I want to do when I want to do them! Too bad the rest of life isn't like that...
Right now, I am filling in the gaps of my sons education. We went from an e-school, which he was behind because of his struggle with reading, to homeschooling starting next school year. So now I am figuring out what he knows and what he needs to work on.
To make learning more "fun" for him, I let him pick three days out of the week to work on phonics and math. He picked Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I still want to do some learning on Mondays and Fridays, but I don't want him to think of it as learning. Right now he just plays videos games on those days, so not a lot of learning going on..lol
Like I mentioned before, the beauty of homeschooling is that we get to make the schedule. I want to hear what your schedules are, which days are for what, what activities do you plan and how to make those off days about learning, but the kiddos think it is fun, let me know in the comments!
I hope everyone had a nice Easter. We spent the day with my in-laws eating good food and having fun conversations!
It is finally done, word sliders are here. These sliders are great for practicing word families and blends. My son has a hard time seeing patterns, so these word sliders make it easy for him to recognize the pattern, only the first sound changes, the ending stays the same.
You can print out this free printable here. I also included instructions on how to put them together.
If you don't want to make your own, here are a few fun sliders you can purchase off of Amazon.
What fun activities do you do to practice word families and blends? Let me know in the comments.
I love reading! It is my hobby and I hope someday my kids will love reading just as much as I do. I just love If you give.... series from Laura Numeroff. How cute are these books! I love cats, so I am fond of, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake! This cat is all about the cuteness, but watch what you give him, he just might make a mess!
This book for is recommended for ages 3-7. The illustrations on each page are simple and not overwhelming and will help with decoding the words. If your kiddo loves cats and cupcakes, this book is for you!
Are you already familiar with the I you give series? If so let me know which book is your favorite!
It is so important for kids to read at least 20 minutes a day or night. I am so excited to start my book list series on here. I will be talking about the books that my son reads and the books that I read to my son.
So just like the title says, the first book that I love and so does my son is Fox Outfoxed by James Marshall. I really like this book because the words are not too small, so it doesn't seem so overwhelming, but it has short chapters, so it makes my son feel like he is reading a big kid book.
This book is a level 3, transitional reader. It is about Fox and his many adventures. In this particular book your child will read about Fox and a race, Fox reading his favorite comics and just like the title say, Fox being outfoxed!
What books are your kiddos reading? Let me know in the comments.
Are your kiddos having problems with word families? How about the -un word family? I created this game to make learning the -un words fun!
There are two ways you can set up the board, you can print out the board, cut and tape the sheets together or you can cut out the circles and glue them on a piece of cardboard. I covered mine with contact paper and decorated it. Here is the game board that you can print. You can use whatever game pieces you want. I found a bag of plastic bears at goodwill and we use those for our game pieces. You just need one die and you are ready to play!
If you don't want to make your own game, here are a few games you can purchase on Amazon:
What fun games do you play to practice the word families? Let me know in the comments!
I remember the days of word stretching, my daughters got it right away, my son, no go. Even to this day, he struggles with it. He will be reading and when he comes to a word that he don't know, he just starts saying a whole bunch of words instead of sounding it out. So that got me thinking, why not make a game out of word stretching.
This game focuses on the parent saying the sounds and the child putting those sounds together to make the word. It is Easter themed, so it will be a great addition to your Easter themed lessons. You can get your game here. Just print out, cut and play. (Mix up the cards so the word families are mixed together.)
What fun activities do you do with your kiddo to practice word stretching? Let me know in the comments!
Does your child struggle with number words? I created this fun practice sheet that can used as a reference for when your child gets stuck on those pesky number words.
The best thing is that you can put the sheet in a plastic sleeve and your kiddo can use a dry erase marker to do the worksheet over and over again. Once they can do the sheet without your help, have them write on the actual sheet and put it in a binder or folder for notes to be used in the future.
As always this is a free printable you can print as many times as you like. If your kiddo is like mine who gets overwhelmed easily, only do one sheet at a time. I will most likely have him complete a sheet a day.
What activities do you do to practice number words? Let me know in the comments!
Having a foundation in math is so important. If a child knows the basics, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, they can learn anything. I think we focus so much on them knowing how to count starting at one, that we forget how important it is for them to know how to count backwards.
If you have been following my blog you know that my son is struggling with his reading and math, so I have went back to see what he doesn't know and fill in those gaps. Well, he struggles with counting backwards. It is funny that I thought since he knew how to count forward he could count backwards. But what seems obvious is not so obvious to others.
My son has trouble recognizing patterns, so it makes sense that you would have a problem counting backwards. So I created this fun Easter themed activity. It is free to print, you will just have to get poster board or something to glue the pieces on. You can print it out here.
I went ahead and set my poster up. Now, I am cheap and I don't have color ink, so my eggs and bunny are in black and white. But, the printable that I created is in color. My son has to do things in chunks or he gets confused, so we will be doing a set of eggs a day instead of doing it all at once.
You can see that I glued some of the eggs on already, this will give him a base to help him count backwards.
What fun activities do you do to practice counting backwards with your kiddos? Let me know in the comments!
A line from one of my favorite TV series is, "I get my best ideas in the shower!" Guess what, it is true. Not so much the idea but I realized something while I was in the shower. My son is going to be 10 years old and should be going into 5th grade, well 4th grade, he started K at the age of 6. My son will be going into 3rd grade this coming school year, he was held back in first grade. That realization made me feel like I failed him.
My son is behind in his learning obviously. He has trouble reading and doing math. He is currently enrolled in an e-school that has him on an IEP. They want to move him to third grade, probably because of his age, but he is not ready for third grade. He is not even at a second grade reading level and he still struggles with basic math. My solution, traditionally homeschool him starting this coming school year. This way I can see what gaps we need to fill.
In the shower I figured that since he started school at 6 years old that he should be 12 years old going into 6th grade. But, because he was held back in first grade he won't be starting 6th grade till he is 13 and he will graduate high school at 19. Does that make sense? I mean just looking at that makes me feel like my world just ended. As parents we want our kids to succeed, be on track and when things don't go that way, we want to trade places with them.
So I can't trade places so, I need to do everything I can to get him where he is supposed to be. My goal is to traditionally homeschool him until the age 13, when he is suppose to start 6th grade and enroll him back into the e-school, (my husband wants him to have a "real" diploma, yes I have told him that parents can issue diplomas, but he is not hearing it, Men...lol). Saying it is easier than actually doing it.
My doubt in my self comes to the surface and I get in these moods where I feel that I won't be able to get him where he needs to be. On the other side, my rational brain kicks in and reminds my self doubt, that it is not about me, it is about his brain. When his brain grows, I am going to be blown away on how much he will advance. It is like one night they go to bed and the next morning they are taller!
I write this so other parents know that they are not alone and also for me to realize that I am not alone. If you went through the same thing or are feeling this way currently, please comment your concerns below and lets help each other.
(This post is about support, any negative or mean comments will be deleted. We are human and no one is perfect.)
Sometimes lessons take over the day and we forget about fun. Throughout the day pick a time to have a fun break. I know what you are thinking, " I don't want my kids to get out of learning mode." No problem! Pick a subject they are interested in and make it fun. Does your kiddo like dinosaurs? How about cooking? You can take their interests and create a fun craft project, make a book, create a crossword puzzle, etc. They will be having so much fun that they won't realize they are learning.
Check this idea out! Kids will love diving deep into clues about the ocean as they try to solve this crossword puzzle. Crossword puzzles are great for reinforcing spelling, word recognition and vocabulary skills, as well as mastering context clues. Ride the wave to Education.com for an ocean full of language arts activities.
What fun things do you do with your Kiddos to make learning fun? Let me know in the comments.
I have decided that my son would benefit from doing traditional homeschool, right now he is part of an e-school. My son is on an IEP and I feel that I need to pull him and start from the beginning. Once I figure out what he doesn't know, I can focus on those things. I feel that his current school is just pushing him along.
So to begin with, I am using Easy Peasy curriculum for math. I already know he can count to 100, he knows how to recognize numbers up to 100. So I just started to go through and picked a few things that he hasn't really touched on in his current curriculum to see if he knows it.
I started with even and odd numbers. He seems like he knows it, but after today's lesson, I want to make sure he knows it for sure. So I created this fun number sort. I have the numbers through 100, but will most likely do them in blocks, he gets overwhelmed easily.
If your kiddo needs practice, feel free to print this out and give it a go.
Check out these other resources to use when teaching about Even and Odd Numbers:
What fun activities do you do to practice even and odd numbers? Let me know in the comments.
Bossy "R" is so bossy! I think it deserves it own bingo game! I am getting a head in the game and creating this fun game when we finish learning about the bossy "r" vowels. This game has all 5 of the bossy "r" vowels: -ar, -er, -ir, -ur and -or.
How to play, it is simple to play, you can print out the game board, grab one die and some bingo chips. You don't have to use traditional bingo chips, you can use Legos, or counters or whatever you have on hand. Roll the die, find a word that matches the bossy "r" vowels, say it and put your marker on it. Six in a row wins!
Here are other fun resources to use in your Bossy R lesson:
What fun games do you play to practice those Bossy "R" Vowels? Let me know in the comments.
It is finally done! I was able to find time to finish two fun noun games! The first one is to help with recognizing what type of noun: person, place or thing, the second game is common and proper nouns.
The games are simple to play, all you need to do is print out the game boards and grab a die and two player pieces. We usually use Legos, but you can use whatever you want, make it fun! Just roll the die and move the number of spaces, say if it is a person, place or thing and for the second game board just say if it is a common or a proper noun! Easy Peasy!
Check these great resources to go along with your noun game:
I hope you enjoy the game! What do you do to practice nouns? Let me know in the comments.
It has been awhile since I wrote a post. I promise I am still here. It has been crazy around here. It is getting close to the end of school, my e-schoolers have to get ready for end of the year tests and making sure they are getting their work done on "time" is a huge task.
Many of you know from reading my other posts that my son is behind on his reading and math. He is currently an e-schooler and is on an IEP. Next year will be when he will be required to take the 3rd grade reading test. I know that my son won't pass it and he won't be able to sit in a classroom and do the test himself, he will need someone to read it to him and tell him the directions over and over again. With that said, I am already on board to traditionally homeschool him for 3rd-5th grade. This way I don't have to worry about the test (pointless tests) and we can concentrate on mastering concepts instead of just moving from one concept to another everyday.
I made this decision, but because I am married, I have to "pretend" I care what my husband thinks, just kidding I do, but since I am the one who teaches my son, I feel I know what is best for him when it comes to his education. So I took my husband out to eat o his favorite restaurant and just laid it all out on the table. I geared myself up for a fight and all of a sudden he looks at me and says, "I agree" Wait, what, you agree! It was like hell froze over.
So I have been doing research on what type of curriculum I want to use and I haven't been able to create any awesome games or worksheets with you guys. But, I did start creating a nouns game and I should have it up and ready for you guys soon.
This week we will be working on Ghost Letters or Silents Letters, -kn, -wr, -gn, -mb. I really enjoyed making my worksheets for this lesson. I even made a fun ghost craft activity. I think for these pesky letters that it is important to have fun with the lessons. As we are getting farther along, things are getting trickier, so that means more frustrating moments and more breaks through out the day. Just remember it is perfectly fine to take as many breaks as needed as to not overwhelm your students. I have learned that once that constant frustration sets in, I have lost the battle. My son won't be listening and the whole lesson pretty much went in one ear and out the other. But enough with that.
Before I get into the worksheet I made. I will go over the craft I made. For this craft I just used construction paper. Here is a picture of the craft I did. I will have my son glue the words on the correct ghost.
I created some fun worksheets and I created more stories. In a previous post, I made up some stories to go with the subject we were working on. Here is the link, if you wanted to check those out. This time around I made stories using the ghost letters words. You can either read the passage to your child or have them read it. The point of the worksheet is to have them circle the ghost letter words and write them on the lines provided. Here is the free printable packet. Remember all of the worksheets and games I make are always free and printable.
What fun activities do you do with your students to practice ghost letters? Let me know in the comments!
The one thing my son really enjoys are fun games, especially when it involves over-sized dice!! I really like to mix up the learning day with some great games, it can get pretty boring and tears usually start to flow if we are always sitting at the table doing work sheets and what not, so to avoid the stress, we break and play games, educational games!
We are currently working on subjects and predicates. The worksheets we are using are great, but like I said he gets bored and frustrated just sitting doing worksheets, so I came up with a subject and predicate game called, roll a silly sentence.
All I did was make 2 huge dice, which you can watch the video on how to make them here, and wrote subjects on one cube and predicates on the other cube. All you do is roll both dice and put the cubes together, subject first and predicate second and read the sentence. You can create any type of sentences you want, have fun with it, laugh and be silly!
Check out these resources to use with your sentence lesson:
Side note: I used cardboard and covered both cubes with contact paper, but you can make your own dice anyway you want.
What fun games do you play to practice subjects and predicates? Let me know in the comments!
So, I have been hitting the grammar stuff hard lately. I have been creating non stop and I am excited to share this fun Valentines Day themed activity with you. This activity is all ready to go, you just have to print and go!
I cut out the bears and hearts, but you can just cut the squares out, it is totally up to you. To play this activity, you just have your kiddos read the sentence on the heart and have them match it to the bear with the correct punctuation. There is no right or wrong way to do it, you can have them set the heart on or next to the bear.
I hope you enjoy this Valentines Day themed activity and let me know what activities you do to practice punctuation, let me know int he comments!!!
My son was and still is struggling with his reading. We mostly been focusing on the phonics and not so much of the grammar. Now, I think he is ready to dive into some grammar! So with Valentines Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to make a Valentines Box, but instead of Valentine cards, I would make sentences instead.
I know, it sounds weird but stay with me. We all know that sentences are complete thoughts with capital letters and punctuation. But what is common sense to us, is not always common sense to our kiddos, so with any grammar lesson, learning what a sentence is and isn't is important. Now for my idea.
I created a Valentines Box and on each Valentine card is a sentence or a non sentence. Have your child pick a card and read the sentence, have him or her tell you if it is a sentence or not, if it is a sentence put it in the Valentines Box! So not only are they learning what a sentence is and isn't, they are practicing their reading!
How to make the box:
1 shoe box
things to decorate the box
1. cut a slit in the lid and wrap the box with the wrapping paper.
2. decorate the box (you can or have your kiddo do it)
3. write each sentence on a notecard
4. decorate the other side of the notecard
How do you mixed Valentines Day and learning? Let me know in the comments!
I bet that title got you a little interested in how crystals and homeschooling could be related. Well first let me say, I am not only a homeschooling mama, I am also a lover of crystals and gemstones. So today, as I was purchasing some of my beloved crystals, I thought, why not combine my love of crystals and homeschooling! I purchased one of these mystery geodes and I am so excited to get it and crack it open and I know my son is really going to enjoy seeing what is inside.
Crystals come from the earth and we teach our children about the earth in science class, so why not combined the two! I know there are so many lessons about rocks and crystals in science, but going beyond the science part is another fun way to incorporate crystal learning into your science lessons. I won't go into that on this post (side note: create a lesson about crystals and their energies.) but I highly recommend checking these geodes out and cracking some open with your kiddos!
If you do crack one of these open or have in the past, share your pictures with me on my Facebook page.
Hey homeschooling family! How is everyone doing? We are doing great. We took a short break from school to enjoy this amazing snow we got! Yes, I am one of those people who LOVE the snow and the cold. Today we got back into learning and as my son eats his lunch, I got to thinking about why I wanted to homeschool in the first place. I am going to be 100% real and truthful and my views may not be others views and that is okay. We all have our reasons of doing the things we do.
I have three children. I knew that I didn't want any of my kids to attend brick and mortar school. There were several reasons why, like I had a terrible school experience with bullying and I didn't want my kids to go through that. Especially, since bullying these days is not the same as when I was in school. When I was in school, it was all about fist fighting and going about your day. Now, many kids are killing other students and even themselves. So that was one of the major reasons why I wanted to homeschool.
Now my next reason, is a bit delicate and I really don't want to get into a debate about it, remember this is my reason and my reason may not be your reason. With all the talk about teachers and other school faculty having inappropriate relationships with their students really hit me hard. I just didn't want to take the chance. So I will leave it at that and move on.
Another reason is because I wanted to be part of my children's education. I wanted to experience their reactions when they finally got something and share in the excitement. No matter how old my kids are, I still am amazed on how quickly they get something and how proud they are of themselves.
So right there are the main reasons why I wanted to homeschool. Now the tough part was I didn't really feel at the time (2009), that I could teach my kid and I really couldn't afford the materials. So we decided to do online school. It is 2019 and all three of my kids are still attending online school. Two of them have been with the same school since the beginning and last year I switched my son to a different online school that better suited his learning needs.
I know what you are thinking, "Online school isn't homeschool", I agree and disagree with that statement. Yes, my kids have to go by the state standards and learn common core and take those pesky state tests. But, I also have the freedom to teach the way I think my kids should taught. Like for an example, I was explaining to my daughter who was struggling with her math work, that just because someone wrote the book doesn't mean that is the only way to learn the material. Everyone has a different learning style and there are other ways to learn the material. (side note: I don't stress about the state tests, I just tell my kids to do their best)
The great thing for me, especially with my 2nd grader is that I can create fun games and worksheets to supplement the stuff that he is working on in his online school. I feel that the online school gives me a good start and I just run with it.
Sorry about how long this post was, I sometimes ramble.,, :) I am curious on why you wanted to homeschool, regardless if you traditionally homeschool or use an online public school, let me know why in the comments!
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.