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Yep you read that right, I am changing the schedule again! If you read reworking the schedule you probably seen this coming. Once again my son is complaining about doing school work. So that tells me it is time to find a different way to do school.
A little background, we use Power Homeschool as our curriculum, It is through Acellus, you can check it out here. They have two options, an online school or homeschool. Both programs use pretty much the same curriculum, the only difference is that Power Homeschool is parent lead and Acellus is teacher lead. We chose to use the parent lead program.
Okay with that said it is an online curriculum, so everything is done online. I supplement with worksheets at the end of the week for subjects that he is struggling with. So the way we have been doing it is Monday thru Thursday he does Language Arts, Math and we do Science and Social Studies every other day. Well he complains about going from one subject to another. So we have started doing one subject a day. So on Mondays, he does 4 days worth of Language Arts, Tuesdays he does 4 days worth of Math, Wednesdays he does 2 days worth of Science and Thursdays he does 2 days worth of Social Studies.
We just started this yesterday with Science, so he only had to do 2 days worth of Science. He was okay with it. But I am worried about Language Arts and Math. Each subject is set up with steps, so he will have to complete 33 steps in one day. I have scheduled a break half way through but not sure how he is going to react.
I personally think this is going to be good. He has such a hard time concentrating that just working on one subject at a time will hopefully keep him engage. I think because he knows that once he is finished with all the steps he is done for the day will keep him motivated to finish the steps.
Keeping my fingers crossed that we have found a winner, but like life, things will change and we will be reworking the schedule again.
I would love to hear some of your experiences doing one subject a day and how it is going or how it didn't work. Let me know in the comments.
As I was going through my son's upcoming lessons, something popped in my head. When is teaching a concept considered too soon? For those of you that don't know, I am a homeschooling mom. My oldest is going to our local highschool, my other daughter goes to a virtual school and I traditionally homeschool my son. The reason why I say this is because with homeschooling you teach based on where they are at academically. There are no "grades" in homeschooling. In fact many kids are in different "grades" in different subjects.
As I was going through lessons, I thought to myself, isn't 3rd grade a little young to be teaching about writing papers? I know, I will get a lot of back lash for saying this, but for my son, who is behind because of learning struggles, teaching about writing papers right now is not ideal. I debated on saying that because I know there are going to be a lot of opinions that teaching to write papers at a young age is beneficial, which is fine, but for right now my son is not there yet.
My daughter is a freshman in highschool and she still comes to me for help with writing papers, like she will ask what the different paper types are and what she should write about, etc. Quick background, she has also been part of a virtual school, so they go by the same lesson plans as brick and mortar schools, so she started to learn about writing papers in the 3rd grade and she still struggles.
I will love to hear your thoughts about learning to write papers in the 3rd grade. Let me know in the comments. (*be respectful to others opinions, any nasty comments or replies to comments will be deleted.)
I can't believe that the first day of Fall is in a few days. I am looking forward to the cooler weather. Honestly, I am excited because it is closer to my favorite season, Winter! With the Fall season comes fall themed activities. I think for my next post I will make a post with all my Fall themed activities together so they are easier to find.
With that said, I want to introduce a fun game called numbers on the run. There are two games and one is Halloween themed and the other is Fall themed. Both games are played the same just with different numbers. The Halloween themed game using numbers that have three digits and the Fall themed game has four digits.
The game is designed to help kids practice place value and number comparison. How to play the game is simple, cut out both sets of cards. You can mix both the 3 digit and 4 digit game cards or play each game separate. Once you decide which game to play, go around your house or school room and spread out the cards that have the numbers on them. Mix up the cards with words on them and put them face down. You can either have your child pick one and read it or you can pick one and read it to them. Make sure to read the hint! After the card is read have your child go find the correct number. (You can create your own winning system, I only have one child that I school at home so there are no winners or losers.)
Here is a preview on what the game looks like.
You can get both games here! Don't forget to check out my other games and worksheets while you are there! I have a lot of freebies too!
For many of you school has started or is about to start. We homeschool year round, so we really don't have the "first" day of school. For those of you that are starting for the first time, I have one piece of advice for you, breathe, it is not going to be easy. These first weeks or months are going to be about learning what works for you. The curriculum you have chosen may not be working or the learning style you thought your child has may not be at all. This is okay, you can change curriculum as much as you like and you will eventually figure out your child's learning style. Remember your child is not the only one learning, you are too!
With that being said, I bring you some math goodies! I have noticed through the years that for some reason kids love dice. My son gets so excited when he sees dice sitting on the table. Here is a free printable dice game to practice one digit comparison.
It is easy to play, print out the board game, grab two dice and a pencil. Roll the dice, put each die on a box and using the greater than, less than or equal to symbol to make the sentence true. After that write the number sentence on the lines provided.
If you are looking for more comparison activities. I have one, two, three and four digit comparison activity packet available. It includes one craft and three worksheets. You can check it out here. Here is a preview of the craft project.
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I will start off by saying that homeschool planning never stops. I feel like I am always reworking my plan. I will say right off the bat that I am not good at sticking to a schedule. I heard some great homeschooling advice from a fellow homeschooler that made me feel better about myself and how I approach our homeschool "schedule". She said that you don't have to put a time limit on your schedule. Meaning that you don't have to do an hour of Language Arts and stop. You can keep going if your child is really interested in the topic they are working on, or if your child is feeling burned out or even bored, you can stop at the thirty minute mark.
This really hit home for me. The curriculum I use has steps. So I went into the syllabus for each class and looked at the steps and made a plan on how many steps to do each day in each subject. Now I will say this, I am not totally lax, my son is behind for his age group, so working on getting caught up is important. I tend to stick with the steps I scheduled out in math and language arts. But for science and social studies, I am more relaxed. The curriculum we use has videos and questions, so he gets bored pretty quickly.
So I was so proud of my self for getting this schedule on an excel sheet only to realize that the plan I had for science and social studies was not going to work, my son was getting bored and wasn't paying attention anymore, so I had to go back and rework it. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.
I am writing this because not all kids are the same. Some have longer attention span than others, some really love school and others just want to get it over with. Plus on top of that they have different learning styles too, some kids are hands on, audio, visual, etc. Then you have those kiddos that like worksheets and physical books and others that want to do everything online or use games to learn.
It is a never ending journey and I want to let you know that it is okay if you say you are doing things one way and then have to change it within a week, homeschooling is about you learning as well as your kiddo.
Try to look at the positive of the prolonged work of reworking schedules as a way to bond with your child instead of looking at it as a chore. I know easier said than done, but knowing your child's strengths and weaknesses and schedule accordingly will bring pure joy when you see your child finally catching on or maybe even enjoying school!
By the time this post is published I guarantee that I "reworked" our schedule like 3 or 4 times already! lol
If you have hands-on learners you know it is hard to come up with activities that are actually hands-on. Math seems like it is easier to do things hands-on, but Language Arts, not so much. So, spelling is one of those subjects that is not really hands-on. I usually have my son write out the words two times each, just like I did when I was in school... boring right! So I thought of a way to make it not so boring.
So like the title says you spell the word and then write it, but you can also write it and spell it, especially if the list of words you are using are new to them.
As you can see in the pictures you can use this for kiddos who are spelling cvc words and for kiddos who are spelling larger words. How to play, first if you don't have letter tiles you can print out a set here (the lined paper is also included). If you have a laminator you can laminate them and they will last longer. So grab the letter tiles, pick a word from the spelling list, if it is a word they have been practicing lay the letters for that word mixed up on the table. Have your kiddo spell the word using the tiles and then write it on the lines.
If the words are new to them, give them the master list and have them write the word first on the lines and then spell the word using the letters tiles. As they become more familiar with the words you can go back to spelling out the words with the letter tiles and then writing it.
I would love to hear how you make spelling fun, let me know in the comments!
The other day my son said that he was tired of doing online lessons and wanted to play some games. So that got me thinking, we haven't done any type of games lately, so I came up with a cool game to help him practice counting money.
The items you will need for this game are right under your noses! I used things around my house and made the price tags out of notecards. If you don't have notecards, paper would work just the same. Oh, almost forgot, you need money, how can I forget that! So I have play money, again if you don't have play money, you can use real money or you can do a google search for printable play money.
There is no right or wrong way to play store, but this is how I do it. To start out I had my son pick one item to buy and help him count out the exact change for the item. Another way you can play is have them bring more than one item up and add all of them together and count out exact change. If you have paper money you can do the same thing but use paper money and figure out how much change they will get back. Again there is no right or wrong way to play!
I would love to hear how you practice counting money with your kiddos, let me know in the comments!
It has been a long time since I created a math related resource, so I figured it is time. Today I bring you an awesome chart to go along with your expanded form lesson. This chart is perfect for your kiddos to put in their notes folder. So anytime that you are working on expanded form they can pull it out and be reminded on how expanded form works.
You can get your free chart here.
I also have some cool games and a craft that will go along with your expanded form lesson. I created a fun memory game, this game includes two versions, one is with numbers and expanded form and the other is number words and expanded form. You can also check out the roll and write game and a cool expanded form puzzle craft.
Don't forget to check out my other resources I have. I offer worksheets, games, crafts and other fun things. You can find all of these items on my store page! Also all the resources I offer are perfect for those end of the year portfolio reviews!
I had so much fun creating the word family series. This is the last installment of the series. This installment focuses on the -ot word family. This installment includes two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities.
You can get the -ot word family here. Here is a preview of one worksheet that is in the packet. I really like the hearts!
To get the rest of the installments and to check out my other resources click on over to my TpT store here! I hope you enjoyed the word family series and stay tuned for other great worksheet and games!
Back again with the eighth installment of the word family series. Just like the other installments this one also has two cut and glue activities and three worksheet styles activities.
You can get the -et word family here! If you are new the word family series, you can get the other installments at my TpT store!
Here is a preview of one worksheet style activity.
Let me know in the comments how you practice word families with your kiddos!
I don't know about you but it seems like the -at word family is one of the easiest ones for kiddos. With that being said here is the seventh installment of the word family series. This installment includes two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities.
You can get the -at word family packet here! While you are there check out the other resources I offer and the rest of the word family installments. Here is a preview of two worksheet styles activities in this packet.
All the worksheets that are on my TpT store are great to include in your end of the year portfolio review and for extra practice.
I am back with the sixth installment of the word family series. This installment is all about the -ap word family. Included are two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities. If you are new to my word family series you can find the other installments in my TpT store!
You can find the -ap word family packet here! Don't forget to check out my other resources while you are there! Here is a preview of one of the cut and glue activities.
Let me know in the comments how you practice word families!
Here is the fifth installment of the word family series. This installment focuses on the -an word family. This packet would be perfect to go along with your current lesson and to use if you do portfolio reviews at the end of each school. The other installments can be found in my TpT store as well as other great resources.
You can get the -an word family here! Here is a preview of one of the worksheet style activities included in this packet.
Let me know in the comments what you do to practice word families!
I am back again with another installment to my word family series. This installment is focusing on the -am word family. If you enjoyed the other word family activities you will enjoy this one as well. If you don't have a clue what I am talking about you can check out the last three families: -ag, -ad, -ab.
This one is set up just like the other ones. Two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities. You can get the -am word family here! Here is a preview of one of the cut and glue activities.
For my fellow homeschoolers, the word family activity sheets are great to include for the end of year portfolio reviews.
I'm back!!! I am so excited about this series I am doing. Not only does it help kiddos recognize the same ending sounds to help with reading, but it is also great for spelling practice too! Here is the third installment of the word family series, -ag words!
You can get this word family here. Here is a preview of some of the fun activities that are included in this packet.
Don't wait get your word family activities today! Also don't forget to check out my other resources. All my resources are great for add on's to your current lesson and go great in a portfolio review at the end of the homeschool year! You can find these resources at my TpT store!
I am back with another word family activity packet! This packet focuses on the -ad word family. If you missed the first one in the series, the -ab word family you can check it out here. This packet includes two cut and glue activities and 3 worksheet style activities to complete!
You can get the -ad word family here. Here is a preview of one of the activities in the packet.
All the things I create are great for extra practice and something to put in your portfolio. My son does all his schooling with an online curriculum, so the activities I create really come in handy for our end of the year review!
If you are interested in more worksheets, games, etc. check out my stuff here!
I am happy to say that this is the first of the word family series! I am so excited about this series. Each packet will focus on one word family at a time. There will be two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities to complete! This series will be a great addition to the word family lessons you are already working on!
If you missed it, I also have a word family sliders game that you can print out for free. You can check that out here. The first word family will be the -ab family. You can get your packet here. The packet includes a picture word and make a word type of craft. The worksheets include a word match, which word and a sentence activity. Here is a preview of the word match and make a word activity.
Keep an eye out on my blog to get the rest of word family series. What do you do to practice word families? Let me know in the comments.
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This post has been heavy on my mind lately. I wasn't sure if I should post it because it is about homeschooling, but not like my normal posts. But, the more I thought about it, the more I thought that not only will this post help others but it will help me as well. Here is a little background about me.
I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis 26 years ago. I was 14 years old and the doctors believe that I got it from an infection in my lungs. I will give you my definition of the disease, but please feel free to look up what the medical definition is. So basically, bronchiectasis is the inflammation of airways in the lungs that causes a large amount of mucous which in turn causes infections, because of the damage to the lungs, my cilia doesn't work to bringing up the mucous so I have pocket of fluid in my lungs. So because of this I am constantly getting infections.
I used to be able to go 6 months without a flare up, but since January, I have been sick on on off for three months. People with my condition usually are treated with antibiotics. I was on a powerful antibiotic for years but recently I have grown a resistance to it and it doesn't work anymore. So I was in the hospital and experimented with different antibiotics. I am allergic to a lot of them, so my options are limited.
So I have found a few that work, but the problem is when I am done taking them, a week later I am knocked back on my butt sick in bed. So I constantly have to on something and I am just now experimenting with this and keeping my fingers crossed that it works. So with that said, homeschooling has not been constant lately.
I have been trying to brainstorming on how to adjust our homeschooling routine when I feel really bad. I would love to hear to what other homeschooling families that either have a disabled child or the parent who is teaching is disabled handles days or maybe weeks when sitting at the dining room table is not an option. Let me know in the comments.
Hello everyone! Hope everything is going well during this crisis. I am slowly making new products for my store. I hope you got a chance to take advantage of the sale I had at the beginning of the month, if not check out some of my amazing products, prices are still reasonable!
Well, as many of you, homeschooling is a normal thing in our household, so as my son was doing some phonics independent work, my gears were turning in my head. As the gears were turning word families popped in my head. So my current project is putting together some fun worksheets, games and maybe even a craft or two.
As always, I like to offer everyone something free that is beneficial and that would easily go great with the word family project I am currently working on. I created word families sliders. These sliders are your basic word families, at, ad, ap, etc. You can print them here for free.
I also created other word family sliders using word families that end with and, ank, ask, etc. You can check out that post here.
I hope you enjoy this free resource and keep an eye out on my store for my word families resources. While you are there take a moment and look at the other resources I offer. I have a lot of free items as well as paid items. You can check that out here.
I would love to hear what you guys use to practice word families, let me know in the comments!
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It has been crazy with this virus scare. I have been in the house since March 13 and for most of the time I was really sick. I didn't have the virus, but I was struggling. I am just now starting to feel better. So I am back at it and I am happy to say I have complete the Roll and Say Number set to 999.
If you missed the last post, you can get the Roll and Say Numbers 100-199 here for free. If you are interested in the rest of the numbers you can get them below. The game is really easy to play, just print out the game boards, grab one die and something to cover the numbers with. We use math counters, but you can use anything from coins to bingo markers. Roll the die, say the number in the column and cover the number. It is pretty easy to play and kids will love it. Once you feel that your child has mastered the numbers move on to the next board.
I know times are difficult, but we will get through this. Please remember that there is a reason why we are asked to stay at home, this virus is very serious and deadly, so please stay home and only go out when you need to.
I noticed the other day that my son was trying to tell me how many points he got on a game and he just couldn't say the number right. It was up in the thousands, so that got my mind thinking. First off, we need to take a step back in math and review numbers. Second, I didn't want to make it boring so I came up with a cool way to practice saying numbers.
I plan on doing a whole series, but I wanted to offer numbers 100-199 for FREE!!! This is a fun roll and say game. Roll a die, pick a number in the column, say it and cover it! Very easy! There are four different game boards. Some of the numbers are repeated. Once you feel your child(ren) have mastered one board, move on to the next!
You can print it out free here!
Do you have any fun games you like to play when practicing numbers? Let me know in the comments!
Alright, I am here to ask for some help. My younger daughter has been an e-schooler since kindergarten and she will be in 9th grade next school year. As of right now, she is not interested in doing any of her work. She doesn't log into classes, doesn't complete her assignments on time, nothing. Like right now, she has 12 things over due. I am getting a little nervous that she will probably be kicked out of the school.
So, I am looking into traditionally homeschooling her for highschool. I am looking for a complete online program that will meet all the graduation requirements for my state (Ohio). I have looked into two, one of them didn't get great reviews, the other has okay reviews.
This is where you come in. If you homeschool a highschooler using online curriculum, comment below and let me know what program you use and why you like it!
Thank you so much for your comments, they will really help me in deciding which curriculum to choose.
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.