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!
We are at that point in the our schooling year where we talk about time. My son, a second grader, does pretty well for someone who only was introduced to the subject last year. So for extra practice, I found a cool clock project. You can find it here! I had my clock all ready and we started our lesson. In the book I was using, it had a fun way to get kids to set the time on the clock and then tell you what time it is. It went something like this, " The hour hand is between 2 and 3 and the minute hand is on the 6, what time is it?" My son had a blast with this, so I went a step further and made some more fun riddles!
I really like the fact that the clock has a a section where you can fold it down and it has what the minute is. It not only helps with telling time, but it is also great practice for counting by 5's!!!! Two purposes in one!
Here is a free printable riddle sheet for What Time Is It?!?
What fun activities do you do to practice telling time? Let me know in the comments!
Hey! I have been doing a lot of creating this week. My son and I will be working on the long /u/ sound soon and I created some fun activities. I really put some thought into this one. I like to mix things up and try to do different activities for each lesson.
I created some fun picture matching worksheets, fun word find puzzles and I created short reading passages using the long /u/ sound! I am really excited to share this free printable packet with you. The long /u/ letter combinations that are used are u-e, ue and ew. You can get the whole packet right here!
Here is a preview of my one of the reading passages that I created!
What fun worksheets or games do you use when practicing the long /u/ sound? Let me know in the comments!
As soon as I say sight words, I swear my son goes running. He hates practicing his sight words. I think because it is just plain flash cards and that is boring to him. So how do you make sight words fun? Make a fishing game of course! Check out below on how to make your own fishing game!
Sight Word List
Ruler with holes
Magnet with a hole
How to build the fishing pole:
1. Cut a piece of string ( you can decide which length will be best)
2. Insert one end of the string in one of the holes in the ruler and tie a knot, so it won't slip out
3. Insert the other end of string through the hole in the magnet and tie a knot.
How to Play:
1. Print out the fish templates (print out as many as you need)
2. Cut out the fish and write sight words on each fish. ( here is a list of words)
3. Put a paper clip on each fish
4. Scatter the fish on the table and go fishing!
5. When you catch a fish, read the word. (you can go a step further and write the words as you catch them on a piece of paper)
What games do you play to make sight words fun? Let me know in the comments.
Okay, so I am a few days late, better late than never! I hope everyone is ready for 2019! I know it is customary to make a New Years resolution, but honestly I don't stick to them. A friend of mine said if you make little resolutions each month, you are more likely to stick with them. For her, it was about weight loss, I think for me, it is going to be about homeschooling.
I will be the first to admit that I don't have a schedule, I do things at all different times a day and it is not structured at all. I get my lessons ready the day of and because I am so disorganized, it turns into a nightmare because if I don't have everything ready, my son gets frustrated and the whole day is ruined. So I think for the month of January, my mini resolution is to be more organized when it comes to school.
I believe I can accomplish this by making realistic goals and as few as possible, so I don't feel overwhelmed. I think I can be more organized by:
Do you have any homeschooling resolutions? Let me know 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.