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!
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.