It seems like it has been forever since my last post and I do apologize for that. Everyone at my house was sick and kept passing the sickness around and around. Knock on wood we are starting to feel better, so I was able to finally get a my prefix -un story done and create a cool bingo game too!
I am going to brag about my kiddo for a minute. For my first time readers, my son is 10 years old and is a struggling reader. He was part of an e-school last year, which he was in 2nd grade. I felt that he wouldn't be ready for the required state test they have to take in 3rd grade and I felt that I would be able to help him learn without feeling pressure to "hurry" and catch up. So for this school year I am traditionally homeschooling him and will do that through at least 5th grade. After that I will reevaluate to see if I am going to enroll him back in the online school for middle school and high school or keep going with the homeschooling.
So the bragging part. My son has improved so much in a short time with his reading. Like with normal homeschooling, a child will not be at the same levels in every subject, like for example, I started him out on level one with a language arts curriculum, we just started level two, which we will continue throughout the summer, but in math we are starting multiplication, which is about 3rd grade!
Okay bragging over! So now to the fun part. Here is a free story that I created. You can print it here. Either you read or have your child read the story, highlight all the words that start with the
-un prefix and discuss what each word means. For an example, highlight the word unwell, you would have your child tell you that unwell means not well.
I also created this fun prefix bingo. The game includes the prefix un and re. There are 4 bingo cards and call cards. The caller reads that meaning of the word, like "not well" and the child will put a bingo marker on the word "unwell" on the bingo card. The first to get six in a row wins! You can check it out here.
Since I got to brag about my kiddo in this post, it is only fair that you get to! Leave me a comment telling me something your child accomplished recently!
By now, everyone should be back to their homeschooling routine. We started out pretty great after break, so I hope we can keep it up. One of things that I love about homeschooling my son is watching his brain grow. You can tell when his brain grows because things he was struggling with before, he gets now. I always say, you can try to teach a kid something until you are blue in the face, but if his or her brain is not ready to receive that information, you are wasting your time.
That is a beauty of homeschooling, not every kid learns the same way and not every kid learns at the same time. My son is a slow learner when it comes to reading and that is okay, because I know that his brain will catch up and all the worries I had and will have will be for nothing.
Okay, I kind of went off topic there.. sorry ;) So recently we did some lessons on -er and -est as comparison words. I created this fun color by words printable. All the words ending with -er are red and all the words ending with -est are blue. It is a heart picture so it will be perfect for the month of February. You can print it for free here.
If you are looking for more -er and -est activities, check out this packet I made. It contains two worksheets and a game. You can check it out here. Here is a preview of one of the worksheets.
What fun activities do you to practice comparison words that end with -er and -est? Let me know in the comments.
Christmas is over and pretty soon break will be over and my son and I will be back to our lessons. We will be working on the drop the "e" and the four types of sentences. I created this fun game show activity to add a little fun to the lesson. You can print it here for free!
Looking for more sentence activities? Check out my Four Types of Sentences packet. It includes 2 worksheets, a memory match game and a sentence craft! You can check it out here.
Do you work through the holidays or do you give your kids some type of break? Let me know in the comments.
Growing up I think compound words were my favorite part of grammar. How cool is it to take two words, put them together to make a new word. I like that if you put two words together and they don't make sense, then it is not a real compound word, if it makes sense, you made a new word. It is all about trial and error, not too much pressure and still fun to do. I think making silly words and saying them out loud was the most fun.
That is what it is all about, fun. My son gets bored when I am just lecturing, I do all the talking and he does all the listening. We do this a lot in Math, so I try to make English a little more fun. I create fun games, worksheets or crafts to make the learning process easier.
I created this fun worksheet called Alien Compound Words. Help the Aliens find their home planets. You can glue the Aliens on the planets for a one time activity or you can just place the Aliens on their home planet to do it more than once. The choice is yours. You can print the worksheet here.
You want more fun activities to do with compound words, no problem, I created more fun things here. There is a compound word match, compound word adding, compound word shopping and a compound word sunflower craft. Here is a preview of the word matching and word adding.
What fun things do you do when practicing compound words? Let me know in the comments.
I know everyone is getting for ready for Thanksgiving and a lot of you have decided to take a break from lessons and concentrate on the holidays. I am not one for cooking so we are going to a relatives house. So that means I have some time to create some more awesome content for you!
We are working on subjects and verbs and I created this chart to put in your child's notes. This way when he or she is stuck, they can pull it out and reference it to help with their lessons. You can download it here!
I also created three fun subject/verb activities to go with your lesson. You can check it out here. Here is a preview of the board game that is included in the packet.
Do you take breaks for the holiday or just on the day? Let me know in the comments.
I finally got some things done. The whole house has been sick and when that happens, I don't feel accomplished at all. The house is a mess and school pretty much was no go this week, so now that everyone is feeling better we will be back at it on Tuesday.
Which "To, Too, Two" to use? That is the question?!? This seems like a struggle with a lot of kiddos. My son was getting pretty frustrated with it, so I created him this cute anchor chart that can easily be put into his notes binders. Anytime we are working on this subject he just pulls this out and uses it as a reference to help him decide which "to" to use.
As always, I have made this available to you for free, you can print it out here.
If you want to go a step further, I also created a cool game to go along with this chart. If you have a race car fan, he or she will love this cool game, you can get it here.
What fun activities do you do to practice To, Too and Two? 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!
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.