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.
Update: I have updated the game board to be less confusing and I also added additional information on the second page of the download to clarify the directions. I am sorry for any confusion before. I am very happy that so many are enjoying this game.
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!
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!
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!
It has been crazy in our household, the holidays are approaching, work has been crazy and school is about to be put on hold for a few weeks for winter break! I am super excited about that, it will give me time to create some awesome FREE activities for your homeschooling journey.
The next lesson my son and I are going to be working on is the long /o/ sound using the -oa, -ow and -oe. I will admit that I do use some great content from other homeschooling mommies and daddies and also create some of my own. I had a good amount of worksheets for the week, but I felt I was a little short, so I created these three awesome worksheets. They are simple and a great tool for practicing long /o/ sound and writing (My son needs to practice his writing, he likes to float his letters....lol).
Here are the three worksheets for you to use!
Do you have any long /o/ activities that you do with your child? Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for fun new things to do in my learning space!
Yesterday in the mail my son received his first Highlights magazine. My in-laws got him a subscription for Christmas and I am so excited. I think I was more excited than he was. I remember growing up and reading the magazine. I loved the stories and the fun activities in it.
The magazine now is just as fun but I think it is better! With his very first magazine he got the magazine, of course, but he also got a hidden pictures book and a calendar! He opened the hidden pictures book right away and started searching for those pictures. He even paused his video game just to do some of the puzzles, now that is amazing!
I was really shocked that he wasn't getting frustrated when he couldn't find some of the pictures, but he just asked me for help and we did it together. I think this will be a great tool in our teaching arsenal. I believe that it will help him develop patience and not freak out when he can't get something right away (he freaks out when he plays video games all the time). If you don't know what the Highlights magazine is, I highly recommend checking it out here.
Did you grow up reading the Highlights magazine? If you did, what was your favorite part of the magazine? Let me know in the comments!
In a few days we are going to be working on the long /i/ sound. As part of the lesson, I created a few activities for practice. The first one is holiday related, so something fun to do this month! Here is a free printable for your little one to practice using the long /i/ sound. At the end of the packet there are three charts that you can hang in your learning area or put into a binder for your child to look back on when he or she is struggling.
What are some activities you do with your child to help with the long /i/ sound? Let me know in the comments!
I just love the Henry and Mudge books. They are so cute and my son just loves them. In the first book, there was a story where Mudge gets lost and my son wanted to read the next chapter to see if Henry finds him. It warms my heart to see my son wanting to read more to find out what happened. There was a time when my son refused to even try to read and now he is more open to the process of reading.
I highly recommend the Henry and Mudge books, because for my son they are just on the border of him being able to read most of the words but still needs a little help from me. They have small chapters and the pictures are great in helping my son decode words that he is having trouble with. He is a visual person and looking at the pictures helps him read the words. It is amazing to see how his learning process is, that is one of the reasons why I chose to have him do school from home.
If you are interested in the Henry and Mudge books, here is a link to the first and second book.
I would love to hear what books your child is reading! Let me know in the comments.
I am so excited that my brain is spitting out all of these awesome things to help with recognizing teen numbers. My son really enjoyed working in his Teen Numbers book, you can check out that post here. So my next project I did was, Name That Teen Mini Game! It is a simple board game with the teen numbers, 11-19, all around the board.
You can print the game board here. I glued mine on a cereal box side, but you can just play as is when you print it out. Now you are ready to play the game. Pick some game pieces, we play with small Lego pieces, and use one die to roll. Roll the die and move that many spaces and say the number, that simple. Simple and fun is what I do best. Too complicated frustrates my son, so I try to make all of our "fun" learning simple, so when we do the "not so fun" learning he isn't burned out.
What type of games do you play to practice teen numbers? Let me know in the comments.
I don't know what it is, but my son has the hardest time with teen numbers. You can show him numbers all the way up to 100 and has no problems telling you what they are, as soon as you show him a 15, he says 51, it is so odd and he does that with the all the teen numbers. Now if I say no, he will count to himself until he gets to the 15 and says it correctly, but to just look at it and say it, he always says the number backwards.
So I did some research and my creative juices started to flow. I completed the first project in my teen number series, the Teen Numbers Booklet! It is a simple booklet that has counting, tracing and even the number as a word. I am not very good at making a book, so I used some glue to put it together, so please google how to put the book together, because I am not the person to ask, I will make it more confusing than it really is. Even my husband was confused on how I put it together, lol (I don't have color in my printer, but the pictures are in color)
Inside you will find fun pictures to count and I used a tracing font, so your child can count the pictures, trace the number and trace the number word. Here is the PDF, if the PDF doesn't print like a booklet, send me an email and let me know and I will send you the word file that prints out like a booklet.
Do you have any suggestions on how to make learning the teen numbers fun? Let me know in the comments
It has been a couple of days since I posted last, but not to worry, my creative juices are flowing. I have a few fun math related items to share with you, that are coming soon! My muse is my son, I see what he struggles with and I try to make it less of a struggle and more fun! So that takes a little thought and effort. So stayed tuned for some fun activities for a child who struggles with the teen numbers: 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 and 19.
I think out of all the holidays that Christmas is my favorite. Christmas is the only holiday I decorate for and I love to create Christmas or Holiday themed games. I did a similar game for Halloween, that I made myself using construction paper, you can check it out here. This time around, I made several templates that you can print out and write a set of rhyming words on them. You can come up with your own words or you can use my list.
There are several pages of templates, you can print them all out or you can use the ones you like best. The way I do it is, I pick two word families, there are 4 words in each family, so I would have a total of 8 cards. I just lay them out in a board like pattern and play memory, when two words rhyme, you get to keep the card and the next person takes a turn.
My son is sort of a sore loser so I try to keep the games fun, so that means no one wins, but you can make your own rules for the game, it is all about your child's journey, my son gets mad and just shuts down and learning is done for the day, so I try to avoid that by making the games fun instead of competitive.
What is your favorite holiday template and what holiday themed educational games do you play in your classroom? 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.