During winter time, it’s easy to add “snow days” fun into your learning. Start with my snowman vowels sort freebie! Play with snowmen as you sort long vowel from short vowels in a simple phonics file folder game or classroom center. While you’re at it, here’s another winter-y idea: Make learning fun with snowman breaks […]
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I simply love reading Christmas picture books with my kids. Sometimes huge, long lists are overwhelming, so here are some of my absolute favorite picture books of the season. On my list, I start with a few religious-themed books and then branch to other parts of the Christmas tradition.
When the kids come inside from playing in the snow, I always let them have some hot cocoa to help them warm up. I decided to sneak a tiny bit of learning in on a day when it was too yucky to go outside! We practiced “marshmallow math” at the kitchen table. Marshmallow counting was perfect […]
My son has been struggling with subtraction with renaming. (I also called it “borrowing”). He sees two numbers and he consistently subtracted the smaller number from the higher number, no matter which number is on top. To get extra practice in double-digit subtraction beyond the worksheets, I decided we had shake things up a bit […]
English language arts is the overarching title given to a variety of learning subjects, including spelling and phonics, reading and comprehension, and writing and grammar. Here are some ways to integrate ELA learning in your homeschool.
We created our own mail center in our schoolroom and play room because my kids love getting the mail. They love to send letters to friends, teachers, and grandparents. They love to send and receive mail. I made some monster post cards to help us practice writing, addressing, and sending mail. Of course, these aren’t […]
To encourage my children to write more often, I’ve tried to make sure I have a writing center easily accessible to them in our school room (which is also our play room). As we make writing a fun part of our days, my children get handwriting practice as well as practice writing from their own […]
This week’s Thematic Thursday is all about space, and I’ve chosen to focus a bit more on the moon. (Yes, I realize that it is no longer Thursday, but we do what we can, right?!) We studied the moon and space about two years ago, when my son was starting his kindergarten year. His grandma sent […]
My daughter is only 2 and a half, but she loves ABCs! I’m planning ahead to the coming months and year of school as I look for awesome books to read to her. Raisin and I loved these ABC books, so this is where we will start!
My son resists handwriting practice so I have been pondering ways to get him to practice his writing. I also am teaching a writing class at our weekly co-op so here is a list of some ways that we get practice handwriting around here.