All children need to learn how to form the alphabet in order to learn to write and their sounds in order to read. Finding curriculum to teach that is easy, but what if I told you that now you can purchase a curriculum that teaches writing while focusing on scripture. I'm so excited to see that this is available and how amazingly it is put together. I look forward to sharing this curriculum with you and also the bonuses that you can get if you purchase it now, during the launch, and through March 27th, 2015.
How to Teach Writing While Focusing on Scripture
It is important for your child to learn the correct formation of the alphabet and their sounds, but it is also important to take advantage of the strong memorization abilities of younger children by introducing scriptures.
Write Through the Bible: Junior does just that and in a way that your children 4-6 will absolutely love!
I will be using this curriculum when our youngest officially starts homeschooling, even though he can already write most of his letters and even loves to copy words. I want him to be able to work on his formation and phonics more, as we move into learning to read and practicing early spelling, however the addition of the scripture focus is what has sold me on this curriculum verses the other. Well, I also love the hands-on activities because they are the types of activities that he already loves to do, so learning will be easy for him because of the element of fun attached to the curriculum.
Here is how the curriculum is set up for you to simply walk through the curriculum with your child:
- It includes 31 weeks of lessons
- It is structured for 4 days weeks
- Each daily lesson includes: memory work, talk about the verse for vocabulary purposes, practice, activity and prayer
- Short lessons with hands-on activities that children will love and look forward to the next one
- Pages that include eye-catching graphics
Would you like to get a sample of the FIRST WEEK of lessons to get a feel for what you can expect in this 420+ page book that is available in ebook or paperback?
Write Through the Bible, Junior is available in a variety of options.
In addition, this full-year program is very affordable costing just $17 for the digital download or $27 for the softcover book.
We are using the consumable paperback book and my little guy can't wait to get started!
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Spelling can be so difficult for some children, which makes it more challenge to teach them if you are using the conventional way of spelling that doesn't work for some children. I love to implement as much hands-on approaches in early years of homeschooling to not only help my children who are struggling but to give them the ability to learn faster by incorporating their hands into the learning. That is why I love this hands-on approach to spelling!
A Hands-On Approach to Spelling
We I came across All About Spelling, I was so excited to try it with my unmotivated learner. He wasn't struggling to spell, he just wasn't enjoying it and because of that he wasn't motivated to give it his best. When I implemented this into our homeschool he loved it and his spelling improved immediately. I had only wished that this was around when my older two was younger because my struggling reader would have really benefited from this hands-on approach of spelling.
Now, I'm using All About Spelling – Level One as a learning box activity with my youngest and he is doing it quickly.
I love how everything you need is all provided, including how to work through each level for a mastery of the spelling words included in each level.
For the hands-on approach to spelling, we use the magnetic letters and the spelling cards, along with a metal pan to keep our work in one place.
I pull a few spelling words cards, in the same word family, together with magnetic letters and have him build the letters.
Notice that the vowels are red and the consonants are blue. As they develop their spelling skills they will begin to use multi-lettered phonograms that are also colored coordinated. LOVE IT!
Once he is done building the word, he moves his finger to the left and we work on sounding out the word together. When we are done, he will spell the word and say it again, before building the next word in the word family.
This kit is excellence!
Although it is designed for homeschoolers, this would be an excellent way to help your children who are struggling with spelling at school. Just have them make up their own spelling cards from their spelling list at the beginning of the week and then each evening, they can build the words for their spelling practice for the test at the end of the week.
Check out all the resources from All About Spelling and turn your spelling time into a hands-on learning time.
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Many children have a difficult time mastering the skills of timelines and narration. Taking the printable timeline figures from Homeschool in the Woods, while enjoying a little craft time with them, will allow your children to grow in narration and help them be more interested in giving you more details because it increased their attention with a hands-on element.
An Interactive Timeline for Narration
Most homeschoolers use a timeline on their wall or in a book of some kind. Young children can go through this activity but may not really make the connection on their own of what it really means. For our children, it became easy for them to understand a timeline when associating it with people and events that we were studying in History and making connections with others that lived in that time period.
Over time, it was easier and easier for our children to make the connection and base everything off from what they already knew and understood up to that point.
Here is how to create this Interactive Timeline:
First, you will need to purchase the Homeschool In the Woods Timeline Figures on CDs. This is one of the best investments we have made in our homeschool journey because we have used it every year for all of our children and will keep using them for years to come. I love non-consumable curriculum!
I love to use the full length timeline figures, however some of the figures only have head bust images of certain people, and these are still okay to use, as well. Print off as many of the images as you would like to cover, remembering that the CDs have them organized in chronologically or alphabetically. You can even print off events, with people from the event. For an example, the American Revolution and people from that time period.
Each of the timeline figures can be printed with or without text. For this purpose, I used the ones without text. I then write the name and dates that are the printouts onto the back of the images. I then have my children color them.
Next, I add two graphics per laminating sheet and then laminate them for longer use.
Once they are done laminating and cooling, I cut out each one.
I then add double sided tape to the back of the popsicle sticks and attach it to the back of the laminated image. Be sure not to cover up the name and dates, for the children to remember when working with them in their narration. You can color code your popsicle sticks to be for a certain time period or event, if you like to go that far into creating these interactive timelines for narration.
Here is how to use this Interactive Timeline:
Narrate a Biography
Younger children would be thrilled to have the interactive timeline image and be able to retell an oral narration while holding it. If they are a reader, having the name and dates will help them mentally see this information, as they narrate, for a way to memorize the facts for quicker recall.
Narrate an Event
If a child was asked to retell all they knew about an event, like the American Revolution, you can give them a large amount of interactive timeline images that they helped to create over a term of learning and give you a great narration by picking up the different images at different parts of the story. The more they learned of the different people during this period of history will help them make the connections of the timeline and the people who lived during this event.
Free Time Play
Children who grow up on learning history through living books, often times will fill their free time with play that reenacts things that they learned. These interactive timeline images can easily become as enjoyable as paper dolls in their creative play.
Have your children put on a puppet show with these interactive timeline images. They can really enjoy this experience with several images that could carry on a conversation with each other. Children will ask for more narration time if you used the power of a puppet show for the way they delivered what they retained in their lessons.
With all the devices today that give you movie making abilities, your older children will love using these interactive timeline images to create a movie to retell what they retained from their lessons. Building skills, while narrating will be something that any techie loving child will find all kinds of way to make learning fun.
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If you are looking for a foreign language to teach your children that will also be a great way for them to learn more about scriptures, a great option would be to learn Biblical Greek. Although it may sound like a hard thing, I would love to share with you how to teach Biblical Greek at home.
How to Teach Biblical Greek at Home
Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! A Biblical Greek Worktext is a 36 lesson curriculum. I had the opportunity to review Level 3 which starts with guiding your child through a review of the Greek alphabet. If you want more time to work on the foundation of Greek, you can start with either Level 1 or Level 2 before moving into Level 3.
The Worktext is a consumable curriculum that is spiral bound that allows the student to easily work through the daily assignments, right into the book.
The Level 3 Answer Key is very important and necessary. It breaks down all the assignments, with details for the teacher to implement for each lesson that is covered on a weekly basis.
In addition to the student completing one page a day, as their assignment, they are also assigned to practice the flashcards daily. These are perfect for the short lessons for those following the Charlotte Mason way of educating their children.
Each lessons has vocabulary work that ties together with the flashcards, along with a check box for the daily practice of the flashcards. There is an optional pronunciation CD that can be used in Level Three and Level Four, which would make it easier if you struggle with foreign language and want to ensure your children are learning how to pronounce the vocabulary properly.
As they move through the curriculum, they will build on their sentence building skills, as they practice turning English into Greek and Greek into English. This will be easy for you to correct, as the answers are found in the Answer Key.
If you like to see how much your child retains in their studies of Biblical Greek, you can use the consumable quizzes and exams to evaluate their progress, as they move through the curriculum.
Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek is one of the best curriculums that I have seen for children that are ready to add foreign language to their lessons. The simplicity of the lessons, the addition of flashcards and pronunciation CD and the useful lesson plans and answers provided in the Answer Key makes this a good thing to having your children dig deeper into scripture, as they learn Biblical Greek.
*I received Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 3 for a review and was compensated for my honest opinion for this curriculum.
Notebook pages are a great way to inspire narrations, creativity, nature journaling and much more. In our experience, young children are overwhelmed by just handing them a blank piece of paper and expect them to fill it up with things they just learned. Notebook pages are a perfect way to bridge the space between the beginning stages of writing and filling the blank page of a paper or a journal.
Notebook Pages for Most Subjects
Have you ever seen Notebook Pages? This resources has so many free pages and themed pages, as well as bundles that you really could find notebook pages for most subjects, but so far, not math. Who wants that, anyways? I would love to introduce you to some of the ones that would be perfect for the Charlotte Mason method to help your children learn the important factors of the elements of writing and journaling.
Notebook Pages has many free resources that includes: Bible, laptop elements, art & music, basic lines, character studies, famous people, geography, history, holiday focuses, language arts, latin & greek, nature study and science.
3-D Systems and Mini-Books
If you use Binder Books or laptops in your homeschool, these notebook page templates and mini-books are the perfect thing to have to bring these things to live with different shapes and pop-ups that will make this a great resource for hands-on learners or creative learners.
With four different A-Z sets focusing on alphabet copywork, transportation, sports and animals, you can find the right one for your preschool or kindergarten children.
Focusing on character studies is a great way to help build habits that are an important part of the Charlotte Mason way of educating.
Turn your children's copywork into keepsakes with these themed copywork notebook pages.
Teaching written narration can be a challenge, but these famous people notebook pages can inspire your children in creating amazing narrations, as well as inspire you to assign them!
A huge selection of geography maps notebook pages are a great way to put hands-on assignment to geography, while teaching the important aspects that are often overlooked.
Themed history notebook pages from all kinds of history will be a great addition to your living books curriculum, creating eye catching additions for your children's notebooks and teaching great journaling skills that will inspire their own creative works.
Latin & Greek Word Study
Color coded latin and greek word study notebook pages is a great way to introduce a new language and learn the English language roots easily.
Teach the basis of nature journaling with these nature study notebook pages that will inspire creativity with the themed nature bundles.
These basic science and experience pages, anatomy and astronomy notebook pages will help you navigate the study of science allowing your children to capture important details in an easy way.
You can also get a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP that includes all of these and future pages for one low price!
Our family loves the Bible lessons from Grapevine Studies, which teaches children the Bible through drawing stick figures. Our youngest has been doing this since the age of 4 and will often times draw his favorite Bible stories that we haven't even studied yet, while we are out of the house on errands or at church. He loves it! I love that this simple method of learning the Bible has been so effective that he is thinking of it on his own when we aren't even doing homeschool.
That is when I got this idea.
DIY Bible Lesson Cards for Learning on the Go
Here is what you will need to create your own Bible Lesson Cards:
Here is how you make your DIY Bible Lesson Cards
On the blank side of your index card, you will want to draw the picture for the lesson that you are on or have your children do it, like I did. It is important to use the same color for each of the drawing that is specified. So if your children are doing this with you, be sure they understand to look at the colors for each stick figure and item in the lesson and to use that color when drawing.
Label the top of the card, on the blank side, where the drawing goes with the name of the lesson. This will help readers identify what the lesson is about just by looking at the drawing and the title.
On the lined side of the index card, you will want to write the assignment for Bible reading, skip a line and then write the portion for ‘Discussion'. Although the purpose of these cards are for the children to enjoy using these DIY Bible lesson cards anywhere, they can also be used as true lessons in the waiting room for an appointment, long drives with the family, in lines at the store or sick days in bed.
These are the key things you will want to add to the front and back of these DIY Bible lesson cards.
Another thing that I have added to the lesson cards is the colorful timeline reviews. I love this activity at the end of every lesson! I can't believe how easy it is for my son, who just turned 5, to be able to look at this review and go through the timeline retelling me the stories from the lessons… just from the pictures!
Your children will LOVE this resource. You will love their knowledge of the Bible and how easy it is to teach them, while keeping their attention.
Due to the amount of work that goes into these cards and their value to our family, plus knowing that these cards will be used for a long time with my little guy drawing in church, I wanted to really preserve them by laminating them. I have learned the hard way that when something is used again and again, it is always best to invest in laminating them to ensure they are a non-consumable investment, instead of having to purchase them several times for all of my children.