Posted on Aug 18 2013 in Cool Sites by admin
3.1 Christian Resources: How to Have Family Devotions
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: DIY Greeting Card Kit – A Simple Gift for Giving or Sending
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “101 Amazingly Awesome Things to Do with Your Preschooler”
3.4 Reading: “MSO Homeschool”
3.5 Math, Logic, and Fun: Printable Tangram Puzzles
3.6 Homemaking: House Cleaning Schedule
Whether or not you include group devotions in your homeschool day (as opposed to working with individual Bible study material, which is common with older students), here are practical suggestions for those interested in coming together as a complete family to worship and study. Find Bible reading plans, devotional guides, Bible study material for a family, suggestions for families with young children, and much more.
With commercial cards having gone way up in price, it is more common than ever to think of that very practical arts-and-crafts project, the homemade card. This short and illustrated blog post lists ingredients for you to pre-assemble in zip-top bags. The writer suggests keeping the bags near another homemade helper, the card occasion notebook (or as we call them, our “paper brains”). The article includes a link to free printables–one to track thank you notes and another to a birthday calendar. Cleverly done kits might even be suitable as gifts, especially to older relatives on limited budgets. Be sure to include stamps, address labels, addresses, and fill out the calendar as well as you can.
You may have come up with a lot of these ideas on your own–and dismissed them as being unworthy of your time. On the other hand, your child may indeed think they are fabulous if you leave what you are doing and spend just a few minutes of dedicated time with him (some activities are that brief). Besides, lying on a blanket looking at clouds can be restful. Now wake up and go spend time with the little one!
Tracy Taylor, a homeschooling mom of four from South Carolina, has compiled reading materials drawn from her time as a first grade teacher and reading interventionist. She has created a website dedicated to helping parents teach their children to read. It contains background information on the reading process, book lists, online resource lists, and other homeschooling ideas. She offers an e-booklet for sale with her information in it. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Strategy games and other puzzles are helpful in developing logical thinking and mathematical ability. For example, chess is famous for this. Tangrams help develop geometric thinking, logic, and spatial reasoning–and it’s a fun game. Allow free play and challenge your child to construct “pictures” with the pieces, either by matching the printed patterns or by using his own creativity. An Internet search will turn up many more tangram puzzles. Since the pieces could get a lot of handling, it will work best if you print the puzzle pieces themselves on card stock. Alternately, you could print paper pieces in the prescribed shapes to trace onto cardboard such as cereal boxes, or use commercial tangram sets.
Notes: Explain any spelling differences to your students as this is a British site. The Activity Village website is a fantastic resource, although not all material may be suitable for your family. Parents will need to supervise access.)
Here is an organized printable schedule to help you keep a lid on the house while you dedicate a large part of your day to education. The simple chart suitable for the fridge or bulletin board is divided into daily upkeep chores (dishes, laundry) in addition to tasks for each day specifically (Monday, bathrooms; Tuesday, bedrooms; Wednesday, kitchen, etc.). Your editor suspects she knows the Fly Lady!