I’ve always loved to draw. Somewhere along the way, I decided I wasn’t good at it because I couldn’t do very realistic drawings or draw people that looked like the people I was trying to draw, so I quit. Homeschooling my children has given me a great opportunity to try different art forms and get back into art. One art program I was given the opportunity to review lately is Beyond the Stick Figure by Sally Stansfield.
I’ve taught four of my children to read and it seems like they always need a bit of extra practice on their short vowels. Children learn best when they are having fun so I love to come up with games that also sneak in learning. That is why I’ve created this Short Vowel Phonics Game. It’s a bit of a combination of Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders.
Giving your child a strong start in reading begins with phonemic awareness. You might wonder, “What exactly is phonemic awareness?” Or maybe you already are familiar with the term, but are wondering what activities you can do that will strengthen…
I’ve recently created some Nature-themed preschool worksheets. While I don’t think worksheets are an essential part of a preschool curriculum, some children love doing them. This set of worksheets cover math, literacy, and visual perception. They have a fun nature theme with hand-drawn images. I’ve added a touch of color here and there for interest, but I know we’re all ink-conscious so I’ve kept it to a minimum.
Through the years, we’ve really enjoyed using games in our homeschooling. There are so many games available that work perfectly to teach a variety of skills and subjects- math, spelling, language, team skills, strategy, logic, and the list could go on. Of course, there are Scrabble and Pictionary which are great for spelling and vocabulary. Uno is probably one of the best for teaching young children colors and numbers.
Here are some of my favorite preschool programs. Do I think a preschool program is necessary? No, I don’t. Read, play, read some more, go outside (probably one of the most important things you can do), and above all, point your child to Jesus. Don’t be over-eager to push academics. You can never redo these days.
If you need to keep record of the days you do school throughout the year, these cute school attendance calendars are an easy way to do that.
I made these Complete-a-Dot Printable Activities for my daughter a while ago and am only now getting them up on my blog. My little girl loved matching the stickers to the right colors.
These Complete-a-Dot printable activity pages are meant to be used with three-quarter inch office labels. I bought some at the dollar store, or you could buy them on Amazon. You could also use Do a Dot markers.
Here’s a Free April Nature Calendar. I hope you enjoy these ideas to interact with nature.
We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground, but we know spring is just around the corner.
We’ve been making maple syrup. I owe a huge thanks
I wasn’t sure I was going to make a March Nature Day by Day calendar, but a reader left a comment on my February calendar that made me think some of you might be missing the March one if I didn’t make it. I was in a bit of a hurry so I made it on the computer and used clip art, but I think it turned out lovely.