Karyn from Teach Beside Me
Colleen & Leann from Sugar Aunts
Mary Catherine from Fun-a-Day
Kate from Laughing Kids Learn
and Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road.
Reading the Alphabet is a FREE reading curriculum designed by This Reading Mama. It can be purchased for $10, in an easier more compact downloadable program. (The FREE version has to be downloaded one letter at a time).
We have been using Reading the Alphabet with my 4yo. Honestly, I was not interested in this program for teaching reading, but for improving on speech. My 4yo is speech delayed, and has been receiving speech services off and on since he was 2.5yo. When I found this program I thought it would be a great way to focus on the letters that he has difficulty with. I have shown the program to his speech therapist; she was quite impressed with the program and has recommended it to several of her other students.
There are several consonants that my son struggles with annunciating when speaking. This program has allowed me to print off reading materials and activities to focus on those consonants. Most programs I have found focus on the vowel sounds, which are not a problem for Z. This program, focuses on a different consonant in each lesson. It has been perfect for his speech therapy, and has helped him make many strides in speech.
I highly recommend this program to others, for us it has ‘killed two birds with one stone’, we are working on reading and improving speech! There are many speech and reading programs available out there, and for $10 it is worth getting the program in the more easy to download batch.
Each lesson is based on one letter and one sight word. There are several activities (multi-sensory) for each lesson. I love that it’s a hand on program. You can use which ever components of each lesson that meets the needs and interest of your child.
Disclaimer: I received the full downloadable product (worth $10) for FREE in order to do this review. This in no one affected my honest opinion of the product.
Part 2 in the Why We Homeschool Series, you can find Part 1 HERE
I’m not anti public school by any means. I went to public school, I have a MA in Early Childhood Education. There are a lot of really good teachers in the school system. However, in certain things, teacher’s hands are tied. Things like The Common Core have tied them even further. For this reason, we homeschool.
Homeschooling allows me to INDIVIDUALIZE the curriculum. I am able to adapt and adjust based on the learning needs and interests of EACH of my children. This is something that is just not possible in the public school system, no matter how passionate or how great of a teacher one is.
My 7yo is a great reader, he was reading at age 4 and currently reads at probably a 4th grade level. However, he hates writing, isn’t that great at it, and still flips numbers and letters occasionally, even when writing his own name. He is fairly good at math and ahead of his grade level. I am able to adjust our curriculum to the level he is at in each subject.
I can spend more time on certain subjects based on his interests. I can add in topics that interest him. I can pick curriculums based on his interests.
I’ll admit, I still have to remind myself on a normal basis that THIS IS WHY I homeschool, having a teaching degree, being a product of public school myself, it’s quite easy to fall into the brick and mortar mentality…I have to pull myself off regularly. This is our 3rd official year homeschooling, and I have relaxed a lot more, and I STILL have to remind myself. Don’t feel bad if you have to remind yourself too!
Individualization is a MAJOR benefit to homeschooling, and another BIG reason WHY WE HOMESCHOOL!
This is a curriculum I wrote sometime ago, but life got busy and it got put on the side burner. I’ve pulled it back out and put some finishing touches on it. Now it’s ready to provide to you!
*The link to the Santa color page on Day 1 is not working, use this one instead. The link to the Christmas Tree color page on Day 4 is also not working, use this one instead. Also the link for Rudolph and Frosty videos will not play on mobile devices…I will work on fixing these two items in the actual document. Sorry I set this up awhile ago and am finding the kinks as I implement it with my kids.
The curriculum is available FREE of CHARGE for you! Each set contains 12 carols, some information/history on each, words to song, coloring pages and or other activities, link to listen/watch the carol, book suggestion. The Ornament Craft kits are available for $15 each (shipping included). I only have 10 kits of each set available for sale. Priority mail is available for $3 more per kit.
The craft kits are not required to enjoy the curriculum, but they add to it. You can get by with one kit per family or you can purchase one per child. Most kits include small parts, so best for children OVER age 3, skill wise most of the ornaments are suited also for that age, but some are best for 6+, ages 3-6 would most likely require assistance.
I know Dec 1st is HERE already (where does time go??)…but since this curriculum is only 12 days of Christmas there is still time to get them shipped out! Email me your requests, I accept payment via paypal. Please put in the subject line “12 days of Christmas Carols” Thank you!
Here are some ornaments we did last year….the ornaments for this curriculum are NOT THE EXACT SAME, however it gives you an idea of what they are like.
We will be starting the religious set on Monday and will posting pictures on the Facebook page daily and on the blog each week.
Please stop by and visit my co-host’s blog and give them a shout out!
Lisa @ Our 4 Kiddos
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So we decided this year to do Early American History since we will be relocating to Maryland just after the new year, there are so many great historical sites on the east coast. I wanted to be able to take full advantage of being out east, we aren’t sure how long we will be there.
I discovered this great Charlotte Mason based History program that I’m really excited about starting. It’s called Beautiful Feet Books, and though they do not have a lot of choices for Elementary, they have what looks like great programs for Middle and High School.
They did, of course, have an Elementary program for Early US History. My oldest is 7. We don’t start our new school year until January.
Last year we used Pandia Press Ancient History I and loved it; we plan to return to their program when we start Medieval History in 1-2 years. They also have Early and Modern History curriculums and follow the Story of the World text for their level 1 programs.
Some other supplements we will be using:
Historical Field Trips:
5 Places to visit on the East Coast
What are you using for history/social studies?
We are big fans of Reading Eggs apps in this house. I have reviewed a few, and we own several. So I was very excited to be able to preview and review Eggy Numbers to 100 for IPad for it’s launch on Monday, November 25th.
‘Eggy Numbers to 100’ on iPad, teaches children aged 6-8 additional skills in counting, addition, multiples and estimation, for success in mathematics.
Featuring 6 highly motivational interactive games that progress through 2-3 difficulty levels, children can use the ‘tap’ and ‘touch and drag’ functions to arrange numbers,match number dots to dots and write numbers answers – keeping kids engaged and motivated to learn essential mathematic skills..
The app features colorful visuals, catchy music, fun sound effects, and exciting 15 Mashies characters to unlock and earn.
My 7yo son used this program, and he really enjoyed it. There are several math games to choose from, they vary in skill and level.
Space bugs was the only game he wasn’t able to do at this point, we have not really covered multiples yet. The games could very well work for some children under age 6, as well…depending on their level. For instance Dot2Dot -
or Gridlock -
Also Balloons, these three programs are mostly counting/number order recognition. Other games include skills of factors, estimating, finding the difference, Games become more difficult as you continue them.
The app is a great way to practice math skills in a fun way! My son enjoyed receiving the prizes as well (eggs that you hatch to find funny animals inside).
It costs only $2.99 and can be bought on iTunes.
Disclaimer: I received this app for FREE in order to use the product and post an honest review.
Our book this month:
Activities we did:
We have a set of animal moms and babies…..the kids love matching them together! We got our set from Oriental Trading some time ago. They have animal toobs of adults and babies that you can buy separately from amazon.
Sort the animals by habitat….do they live on a farm, in the zoo, etc…
You can find these HERE
Lots of other fun Baby Animal activities are on my Pinterest page.
For a field trip, we went to the pet store and played with the puppies! (WARNING: so hard to go and not bring one home)
It’s also a great time to talk about HUMAN Babies – you could wash baby dolls, feed them bottles, change their diapers, etc… Great activities/lesson to prepare for a new baby in the home!
Check out these other great blogs and what they did this month for ANIMALS:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom - 3 Dinosaurs - Monsters Ed - Chestnut Grove Academy - Growing in God's Grace - Royal Little Lambs - Life with Moore Babies -Teach Beside Me - The Usual Mayhem - Fantastic Fun and Learning - Kathys Cluttered Mind - Toddler Approved - Growing Book by Book - Adventures in Mommydom - Edventures with Kids - Learning & Growing the Piwi way - A Gluten Free Journey - Preschool Powol Packets - To The Moon and Back - Our Craft ~N~ Things - Fresh Farm Adventures - Are We There Yet? - Afterschool for Smarty Pants
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More Baby Animal Books: