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Homeschool: 1st Grade End of Year

As we start to wrap up our 1st grade year I thought I would go ahead and let y'all know what I thought about our curriculum choices, what worked and what did not. Of course we used our Timberdoodle Curriculum . I will go by class so first up is English. For English I count everything that goes into it as one class. So, reading, spelling, grammar and writing are what I call English. My main goals where for her to improve on her reading and start to spell more on her own. If you have read our post before than you know I did an extended year because I wanted our daughter to get better at reading. Well then come to find out she was where she should be and then I felt down for not continuing like we normally would have. She has hit all the goal I original set so I call that a win for sure. When I asked her what she thought of English class she said " I really like the games because they are fun even though reading is quite hard." The next class is math. I was really surprised

Tips & Tricks: This is BORING (Reading/Math)

Fight with your child every day to do reading and math? I know we have those days. Instead of losing your mind trying to get your child to finish their assignment turn it into an activity! These are some things I do. First I put the problems or words on a card/piece of paper. Scavenger Hunt: I tape the papers all around the house and our daughter has to find them bring them to me and solve/read them. Sometimes I give clues as to where the next one is. Big TIP make a list of where you put the papers cause if you are like me you will lose them. Animal and the Food: I tell our daughter she is an animal like a mouse and she is hungry if she completes the problems/read then she gets to keep them and eat them making her a happy mouse. Hop to the Finish: I place the papers all about the living room with a finish line. Some of the path ways do not lead to the finish and she would need to back track and find the correct path. In order to move to the next paper she has to correctly solve/read th

Tips & Tricks: Extra Help with a Class

What should you do if your child is not understanding a certain subject or concept in a class? There are many things you can do. Often times the curriculum you choose will have extra work on their website that you can print out or copy by hand and have your student complete. This will allow them to get extra practice in. You would spend more time on in the areas that they do not understand. For instance if my daughter says she that she does not understand what I am talking about when we go over her history class then I reword it for her or explain further what the textbook is trying to say. When she did not understand what I meant in science that atoms join together to make a molecule we physically reacted it with her, my husband and I all being an atom and then we linked arms and feet literally becoming the molecule. Another thing that you can do is hire a tutor. Sometimes having someone else explain the same concept that you are trying to helps the child understand it better. When I

Homeschool: 1st Grade Unboxing

As I was getting ready to do our end of year thoughts on 1st grade I realized that I never made an unboxing post. So here it is now super late. We used Timberdoodle Elite 1st Grade kit . I love that I do not have to piece together our curriculum they have done it for us yet I can still customize the kit to exactly what I want. For English we got All About Reading , All About Spelling ,  Daily 6-Trait  and  Imagidice . My goals for the end of the year with these items were just that our daughter had a better understanding of reading, learned some spelling and was able to write in sentences. For math we had  Math-U-See , wrap-ups  addition  and  subtraction  as well as  Mobi Kids . With math I just wanted our daughter to be able to work through problems that she did all year. These included addition, subtraction, solving for the unknown and some clock work. For our thinking skills class I got a few items  Critical & Creative ,  miniLUK set A/B ,  Smart Cookies ,  What's New? What

Cold Weather and Holiday Items

We are getting into that colder weather and holiday celebrations are right around the corner! Here are some items that are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. Every crochet piece is made with 100% cotton yarn, polyfil and lead-free safety eyes (chocking hazard). Cross stitch and embroidery pieces are made using Aida canvas or the fabric of your choice and DMC thread. I also do custom work .

Review: Kids Freeze Dance

Recently we tried a service called Kids Freeze Dance . This is a really go way to get your kids moving while they practice their math and English lessons. There are 3 different kinds of videos: freeze dance, guided movements and body percussions. The first one we tried out was freeze dance. This one has videos for all ages and K-3rd grade. The object is to dance or move about then freeze when the music stops and say the answer. For these I found the phonics to be a bit above grade level for both our homeschooling and for our school district. So what we did was just pick the videos of the concepts that our daughter has learned and what she is going over. I really liked that for some videos of the reading there was sounding out the word instead of just knowing it as a sight word. I teach reading by decoding vs just remembering the words. There were some rhyming videos included. I really like this because rhyming is often a hard concept for kids to grasp and this is a fun way to practice