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Tips & Tricks: Taking Notes

I know in school a lot of kids have trouble with taking notes. This is a skill they will need for all of school, college and even some jobs they will need to take notes. So, it is important to learn and master a skill like this. I was a very studious child in school and took many notes in my time there. Here are some things I did. Each class had its own section in a binder or even its own binder loose paper with notes were in here I used notebooks for notes as well with every class having there own If your teacher says "this will be on the test" or "you need to remember this" then it is best to write this down If there were any vocab words or bold/italicized words in the textbook I write those down and what they mean Any equations get written down along with 1-3 example problem for how to solve or use the equations Important people mentioned and what they did write those down If something is mentioned a lot it is worth writing down The main idea of each lesson shoul

Review: 180 Days of Social Studies 2nd

For our history class, while I think Story of the World is amazing, I noticed that there was not a ton of focus on social studies and geography. Makes sense though since it is a history book. So, I went on the hunt for a social studies curriculum. I came across 180 Days of Social Studies . We have used the kinder and 1st grade versions. I think these are great and cover quite a lot so I have kept it going for 2nd grade. Just like with the other ones I wish the book was in color. It would make it more fun for our daughter to do I think. A great thing about this book is that it has 36 weeks worth of lessons and you only do 1 page a day. Now, if you have read before we have a 47 week school year but I do have the booklet spaced out to use throughout our whole school year. There are 4 main topics that this book goes over and those are history, civics, geography and economics.  There are a bunch of things covered in the 2nd grade version of 180 Days of Social Studies. It goes over things lo

Review: Building Thinking Skills Book 1

I love having thinking skills as a class. I think it really helps with problem solving and quick thinking. Building Thinking Skills  has 10 chapters in it that go over lots of critical thinking concepts. It will cover shapes, similar and different, sequences, classifications, analogies and describing things. Some of the concepts will have figural and verbal chapters. All the answers are in the back of the book incase you need them. I absolutely love that the pages are perforated. I like being about to take the papers out and put the ones will be doing that week in her binder. One thing that I do not like is that the book is all in black and white. I wish it was more colorful. Somethings in this book have been a review for our daughter since she knows her shapes and other things. While somethings even if they are not knew the problems are more of a challenge for her.  Some of the problems will want the child to write in the blanks. If your child is not yet writing then maybe this workbo

Review: Critical and Creative 2

I really like having a critical thinking class in our homeschool. It is a really important skills that all children should learn. We have used this booklet previously and the reason I kept it was because our daughter really likes to use it. There will be coloring, drawing, fill in the blank, multiple choice questions, word scrabbles and a lot of writing in Critical and Creative 2 . Besides critical thinking skills there are also math and literacy skills in this workbook. There are 6 main subjects covered which are throughout the year, animals, places, time to eat, human body and my world. Each sub section has a 3 pages to complete over that topic. Some main topics have more sub sections than others the biggest being animals and my world. There is not a lot of work to complete on each page but the work is pretty fun for kids to do. Critical thinking class is one that our daughter always loves and I have no issues with her completing the assignments in a timely manner. All of the sub top

Review: Italic Handwriting C

If you have read our reviews before you may know that we use Italic Handwriting for our handwriting lessons in English class. I really like this workbook because the writing is very nice and neat. As the title suggest the letters are slightly italicized. Instead of writing in the booklet itself I put a sheet protector over them so that we can reuse the curriculum as many times as we like. We typically go through the book multiple times before moving onto the next one. Doing this allows our daughter to get more practice in then just doing every page one time. Italic Handwriting Books A  and B have the kid friendly paper with the special lines for when kids are just starting out with writing. This installment has the same kind of lines to write on but they get smaller as you go through the book. This way the child can transition into writing without having a top, middle and bottom line. When you first start with Book C there is a pre-test so that you can asses where your child is at be

Tips & Tricks: Spelling Lessons

 Here are some quick videos on English spelling lessons. Hope they help you out. /k/ at the beginning /k/ at the end Double F, L and S at the End Plural Words Compound Words NG and NK Words Open Syllables Y Says Ī Breaking Down Words Open and Closed Syllables

Tips & Tricks: Using A Planner

Recently I got asked how to use a planner. So here is how I use mine. First off I do not have a homeschool planner instead I have my regular personal planner and my homeschool schedule that I make on Timberdoodle's online scheduler . I love love love my Personal Planner. You can literally customize everything in it! I choose the covers, the layout, all the extras in it, holidays, special dates, what date the planner starts on and so much more. I have used them for 8 years and just recently ordered my 9th planner from them. I write what chores I need to get done for the week and anything that we are doing that week. You can get different sizes of planners. There is a huge one that I would suggest for those that want to use it as a homeschool planner. I get a month overview in my planner and use that to put stickers for the main things of the month. This will include things like if I get sick, the girls having a sleepover, field trips, appointments, etc. I also use planner stickers.