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  1. Very neat. I might try that. My DD (5) also mixes up /n/ and /m/ quite frequently.
  2. This was my *favorite* story when I was a young reader and I paid a hefty price for it a few years back when it was OOP. (Luckily for young girls now...it is back IN PRINT, LOL.) Oh well, live & learn. Still love it. :D
  3. Awesome! That USA study looks handy. Thanks for posting.
  4. I don't plan on using the whole series (mainly since we started these mid-Jan and I don't feel like rushing through and wearing ourselves out trying to finish them this year). For my oldest we: will end up skipping A, E, & probably G and end up using C, D (just finished these two), H & I Book F...I'm not sure. Might use it for this coming summer, as a travel/fun workbook. There are lots of cutting/pasting pages. My 2nd will be using the ones we skip (ha, how's that for frugal) and I'll probably purchase just H & I for her.
  5. Yes this. Book D introduces letter shapes (using the alphabet in handwriting practice, but no systematic learning of sounds/letter name). Book D also begins some sound matching (i.e. find the pictures that begin with /sh/). This continues into Book E (and others). I've never seen Sonlight's books (other than the online sample).
  6. Maybe lapbooks would be fun to make. Carisa's Tot School has units on fun stuff, like cars and dinosaurs.
  7. Or as a 2ndary question: Can anyone compare THE WORLD GOD MADE to OUR FATHER'S WORLD? They look very similar in content, but OFW seems to be expanded a bit...but still fine for K'ers.
  8. I'd be interested in hearing more about CLE LTR. I'm not familiar with AAR, but LTR is intended for use with 6 yr old/1st graders, right? Perhaps that is why is seems less fun/do-able? (I'd like to hear, though...we have LTR on deck for next year.)
  9. I'm so jealous. We purchased MFWK this past fall, so we have the older edition. I wishwishwish we'd had the new one b/c I think it would've made life so much easier. My DD really enjoyed the creation unit at the beginning. Definitely take some time to read the MFW idea forums and check out some blogs. So many times, for different letters/units, we'd finish up only to stumble across a super-cute idea that someone else had done (that I wished we'd seen). So definitely take some time and read through it, do some googling if you want to add in extra fun stuff. MamaJenn's blog is filled with awesome ideas; she has handwriting pages for each of the badge phrases too.
  10. I didn't! It must be very new; I don't remember seeing it when I ordered a couple of months ago. Wish there were samples...(didn't see any). Hard to say because this series builds with gentle pre-writing skills (tracing lines, following a path, drawing a line from point A to point B, etc). All the books have about the same amount of cutting/pasting. Book A doesn't have much writing (just circling answers, outlining shapes w/ a crayon -- tracing an apple red, tracing a banana yellow, etc). Book C --which my DD likes-- has a lot of number writing. Book D works a lot on making lines (horizontal, diagonal) that it then turns into shapes and letter shapes. Also lots of name writing practice lines. So Book D might be your best starting point. Book E -- this is like C+D but abbreviated. It's a review book, but it goes straight to letters without any of the prewriting activities; there's also less overall concept practice. This is where I plan to start my 2nd child (who'll have had 2 years of preschool under her belt w/ writing experience). Book F -- not much writing at all and (IMO) many of the concepts are pretty difficult (i.e. matching 7 digit "phone numbers" from a list) GH&I don't have a lot of handwriting practice, either, but my 5 yr. old animal lover can't wait to do these!
  11. Great ideas! We're using that Evan Moor Beg. Geog. book next year (1st grd) and I was looking for ideas to expand on it. If you are looking for passports/stickers, MFW has something similar for their ECC program (uses flag stickers & a passport). It's $6-7 + shipping, I believe, so Amazon may have something that's less.
  12. And I know this is a huge list and you're probably thinking that I've been on the computer all day. I have. My eyeballs are about to fall out. But I have a sick wee one today, daddy works late tonight, and my big girl has been playing in a box of rice and watching an after-lunch movie the past couple of hours. :) It's all good. :D
  13. After our original K curriculum bombed spectacularly, I ordered Rod & Staff's Kindergarten workbooks (ABCDEFGHI) to give some basic skills practice during the rest of the year. We skipped A (saved for little sis) and B is the Bible story book (which we already had & liked). After working through C & D, I realized that we will be doing these books FOR-EV-ER. :blink: There is a lot of repetition. Had I known THEN what I know NOW, I would've used ABCD last year (4 yr. old preschool) and started Kindergarten with Book E. Anyway, I made a topics list for each workbook. Hopefully, it'll help someone else make informed choices re: these. Adventures with Books (“Learning colors and shapesâ€) coloring cut & paste tracing and drawing lines (vertical, horizontal, zigzag, curvy) tracing and drawing shapes (circle, square, triangle) colors (blue, yellow, green, red, brown, orange, purple, black) matching same objects finding the different object finding “what is missing†sorting objects (by purpose/use, by color, by size) up & down inside & outside open & closed left & right farm animals Bible story: God Helped David Song: Jesus Loves Me Counting with Numbers (“Learning numbers 1-10â€) coloring cut & paste Numbers 1-10 (counting objects in a group, 1:1 correspondence, circling an amount, writing the numeral, matching objects to numeral, matching numerals) cute poem for writing each numeral before/after/in between more & less writing missing numbers in a sequence longer & shorter taller & shorter ordinals (1st & last) empty & full fractions (half) Bible story: Jesus Feeds the People Doing it Carefully (“Writing letters and hearing soundsâ€) Matching same, finding different tracing lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, zigzag) left to right following a path Matching letters, writing letter shapes (no letter sound/names taught) Matching words Writing name color word review numbers 1-10 review larger & smaller listening for sounds (sh, m, t, f, z) beginning sounds sorting by use, common attribute parts of the whole food sources summer & winter Bible story: God Cares for Moses Song: Oh Be Careful (Little Eyes), B-i-b-l-e Everywhere We Go (“Time for reviewâ€) Tracing lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved) coloring, cut & paste colors (yellow, blue, green, red, orange, brown, purple, black) matching color words numbers 1-10 review (1:1 correspondence, counting sets, writing numeral) writing letters matching the same (letters, words, size, shape) “Happy Helpers†mini-book sounds we hear letter sounds: s, b, w, l left & right writing your name big & little listening for same sound manner words (thank you, excuse me, etc) people & places Song: Jesus Loves the Little Children “Friends around the world†sorting (by use, common attribute) Finding the Answers (“Using thinking skillsâ€) sort by object use, where object belongs, common attribute hard or soft matching words count and color color by number given a description, find the item rhyming pictures draw the missing part following directions (positional words) “Jesus Loves the Eskimo†dominoes writing telephone numbers, names, birthday what happened first, what comes next, story order birds & insects animal homes how animals move what items are made from Going on Eagerly (Polar region/animals) tracing lines (straight, curved, zigzag) color words tracing, drawing & matching shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) Earth shape, N. Pole, S. Pole numbers 1-10 review patterns animal prints, bird migration writing name making puzzles connect-the-dot what’s missing color by number identify objects from description Bible story: God Helped Gideon Song: Gideon Had the Lord Hearing and Helping (Rain forest/animals) color words matching beginning sounds opposites (slow/fast, smooth/rough) sounds we hear (animal sounds, etc) beginning sounds (m, ch, p, g, c, d) counting, writing numbers rhyming pictures listening & following directions color by number, color by shape sorting by use/description draw the missing parts make a rainforest scene identify objects from description connect the dots Bible story: God Heard Hannah’s Prayer making a spider monkey Inside and Outside (Woodlands/animals) color words count & write (11 and 12) 100s chart counting by 2s how many legs weather diamond shape introduced left & right large & small seasons matching the same color by number create a woodlands scene first & last more or less empty, fully, partly full longer, shorter, taller sorting by a group attribute Bible story: In the den with lions what animals eat temperature counting by 10s fur or feathers animal homes vehicle purposes/destinations (log truck, dump truck, mail truck) building purposes/what’s inside (PO, library, service station) animal/bird identification
  14. I have "The World God Made" (God's Creation Series from CLP) on tap for my youngest child's K year. I plan on using it as our spine for the year and expanding on it as we go along. I'm looking for suggestions for websites/blogs that have ideas of how to make this a full-year's science curriculum. Mainly looking for recs for hands-on activities (experiments and crafts) to go with the text. The book is great for pictures, text, Q&A...but only has the occasional activity. And the teacher's guide... well.... it's mostly "read this pg." "review this pg". Not really a guide on how to teach the content. Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions/links!
  15. What a great idea! I get leftovers like this from our local school supply store, but I never know how to store it or make it usable for my little ones to "self-serve." Thanks!! :)
  16. We have a chalkboard, as well as a dry erase bd. We got them before our kids were school age, for fun. My kids do gravitate to the dry erase more often and it is so much easier to tidy up. Our chalkboard does leave a mess of chalk dust on the floor. :glare: (For chalk play, we prefer just playing on our sidewalk or on the fence, where mommy doesn't have to clean up afterwards.) I def. prefer dry erase for school work.
  17. We have a pretty small eat-in kitchen and we homeschool in there. I have a cabinet/hutch (2 open shelves, 3 drawers) that I keep workbooks and immediate needs (crayons/paper) on...things I want to be able to reach. I cleaned out our small coat closet (by the front door) and installed 3 shelves & a behind-the-door shoe organizer. I have games/supplies/manipulatives stacked on the shelves...the pockets hold some smaller games/puzzles-in-bags. I also have a (very ugly) plastic storage container (3 drawer variety) tucked in a corner in the kitchen. I have everything else crammed in there. Not ideal.... but at least it's relatively tidy and put away. ETA: I do have a very large calendar wall/whiteboard area...it's down the hall, next to the bathroom. Only free space we had. :)
  18. *sigh* I should clean, cook, be productive....but apparently I'm playing online today. :tongue_smilie:
  19. Great list. Just looking over it, I'd say that MOST of these are available for free on Kindle. I recently loaded about half of them for myself to read (and later for DD). ...Just FYI. Free is always nice. :001_smile:
  20. What a great thread! Definitely making a list. I've read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory w/ my 5yo and she loved it. In our to-do pile: Charlotte's Web Stuart Little the Narnia series The Witches (Dahl) Mouse & the Motorcycle and Ralph S. Mouse the Borrowers series If you have a kindle, there are a lot of good classics for free: Voyages of Dr. Dolittle Story of Dr. Dolittle all of the "Among the ____ People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson all of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
  21. I plan on using How to Teach Art to Children next year. It looks like the projects are fairly simple exercises to teach the 7 elements of art + there are some artist profiles/works in there.
  22. This site (below) has some cute ideas....they have one camping unit and one seaside unit (with lots of activities and songs/finger-plays that can be used for each). Add a fun book each week to go with the subject and I think it could be really fun! (i.e. "guess what boys & girls, in our class we're taking a imaginary trip to the seashore...") http://www.funlessonplans.com/aSea/seashore.htm (LOL, I love preschool stuff...now I kind of wish I was teaching a preschool co-op in the fall!!! :D)
  23. For that age group, I would probably go with Hubbard's Cupboard's 4 yr old lessons. They are based on character traits. They have 38 different traits (so you could pick & chose). I'd start off with a few songs/finger-plays before starting the lesson. For example, one week could be "being a good listener/attentive". After you intro the theme, you could read a storybook (shouldn't be too hard to find a library book to fit the focus) or a Bible story. Then do a craft (for attentive, they could make bunny ears to remind them to listen?) With 3-5 yr. olds, that might fill up an hour. If there's time left over, each trait has a coloring sheet with a picture and a poem/song at the bottom to go with it.
  24. My 3yo is really liking the Letter Factory dvds. Our living room (tv) and our dining area (school) connect, so I generally don't allow tv watching during school time (too distracting for big sis)... but we bought a set of those headphones that have wireless transmitters (have you seen the commercials?) You can turn the tv volume all the way down so it doesn't distract the school kids, but you can turn the headphone volume up. We love it! (Bought it at an office supply chain but I've seen them at Walmart.)
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