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Homeschooling comes with some challenges in the first few years. Reading is a major stressor and then you realize you have to teach spelling as well. I have a huge hint that will help your child learn to spell better, read better, and their test scores throughout their entire education career will rise. All this with one simple thing your child and you will love.

Read to them!

The more you read to them the better their language arts skills become. They hear proper grammar and begin speaking up to that level. They can sit in your lap and see spelling and sentence structure. Best of all kids love the time you are pouring into them.

Read, Read, Read, and Read some more!

Now that you have the foundation stone for great language arts lets add some support structure for spelling. Having a curriculum to guide you in spelling during the elementary years can be extraordinarily helpful. The great curricula in our Top 10 list have gathered together word families, spelling rules, irregular words all the bits and pieces so you don’t have to. The resulting curricula have made our list because other TTD families have used and love them.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Spelling & Vocabulary curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Homeschool Elementary Spelling & Vocabulary Curriculum

  1. All About Spelling  All About Spelling homeschool spelling curriculum will provide complete and comprehensive spelling instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Mastery-based, All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your homeschooled student become a proficient speller for life. Find the books here
  2. Wordly Wise  Wordly Wise provides engaging, contextual vocabulary instruction. A fantastic homeschool vocabulary curriculum from Educators Publishing Service, this bestseller is a top vocabulary pick! Find the books here
  3. Spelling Power  From the website: “Spelling Power has everything you need to teach spelling words and skills to your entire family to the college level. With Spelling Power, your children will master the 5,000 most frequently used words and key spelling principles at their own pace – in just 15 minutes a day—using research- proven strategies.”

Spelling Helps in Many Subjects and Skills

Spelling is a subject that spans several others. It helps several language arts areas. The obvious is reading the more words your child gets in their vocabulary the easier and faster their reading will become. Writing much like reading will become easier with memorized words at the ready. Other subjects like history or science that rely on writing out what you have learned will also increase in ability as spelling gets better.

Then there are the non-subject specific skills that increase with spelling. Memory, like a muscle the more you work memorization the better it becomes for most. Confidence in self, when you know what you are reading or feel comfortable that you can read what comes up speaking in places like Sunday School or American Heritage Girls becomes easier. Spelling is a skill that will broaden your child’s learning horizon.

  1. Abeka
  2. Rod and Staff
  3. Bob Jones University Press Spelling
  4. Sequential Spelling

Spelling using Kinetic Learning Modality

Spelling in the early years doesn’t have to be all about paper and pencils. Get out a cookie sheet and put something simple like rice in it until there is a thin layer on the bottom of the cookie sheet. Then write on a stickie/paper in big clear letters the word you want your child to work with. Have them trace that word out in the rice. The kinetic nature of using your whole arm will help memory. The feeling of rice on their finger will trigger other modes of learning and make memory easier.

Other things you could use: shaving cream, sand, kinetic sand, and beans

  1. A Reason for Spelling 
  2. Spelling U See
  3. Spelling Workout

The early years of learning to read and write are filled with books, reading, and learning to spell. Often your child is a sponge just waiting to be guided in the proper direction to learn more…more.. more! It’s an exciting stage of life and homeschooling. Use these wonderful resources to help you teach your child elementary child spelling.

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This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

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Spelling Words with Bible Character Names {FREE Printable Pack} https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2014/05/spelling-words-bible-character-names/

Teach Reading with Word Sort to Young Children (Free Long Vowel Word Sort) https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2018/11/long-vowel-word-sort-2/

Benefits of Reading Aloud https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2014/03/benefits-reading-aloud/

Strategies for Reading Aloud to Your Children https://teachthemdiligently.net/blog/2019/01/strategies-for-reading-aloud-to-your-children/

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Homeschooling your young children through history is so much fun! Little kids love to be told stories and taught about new and unique ways of life and peoples. History provides all these lovely opportunities.

Teaching about the pilgrims at Thanksgiving and dressing as they might have at Plymouth. Cooking up a meal that you might get in northern Africa by asking a missionary who lives there. Don’t get me started on the number of field trips right in your own backyard!

Holidays provide great history lesson days!

As you can see I get super excited and start thinking of topics here and there that I can’t wait to share with my children. However, I want to be very sure that I cover not just my interests but the whole of American, World, Geography, Social Studies etc for my child. That is why I always use a structured curriculum as our ‘backbone’ for the year.

When you have a guide like a curriculum we cover a broad, in-depth  learning for that year. Because of the nature of homeschooling I do get to toss in unit studies or topical interests as well. The fun will continue and the learning will be plentiful.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary History, Geography, and Social Studies curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Homeschooling Elementary History, Geography, and Social Studies Curriculum

  1. Story of the World (By The Well Trained Mind)  from the website- The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.
  2. Notgrass History from the website- Textbooks generally provide context and comprehensiveness. Unit studies generally provide depth and richness. In our courses, we attempt to bridge the gap between these two approaches by giving you tools that help you teach the heart, soul, and mind of your student. Our curriculum is easy for parents, requiring little planning or preparation. Our curriculum is rewarding for students, helping them learn to analyze the present by understanding the past.
  3. Masterbooks From the website, “Master Books® is the world’s largest publisher of creation-based material for all ages including apologetics, homeschool resources, reference titles, and quality children’s literature.”

Add Enriching Studies and Trips

As you are choosing your history curriculum check and see if your preferred option has enrichment activities. Some have whole enrichment options that go with the books giving you lots of ideas on historical reenactments, cooking, maps (old and new) and more. This will bring your history class to a whole new level and give you lots of neat things to take over and show grandma.

4. The Mystery of History

5. Beautiful Feet Books

6. Sonlight

7. Abeka History

History isn’t always beloved

I have shared why I love history. Now let me share why one of my kids hated it. Even with all my enthusiasm brimming she just snarled up her lip at the history book every time it came out. When we met the author to that history book at a Teach Them Diligently convention I noticed my daughter loved the conversation and loved to chat about history.

WAH? Is this the same child that can’t find her book? What is going on? Am I that bad a history teacher?

Nope. My daughter has dyslexia and history is a very reading heavy subject. Over the year I had started to rely more and more on her reading a section of the book and less on hands on kinetic learning. When I adjust back to more kinetic learning, getting an audio of the textbook, and allowing my daughter to help me plan a field trip a week she perked up. Stress gone and history back in the good books.

8. Simply Charlotte Mason

9. Heart of Dakota

10. Draw and Write through History

Your child will be soaking up the stories of their nation as you teach. This well-rounded Top 10 list of curriculum options will allow you to find a history book that aligns with your high standards and beliefs. Teaching your elementary children history, geography, and social studies will be a great time.

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This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

If you would like to read more about learning to read Click below:

3 Ways to Make History and Geography Delicious

Top 10 Homeschooling Middle School History, Geography, and Social Studies Curriculum Choices

 

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Can you teach reading at home? In the early years of homeschooling this question was on an ever-present loop from others. No matter who I talked to whether they were family or strangers everyone wanted to be sure I could teach my child how to read. Now I chuckle and think sure I can teach my child to read, it’s more a matter of how do I find ‘the’ reading & phonics curriculum out of the slew available.

This top 10 list gives you ideas from other Teach Them Diligently families that have used these materials to teach their child or in some cases many children to read. We want you enjoy this exciting time of life. Watching the glimmer of understanding and joy fill your child’s eyes as they read for the first time is one of those life moments you won’t forget.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Reading & Phonics curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Elementary Reading & Phonics Curriculum

  1. Explode the Code (linked to the book at CBD)
  2. All About Reading
  3. Abeka
  4. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (linked to the book at CBD)

What a delight we have so many options to homeschool our children through the early years of learning. If you have a wiggly child that just can’t sit still many curricula give you ideas on how to fold in something like jumping on a trampoline while singing the alphabet song. Arts and crafts that work on little fingers agility making writing easier while reinforcing phonics and word families. On the opposite end of the wiggler spectrum and you have a snuggler that wants you to read everything to them we can find curriculum to fit that too.

  1. Language Lessons for a Living Education (by Masterbooks)
  2. First Language Lessons (by Well-Trained Mind)
  3. Easy Grammar
  4. Sonlight
  5. Bob Jones University Press Phonics and Reading
  6. Rod and Staff

Let’s not forget that each child is unique and is maturing at their own rate. This can mean we try to start homeschooling at age 5 fall like the ‘local school’ but our son just doesn’t get it or can’t sit still long enough for a lesson. There is plenty of time to take a deep breath and wait. Try again in a couple weeks and for now focus on something else like science and dinosaurs.

Don’t allow the pressure of proving yourself as a homeschooling mom and teaching reading to push you or your child into trying to keep up with an artificial learning timeline.

The early years of homeschooling can be filled with fun. Read a louds on rainy days. Using finger paints with your child working on letter sounds. God gave you these wonderful little minds to tend and guide. Do so with a gentle hand and a prayer on your lips.

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

If you would like to read more about learning to read Click below:

Tips for Introducing a Love of Reading

Top 10 Homeschooling Preschool Curriculum Choices 

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With the end of the school year around the corner for many homeschoolers, the folks at Alpha Omega Publications put together an end-of-year checklist to help you navigate this busy season. Work through this checklist to make sure your school year wraps up smoothly, and you can pick up again in the fall with ease.

 

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Finalize record keeping.

Depending on where you live, you will have different legal requirements for record keeping. No matter what your state requires, we recommend keeping documentation of the following: attendance records, details of the curriculum your child used (publisher, grade level, etc), samples of your child’s work, any correspondence with school officials, portfolios, and test scores.

 

Before wrapping up your school year, be sure all your record keeping is up to date and filed away for safe keeping. Whether you’ve chosen to organize in a three-ringed binder, file folders, or computer files, make sure things are clearly labeled by school year and your child’s name.

 

Give yourself a year-end review.

This is especially important if you’re taking a summer break. Review what you did this year, including what you liked, what you didn’t, what worked especially well for each child, and what has room for improvement. By writing your future self notes about how things went this year, you ensure that you won’t accidentally repeat things that didn’t work next year. Come August or September, your year-end review will be a leg up when you jump back into your homeschool routine.

 

Handout final grades (or your equivalent).

Once your children have completed their last assignment, give them a report card, progress report, or other form of yearly assessment. Even if you don’t use traditional grades in your homeschool, it’s important for young learners to be able to track their progress.

 

Celebrate progress!

At the end of the year, be intentional to take time to celebrate! Celebrate what you accomplished by staying true to your call to homeschool and celebrate what each of your children accomplished. Show your children you noticed what they did and acknowledge the hard work it required, perhaps with an end-of-year certificate of achievement. Another year accomplished is absolutely worth celebrating!

 

AOP Homeschooling LogoFounded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, support services, and an accredited online academy. Visit Alpha Omega Publications online or call 800-622-3070 to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy this roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.  

Open: Shipwreck!

An ancient shipwreck near the Greek island of Alonissos is open for exploring. The Peristera shipwreck will now become the first ancient shipwreck accessible to the public in Greece. Even folks who dive just for fun can swim up and take a peek. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4006

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 7, 2019, divers visit a 5th Century B.C. shipwreck, the first ancient shipwreck to be opened to the public in Greece, including to recreational divers who will be able to visit the wreck itself, near the coast of Peristera, Greece. Greece’s rich underwater heritage has long been hidden from view, off-limits to all but a select few, mainly archaeologists. Scuba diving was banned throughout the country except in a few specific locations until 2005, for fear that divers might loot the countless antiquities that still lie scattered on the country’s seabed. Now that seems to be gradually changing, with a new project to create underwater museums. (AP Photo/Elena Becatoros)

 

Fresh Food for Fido

U.S. pet owners are feeding more and more fresh food to their dogs and cats. Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days, he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach!  Is this a good idea? Or is it taking pet care a little too far? Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4000

In this March 15, 2019, photo Dr. Lindsey Bullen pets Benko, a golden retriever with weight issues, during a visit at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, N.C. Bullen says she gets several questions a day from clients interested in fresh and homemade pet food. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

 

Will Experts Endorse Low-Carb?

Fans of low-carb eating are hoping for changes in the new U.S. dietary guidelines. They say low-carb’s inclusion could influence what nutrition advice doctors give—and shape government food programs like school lunches. But does low-carb work for everyone? Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5236

   

 

Colleges Say Failure Is Normal

On many college campuses, instances of stress, depression, and other mental health problems are rising. Experts say today’s students are facing very different challenges from what their parents did. Now a growing number of U.S. colleges have begun teaching an important life skill: how to fail. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5237

In this March 5, 2019 photo, panel members, from left, Angela Giordano, Natalie Baucum, Mike Duggan, Fred Ledley and school counselor Peter Forkner participate in an event at Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., where professors and alumni shared some of their worst setbacks to illustrate that even successful people sometimes fail. A growing number of U.S. colleges are trying to “normalize” failure for a generation of students who increasingly struggle with stress, anxiety and the ability to bounce back from adversity. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Spike in Dolphin Deaths

A Greek marine conservation group is reporting a “very unusual” spike in dolphin deaths in the Aegean Sea. The deaths coincide with military drills in the area. Researchers want to know whether nearby countries are following international rules about sonar and other undersea noise-makers. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5240

In this photo provided by Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation members of Archipelagos institute carry a dead dolphin at a beach of Samos island, Aegean sea, Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A Greek marine conservation group says a “very unusual” increase in Aegean Sea dolphin deaths over recent weeks may be linked with recent Turkish naval exercises in the area. A total 15 dead dolphins have washed up on the eastern island of Samos and other parts of Greece’s Aegean coastline since late February, according to the Archipelagos Institute.(Bre-Anne Smith /Archipelagos via AP)

 

 

 

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Enjoy this week’s roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.

 

New Gerber Baby

One-year-old Kairi Yang from North Carolina is Gerber’s 2019 spokesbaby. This year’s contest had the most entries ever—544,000. Contest officials said the winner has “the look of wonder in her eyes.” Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3966

This undated photo provided by Gerber shows Kairi Yang from Hickory, N.C. Kairi was chosen by Gerber as the winner of its ninth annual photo search. In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show,” Kairi’s parents said they are Hmong, and their family had immigrated to North Carolina from southeast Asia. (Courtesy of the Yang Family/Gerber via AP)

 

Race Against Bugs

Loggers are cutting down ash trees in a race against a fast-spreading beetle called the emerald ash borer. The non-native bug is chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/39638

FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday Aug. 23, 2003, Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland. Iceland’s whaling industry will be allowed to hunt up to 2,130 whales over the next five years, it is revealed Saturday Feb. 23, 2019, under a new rule issued by the Nordic nation’s government. (AP Photo/Adam Butler,FILE)

 

Goodbye, Mr. Merryman

Jerry Merryman was one of three men who invented the handheld calculator. He designed the circuits for the new invention in just three days while working for Texas Instruments. Mr. Merryman, 86, passed away February 27.  Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3972

CORRECTS AGE TO 86 INSTEAD OF 68 – This 1997 photo taken by Phyllis Merryman shows Jack Kilby and Jerry Merryman, right, at the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana. Kilby, Merryman and James Van Tassel are credited with having invented the handheld calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments. Merryman died Feb. 27, 2019, at the age of 86. (Phyllis Merryman via AP)

 

Sinking Sand in Iran

The area around Tehran, Iran, is literally sinking. Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed out by excessive water pumping, the parched landscape near Iran’s capital has begun to open in massive sinkholes. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5204

This frame grab from an Aug. 8, 2018 video provided by Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, shows an aerial view of a massive hole caused by drought and excessive water pumping in Kabudarahang, in Hamadan province, in western Iran. Some sinkholes formed in western Iran are as deep as 60 meters (196 feet). (ISNA via AP)

 

Granny Jela’s Cooking Show

An unlikely celebrity is cooking up traditional Serbian food on YouTube. Granny Jela (69-year-old Jelena Petrovic) has put her life-long experience to good use by launching an online cooking tutorial from her home kitchen. Fans are eating it up. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5206

Jelena Petrovic places the tray with food into the oven in her home in Jagodina, Serbia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Serbs looking for ideas are increasingly turning to the Balkan country’s hit chef Granny Jela, an elderly lady who has put her life-long experience to good use and launched an online cooking tutorial. Jelena Petrovic’s YouTube channel and blog dubbed Granny’s Kitchen have had over 50 million of views and nearly 150,000 subscribers who check in daily for a new recipe of home-made food. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

 

Coyote Fur in Demand

Coyote fur is high fashion, and demand for pelts continues to grow.  The animals’ pelts provide lush trim on the hoods of stylish winter parkas. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5202

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, a woman in New York wears a Canada Goose coat with a hood fur trimmed with coyote fur. Coyote pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, tawny-tinged arc of fur on the hoods on Canada Goose coats and their many global imitators. Canada Goose parkas are credited with the uptick in demand for coyote fur. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

 

 

 

 

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A New Outlook On Art

My 15 year old daughter spends part of most evenings drawing in her journal– looking for ideas online to create a personalized book chronicling her thoughts, activities, and more. Often she calls me in to show me her new idea or drawing and to see if I like what she’s working on. (I always do!) 

 

This love of art wasn’t always characteristic of her, though. For years, she claimed she had no artistic ability and would hardly draw a thing, being more afraid of failing than excited to create something new.

 

That all changed, though, when she and her sister joined some of their closest friends to walk through the Creating a Masterpiece course together. Each week, they got to hang out with  their besties and create something amazing! I had no idea what that small investment at a Teach Them Diligently event that year would do for her in the days to come.

 

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the time spent and the money invested in Creating a Masterpiece all those years ago. It proved to be life changing for my daughter as it unlocked a creativity in her she didn’t even realize she had. I hope you’ll read on to learn more about this incredible resource for your homeschool and why adding it into your normal routine would be a great thing for your children. I also hope you’ll pick up your own copy to use with your children. I promise you’ll be glad you did– and that thankfulness will only grow as your children do and you realize even more how profoundly impacted they were by taking the course. 

 

Creating a MasterpieceProud Students

Students work on a piece of artwork that eventually becomes a “masterpiece”! Even first graders know that they usually leave Hidden Acres Art School (Sharon’s studio name) with a project they are very proud of. It may take many weeks of work, but they know their projects will grace the walls of their home. Students are often proclaiming, “I didn’t know I could do this!”

Sharon pushes her students to work on projects that bring a sense of pride and purpose, so they are not easily discouraged. “Every project needs to build up the student! My goal in teaching is to see each child gain a confidence they never had before. This confidence will translate to every other area of life,” Sharon states.Creating a Masterpiece

Well Rounded Artists

Students are treated as young artists to learn confidence and skill, and gain everything possible to succeed. At first everyone in class is taught the same project.  After learning to imitate the art media Sharon does, they are then turned loose to create their own paintings. Children are encouraged to try all types of art media. and become well rounded artists.

 

There are many life lessons learned through art:

– Students learn how to solve problems.
– Students learn how to follow instructions.
– Students gain a longer attention span.
– They learn to “never give up”!
– Through art they grow intellectually.Creating a Masterpiece– Students learn how to make wise decisions.
– They learn the importance of committing to a task and following through to the end.
– Students learn to be creative.
– Students learn how to express themselves through art.
– They learn how to create strategies.
– Students learn to receive constructive feedback.
– They learn the importance of dedication.
– They learn the importance of accountability.
– Students learn how art is a way to worship and praise our creator.
– They learn how to shape our culture by expressing their worldviews through the arts.

Look for Creating a Masterpiece at the “Teach Them Diligently” events across the country!

Sharon

 

 

 

Sharon Hofer, the lady behind “Creating a Masterpiece” teaches 180 homeschool students weekly. Her studio is filled to maximum capacity and her waiting list has several hundred students. But you can welcome her right into your home through this video course.

 

 

 

 

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Do your children ever get bored during their homeschool day? Do you feel like you need to liven up their school days with activities that keep their attention?

Here are 20 ideas from our education advisors to bring more fun into your homeschool classroom.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Edible Counting: Use cereal, raisins, or chocolate chips to teach your child how to count. Have him count aloud each time he takes a bite. Continue to add more treats as he learns to count higher. Counting will be fun—and yummy—as he eats his way through the numbers.

Walk the Line: Take a roll of paper towels and spread it on the floor, leaving the paper towels all connected. Then write alphabet letters or numbers in order on each square. Let your child walk on the line to learn the order, then split the paper towels up and let her put them in order.

Play with Magnets: Ask your child to place specific magnetic alphabet letters or numbers on the refrigerator to aid recognition.

Connect-the-dots: Use dot-to-dot pictures to help children count as they connect the dots.

Tell Me a Story: Have your child tell you a story that you can write down. Then ask him to draw pictures to illustrate the story.

Grades 1–3

Hands-on Math Skills: Let children practice addition and subtraction skills while playing. They can count Legos as they build or subtract candy from a bowl during snack time. Their limitless imaginations can provide hours of addition and subtraction fun.

Tower of Words: Use magnetic words or word cards to create fun poetry and silly sentences that help increase your child’s ability to construct sentences on her own.

Creating Classmates: Let your child bring a doll or two to reading class. Then ask her to read to this new “classmate.” Visualize It: As you read a story aloud, have your child draw a picture of what is happening in the story.

Finding the Order: Ask your children to do a simple task, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with step-by-step directions. Then take pictures of them doing each step and print the pictures. Ask your children to paste the photos in order and write directions that go with each step. This shows your child how a process is needed to accomplish a task.

Grade 4–6

Coupon Counting: Let your children clip a coupon and figure out how much money they would save if the coupon were used. Couponing teaches math skills and how to budget money at the same time. You can even let them use a coupon at the grocery store to buy a snack or special treat.

Storyboard Fun: Ask your child to choose a favorite topic that he enjoys. Then give him a stack of 3×5″ cards to use for creating storyboards or word clusters. In no time, he will learn to brainstorm and organize thoughts for his writing.

Be a Reporter: Let your child create her own newspaper. She can interview family members or friends for stories. After writing the stories, she can glue pictures next to each article.

Nature Scrapbook: Help your child scrapbook the natural habitat in your area. Include leaves, twigs, flowers, nuts, seeds, and bird feathers found on nature walks. After pasting each piece on a page of a notebook, let your child research and write about what he finds.

Dress Up Fun: Pick a day of the week and have children dress up like a person from history. That day’s lesson can be focused on a specific time period and how people lived during that era.

Grades 7–9

Time for the News: Record your children pretending to be anchors for the evening news. They can find stories their history or science books for the newscast. Make it even more fun by showing the newscast to the entire family!

Baking with Math: Let your children choose a recipe from a cookbook. Then tell them to double or half the recipe. They have to figure out how to adjust the recipe to the correct measurements. You can also give them 1 or 2 measuring cups (½ and ¼ work well) and tell them to measure everything with those cups to improve their understanding of fractions.

Taste of Culture: Choose a foreign country to study and let students make a dish from that country. As they share the dish with the family, they can share facts about the country. This helps them learn the culture of the country through the food.

Build a Diorama: As part of a book report assignment, ask your student to create a diorama of his favorite scene in the book. Use shoeboxes, cereal boxes, play dough, and other small pieces to create the scene.

The Play’s the Thing: Help children stage a play, based on a book they’ve read, for family members and friends.

 

 

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