Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Grapevine Studies Bible Heroes Bundle Sale + FREE elesson Joseph: The Early Years

Bible Heroes Bundle
This month's Grapevine Studies special is Bible Heroes Bundle.  This features Joseph, Moses, Ruth and Esther.  Get 20% off!
These studies have two options for level- Traceable and Multilevel.  The Traceable is good for preschool and Multilevel works for school age and up.   Both of these levels are available with the bundle.  The teacher manual works for both levels as well.

You can also choose print or ebook.
The FREE elesson for this month is Joseph: The Early Years.
eLesson  Joseph eLesson cover
We did the Resurrection lesson in the Spring and my kids really enjoyed the format.

How does Grapevine Studies work?
*Read a passage of Scripture
*Draw a stick figure picture
*Look up words in a Bible dictionary
*Memorize a Bible verse
*Review questions

Simple, yet effective! 

Get your Bible Heroes Bundle today!
20% off!
Only through the end of July!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse Class 2: Dull Knife Slicing

This week we learned how to use dull knives to slice bananas and cantaloupe.
First we watched a really good video about Safe Knife Skills.
This video was helpful even though we weren't using really sharp knives because it's so good to build the foundation of good knife skills with any kind of knife. 

There are different ways to hold the food while cutting and my son did a very good job.

We made fruit pizza! 

It was yummy!
Be sure to catch the next open enrollment coming in the Fall for Kids Cook Real Food.
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This has been a fun adventure for us and my kids always look forward to cooking class!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse Lesson 1: Spreading and Peeling (Beginner)

We had our first Kids Cook Real Food Cooking Class on Tuesday!
We learned about spreading and peeling.

First we watched the All Kid video at breakfast to prepare for the class to come later in the day.
I set up the table with the necessary supplies.
Kids put on their aprons and washed their hands.
We reviewed the "rules."
Then we started watching the teaching video.
Mrs. Kimball showed us how to do spreading for butter on bread and peanut butter in celery.
She has some fun words and ways to show us these techniques.
We also learned a Daily Nugget to help us remember a nutrition fact.
During the video we paused at various points to do our own work.

Spreading butter on bread.  He thought this was easy.

Spreading peanut butter in celery for ants on a log.

Peeling carrots.

A peeled cucumber.

All done!  A yummy snack built to enjoy.

will be offered again in the Fall.
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We'll be sharing more about our cooking adventures and the great ecourse that is helping us.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Grapevine Studies- FREE elesson on Ruth + SALE!

This past Spring I decided to try out Grapevine Studies for our Bible curriculum.  My kids really enjoyed drawing and interacting with the story.  I really like how the lessons only focus on a few verses at a time.  It gives a chance to really study and discuss and know what is happening in a story or what is being taught.

eLesson Ruth in Moab cover 

Check out the FREE elesson on Ruth for the month of June.  Try it out and see if it's a fit for your family. 

See my review on the Resurrection lesson.  My kids were 7 and 4 and they really enjoyed and learned a lot through these short lessons.  We used the Beginner series.

This Fall we will be doing the Creation lessons.  I am very excited to share the Bible with my children through stick figures.  We will use the Beginner series again and as my youngest gets older we will move into the materials for older children.

This offer is good through June!
Click on the picture above for the discount.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse OPENS (May 30-June6)

We are excited to do our Kid Cook Real Food Ecourse this summer!  My kids are now 5 and 7 and they love eating, so why not teach them some very handy ways to make food by themselves.

I previewed the first lesson for beginners and I'm pleased to say that Katie Kimball is an excellent teacher.  She takes the children step by step through the process.  She uses fun phrases and easy motions so the kids can remember how to use the tool as well as the proper safety of it.

My kids are always wanting to be more independent in the kitchen and I feel like this course will give them the confidence and foundation to be able to make their own food and even to serve it to the family eventually!

That is available only until June 6.
The Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse is also only available for open enrollment until June 6.
After that date you will have to wait until the next session starts. 
Please check the FREE Knife Skills Class and learn how your kids can be safe and learn necessary skills in the kitchen to benefit their future.
See my first post for more information. 
Look for us to share some of our Kids Cooking Creations this summer!

All About Reading Level 2 Review

My son learned to read when he was 4 years old.  I was so excited!
We went through BOB books and used Reading the Alphabet from This Reading Mama.
I felt like those programs helped to prepare my son for further reading.
We started the Pre-Reading from All About Reading, but in between having baby #2 and trying to juggle life I didn't stick with it.  He had his letter recognition and sounds down well so we were in a good place.
During Kindergarten I dabbled in various phonics reading curriculum.
Nothing was really helping him desire reading and when we came to new words with different sounds he became very "non-teachable" and almost refused to learn to read new sounds.
I was tired of fighting him and decided to take a break. 
We started 1st grade and he was still not advancing like I thought he should.
I was discouraged and disappointed that I hadn't figured out how to help him learn to make reading an enjoyable part of his life.
I absolutely LOVED reading and I wanted that for him. 
I had remembered All About Reading and so I had him take the free placement test.
It looked like we should start Level 1.  But as soon as I got it, I realized that we could start level 2 and he would be just fine.

The first thing I noticed was that the activities with each lesson were different for EVERY lesson!
Herman the Frog showed up every so often to encourage and provide a funny story to keep the kids engaged and interested (He's on the front cover in the top picture on the left side).
Each lesson starts with a title like Lesson 8- Three Letter Blends.
Then there is the objective: In this lesson, students will learn words with three letter blends.
There is a list of what is needed for the lesson like workbook pages, word cards or story books.
Then there's a Before You Begin section that gives some teaching ideas and examples for the lesson to be taught.  Then there is the Review which includes going through all the notecards for the lesson (Phonograms, Word Cards and Previous Concepts).  A great addition to this program is the free app for pronouncing the phonogram sounds. 
The Previous Concepts utilizes the white board with magnetic letters for dividing words.
Then starts the New Teaching.
There are a number of exercises using the white board magnetic letters.
Then there is an activity to complete from the Activity Book.
This one is called a Word Flipper.  There is always a little prep work for the activities, but I just cut them all out the week before and put in a folder to be used on the day we do the lesson.
Then it's time to practice reading words from the lesson on the word cards to be filed in the Reading Review Box. 
Another extra is a Practice Fluency page. 
Be sure as the adult to do a Read Aloud time sometime during the day to reinforce expression, fluency, time spent with your child and enjoyment of a book!
And lastly, put a sticker on the Progress Chart.

Now, this may seem like a lot to do in one day, but honestly, it doesn't take more than 20 minutes.  And if it takes over 20 minutes, then find a good stopping spot.
I actually set a timer.  That way, I know we get our reading time in and we don't work too long or too hard.
I don't include the Practice Fluency page or the Read Aloud time in our regular All About Reading time.
So we started this curriculum in December and within a few weeks, my son was excited to have All About Reading time.  And within a few more weeks, my son was starting to pick up books on his own, even chapter books.
I know I presented a lot of information, but here is what we liked best about All About Reading Level 2:
*Open and Go program (minimal prep)
*Daily success
*Hands on learning
*Variety of activities
*Funny stories
I honestly was a little nervous to see if my son was really going to move ahead in his reading, but he shocked me and embraced the teaching with enthusiasm.
This program has 5 components of reading that were very well integrated throughout all the lessons in the book:
1. Phonological Awareness
2. Phonics and Decoding
3. Fluency
4. Vocabulary
5. Comprehension
My son passed this level with flying colors and he is all ready and very excited to start level 3.
I would recommend this program for any reader, but especially as in my case a reluctant and somewhat resistant reader.  I would now say he is neither of these!
I asked my son what he liked about All About Reading Level 2 and this is what he said (video):
He had fun in front of the camera!
I also used All About Spelling Level 1 simultaneous with All About Reading Level 2 (which is recommended).  They seemed to coincide very well together.  You can really All About Spelling Level 1 review HERE.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cleaning Caddies!

This summer I've been wanting to figure out a good schedule for cleaning, cooking, learning time, outside play, time with friends, swimming lessons, camping, etc.  Yes, we have a busy summer ahead.

 I'm excited to take a break from our homeschool and hang out with friends.  However, we still need to keep up with the house chores.  I picked some very easy tasks that my kids can do while I try to do some of my own chores.

Here are the weely chores:
*Disinfect lightswitches and door knobs
*Clean windows and doors
*Wipe cupboards and doorjambs
*Collect garbage
*Bring in garbage and recycle cans
*Sharpen pencils

We also have daily chores like:
*Get dressed
*Make bed
*Vacuum the blue carpet (back door/laundry room area)
*Clean bedrooms (see this great chart)
*Laundry- bring down, fold and put away
*Empty dishwasher, as needed

There are a few other things, but I know this will keep my kids busy and the house clean!

BUT here's the FUN thing I did!  I made cleaning  caddies for the kids!

I went to the dollar store and picked up a caddy, cloth, brush and spray bottle.  I also added a magic eraser to each caddy.
I filled the spray bottle with a little bit of vinegar, some lemon essential oil and lots of water.  It sprays a very light mist.
I will go over each thing in the caddy and show them how and where to use them.  For the first few weeks I will be closely watching how they use their tools. 
My kids absolutely love to scrub and clean and I think they will love these!
PS. My kids are ages 5 and 7 so this is perfect for them.
Will you get your kids cleaning this summer?
Here's a great series to teach your kids how to do chores: