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Showing posts with label mini-lesson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mini-lesson. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tracking Sight Word Proficiency

So here we are, a few weeks into our new year!  

Operation Homeschool Adventure has officially begun!  

I've been real busy (stressed) with getting our schedule set up so I haven't been on here much.  I thought I'd share in the next posts, a few ways I've been organizing some of our work.

I made these "Word Clubs" (up to 800 most frequently used words) to help track how well my girls are doing with their sight word proficiency.  The clubs (and a visit to our Treasure Tin after they've passed a group off) is a great motivator to keep them working towards reading fluency.  

Use these Clubs to track sight word proficiency
50 Word Club, passed off by the student


Friday, June 20, 2014

Duct Tape Nature Walk

Teaching 4 Moments-Duct tape bracelet for nature walks
Duct Tape bracelet for nature walks (this pic. was in the fall)
Teaching 4 Moments-Duct tape bracelets for nature walks
Nature walk discovery


Duct tape for nature walks is essential in our house!
Wrap the tape, sticky side out, around your wrist or waist to create...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Plant of the Week #1-The DOGWOOD tree

Plant of the Week #1
DOGWOOD TREE
Teaching 4 Moments-Pink flowering Dogwood tree
Pink Flowering Dogwood

I love teaching my kids about the plants all around us!  Being able to have them point out plants from the car as we drive by, or from walks we take, by name makes me so proud.  What can I say, I think it's awesome!  I'm going to try and feature some of my favorite plants once a week along with some quick facts about the plant to teach your kids.  I tend to go a little crazy with taking pictures of plants as well, but I hope you will get an idea of how gorgeous they are from some of the pictures.  Enjoy!

Pink Flowering-DOGWOOD

Chances are, you've seen hundreds of Dogwood trees throughout your life.  They are a very popular tree in landscaping and are even the state tree of three states (Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia), as well as being the state flower of Virginia.  The flowering variety of Dogwood blooms in the Spring.  

It is said that Native Americans...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How Full Is Your Bucket?

Teaching 4 Moments-wonderful book to teach kids about kindness and empathy
Teaching kids to be kind and empathetic

As a young mother I first read the book, How Full Is Your Bucket, by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton for a book club.  I don't recall if I picked the book or if it was assigned, but I loved it right away.  At that time of my life I was knee deep in diapers, nursing, chasing babies, and desperately trying to keep my sanity while my husband was preoccupied with grad school.  4 kids in 5 years, was a bit overwhelming.  I appreciated right away how the book helped me to focus on the positive parts of our lives and how we can help others to be happy as well.  I know that self-help books often get a bad rap, but I love them!  They make me feel good and motivated, so where's the wrong in that? Good stuff! 

In 2009 Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

CHIP Trophies!

Motivate your students by offering this cute award!
 Need a way to motivate your students or children? Try using CHIP Trophies! I relied on these so much during my public school teaching days and will be starting these soon with my own children in our homeschool.  My kids DEFINITELY need a little push in this direction.  I'll keep my words short since I don't want to lose you before I get to the tutorial.
Chip Trophy is about 4inches tall.
Chip Trophy is about 4 inches tall

Cooperative, Happy, Independent, Person

Here's the scoop: 


CHIP stands for Cooperative, Happy, Independent, Person.  Make a bunch of these at the beginning of the year and put them in a prominent spot where they will be seen while reminding the students of their goal.  Discuss these attributes, put up a bulletin board, and watch...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Teaching Values-Character Education

By posting one card at a time as a reminder, these value cards will be help to reinforce values.
Value Cards


Several years ago I came across a great tip about teaching Values.  Linda and Richard Eyre have written many books about teaching children and this little gem has stayed with me for years.  (I don't recall the exact book where they talked about this, but I'm sure this thought came from them.)

 I don't know about you, but I often wonder if I'm teaching all of the values that are important to me in my day to day life to my kids. 

Schools seem to be increasingly devoid of character education and...