Here is an inexpensive yet highly effective way to teach your child the months of the year. I purchased this teaching/classroom poster at our local Lakeshore Learning store (if you do not have a Lakeshore Learning store near you I would imagine that you could find this item at any local teaching store or perhaps Amazon): I cut the months out and then laminated...

This activity is such a fun way to teach or reinforce the days of the week with your child. Simply print the downloadable pages, grab some yarn, tape, scissors, markers and crayons. Let your child express themselves on each T-shirt. After your child is done decorating their T-shirts cut out the squares. Then have your child place them on the yarn in the correct order...

I created this worksheet for our children to help not only learn greater than, less than and equal to but also to save on paper. Just print this page and laminate it. Then you can write the numbers on the page with a dry erase marker and have your child solve the problem. I found this is a great visual aid for children that struggle initially with this math concept, along with math counters such as bears or blocks. I have found that with our children sometimes writing it on the large white erase board detaches them from the concept I am...

I laminated and used this for our son when he entered Kindergarten. I found that he easily learned how to write and spell his first name but it took some time for him to learn how to spell his last name, home address, phone number, etc. So I created this form and laminated it. Every day for the first half of the school year he would use a dry erase marker and complete this sheet with his other Language Arts lessons. In no time at all he had everything down and could write and spell all of this information on his own. I plan to use this...

Last school year my husband and I created a daily math activities book for both of our children to use. Every school day during their “math class” they pull these out and work on them independently. Then we go over them together. I do post some of the information for our daughter’s book on the wall of the daily calendar.     You can print them out monthly and place them in a binder. This is a great way to track your child’s progress throughout the school year. More than likely my husband and I will tweak these...

I plan to have our son who is entering 2nd grade read the Magic Tree House series during silent reading time for school. I have already read some of the stories to both of our children but feel that our son is now ready to enjoy reading them on his own.   I would like to make sure that he is remembering important key details from the story. Since there are a...

I have been very hard at work the last few months working on this curriculum for next school year. I am very happy to say that it is finally finished and I would like to share it with everyone!   I created this homeschooling curriculum for the 2011 – 2012 school year for our children.You will need 16 Berenstain Bears Books to complete this curriculum (which...

For the last few months I have been creating new math manipulatives for both of our kids for next school year. I decided to make hands on Apple Tree and Banana Tree kits. I just used free clip art. I purposefully wanted the trees to be black and white and the fruit to be brightly colored so during a lesson the kids would focus on the number of fruit rather than the colors of the tree. So I painted the fruit with Dot-A-Dot paints. I did laminate everything so that it lasts years rather than a one-time use. I plan to use these for simple...

I made these for our son and eventually our daughter to use in the future. In my personal opinion you can use these writing prompts, depending on the student of course, for grade levels 1 – 2 (perhaps 3rd grade as well).     I will post the monthly writing prompts one month at a time over the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that there are not 30 writing...

I made these for our son and eventually our daughter to use in the future. In my personal opinion you can use these writing prompts, depending on the student of course, for grade levels 1 – 2 (perhaps 3rd grade as well).     I will post the monthly writing prompts one month at a time over the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that there are not 30 writing...

I made this for my family over this past holiday weekend as a special dessert. Everyone loved it so much that I wanted to share it. I make most of my bread and dough out of my trusty old bread machine. This recipe is made for a bread machine although I am sure that it could be translated and changed for an oven if need be. For an extra decadent treat add some whipped...

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