Letter Generator Interactive {Free}

After a child is able to write comfortably, he will need things to write. We have suggested 8 writing activities for the younger student — one of which is writing a letter. This free Letter Generator interactive at ReadWriteThink.org is an excellent guide for the younger writer. The letter generator provides an easy way toContinue reading “Letter Generator Interactive {Free}”

NASA Pre-K – 2 Educator Guide {Free}

If you are looking for a hands-on science option geared toward young children, you may enjoy this free, 104-page K–2 Educator Guide from NASA! 3…2…1…Liftoff! is a multi-discipline approach to science in the early years. Subtitled An Educator’s Guide With Activities in Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Language Arts, the guide offers a complete listing ofContinue reading “NASA Pre-K – 2 Educator Guide {Free}”

3 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

In a chapter titled “Thinking Skills” in her book A Biblical Home Education, Ruth Beechick explains that we don’t need a “thinking” class. Instead we want our children to apply critical thinking skills to every subject. She relates an anecdote involving four children, five and under, whose mother has helped them think about the factContinue reading “3 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills”

Language Arts the Natural Way: Dictation

We started by reading to our child, familiarizing him with language. At some point we had him narrate to us what was read, absorbing the language. Our child traced his name. Then he began copying — letters, sentences, paragraphs. Now that he is familiar with language and has been writing comfortably for some time, weContinue reading “Language Arts the Natural Way: Dictation”

Language Arts the Natural Way: Copying

Once a child is comfortable holding a pencil, he can begin copying. Rather than starting with copywork, some prefer to start with tracing. Probably your child’s first writing lesson was when you printed his name and he traced it or copied it. Or maybe you started even earlier with one letter instead of a word….Continue reading “Language Arts the Natural Way: Copying”

How to Use Noah Webster’s Reading Handbook

Noah Webster’s Reading Handbook published by Christian Liberty Press is a great inexpensive option for those who feel they need more guidance than is offered in A Home Start in Reading by Ruth Beechick. The Reading Handbook uses the same method, but is already laid out for you in lessons. Cathy Duffy recommends Noah Webster’sContinue reading “How to Use Noah Webster’s Reading Handbook”

6 Ways to Get the Most from Literature-Based Studies

Wonderful literature is a necessary complement to learning no matter what methods we use to educate our children. But for those who rely on a literature-based approach, it is particularly important to process what we read. If you wish to move items from your surface, short-term memory to long-term storage, you must process them inContinue reading “6 Ways to Get the Most from Literature-Based Studies”

“Natural” Language Arts Scope and Sequence {Free}

One of the problems with doing things the “natural” way is also one of its key benefits — freedom. We do hear occasionally from those homeschool moms who really like the idea of educating their children in a more natural way, but who also struggle to find the structure necessary to implement any plan. StructureContinue reading ““Natural” Language Arts Scope and Sequence {Free}”

10 Reasons Why You are Your Child’s Best Teacher

You don’t have to worry about school reform, specialized training, educational psychology, classroom management, or a host of other burdens teachers today face. You can simply teach your own child. The best form of education is individualized one-on-one tutoring. That is what we do when we educate our children at home. Because you are yourContinue reading “10 Reasons Why You are Your Child’s Best Teacher”