FEB
29
2016

Tip Tuesday: How to Make Reading Fun

Hi everyone, I’m back today with another fun Tip Tuesday for you all. I remember when we first started homeschooling. I had visions of kids cuddling up and reading quietly on the couch during the afternoons. It was just one of the many preconceived notions that I had about homeschooling.     But just like all of my other stereotypes, my envisioned reading scenario wasn’t playing out in our home. Now that’s not always a bad thing, because I’ve learned over the years that each homeschool looks different. And that’s okay, flexibility is what homeschooling is all about! However I do want to teach my kids to enjoy reading. I want them to read for both fun, and to learn about things that are interesting to them. Over the past several years we’ve tried all kinds of structured reading programs. And today I want to share what I’ve learned over the course of our homeschooling years, and how we’ve moved out of the structured reading curriculum box and into a whole new world … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2015

All About Reading Level 4 Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have an awesome Christmas giveaway for one of you today! All About Learning Press sent us All About Reading Level 4 for review, and we’re having so much fun with it! I had Tinker Bell, who is in 4th grade, review it for me. So let’s hear what she had to say about this program!   “I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell I’d have to agree with her assessment, I like that the activities for reading are fun for her, and anything that she asks to do gets a thumbs up from me! The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well. For our reading lessons, she really enjoys the fun hands-on activity book. They usually involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2015

A Christmas Carol Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today!  A Christmas Carol is definitely a classic in my book, and we’re enjoying going though it as a family. This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done, so I hope your family enjoys it!!   Story Summary: A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday story for both kids and adults! On Christmas Eve the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner, Marley. he’s informed that he will be visited by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Through his adventures Scrooge has a change of heart in regards to life and to the Christmas season. Since it’s a bit more difficult to read, we’re doing it as a family read aloud in the evenings. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the original version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. There are several versions of this book, this red … [Read more...]

OCT
18
2015

Oliver Twist Literature Unit

Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit for you today. Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics, and now you can add it to your homeschool literature unit studies too! Psst… There’s also a giveaway at the bottom, so make sure to keep reading!   Story Summary: Oliver Twist is a classic story telling about his life as a poor orphan. As we start out, Oliver has a hard life working on a workhouse. He has no possessions besides the clothes on his back. He’s forced to eat a small amount of gruel at mealtime, until one day when he finally speaks up. Things turn from bad to worse when he runs off to London to find his fortune. Caught up in the company of a band of pickpockets and thieves, Oliver struggles to find his own place in the world. Including the family that he’s always dreamed of having. Ready to make a keepsake lapbook that is not only fun, but will also help your students remember this classic? Watch my Oliver Twist unit study video to see the inside … [Read more...]

SEP
22
2015

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today! This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done! If your student liked The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then they’ll probably love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn too!   Story Summary: Wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow Huckleberry Finn in this adventurous story! Huck is an independent boy growing up in mid-1800’s Missouri. Of course trouble finds him as he goes on a great rafting adventure down the Mississippi River, where he runs into his old friend Jim. He also meets a few new acquaintances who seem eager to make Huck’s life as difficult as possible! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older … [Read more...]

SEP
01
2015

Educational Tablet Apps We Love!

People always ask me if and how I use tablets in our homeschool. The first answer is yes! We definitely make use of our tablet as it provides a change from the normal daily work. The second answer is for education, and for fun! One of our favorite things to use a tablet for are eBooks. There are a huge variety of eBook options for all grade levels, as well as beginning reading and narrated versions for those who aren’t reading quite yet. But there are also a ton of educational apps that can make learning more fun too!   I’ve noticed that many curriculum vendors are also making digital options available for text books as well. They’re much less expensive and a lot easier to take with you if you’re planning to take your school work somewhere other than home. We have apps for just about every subject, and I let my kiddos use them as a supplement to our normal curriculum. Apps are a great way for them to learn without feeling like they are doing boring ole’ school. I usually … [Read more...]

JUL
22
2014

Affiliate Love…

Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to you! For that reason, I only review/giveaway products that we have enjoyed in our home and want to share with you too! So today is dedicated to the awesome companies that have supported Confessions and have a special place in our hearts!   Our Favorites:   All About Learning Press has both reading and spelling products available which we love! All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your student become a proficient speller! All About Reading is a complete program teaching phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way.       What’s in the Bible? are a series of fun DVDs that … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2014

K4 Kindergarten Activities Update

Hi all! Looking for some kindergarten worksheets and activities for your 4-5 year old? Look no further! The Teeny Tot is well into our K4 Kindergarten curriculum and I wanted to share some of her day with you all!   Right now she does a mix of activities to work on a variety of skills each day. Everything you’ll see in this post comes with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum unless otherwise indicated. I also have a bunch of freebies on my Kindergarten Worksheets page too!   Beginning Sounds: In this activity she is working on her beginning sounds and lowercase letters. The curriculum comes with both upper and lowercase worksheets for her to practice. She says the sound that the letter on each line makes, then circles the pictures that also begin with that same letter sound.   Shapes: She’s also building a shapes booklet where she displays all of her shapes and traces over the written version of each shape as well. Sometimes she decorates them with … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2014

Classic Literature Volume 2 Mega Pack

Looking for some fun, hands-on, literature activities for your young readers? Look no further! I’ve been releasing literature units each week, and I finally have the Classic Literature Mega Pack Volume 2 ready to go!       What is a literature unit? Literature units are a great way to introduce your students to classic literature at a younger age. These units all use the “Classic Starts” version of the books so they are easier for your students to read and comprehend. The literature units come with daily chapter assignments and mini-books that students will use to create a lapbook. They also include comprehension questions and vocabulary to make sure your student understands each chapter, and to help them remember what they’ve read! These units make reading more fun, engaging, and hands-on!   Units included in this combo pack: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Call of the Wild Gulliver’s Travels The Journey to the Center of the … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 16: Bartholomew’s Passage

Good morning everyone! Wow, only one shopping day left until Christmas Eve! We celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve, and my husband’s family Christmas Day, so today is my final chance to gather any last minute things! Yikes!   But even with all of the hustle going on right now, i still have a fabulous giveaway for you today! My lovely friends at iHomeschool Network have donated two of favorite Christmas books for you today! Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide “Bartholomew's Passage is an engaging story that guides families through the Advent season. Young Bartholomew's adventures start when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, continue through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend Nathan, and end with a reunion with his family in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new friend, a young boy named Jotham!” (This book is the sequel to Jotham’s Journey.) Tabitha’s … [Read more...]