DEC
10
2012

First Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Greetings readers! As promised, I have some more sight word sentence printables for you! Today I am sharing  First Grade Sight Word Sentence worksheets. Each one has the word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word, then writing it on their own.   Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete their sentence, great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words! This download includes 41 First grade level sight words from the Dolch sight word list. --> Download the First Grade Sight Word Sentences ! <--   More Sight Word fun! Kinder (Pre-Primer) Sight Word Sentences Kindergarten (Primer) Sight Word … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2012

What’s in the Box Wednesday: First Grade

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m back with a What’s in the Box Wednesday post with Tinker Bell’s first grade boxes this year. In their first box, each of my kiddos has an Expanding Acrylic Drawer Organizer with all of the supplies they’ll need. This keeps them from getting up a thousand times during class to get something! She also has her Daily Learning Notebook which is how she starts each morning. She’s very used to this now and does it independently.   In the next box she has her Abeka reading and All About Spelling Level 2. I am currently using a mix of Abeka readers and the All About Spelling program together.   The next box houses only the Math U See stuff. The blocks, videos, etc take up a lot of room.   The next box has her Abeka Letters & Sounds 1 and Language 1 worksheets. I like these workbooks because they go well with AAS, and serve as a way to re-enforce the things that she is learning.   Her bottom drawer has our World’s … [Read more...]

OCT
24
2012

A-Z Cursive Handwriting Worksheets

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Hi everyone! After publishing my K4 Handwriting Worksheets (manuscript) I had a ton of requests for Cursive Handwriting Worksheets. It took me a bit to get them completed, but here they are!   As usual, you can print on copy paper and have students write with pencil on the sheets, or you can also print on copy paper, then laminate or stick inside a page protector and allow them to use them with Expo Dry-Erase markers! That way they’re re-usable and you can practice your sheets as many times as needed!   --> Download the Cursive Handwriting Sheets <-- The line spacing for these sheets should be appropriate for kindergarten, first , or second graders who are just starting with cursive handwriting skills. Each letter includes capital and lowercase letter practice. The first letter has arrows to help students properly form the letters, and the rest are simply dashed font for them to trace. Then the bottom line is blank with only the starting dot so they can … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2011

Imagination Station Series Giveaway

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I’m always looking for fun educational reading for my kids, so I was totally excited when I was contacted to review the Imagination Station adventure series! I was equally excited to see my kids jump at the chance to read them! The Imagination Station series is a historical fiction adventure series for young readers, published by Tyndale House and Focus on the Family. These books were created by the same people who created Adventure’s In Odyssey, so  knew they’d be great! Think “Magic Tree House” but from a biblical perspective! Here are some details from the publishers: Travel back in time and sail with the Vikings, meet a Roman emperor, come face-to-face with China’s Kublai Khan, and experience a host of other historical adventures in the  Imagination Station series for young readers. Written for early readers, ages 7 and up, the series features the virtual reality device the Imagination Station, which is one of the major plot devices used in the Adventures in Odyssey … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2011

Our Curriculum 2011-2012

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again! You know the one…when you realize that summer’s almost over and you barely remember it starting. The one where you think “Yikes! I better order my curriculum so it’s here in time!” Yep…that one. I’ve had lots of emails asking about our curriculum choices for this year already, so I know you all are planning away out there too! Of course I’m happy to share our choices with you, but I also want you to stand firm in your own choices and not beat yourself up thinking you should’ve done something else just because I or any other blogger recommends it! Each family is different, and I know you’ve prayed over your choices, just as I have, so we can take comfort in knowing that we’re being obedient to our calling! So here it is, our choices for the 2011-2012 school year! (Wow, I had a hard time typing 2012…I remember back when even the thought of the year 2000 was like back to the future hover-cars and stuff. But I … [Read more...]

MAY
15
2011

The Write Shop Primary Review & Giveaway

Looking for some help teaching your children how to write? In preparation for next year, this one was thing on my mind! I don’t consider myself a great writer. I never even journal. I talk a lot. But I don’t think that counts. So the thought of teaching my children to write was freaking me out a bit. Oooh! Write Shop Primary, thank you so much for relieving my stress! After 2 years of another curriculum, I was starting to notice that what I was using wasn’t really teaching my children “how” to write. It would give them words to use then say “okay now write a story”. It seemed logical to me, but for little guys it was too open ended. They didn’t even know where to start. Write Shop is different. It is a teacher directed program that literally shows your children the “how to” of writing through examples, brainstorming, working together, and editing. No longer are they just trying to come up with something creative out of thin air. I know that seems simple, and it is, but its works! … [Read more...]

APR
26
2011

What’s in the Box Wednesday: First Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday! I’ve been trying to get back to adding in fun things to our workboxes lately! With the end of our year in sight, I’ve been slacking a little, but the kids notice and have requested more fun things. These were our first grade boxes for today: Abeka Reading Abeka Letters and Sounds Tape Measure It: This is a favorite! I give my son a tape measure, and a chart of objects for him to find and measure. He records the length of each object. On page 2 of the printout, he charts the objects based on length then lets me know which one was longest and shortest. Math U See Alpha Abeka Language iPhone Math Bingo: Another Favorite, anytime I can add in a fun educational iPhone app, they love it! AbekaLetters and Sounds Test A Reason for Handwriting T All About Spelling Level 2: I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! Have workboxes to share? Leave your blog in the comments, I’d love to see them! … [Read more...]

DEC
30
2010

Scratch and Sketch Books

We recently got our hands on some of these fun Scratch and Sketch books! These super cute books come with a small blurb about each item and a drawing for the kids to copy if they so choose. The pages are black and each book comes with a wooden stylus used to ‘scratch’ the image into the black coating. Of course they each have a different fun background that will show through as you draw the picture. Here are some of our creations: This book is a fun art addition to our workboxes whenever we have an open spot! We have the Rainforest Scratch and Sketch (Sorry, I can’t find this one on Amazon) and the Under The Sea Scratch and Sketch. Here are some more fun Scratch and Sketch books: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fb5b71c54-3757-41e2-983a-bb3f54f7fc93&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: 1st Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 1st grade boxes today.  You’ll probably notice I don’t put the Expedition Earth stuff in the boxes, we do it in the afternoon after our workboxes are done, so it doesn’t go in them. Nest Bible Video: Counting Money and Telling Time: Since Math U See doesn’t cover these topics as well as I’d like, I just added in a box to go over them myself. Every day i change out the amount of money in the box and he counts it and writes it on the white board. Then I spout out times and he makes them and writes them on the clock. Easy and fun! Math U See: Alpha Abeka Handwriting:   Abeka Letters & Sounds: Abeka Language: All About Spelling: Level 1 Abeka readers Pick and Draw Game: This is a fun drawing game developed by Rich Davis, if you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend it! If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “Workboxes” click here to find out! Have boxes to … [Read more...]