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...]


All About Reading 3 Review

Hi everyone! I had so much fun offering a giveaway for the newly released All About Reading Level 3 curriculum. But now I want to take a few minutes to review it a bit for those of you with questions. {Disclosure: I am an affiliate with All About Learning Press because I love their products! Links contained in this post are affiliate links.}   All About Reading Level 3 is great for teaching not only reading skills, but also phonics, phonograms, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and decoding multi-syllable words. If you’ve already been using All About Reading Levels 1 or 2, you already know that this is a fun hands-on program! I think Tinker Bell’s favorite thing are the fun activity sheets included in the Student Activity Pack. She actually asks to do these fun sheets all the time! And I figure if a kid is asking to learn it’s a good thing.   What comes with the curriculum? As I mentioned in my last post, the set comes with a Teacher’s Manual, phonogram … [Read more...]


Carson-Dellosa Spectrum Readers

Hi everyone! We’re knee deep into summer, and one of the things we like to encourage during summertime is lots of reading.   One of our newest book series we’ve been checking out and LOVING is the Spectrum Reading series by Carson-Dellosa.   They have readers for Kindergarten through second grades right now and they cost just $3.99 each! My kids have enjoyed the colorful pages and of course they’re exciting topics are inviting for most young readers.   Each level reader features cool facts on a variety of exciting topics, including colorful photos, and up close shots of some of the coolest animals around. But they’re not just about animals, the Spectrum Readers also include a variety of earth & life science topics including human bodies, plants, and weather.   To see some of the books live, watch the Carson-Dellosa Spectrum Readers video below!     Want more information? Visit the Carson-Dellosa … [Read more...]


Reading Incentive Brag Tag Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Awhile back I put up a post on our new Reading Incentive Program involving some super fun and colorful brag tags from ImageStuff. I think I also mentioned that they were working on putting together a homeschooling packet just for us! So, after some fun phone calls and hard work with the folks at ImageStuff they’ve finally created a wonderful homeschooling packet full of goodies! Since some of their quantities and tags are geared more towards traditional schools, they’ve specially designed this packet just for the needs of homeschoolers! So what’s included in this new pack? Each homeschooling packet includes 41 items for your kiddos for just $19.95. 5 inscribed pencils 1 Happy Birthday Pin (We’ll just re-use this on their birthdays!) 2 fun bracelets 1 Reading Rocks bookmark 1 - 24” necklace chain 1 Key Chain Holiday Tags Character tags Subject tags Here is a close up of the character tags that are included. Each student receives a “Bee”ing Good, … [Read more...]


Homeschool Reading and Phonics Curriculum Forum

  Hi everyone! Welcome to the homeschool curriculum forum post series! Today we’re discussing reading and phonics. Since my children will be in grades prek, 2nd, 4th, and 5th this post will be geared towards elementary students. However feel free to leave a comment for whatever ages you are working with as I know it will help other homeschoolers out there!   For the early years I like to stick with basics and use Abeka for phonics and language practice. I prefer the more traditional approach to teaching letter sounds and blends as well as the reinforcing worksheets provided by Abeka.     I also like the various readers that come with the program as well as the comprehension questions after each story. You’ll want to make sure to get the “text questions and answers key” for the readers. I also like the “Read & Think” skill sheets that Abeka has starting in grade 3. They are timed reading exercises with comprehension questions at the end. … [Read more...]


Educational iPad Apps: Reading

It’s been awhile since I’ve put up an educational iPad apps post, so today I wanted to share some more of our favorites! Specifically in department of reading. I’ve found that my kids love to read on the iPad, and I’ve even found some fun interactive books for the Teeny Tot and Tinker Bell. So here are our top iPad reading apps as of now, hope your family enjoys them as well! The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores   Dr. Seuss Collection #1: The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 contains five Dr. Seuss titles for young readers. Enjoy The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Fox In Socks all in one omBook!   Dr. Seuss Collection #2: The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 contains five Dr. Seuss titles for young readers. Enjoy Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss's ABC, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, There's a Wocket in My Pocket! and Hop on Pop all in one omBook!   Dr. Seuss Cat in … [Read more...]


Imagination Station #10 Giveaway

I’ve done a giveaway for Imagination Station books before, and I was so excited to see that they have a new one out! It’s book number 10 in the series and is called Challenge on the Hill of Fire! 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! Can you fight fire…with faith? “Patrick and Beth climb on board the Imagination Station in hopes of traveling to the land of leprechauns and shamrocks. When they reach fifth-century Ireland, however, there’s no rainbow or pot of gold waiting for them. Instead, they must escape from evil druids and find their way to the bishop, who is their only hope of safety. But after meeting the bishop, the cousins find that he’s a rebel set on defying the druids-even though it could mean his death. Who is this man who isn’t afraid to die for his beliefs? Is he indeed safe, or will he lead Patrick and Beth toward the greatest danger they’ve … [Read more...]


Homeschool Reading Incentives!

I found this super cute idea to help with motivating students to read more on the Teacher Wife’s blog which lead me down a bunny trail of great ideas to help motivate students to read! I know homeschoolers are supposed to be book worms, but my kiddos aren’t always that interested in reading outside of class time. But with these cute reading incentive brag tags and some cheap beads…problem solved at the Confessions home!   I immediately visited ImageStuff and ordered a variety of reading incentive brag tags! (Select “reading” from the drop down menu.) I set up our bulletin board right away, and shared all of our new exciting reading rewards with the kiddos! By the way, I emailed them and they’re working on a more homeschooling friendly packet of tags! Yipee!! And don’t tell anyone, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing a giveaway for these later on too!   For every 20 minutes of reading time, my children earn 1 bead. For every 10 beads they earn, then can … [Read more...]


Adventures in Odyssey Giveaway!

I’m always looking for fun educational reading for my kids, and one place that I am always pleased with is the Adventures In Odyssey series! I did a review awhile back, you can read it here, and they’ve released two new books in the Imagination Station adventure series! Imagination Station Book #8 | Battle for Cannibal Island – $4.49  (Also available as an eBook!) Summary: It’s 1852 and cousins Patrick and Beth sail to Fiji on the HMS Calliope under the command of Captain James E. Home. They arrive at the islands to find that the Christian Fijians are at war with the non-Christian Fijians. Missionary James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would. Imagination Station Books #9 | Escape … [Read more...]


All About Reading Level 2 GIVEAWAY!

I’m so excited to announce that the All About Reading Level 2 is finally available! And to celebrate it’s release the awesome people over at All About Learning Press are offering a FREE COPY of All About Reading Level 2 for one of you! It’s no secret I H. E. A. R. T.  All About Learning Press! I started using them last year for our phonics and spelling help and we’ve never looked back. We have had great results since starting with their programs. I absolutely love how they script the lessons, as well as the constant review. I think it’s the only program that has had success in getting my kids to actually remember phonics rules! They teach reading concepts in a logical order, and review constantly so that you aren’t forgetting things as you go. I also like that the program is hands-on as well. We use their magnetic letter tiles, as well as our iPad chalk board, stamps, and other ways to help make it more fun as well. I am also loving the phonogram cards (yellow ones) that come … [Read more...]