An idea for younger ones while you homeschool older ones

When you need a half hour or so to teach a child one on one here's away that I use to keep a younger(1-4) child occupied.

what you'll need is a bag or box(shoebox)
some kind of toys, candy (dollar store) or rocks, something the child loves playing with

Put or wrap up the toy/candy/? in the bag or the shoes box.
Tape it up so that it will be hard for child to get open it for a while.
Now when it's time for you to teach your older child give the present to the younger child and let him/her try to tear it open! Usually by the time its opened you will be done with the instruction of the older child.

Teaching preschool, kindergarten and younger!

Teaching preschool, kindergarten and younger!

You don’t have to buy a curriculum to teach your preschool-kindergartners, use what you have at home
There’s letter of the week, and there’s

You can read to them, teach them songs, dance with them, play, read poems to them, teach and show them that learning is fun!! enjoyable!

Do arts and crafts with them (I did this with my kids at 4 and 5 they learned so much, and that’s all we did! Read and arts and crafts!)
I buy this at ikea
Handwriting- let the kids paint on large paper, paint pictures, color, draw large letters of theirs names and let them paint them! Let them use a stick and write in the dirt, in the sand, etc
Phonics- (if they are ready, don’t force them!) do the sites above, refrig magnets letter on a metal cookie sheet, teach her the sounds of her name if it’s easy! Using index cards start with simple letters, write d on one card a on another and d on another one, m, o, same way! Just simple stuff at first, put ABC's on the wall, when the kids learn a sound look for items in the house that start with it,etc but make sure they want to learn to read and don’t force it. When they read their first word make a big deal out of it! Be encouraging!

math- count bugs, buttons, silverware, socks, rocks, let them see that each item has a number(that will help the kids later in math)  Show subtraction  by gathering 2 rocks and take 1 away and now there’s 1 left! simple things, put numbers on the wall, colors,  as they start to learn counting, gather items together found in house or outside and let them count them.
Science- nature walks(even if you don’t have a yard, take a walk on the sidewalk)!! bring a drawing pad, and crayons, look for bugs, animals leaves, rocks to draw and talk about , and when you get home look them up on Internet and check out some library books, let the kids dig holes, teach them to feed your animal, look for birds, watch the clouds, look at the stars at night,

Map of the hood!
History- talk about your family with the kids, draw them a simple map of where you live, then follow it by walking!

well those are some ideas that I did with my kids, and it didn’t cost hardly anything, so you don’t need a curriculum to teach your kids!

All the above only takes about an hour or 2 a day and that’s all they need, since its                                                                        one on one!

How I started homeschooling with young kids

When I first started homeschooling this is what we did. Since we couldn't afford to buy any curriculum.
 The kids were 4, 2,1, and baby. I started with my oldest daughter,we did lots of art stuff like:
 gluing, cutting with her own special scissors(she's left handed)

 scribbling on large paper(we bought newspaper ends from the newspaper office in our town, they were very cheap and very large). The younger kids would love scribble on it also with large crayons.

I had over the years collected used and cheap crayons, melted them down and made bigger crayons. This site tells how to do that. All the kids loved scribbling on that large paper!  I would then use the paper to wrap any presents we gave to people.
For my oldest as she got more sure of her coloring, I would draw squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, different shapes, letters, numbers, on the paper and tell her to color them in. More of a controlled coloring. This helped a lot for when she started handwriting.

I made puzzles out of boxes and hard stock paper for them to put together, here's a site that shows how. All the kids liked doing the puzzles but the one year old loved it! I made number puzzles, ABC puzzles, Animal, plant, color, puzzles. Some of the pictures I tore out of magazines or catalogs I would get free at the library.

to be continued!!!! Gotta go wash dishes!hahaha

Help for children 3-5 for reading readiness!

Here's some ideas I've tried with my kids and others to help them learn to read, or get ready for reading. These activities help the eyes get accustomed to seeing difference in color and shapes, like they would in learning phonics and letter or numbers.

1. Teach the child colors, use nature, or put up colored shapes on your walls.

2. Make some dot to dot pictures for the child to do, they are a lot of fun. The child can then color them in with the colors you call out! They will also learn some numbers! Also make a game by using little cars to go from number to number

3.Have the child copy a sequence of colors that you make, example : draw with a crayon three different colors on a piece of paper, next have the child pick out the right crayon colors and do the same thing. Use socks, blocks, marbles, buttons, etc.

4. Make a poster or scrap book of each color, let the child color pictures of that color or cut out pictures and place them on the poster or in the scrap book.

5. Draw the child some shapes like square, triangel, circle, rectangle etc. Let the child identify them with words or another object of the same shape.

6. Make some easy puzzles with different shapes and let the child put them together.

7. Once you've gone over different shapes with child ask him to visulize in his mind the shape and then draw it on a piece of paper, once the chilld can do this you can add color to the object your telling him to draw.

8. Put a bunch of colored objects on a tray or table and ask the child to pick out the colors you call out, this works for shapes also.

9. Hiding objects around the house while child is watching and then doing another type of lesson for 10 min. When done with that lesson ask the child to find what you have hidden. Also can have the child hide the objects. Do another type lesson and have him find the objects when done.

10. Placing 4 or 5 objects on a counter, ask child to look the other way while you take an object away. Then ask child what object is missing. You can make a game out of this and both of you can play it!.
Teaching young children math
ruth beechick talks about this in her book 'an easy start in arithmetic"!

The best way to begin teaching a young child math is with manipulative, such as bugs, rocks, pennies, marbles, m & ms, socks, any objects you can count with. It can be taught anytime throughout your day, when your doing laundry, putting socks together, counting them, setting the table, counting the silverware, glasses, plates etc. Remember to make it fun for you and the child!!

Using manipulative like this, the kids can then figure out some very hard problems! Just holding and seeing the objects clicks in their young brains. When most kids are young they don’t think of a math problem as we do 1+3=4 , they need something more hands on so they can touch it and feel it to understand its value, once they learn this way of doing math the other steps wont be as hard. This is the first step of how other types of math will be understood.

After the child gets use to using the manipulative she/he will be able to picture the things in their head, he/she will be able to see them and work out the easier problems. When he/she is ready to move on to the next step, you’ll know because the child will not be using the manipulative as much, she/he will start picturing the problem in her head, finding a faster way to figure math problems out!!! Then it’s on to step 2!!!

From ruth beechick booklet "an early start in arithmetic'

Levels of thinking about (example 3 + 2 = 5) or any other numbers

Manipulative mode-

Real objects, with touching and moving: three plates or spoons, marbles, jacks, rocks, bugs etc, put two more with them. now there are five
Real objects, with only sight: 3 jacks in this group, 2 jacks in another group, there are 5 all together


Pictures: picture of 3 jacks in a group and 2 in another group. 5 total
Symbolic pictures: 3 dots in this group and 2 in another group. 5 total

Mental image mode

Touchable objects: think of 3 jacks and 2 jacks. they make 5 all together. (story problems)
Non-touchable ideas: a team won 3 games and lost 2 games. they played 5 games all together.

Symbolic mode-

Digits only: 3 and 2 are 5
Digits and signs: 3 + 2= 5

Kinetic Learners!!!

Kinetic Learners!!!

How to tell if your child is kinetic!

They are very active
Not able to sit still long
Talks with body language and gestures
They like to show you better than tell you
Always touching and feeling things
Good at mimicking others
They like those amusement rides unless they make them sick, then they avoid them
Naturally athletic and loves sports
Sometimes they are labeled with attention deficient disorder
Remembers what they do very well
They remember best by getting physically involved in whatever is being taught
Acting out what you are reading
Enjoys making and creating things
Will take notes to keep busy but will not often use them.
Enjoys using computers
Has trouble staying still or in one place for a long time, hates lectures!
Enjoys hands-on activities
Seems to want to fiddle with small objects while listening or working
Likes to eat snacks while studying.
Is not great at spelling
Does not have great handwriting
Likes science labs, hands on work!
Studies with music on
Likes adventure books, movies
Likes role playing
Takes breaks when studying
Easily distracted by activity around them
Has good coordination
Best ideas and energy will come when engaging in some physical activities
Likes spending free time outdoors
Working with jigsaws puzzles
Some prefer to take an engine apart and put it back together, than do any reading or looking at diagrams about how it works.
They tend to lose concentration if there is little or no external stimulation or movement with what they are learning
They can remember how to do things after they've done them only once (motor memory).
Have good motor coordination.
They remember best the things they experience

How kinetic kids learn!

They must do things for themselves to have the best chance of learning.
When they are listening to lectures they may want to take notes just so they can move their hands.
When reading, they like to just scan over the material first, and then check out the details of it.
They might use color highlighters and take notes by drawing pictures, diagrams, or doodling.
Play music, when appropriate, during activities.
Be sure to use colored markers to show main points on charts, chalkboards and white boards.
Give them lots of stretch breaks
Make sure they have toys such as Koosh balls or Play-Dough to give them something to do with their hands.
Give them colored pencils, markers, highlighter pens to use
They are most successful when totally involved with the learning activity
They will receive information fastest when participating in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trip, dance, or other active activity.
Be sure to use touch, action, movement and hands-on work in your learning activities
Use real objects as much as possible.
Let the child touch what ever they are learning about as much as you can.
Flashcards can help them memorize information because they can touch and move them around.
Also remember that writing and drawing diagrams are physical activities, so be sure to let them use these activities
Use big sheets of paper and large color markers for your diagrams.
To remember a phone number some learners may remember the pattern of their fingers as the press the numbers.
Let them studying in short sessions
Take them on field trips, library, museums
They like to study with others
Use memory games to teach with
The worse things for them to do is to take long tests or do essays
How they learn best is with fill ins, multiple choice, short definitions
To help them with memorization let them pace or walk around while reciting to yourself or using flashcards or notes.

Things they enjoy doing, making dioramas, working with modeling clay, scrap booking, using a color book, crafts, dance, demonstrations, games using the body, needlework, rocking and reading, making a video, making posters, dressing up as characters, anything on the chalkboard/whiteboard, charades, pantomimes, plays, calculators, puzzles, walking and reading, puppet shows, workbooks, musical performances, labs, cut and paste tasks, making mobiles, making displays

They might study better laying on their stomach or back, or in a comfortable chair or bean bag
When they are trying to memorize info, have them close their eyes and air write the info or on a surface, also tell them to try to hear the words in their heads.
Try not to do just one thing only , let them do various things like drawing, playing board games, following instructions to make something, movement activities,
Working in a standing position might help
Letting them chew gum while doing school work will help keep them doing their work
Kinetic learners learn while they are walking around while listening.
Kinesthetic Vocabulary Charades: Help your child make a list of words and their definitions. Take turns with your kinesthetic child selecting a word and acting it out silently, so the other can guess which word is being dramatized. If you go first, select a word, act it out, and have your child guess which word you are acting out. Then have your child select a word and act it out, and you guess the meaning. Points can be awarded for each correct guess.
use those magnetic letters to teach spelling, they can touch the letters and move them around so that makes it easier to remember for them. Also let them trace the letters with their fingers.
Be sure to keep the lessons short and offer 5 min. breaks
spelling games will work, use flash cards,
Having them write their spelling words on flashcards will help
Language arts
use computer, typing helps and its movement
Use word tiles to make sentences
Sentences strips to make paragraphs
also use computer, games online
write problems on chalkboard/whiteboard
teach them math by using manipulatives! so they can move things around and touch!
they can also learn math by writing out the facts
Using everyday situation will help with teaching math, like shopping, cooking
Let them walk around while reading or some kind of movement
Letting them act out the store while they listen might help
Teach phonics using hands on games, let the child handle any cards etc you use, use recipe cards with sounds on them, let them build works with them
sign them up for some sports, they love it!

First Steps in Reading!!

First Steps in reading

Its funny but you dont have to know the names of the letters to lean to read. To read
you just sound out the letters like in c a t. So you dont have to teach the names of
the letters when you are just starting out with reading.
Start out by teaching the child the forms of the letters and the sounds they make!
(one less burden on the child.) A good word to start with is the childs name!
So lets say you childs name is Sam, be sure to print it with the capital S (and the
other letters with the lower case.) Tell the child what the word says 'Sam' .
Let the child trace it with their fingers or a crayon or whatever you want to use.
Have the child look at it, even copy it if he/she is able. (Dont force it.)
If this is the first time you might have to guide the childs hand. Make the sound of
the 'S' as the child is tracing it. and say the name Sam.
A. while child is tracing letter
B. Say the sound of the letter(not the name remember)
C. and say the name out loud to child
when she/he starts recognizing her/his name and can also print it, you can add
more words beginning with that 'S' . After the child starts to recognize the
letter 'S' go on to other words!
Dont worry about using lined paper, just let the child form the letter freely on blank paper.