Hello there! Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm Carrie - a Christian, thirty-something, wife and mother of three who's been homeschooling since 2009. After 4 years in public school, we found that it just wasn't a good fit for our family. After a great deal of prayer, and overcoming a whole lot of nauseating fear that I wouldn't be good enough, we took the leap of faith and brought the kids home. It has been so amazing to see my kids "bloom outside the box" as we say. We have the opportunity to tailor their curriculum to their individual learning styles which has unlocked such a world of wonder in them. Now they are full of questions and so eager to explore the answers. I am so blessed to be able to help them grow their minds as well as their hearts for God.
I have to share with you some fun we've been having around here! At the beginning of our homeschool journey last year, I racked my brain for all kinds of ways to make learning fun for my kiddos. One thing I came up with is still such a hit, I thought I'd share it with you. I got about 20 sheets of foam in various colors from my local craft store. Then I kinda "bubble-cut" the edges all the way around to make the game board 'squares'. My kids were the game pieces that move around the "board". On about 5 of the pieces, I used a marker to write things like, +4 or -2. Then if they land on these places, they do as it says. We use this as a quiz tool for any subject from vocabulary words to history and science facts. If they answer correctly, they move up a space, if incorrect, they stay where they are. The first one to the end wins or we put them in a circle if I don't want the game to end till we get through all the information. The kids love it!
Tonka: mid-jump to a sight word
Well, now I found a new way to use them! Sight Words. Ok, I admit it, I hate flash cards. I don't deny they can be effective, but trying to keep my wiggle worms focused AND sitting still for those is next to impossible! So, I wanted to get my little guy moving and learning so I borrowed the idea of the game Hullabaloo. I laid out all those foam pieces I mentioned above and laid a sight word flash card on each of them. Then I'd say, "Hop to said." or "Walk backwards to this." Then when he got tired, he would read the word and have me "move" to the one he chose. This helped him practice reading the words and he got quite a giggle out of being the boss!
Go grab some inexpensive foam sheets and see your kids BEG for learning games! Enjoy!