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Show & Share ~ September 17th

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Welcome to the Septembr 17th Edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post

Inexpensive Phonics Manipulatives

Alphabet/phonics/word work manipulatives add enjoyment to the process of learning to read and spell.  These hands-on materials can be found very inexpensively if you know where to look.
Phonics manipulatives

Next time you are in a dollar or discount store, be sure to check for potential manipulatives.  Don’t limit your search to just the educational supply section, also take a look in the office supply aisle, and  the dollar bin area.   The toy aisle might reveal manipulatives as well – think wooden alphabet blocks!

The blue foam letter squares, the letter magnets and the alphabet bingo game shown above were each found for only a dollar.  I’ve also found simple file folder games and sight word strips, and even the pocket chart for one dollar.  Don’t forget to look for blank sentence strips!

phonics manipulatives 2Next time you are at a yard or jumble sale,  look for old Scrabble or other word games.  Doesn’t matter if all of the pieces are there, you just need the letter tiles or word pieces.  Many times these games can be had for free.  That was the case with the wooden Scrabble tiles shown above.  I love those Scrabble tiles because they are very sturdy and will hold up to lots of word play.

Keep your eyes peeled for cheap letter & word study manipulatives – they’re out there!




Motivation Monday

SunlightFor whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Romans 15:4

The Story of Jesus – Free Audio & Text Versions

 It has always been important in our home  that we cover the life of Christ in our homeschool Bible studies/family worship as often as possible. Right now, for the benefit of my youngest, we are listening to an audio version of The Story of Jesus, by E.G. White.  It also goes by the title, Christ Our Savior.   It is the children’s version of The Desire of Ages.   If you would rather read the book aloud, the text is available also.  Both audio and text versions are free.

Show & Share ~ September 10, 2014

School supplies await the first day of class

Welcome to the September 10th Edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post

A Gentle Suggestion for Getting Started With Homeschooling

Dear new homeschooling parent,

Would you mind  a suggestion on getting started with homeschooling?  Especially those of you with younger elementary-aged children?   Okay- here it is.

Green apple on booksStart slowly.  Ease into your new schedule/lifestyle.  Start with Bible,  then a little bit of reading and math.  Perhaps 15-20 minutes each of reading or math, and then put the books away for the day. Go for a walk, play with some Legos,  paint, color – go have fun.     Save the science and history and everything else for later.  A week or two later, maybe a month later.

Going from “0 to 60″  in one day with homeschooling can very easily leave a new homeschooling parent feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.   Just because the parent manual lists 6 subjects to be taught on the first day does not mean you have to do exactly that.   The transition to homeschooling can be much easier on you and your child if you take it slow and steady.

It will all get done – trust me, it will.    It just doesn’t have to all be done TODAY.

Blessings on your homeschool journey,


Motivation Monday

Girl Getting Piggyback Ride

“The principle inculcated by the injunction, “Be kindly affectioned one to another” (Romans 12:10), lies at the very foundation of domestic happiness.

Unkindness, complaining, and anger shut Jesus from the dwelling. I saw that angels of God will flee from a house where there are unpleasant words, fretfulness, and strife.”

The Faith I Live By , 267