Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Family History Stories

Getting young kids interested in history is as easy as telling the stories of those who lived before. Reading a history book can be boring but reading personal stories of those who lived through the events can make a historical event come alive. These stories can be slightly altering and made kid friendly and will quickly become bedtime favorites.

Monday, August 15, 2016

History through Stories

History doesn't have to be a boring subject consisting of memorizing facts and dates. It can be taught through stories. Every one of us has an ancestor that was alive through every historical event, they may not have been at the actual event but they most likely knew about it.  If we can make history come alive kids will take it to heart. They will begin to understand that these were actual events that occurred and people lived through. They aren't just random words or names on a piece of paper. When teaching history it's best to start with the child and work your way back. Kids, especially young kids have a difficult time understanding abstract concepts without a firm base. When you start learning about them, and move to the relatives they know it is easier to understand and believe that the names on their family tree were real people and the events they lived through were real.

There are lots of resources and ways to teach HIS STORY. Here are a few.

If you'd like to hear more about my journey with family history you can go here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mr. Nussbaum Learing +Fun

My son's teacher showed him this awesome site to help him learn area and perimeter called Mr. Nussbaum Learning +Fun. This site has lots of games but so far we have only played Zoo Designer and my kids have loved it.

Monday, April 18, 2016


I was recently introduced to Mobymax. Mobymax is a sight for homeschool parents and teachers alike. My kids have fallen in love with Mobymax and it has a FREE package and a pro membership package. The pro membership is $99 for a full year for as many students as you'd like to add. 
My kids and I just did the free account which was awesome. I was able to pick and choose what subjects I wanted them to have. This site did have a placement test that each child began on their level. My kids enjoyed seeing what level they were on. MobyMax is Common Core aligned and they pride them selves on being built "from the ground up on Common Core Standards." One of the things I loved about MobyMax is my kids could work on their level whether it was above or below their peers, or across different levels in different grade subjects. My oldest placed in 6th grade vocabulary, 4th grade math, and 4th grade reading, he is currently in 3rd grade. He loved that he was being challenged academically. My daughter loves that she can pick what subject she works on. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teach Your Monster to Read

My 5 year old son informed me that he didn't like ANY of the computer games I had found and they were all boring yesterday. Time to begin another internet search for "fun" games. We stumbled upon "Teach Your Monster to Read" which was created by The Usborne Foundation. My kids really enjoy our Usborne books so I decided we should give it a try. I asked my 5 year old what he thought about it and well he was less than excited because it was a learning game until he started playing it.

Teach Your Monster to Read teaches letters, sounds and is COMPLETELY FREE for the computer version. They do have an app available for 4.99 which they charge for to help pay for creating new games. It was easy to register.
Setting my son up was simple. Just had to put his name in. I can add as many players as I want. On the HOME page I can check the stats, see what my son is working on, how he has done with the other sounds, so much information is available to help ME teach my son. I can also download a printable poster of his monster which he can name.

I was able to choose a level for my son. I got to choose the level for my son using the information the site provided below.  I could look at what they would learn in each level to help determine where to place him. It's solely based off a parent placement, not placement tests, just what I felt was best. I chose level 2 for my son, which started with the ch, sh, sounds which is about where he is. You  can only start at the beginning of a level so if your child already knows some of the information it's a good review and allows them the chance to learn how the games work before adding learning new content AND trying to learn how the games work which can become very confusing for kids.

Like I said earlier at first my 5 year old boy was not excited but that was more due to him being in a bad mood then him not liking the game because once he got started I had a hard time getting him off. He got to design a monster character to play with which he thought was awesome. The monsters were cute and there were so many options. You could change just about anything using their pre-made options.

He then started playing the games and was very excited to learn some new sounds and review some he already knew. It began by introducing a sound, asking them to say it, then finding it in words. When the game asked  him to repeat the sounds I told my son that his monster could hear him so he'd actually do it, the game can't really hear them but it sure got him participating. Things happen on the game after they say the sound, a door opens, they get to gather stars, or play a new game. It's very interactive.
This is an awesome site and I recommend it for kids who are showing interest in learning their letter sounds which is usually anywhere from 4-6 year olds.  If you start with level 1 and work your way through the whole program at 20 minutes a day (their recommendation) you'd finish all three levels in about 43 weeks. Another great thing about this program is you can go at your child's pace. The game remembers them and where they left off so if you don't want to do 20 minutes 5 days a week you don't have to. If your child is read to move to another level you can change that level on your HOME page instead of having to create a new player for them.

This site DID NOT have any other ads on the sides that would lead kids to dangerous places which I love! There are also a ton of free resources in the classroom section. You can find this by clicking on the teacher's area. I honestly just keep finding more and more exciting things with this site. The Usborne Foundation has done an awesome job creating this for new readers.  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Living and Non-living 1st grade unit Videos

 Living and Non-living Things - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3b2VCNzhZo

Mammals Video - http://video.nhptv.org/video/2266683356/

Amphibians Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI8GPsf6TAc&list=PLnCEK1i3y3i2DxF94uKaES3pdwnkwoYxv&nohtml5=False

Reptiles Video-

Birds Video - Bill Nye Birds Video or 

Fish Video - 

Insects Video - Find new insect video

Tell me about your favorite animal!!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Writing Prompts

Writing is an important part of learning. Kids need to learn how to write, and how to write well for multiple reasons. Some of those reasons include to expand their imagination, problem solve, determine what will happen next in a given situation, to explain what they have learned, and to record their own feelings and emotions.