my new love

September 17, 2011

I noticed that I  mostly post about nature study and social studies so I thought I would spice things up by sharing a resource I found recently–

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At first I thought it was just good for keeping up with cool books, toys, clothes, etc. but I eventually caught on that I can use it for our home school, too. Not only can I have a visual space for all the hs related bookmarks I’ve collected, but I can contiue to collect relevant articles, etc. by browsing through the boards of other Pinterest users.

I have to admit that I have spent much of my leisure time lately pinning and repinning, but today I made it worthwhile by actually doing one of the projects I pinned.

When we started school back in August Bug was so excited about learning to read, but now I am noticing a lack of enthusiasm when it comes time for reading lessons. We are using Engelmann’s Teach Your Child to Read, which I thought would work well for both of us, but every time we sit down to do it, she groans and I tell her if we just push through it we can move onto something else. This is not the attitude I want either of us to have.

Thankfully she has not lost that gleam in her eye when she picks up a book and she loves writing lessons. To make the reading lessons better I thought we could go beyond the Engelmann book with some hands-on activities. Thanks to Pinterest I found just that. Here is a link to the original post from the Filth Wizard blog. And here is a pic of her very own little set of Lego spellers that I made today (complete with the letters to build her favorite word–rat).

review: starfall

November 6, 2010

Internet resource review of Starfall‘s ABC practice for kindergarten–

This page provides pre-reading and computer practice for younger children.

 It is a great introduction to using the computer’s mouse–L has an easy time navigating within the page without moving to others since the lay-out brings the kids’ attention to the big bright bold letter buttons (and no distracting advertisements).

Within each letter page, the kids navigate by clicking on the featured letter (it sparkles if they haven’t done so within a few seconds) and arrows to move on to the next screen for the letter. At the end of each letter page, there is a simple game where the kids click once on a letter and drag and drop it into the correct place. All along the way the activities reward successful navigation with simple animations, which also help enforce letter symbol and sound recognition.

Along the bottom row, there are also short video’s with songs and a mix of animation and live-action that reinforce phonemic awareness.

Both the activities and  songs make this page a useful supplement when working on pre-reading skills.