Student Writing Practice

One of my favorite educational sites is Vocabulary and Spelling City. In fact I’ve talked about it on here before. Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite features in this site, the student writing practice section.

This section gives you many options for having your students practice their penmanship and improve their writing skills. They are also learning to spell the words on their spelling list through these activities. There are even sentence writing and paragraph writing videos to help your student’s improve their technique. You can also create printable worksheets for your students.

It doesn’t matter what age group you are teaching, these activities can be tailored to fit any learning level.

App Friday!

Check it out!  This is a Facebook page that features family friendly educational apps every Friday!

A few of the intriguing apps that are available right now are:

  • Touch World by Appyness. This is a geography learning app that allows kids to touch maps of different countries and learn information about that place or test their knowledge with quizzes.
  • Interactive Minds: ┬áSolar System by Vosonos LLC. This app is packed with models and information about the Solar System.
  • Tap Times Tables-Multiplication Fun with Math Numbers and Arithmetic by pkclSoft

Don’t miss out! Go see if they have any apps that may help your homeschool!

Planning for Time

MP900405396This is the time of year when most of us are updating our calendars and planners. If you are anything like me, you start out doing pretty well using a notebook planner, but it very soon becomes too cumbersome to keep up with. I find myself going weeks and even months without ever using a notebook planner. Because of this I end up forgetting appointments and important tasks that need to be done.

Thank the Lord, for online planners and calendars! Since I use a Mac, I use the calendar that it came pre-programmed with. I love that it also links with my google calendar in which my work supervisor posts reminders and tasks for me and my coworkers. I can also post appointments with alarms for myself so that I don’t forget them anymore. I also have the option to sync my phone with it.

As far as homeschool planning, I’m a big believer in the KISS (Keep it simple sweetie) principle. Using Time4Learning greatly simplifies the record keeping for my two youngest. I just print the reports and tuck them away into their portfolios.

Homeschool Learning Styles

Have you ever looked into homeschool learning styles? Most homeschoolers have. Did you know that incorporates all three of the most common learning styles? Kids who are auditory learners read through the text or have it read to them. There are plenty of pictures and graphs for visual learners. For the kinesthetic learners there are quizzes dotted throughout each lesson for them to work through. They are also encouraged to compile vocabulary lists and take notes.

I can’t think of any other online learning that is this affordable and also includes each learning style.