Thursday, November 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Writing has always been a priority in our Catholic Homeschool from when we first started, I’ve always
As we started day two of this, our fifth homeschooling year, I am able to see how much this has helped my children be comfortable with writing. This year I am formalizing our writing a little more as my eldest little is in the third grade. I do realize when I was a school teacher children in the first and second grade were composing paragraphs, which is fine but I wanted to try a different approach. In my way of teaching I wanted the children always exposed to writing and drawing. As a Reading Specialist I thought it would be a great way to help children with reading comprehension in the future. I have noticed that when I read to my children they are constantly examining the pictures on the page as I read the lovely little stories they have been exposed to. This, in turn, helps them create images in their minds as they are reading to better understand and remember what was read. It is a known fact that children who write before they read become better readers than those who do not. So, to me, providing so much writing so early is a win-win situation. (This does not mean I am not providing reading opportunities either, reading to my children is equally important for both reading and writing.)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I've always wanted to create covers for the children's composition books. We love composition books, I always buy them when they are $.50 a piece and love how sturdy they are. The ones that are fancier are more expensive and with five children buying those are not possible and keeping within our budget. So I decided I'd create some for my children instead. Of course, I want to share them with others. I've already shared them with Facebook friends.
I printed two per page, cut them, and used simple school glue to glue them down. I might put a line of tape all around the edges if I see them start to turn up but I don't think it will be much of a problem. Here is what they look like:
The children are very excited to have pretty covers over their composition books and finding the right book will be a simple task. If you are interested in downloading them here they are: