Thursday, November 27, 2014

Deals! Deals! Deals!

Black Friday Homeschool Deals!

Stock up on the homeschool supplies...






Laminators are an everyday functions sometimes and who can live without them as a homeschooler. I once went to the photo shop to get our work laminated and vowed I would never do that again because of the cost! It was much better to do it at home. The SwingLine GBC Fusion 3100L 12-inch Laminator is on Sale right now with 43%OFF & Free Shipping!






A USB port, is a must for all the files you purchase online. Sheet work and all those other Homeschool purchased products that need a back-up. The Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB is now 63% Off & Free Shipping!





This is definitely a come-in-handy homeschool supply! Swingline's Heavy Duty Hand Plier Stapler for 60 Sheet Capacity is now 73% Off & Free Shipping!







Organization is key and at 13% Off, you can unlock your inner Martha Stuart!



Happy Learning!







Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Dyslexic Font to help differentiate letters


Christian Boer's font called Dyslexie has broken new ground in creating a Font aimed for Dyslexic  thinkers. It makes the b and d slanted to help off-set reversals. It also gives distinction in certain letter's such as the u in the example above. 

They also follow the same tactic as Virgin Mobility's Creator, who made another font for Dyslexic's, where the base of the letter is heavier or thicker giving it gravity for the reader. 

I am so impressed with people that try and help Dyslexic's instead of pretending there is nothing wrong. 

I encourage you to also print it using different colours as this might help the words themselves stand out for the reader.


Happy Learning!


READ MORE OF THIS AT https://ca.shine.yahoo.com/introducing-dyslexie--a-font-for-dyslexic-people-212550796.html

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo and the Home Education!



NaNoWriMo is not just for schools...it is your kids too!!



So, what is NaNoWriMo anyway?

NaNoWriMo stands for NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH!

You don't have to write a huge novel and for some kids, especially those with Dyslexia, this could pose major challenges. However, this is a great opportunity to build a love of writing and inspiration. Many Dyslexic's are actually writers at heart. There just needs to be the right platform to let them see their potential as well.  I'll-be-it, they probably need great editors too. But, they're story teller's! 

So, let's let them tell their stories.

You may have to scribe for them or use a speech-to-text technology which will help ease them and just let their imaginations flow. Maybe you can scribe and then they can type it out later. Or type out some of it and they do the rest, etc. 

Let them have the freedom of telling their story, without the pain of writing it down, getting in the way. When they say the story's out loud they may still be processing place and timing in their minds. Make sure to read back what they have said and let them self-correct. They usually can pick up what needs to be changed this way.

Use this time to encourage your children together in Community class's, or siblings to be a part of the Great Novel Writing Month!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

37 Tips to give to a Classroom-Teacher near you!



I found an awesome article if you are a mom with Dyslexic Children in School! Check it out HERE!!!

You can check out more over at BloomTreeLearning as well.
Anne-Marie Morey provides tools and strategies for educators who teach kids with learning differences at BayTreeBlog.com. A Board Certified Educational Therapist, she runs a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves to help students with learning disabilities build foundational academic and life skills.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some Homeschool Haiku's

Homeschool Haiku's By: Melanie Kilsby



The Daily Grind

Daily reporting;
Schooling. Fighting. What is clean?
Sun. Dirt. Outside play!



Real Learning

Meeting the Mayor
Oo-ey, goo-ey science-kit!
Testing fears; Rock climb!



Un-social

Group. Meetups. Hockey.
Community Classroom Play
Making Market Day



Simply Divine

Learning Godly Ways
Forgiving. Serving with love
A Christ-centered day!



In Total

Learning. Living. Real
A hands-on experience
God. Family. 'Life's' School.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why Reading Aloud is SO IMPORTANT!

The Benefits of
READING ALOUD!
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When we began our homeschooling journey, I took the advice of the Curriculum Consultant and got everything she told me to get. Needless to say, we used some and realized others did not work at all for our family. After a few years, I got better a choosing curriculum and saw what really worked for everybody! 
Everybody needs to read on a regular basis!

I noticed a huge difference after we bought a particular program called Sonlight. Now with all curriculum, you have to take in the fact that you may not like/use some aspects to it. Sonlight is a literacy-based learning Curriculum. This is excellent for reading and reading aloud. They know their books and have great learning from them. However, for Dyslexics and a large family, I felt they're actually curriculum books lacked in that area. Their phonemic areas were non-existant and we desperately needed that for Dyslexic learning. Penmanship was their, but not really along with Spelling etc. The curriculum was actually well organized and completely perfect....For another family!

Their books however....Opened a new world to us!

We would sit down everyday and read aloud together. My son who couldn't read, began to read. I solely attribute this to Reading Aloud. His sentence structure was more in depth and his vocabulary grew extraordinarily. His confidence also grew and so did his love of learning, all through the wonder and time spent on reading aloud.

What do I mean when I say Reading Aloud

Reading Aloud is when you as the parent are reading to your child out loud. This includes: talking and reflecting on the story and/or new words...animating it and bringing the words to life-so-to-speak. I usually place my fingers on the words as I read so they are not solely looking at the pictures in the story!

Personal reading is where the child reads out loud to you, the parent. I do not recommend letting your child read quietly on their own until they are well established in reading. Often times, they will glean from the pictures and not the words that they are attempting to read. This needs to be taught in their Personal Reading time, while reading aloud to you the parent. This builds the habit of going to the words first and then the pictures for a more in depth thought, instead of the latter. 

After we began reading aloud, my eldest son and I chose a book to read in his personal time. He came to me afterwards one day to say, "Mom! I can't believe this story was funny. When I read it before, it wasn't funny?" 

What he meant was: when he looked at the pictures and placed the story in his mind, the story didn't appear to be funny. Then, when he read the words, he found out what the pictures were actually portraying not what he gleaned from and saw (read) in the pictures from the pages. 

I still read aloud to myself and actually would read the Bible out loud sometimes to fully grasp some concepts or situations. For some reason, having those two senses going at the same time, my mind can better process and understand, or better position my thoughts in proper order. This is the same for my children and many other Dyslexic's. 

I encourage you to read aloud with your children or have your child read out loud to you so; you can gently guide them, sound out words together, look up words together, etc. This is great for bonding and family time as well...all while learning!

Here are some amazing books we have loved reading aloud (in Personal too) as a family: