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Successful Homeschooling, Issue #07 -- A Surefire Way to Make Learning Fun!
November 12, 2008
As we approach the season of giving, give your children the gift of learning to think of others and give your home school the gift of fun...
In this issue:
Give the Gift of GivingThere is no better time than the present to begin teaching your children the joy of giving. Start your holiday season by creating or purchasing a Giving Plate. Bake cookies, brownies or other goodies, place them on the plate and pass them on to friends or neighbors with instructions that they also bake goodies and pass them along.
Take your children to a local pottery store to create a custom plate, or purchase an inexpensive plate from your favorite retailer. You can find the Giving Plate shown here at For Small Hands, an online store that sells Montessori supplies for the home.
This month, I am continuing my blog series, Make it Fun Monday! Every Monday through the end of December, I'll share fun ideas like this one that can be adapted for all ages. For details, check out my homeschool blog.
Lapbooks - A Surefire Way to
Lapbooks are file folders that contain homemade mini books of information that has been studied. They are a surefire way to make learning fun!
While we were working on our lapbook, my children couldn't wait to start school every morning. They more readily remembered information we had studied, and they loved showing their daddy what they'd learned.
Lapbooks are great for kinesthetic and visual learners. Creating mini books is a hands-on activity that increases comprehension and retention, and completed lapbooks serve as a visual reference for review.
Here is some information that will help you create your first lapbook, along with links to helpful lapbooking resources.
They are also great because they become a self contained portfolio which means there are not projects all over my house, everything fits into a file cabinet which can be pulled out for reference or for showing off. You canít beat that because if you are like me you are short on space.
By the end of the unit the student has a Lapbook that they are so proud of they want to show everyone and then they start telling what each booklet is about therefore reviewing the topic without being asked, what other method does that? And as I mentioned before you can use it with all age groups together which saves from teaching all day.
Start with a topic of high interest for the student, then move into those topics youíre wanting to do for your studies. Kids will be more receptive to a new way of learning if it is something they want to learn about.
Follow this link to read the full transcript of my interview with Niki, in which she shares tips for overcoming burnout, dealing with gaps in learning, and starting a homeschool business.
Please continue to take time to give back to the homeschool community by telling others about your favorite products.
As always, feel free to pass this newsletter on to friends and contact me with your questions or comments.
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Enjoy the journey,