Preschool with Bo {Curriculum and Plans}

2/27/2014
I'm ready to share my preschool plans for Bo! I've only had our curriculum planned, purchased, and ready to go since last spring (I've had my eye on this for quite a few years! thanks to Our Family for His Glory), but I wasn't sure if Bo was ready, and wanted to get a few weeks in under my belt to make sure what I selected will work for us both, and so far it is working wonderfully!

~Boaz is currently 3 years, 2 months~



I have more than I need to get us through one or two years of preschool. And I have everything printed, filed, and ready to go!

Little Hands to Heaven is the heart of my preschool plans, along with Sonlight Core P3/4.





For Little Hands, I am using Big Thoughts for Little People, A Child's First Bible, and The Singing Bible. (Affiliate links to Amazon).  What's nice about Little Hands to Heaven is that these are the only books I need for Bo's age.


I'm also using My First Hands-On Bible. This is really a cute and fun Bible! It has lots of hands on activities to do throughout each Bible story, and every story makes a connection to Jesus.


It also replaces the Bible in Core P3/4, The Family Time Bible, which originally came with Core P4/5.


And, here is the line up of fabulous children's books from Sonlight Core P 3/4. Please note that other than The Tall Book of Nursery Tales, we are not doing the "fairy tale" books from this core - just all the fun fiction books! There's just so many classics and fun books in this core, that I really want them to be a part of Bo's preschool experience.


Not all of the books I have for this core are pictured. And here are two more that I added: The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare  and Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round.



And finally, I have Before Five in a Row! Would you believe these books, the same ones I used to row with Mali and Elli, have been around the world and back?! I loaned them to a missionary family in Laos and was happy to have them back just in time to use with Bo for preschool!



I'm not in a hurry to get through B4FIAR. (I have a tendency to do too much, and I don't want to burn out). And I have not started planning all of our rows yet. I do hope to share what (and how!) I plan when I can.  (Hopefully soon!)

I'm also using Animal ABC's. So far, I have been using them in lieu of the alphabet activities in Little Hands (for example, instead of glueing cereal to the letter A, we glued alligators to a letter A.)



Are you wondering how I am going to fit all this in? Me too!

Here is what I am thinking:

Little Hands to Heaven {30 minutes a day}
Sonlight Core P3/4 {20 minutes a day}
Animal ABC's {10 minutes a day}

That's only one hour a day, and I am not doing all of the Animal ABC pack yet, so it is easy to add in the letter craft to Little Hands. So far, I have been doing Little Hands and Animal ABCs in the morning, and I read Sonlight books to Bo in the afternoon or at bedtime.

I'm planning to do Before Five in a Row every 6th week or as I am inspired.

In fact, I have been thinking about trying a Sabbath School approach to schooling Bo - 6 weeks on, 1 week off.

Here's what I am thinking, for example:

  • 1st week: Letter Aa,  Adam and Eve {LHTH}, Alligators, Ants {Animal ABCs}

  • 2nd week: Letter Bb, Noah's Ark {LHTH}, Bears, Butterflies {Animal ABCs}

  • 3rd week: Letter Cc

  • 4th week: Letter Dd

  • 5th week: Review Week {Review letters A-D}

  • 6th week: Rowing Week

  • 7th week: Break Week

I have already challenged this schedule, as we rowed a book after our 2nd week. And if I had had My Blue Boat (an OOP book that I can't get through interlibrary loan), I would have wanted to row it, too. So, that's why I added every 6th week, or as inspired.

We are on our 5th week of preschool, and Unit 4 in Little Hands (and we took a sick week already), so I will just bump everything up a week.

Update 4/7/14: I am planning to slow down and take two weeks per letter. I will do HOD one week, and Animal ABC's, Sonlight and/or Before Five in a Row the next.

Update: We dropped LHTH over the summer, finished reading the Bible story books, and continued on with Before Five in a Row for preschool. :)

My heart is to make memories and inspire a love of learning through books, songs and music, pretend play, arts and crafts, sensory play, and more. I think having the materials I have will not only make it enjoyable for Bo, but easy on me, and enjoyable for me, too!

About Blogging Bo's Preschool

I'm am not photographing everything we do, because there is a lot of movement and interaction in Little Hands - it's really hard to photograph! We do a lot of role play or pretend play, singing, dancing, and more. I'm doing my best, but I put the camera down a LOT more now, especially when my little one says, "tome dance uh me!" How could I say no?!  But, I do have quite a bit already to share and hope to start sharing soon before I get too far ahead of myself. :D

Online Science: Science4Us.com {Review}

2/25/2014
Science4Us Review


When I started reviewing a Science4Us.com Online Subscription, I had no idea that my kids would become so addicted to it!  Science4Us.com has been a daily request in our home for the past 6 weeks.  And to be honest, I thought it was just an online program at first, but as I dug deeper, I was surprised to discover that it is much more than just an online Science program, and it is more than just Science! 

Science4Us.com is geared for grades K-2, but Malachi, my 3rd grader, reviewed it along with Eliana, my 1st grader, and had just as much fun learning about Science concepts. In fact, children in grades 3-5 can use it as a review of earlier learned concepts.

Price: $7.95/month per child

More About Science4Us.com and Our Experience

My goal was to use the lessons with my children at least 3-4 times per week, and this was very easy to do. In fact, you will see that we used it almost daily during the review period - at my children's request.

The first couple weeks, we spent most of our time online exploring the different Science topics.

Science Topics include:

  • Inquiry {Science Skills & Tools}

  • Physical Science

  • Life Science

  • Earth & Space Science

Since we are studying Astronomy right now, I had both children start by exploring the Space module.  The module has a variety of activities to choose from with titles like Explain, Engage, Explore, and more, including cross curricular activities like Sillybulls, where you unscramble syllables with "Silly Bulls" to practice Science vocabulary! Or put Glossary Words in alphabetical order so they are easier to look up.

Eliana's Experience


After they explored the Space module, I let them choose whatever Science topics interested them. A lot of topics interested them, and they had a lot of fun exploring!

In fact, Eliana logged in 20 times in one month and logged 1732 minutes - almost 29 hours or 1 1/2 hours a day!  She completed 127 activities, of the 182 that she opened, and had 62 items in her notebook. What's nice is that all this information is available when I sign in to my teacher account.

Next, I decided to dive in deep with a lesson on Science Tools to use the teaching tools available to me.

Teaching Tools include:

  • Lesson Plans - details of the module, the amount of time it will take, activities at a glance, description, core concept, vocabulary for each module and more

  • Teaching Strategies - to address your child's learning styles

  • Student Reports - view activities completed, scores on evaluations and student answers, and student notebook entries

  • Assignments - assign full modules or individual activities

  • Notebooks - teach the value of note taking in science, take notes, fill in charts and draw diagrams and share them with student; and students can save and access their own entries and teachers can leave them notes in their entry.

First, I accessed the Lesson Plans. I especially appreciated the details of the module, the activities at a glance, and the offline materials!


From my Teacher Account, I can view my children's progress, notebook, and evaluations.


Offline Materials

The offline materials really bring the subject to life, and are very age appropriate. For example, Eliana is "measuring" by comparing two items and drawing which one is shorter and which one is longer.






Then she is doing more comparisons by measuring various items to determine which ones are short, medium, and long. Then she chose one Science Tool to write about. She chose a ruler.

Her "report" includes naming three ways she can use a ruler.

Then, she did an evaluation where she had to name the function of various Science tools. For example, she circled which tools are used to measure.

The "evaluations" are full of graphics and color to engage my child and test what she knows.


The lesson plan also included a skit to demonstrate what they learned!

Here is a short video clip of a "practice" session. They are still learning their lines, but this is our first practice on video and I think they did great! (I'm giving them cues to help them remember their lines).



This is the first act of their skit. In the second act, they take on the role of the scientists and talk about how they can use a thermometer to see if it is cold enough outside to freeze water into ice. I planned to have them dressed as the narrator and then put on lab coats to be the scientists!

We got sick right after this, so we haven't finished our skit, but I think it will be so fun.

Eliana's Thoughts

I asked Eliana what she thinks of Science4Us, and she said:
"It's fun. I love all the games. I love taking walks (racing Malachi) and listening to music. I like drawing in my notebook. I love how they tell you stories." 

Malachi's Experience

Malachi is actually a grade above the target range, but he really enjoyed and benefited from the lessons.

Malachi says:
"I like it because of how they allow the kids to explore, the fun games, and that I get to have fun while I'm doing my school. I like building funky habitats and making super funny people for the weather game, like putting people in swim trunks in winter weather, hehe.

Golf is my favorite game on Science4Us. I like having golf tournaments with my brother and sister. You not only have to hit the ball the right way, you have to know how much force to hit the ball with to get it in the hole. The more force you have, the farther the ball will go."

Then he told me I had to play! And he's right - it's fun!

Malachi told me that there is a glitch in one of the courses. The light green is uphill and the dark green is supposed to be downhill (as it is in other courses), but in this one the dark green is uphill instead of downhill. So, he used less force thinking it was downhill, but he needed more force to get it uphill. And he needed to complete this course to mark the activity complete and get a star. I enjoyed helping him through this course, and then playing several holes for him.


Speaking of stars, the stars mark that an activity is complete. My kids didn't seem to care one way or another about the stars, but I imagine it would be a motiving factor for some students.

Malachi says,
"I like the 'Let's go for a walk' game in the Motion Map, but not for the walking. I like it so much because it is perfect for racing against my sister (not online, but side by side on two computers). It also shows you how much time it took, and how many steps it took. This is a lesson on motion."

I had him pull up the game so I could see what he was talking about.

In this "walk," we took a walk to The Park, so he could show me how it works, and you can see how our steps and time have been counted. When I let them use my computer so they can both be online, the two kids, sit side by side and "race."

Malachi wrote a list of pros and cons for me to share with you:

Pros:

  • It's online.

  • It has fun games.

  • It teaches me Science.

  • I like the tests because I can see how good I am at Science.

  • I like the stories.

Cons:

  • I don't like the Notebook activities (Eliana liked these).

  • I dont' get to play it enough! (I have to share a computer with my sister).

In one month, Malachi logged 2151 minutes - that's almost 36 hours - over 1 3/4 hours a day. (He doesn't get to play it enough?!) He completed 159 activities out of the 182 that he opened.

My Thoughts

The program is very teacher friendly and I really like that it includes teacher resources, video support, virtual tours, printable material, and more. And the kids really enjoy the program.

What I like:

  • It makes Science fun and interactive.

  • The lessons are informative, colorful, and engaging.

  • The lesson plans are helpful.

  • The offline printable activities are quality.

  • My kids love and ask for Science4Us.com daily, even on non-school days.

What I don't like:

  • I can't log in and see what my child did last session. I have to click on each topic to see if he or she worked in it.

  • I would love a weekly email letting me know what work or modules my child has worked in or completed, time logged for the week, and number of logins.

  • The notebooks are hard to "write" in.

  • There are a few glitches in the game. In one activity that Eliana did, it wouldn't let her complete the activity or record it as being finished. But, this didn't stop my kids from wanting to "play!"

I am ambivalent about the fact that this is a secular science program. It really didn't pose a problem for us, even though we didn't agree with a few things.

Will I continue to use it?

We will until our 6 month subscription is up! But, I am going to start using it as a "reward" for when their other school is done!

But, do you want to know what I think this would be fabulous for? Unit studies!  Science4Us.com has so many topics to choose from that it would be great to use these lessons to tie into unit studies. In fact, as we were exploring, I thought many times how so many of the activities would have tied into our literature based unit studies that we love so much!

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Online Piano Lessons: KinderBach {Review}

Kinderbach Review


For the past 6 weeks, we've been singing, dancing, listening to stories, coloring, playing rhythm instruments and more to learn to "play the piano."

We've been learning music concepts and theory, with KinderBach, using fun activities and characters, like Dodi, a donkey who lives on the two black keys.

KinderBach provides online piano lessons for children ages 3-7. I reviewed The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner with my two children, Bo and Elli, who are at both ends of the target age.

Some supplies are needed for this program:

  1. Piano/Keyboard

  2. Computer – for viewing web video lessons and/or printing activity pages

  3. Hi Speed Internet

  4. Rhythm instruments (wooden spoons, plastic bowls and pots and pans work just fine)

  5. Craft materials – Scissors, printer paper, crayons, markers, craft paper or card stock, and glue.

How it works:

KinderBach lessons are divided into levels and each level has ten weeks of content. Three levels could easily be done in one school year.

Students are not required to 'sit at the piano' to learn!

In fact, movement is incorporated in the program so that your child is up singing songs and down to color, listen and play rhythm instruments.

For example:

  • Up: Opening Song: "Hello Friend"

  • Down: Play: "Twinkle" with rhythm instruments and music pages.

  • Up: Play "Hot Cross Buns" with actions and body movement.

  • Down: Review "Walk" symbol (quarter note) and clap symbols.

The lesson plans follow this format including preparation for crafts from the videos, and then you watch the videos and close out the session with the closing song, "Music Time is Over."

This particular day (Week 4, Day 2), we colored and cut out "D house cards" (the 2 black keys) and found them on the keyboard and on a paper keyboard. (This is Week 4, sessions 3 and 4).

Following the lesson plans in this way, we can do one weeks worth of lessons in two 50 minute sessions, or four 25 minute sessions. (It doesn't take us quite that long, but the videos themselves are rather short, so this stretches the lessons out).

Price:

  • $7.99 a month – Billed in a 1-time annual payment of $95.88 per year

This includes:

  • Online Membership with access to 240 lessons

  • Downloadable MP3s

  • Teacher's Book PDF

  • Lesson Plans

  • Teacher Aids (includes full color versions of activities in the Student Activity Books and more)

  • Student Activity Books

  • Story Books, Song Books, and Coloring Books

You can try the first two weeks for free.

Additional Formats

KinderBach Levels 1 to 3 are also available in iPad/iPhone apps along with 6 iPad games. The first two weeks are free and then you can purchase each additional lesson one at a time, with no subscription required. In other words, once you buy it, it's yours to use for as long as you want. The first game is included with the first two weeks, and additional games are unlocked as you purchase more lessons. The app also includes a keyboard.

I particularly liked the Teacher Aids. I used them to review (and have fun with!) music theory concepts with Bo.

(Just so you know, my printer won't print black ink right now, so the quality is much better than what I was able to print).

Loud/Quiet

This activity is to review aural discrimination between loud and quiet sounds. I make a loud or a quiet sound, and Bo puts a button on the correct gum ball machine.


High/Low

This is an aural discrimination review of high and low sounds. I used Bo's xylophone to play a high or low sound. If the sound is high, he places an apple in the tree. If the sound is low, he places an apple on the ground.



Bo enjoyed playing and also having me play! He played the sound and then told me if it was "low" or "high."

Finger Numbering System

In this game, Bo is learning the finger numbering system. This is important to know which finger plays which key on the piano. He is matching up the fingers with their corresponding number using star stickers.




Dodi's House and the Train Station

KinderBach uses character cards to help students remember keys on the piano. "Dodi's House" is always the set of two black keys, and the "Train Station" is always the set of three black keys.

Practicing finger placement also strengthens his muscles in his hands and fine motor control. (The keys are black in the printable, but my printer wasn't printing correctly).

KinderBach has Seven Areas of Music Development:

  1. Ear or Listening Skills (high-low, loud-quiet)

  2. Sight or Note Reading (recognizing 2 black and 3 black key groups)

  3. Rhythm (understanding the beat value and rhythm of quarter notes and half notes)

  4. Hand Position or Technique (playing the piano - learning the finger numbering system, strengthen fine motor control)

  5. Singing (using Solfege intervals of la, so, me, ray, and do, and echo sing different patterns).

  6. Composition (understanding that music is created by people, including children!)

  7. Performance (play or sing songs for others using rhythm, voice, and keyboard)

The examples above are from Level 1, and the concepts advance through each level. Students who finish all 6 levels are ready to start private piano lessons.

My Thoughts

Online piano lessons with KinderBach can be a wonderful alternative to expensive private lessons and can easily be taught at home without prior experience. I like that the lessons prepare children for The Three "R's" and enhance reading readiness, math, and language skills. In fact, making music uses both sides of the brain, and can be helpful in left/right brain integration and tracking.

We started out with lots of interest and excitement over the program, but both my 3 year old and 7 year old lost interest in the program before the end of Level 1. Elli, my 7 year old, grew bored - it was a little too slow and repetitive for her and she lost her enthusiasm for the program. Bo adores his sister and feeds off of her enthusiasm, so he was keen to catch on to her lack of interest. So, 7 might be a little too old for the program.

The videos are designed to teach your child, but if you follow the teacher lesson plans, the program involves some teacher prep: accessing files, reading the lesson plans, gathering supplies, printing worksheets and activities, and setting up the keyboard and the computer to watch the video. The lesson plans seemed like more work for me and made the lessons a bit too long for us.

I appreciate that movement is incorporated into the lessons, but following the program as suggested (4-25 minute sessons or 2-50 minute sessons) makes the lessons too long. Shorter lessons - no more than 10 minutes, would be easier.

I also think it would be much easier if all of the information, including the lesson plans and music files were all accessible from the lesson page, and not just in separate files. Currently, you can access the worksheet from the Student Activity Book and the video only from the lesson page. It is nice that the printable is right there, but the other files, including the music and song files (or even links to the files) on the same page would be helpful.

Finally, I would love to see a remake of the videos so they are of better quality. The program has good, meaningful content, but the videos are of poor quality. If we put them in full screen, the video is blurry.

I think KinderBach is a great concept. I like that the program uses fun characters and activities and that it has wonderful teacher resources and quality printables. I like the variety of activities and that we were singing, dancing, listening to stories, coloring, playing rhythm instruments and more to learn to "play the piano."  But, I liked the theory part of the class more than the learning to play the piano part. In fact, I would love to see just a "music" class for those of us who are not musically inclined, and want to explore more areas of music.
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Malachi's Science Party

2/21/2014


For Malachi's 8th birthday last year, he asked for a Science Party. We were sick again this time of year (as we are almost every year come February), so his birthday was spread out over several days. We usually only have family parties, so we were easily able to do this.


Decontamination Zone


I hung lime green and sherbet orange balloons above a set of lime green streamers for the "decontamination zone." I hung a sign for a hand-washing experiment to "decontaminate" with, but we didn't get to the experiment.



Food & Drink


DNA Double Helix Spiral Pasta Salad



Fruit Molecules and Building Blocks {Graham Crackers}


This idea came from Malachi's desire to make a Graham Cracker Cake. I didn't really understand what he was asking for, so I asked him to tell me the ingredients. He wanted graham crackers, fruit and frosting, so I had to be creative to tie this into a science theme. You'll see their creations below.



H2O



Dr. Malachi's Orange Bubbly
{Orange punch with dry ice}



This was a first for them and they loved it!




I marked plastic cups with measurement lines for "beakers" to drink out of.



The Birthday Boy


Their Creations





Elli's Molecular Creation

Malachi's creation... It wasn't quite what he envisioned - he wanted it to be about 8 inches high. Bless his heart - his "graham cracker cake." ♥


Science Experiments


We made Elephant Toothpaste and Glitter Glue Slime.


Elephant Toothpaste


Experimenting with 3% and 6% H2O2 to see which, when the catalyst is added, will produce oxygen bubbles the quickest from the breakdown of the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Fun!



(We used this Extreme Secret Formula Lab Kit).


Another one with a bigger bottle and 6% H2O2, that I purchased separately.

6% H2O2 was slower to react because the mixture was so thick (cream developer from a hair lightener kit), but it lasted longer and made more foam. Probably needs a stronger catalyst (we used yeast).

Glitter Glue Slime

We used clear glue, glitter glue, and food coloring to make several different slimes.









More Food


We had Taco Cups for dinner...




And at Malachi's request: a key lime pie.




I'm thankful that despite sickness and other trials, we were still able to celebrate Malachi in a fun way. 


Tomorrow, he turns nine. Sniff, sniff. It's all going so fast. I'll share what we did for his 9th in my Let's Click post for this week.

Why I Love Teaching With All About Spelling

2/17/2014

When I started using All About Spelling, I was not currently teaching spelling as a formal subject in our home school. I wrote in my original review:
I love natural learning and for me that means learning takes place outside of a “subject” whenever possible. So, I have not taught spelling as a formal subject for a couple years now. I teach it as it is needed in the context of our everyday writing and we have plenty of spelling opportunities this way. Simply put, if they misspell a word they are required to correct it right away. If they cannot spell it on their own, they are required to look it up.

So, when I had the opportunity to review All About Spelling, I wasn’t sure what I would think of it (or how my children would respond to having spelling as a formal “subject”).

Thankfully, my boys were willing participants, we quickly grew to love All About Spelling, and I've never looked back.

Spelling is one of my favorite subjects to teach now, and I have a much different perspective about teaching Spelling after using All About Spelling in our home.



Did you know that O has 4 sounds? When we first started All About Spelling, I didn't know that vowels had more than a long and short vowel sound, and I certainly couldn't name them all for you. I didn't feel very smart.

But, that changed with All About Spelling.

The manual is "open and go" and shows you EXACTLY what to do. It is super easy to follow, with lots of illustrations and tips. The lessons are gently scripted and you know exactly what to do every step of the way. I feel smart because I always know what to say. Even when a child misspells a word, I can tell him or her exactly WHY it is misspelled. This not only helps my children to be better spellers, but it helps me be a better TEACHER.

All About Spelling just makes sense:

  • Spelling concepts are based on phonograms.

  • It's taught in a logical, understandable order and there are no gaps.

  • It's based on the Orton-Gilingham method of spelling.

  • The lessons are multi-sensory and engage the child using sight, sound and touch.

  • All About Spelling has continual review.

  • Everything you need is included.

It is also non-consumable. This means you can use the manual over and over with multiple children. I'd add resell it, but I'm not sure that I could ever part with my manuals. I'll save them in case my children decide to homeschool their children. A program has to earn a special spot on my shelf for me to say that.

I get asked a lot, "Is it worth it?" This all makes it worth it to me.

But, All About Spelling is also easy to learn.

It is such a smart program, I not only feel smart teaching it, but my child feels smart, because with this program, he or she is smart. It equips a child to learn how to spell by teaching them the phonograms, English rules for spelling, and reinforcing these concepts with continual review.

Today, I'd like to share how this program is "easy to learn" and "easy to teach," by sharing a typical lesson.

We are on Step 20 - Consonant Team NG. This lesson will teach how to spell words containing ng. It is a short lesson, so I take this opportunity to do a full review of the Phonogram Cards, Sound Cards, Key Cards, and Word Cards.

Phonogram Cards



Key Cards




These are quick, fun and review phonics rules:

  1. Every word has at least one _________.

  2. Names start with a ________.

  3. What are two ways to spell the sound of /k/ at the beginning of a word? _______ Which letter do we try first? _________.

  4. C says S before _________.

  5. Ck is used only after ________.
Answers: 1. vowel, 2. capital letter, 3. c and k, c, 4. e, i, or y, 5. a short vowel.

Counting Syllables




Word Cards

Reviewing Sight Words.






Did you know that 90% of the words on the Dolch Sight Word List are completely phonetic and can be sounded out if the child knows basic phonics? Here's proof.

All About Spelling only teaches words that can be phonetically sounded out as sight words if the student has not yet been taught the phonogram and they are common words. For example: do and to.


Sound Cards

I dictate the sound and my child writes the phonogram.



Today, she misses the sound /k/ two letter /k/. She writes it as k, until I remind her that it is "two" letters. She only learned this in the previous lesson, so this is good review.

Since we are continually reviewing, I know she will get it.


New Teaching

I arrange the tiles on the board and explain that "The tile ng can come after a." And I slide ng next to the a. I repeat this for letters i, o, and u.  "But, it rarely comes after e." So I remove the e tile.  (The manual clues me in to the 4 words that have the combination eng and lets me know that they will be taught in a later lesson).




Then, we Spell with Tiles.

I don't skip this step with Eliana. (I can with Malachi, but she needs the practice).






I like to spend no more than 15-20 minutes on a lesson, so next lesson we will Spell on Paper, reinforce with More Words, and I will dictate phrases for her to write.

Before All About Reading, All About Learning Press first came out with a reader for All About Spelling - The Beehive Reader (it is now a part of All About Reading), but the spelling manual lets me know that my student is now ready to read "The Bat and King Sam."

Which means we are ready for Lesson 36 in All About Reading! This lesson reviews Consonant Team ng, and in Lesson 37 she reads "The Bat and King Sam." Then we move on to the next lesson in All About Spelling.

Note: "Marie recommends that you complete All About Reading Level 1 before beginning All About Spelling."

Is there anything I don't like about teaching with All About Spelling?

All About Spelling can feel "teacher intensive." Sometimes it is more work than I want to do, and our lessons last longer than I'd like, so I don't pull it out daily. I usually only do 2-3 reading/spelling lessons a week. When I feel like "couch schooling," I use a moveable alphabet app and the Phonogram Sounds App on my phone, and find other creative ways to make it work because I believe it is a valuable program.  But, this is the only thing I can think of that's not to like - I can't just hand my child a workbook. I have to teach.  But, that's just another reason why I feel most like a real teacher with this program - I am actually teaching!

All in all, All About Spelling has really made a difference for me and my children. I am a better teacher with this program, and my children are better spellers!

 
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