Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

Although choosing our homeschool curriculum is done at the beginning of our homeschool year, we also love adding new curriculum along the way. The reason for this is to change things up, work on new areas and refine skills.

So, I’ve decided to add Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B to my son’s kindergarten curriculum for the year.

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

With my son in kindergarten, we’ve been working on letter recognition and sounds.

He’s doing so well and understanding fairly quickly. But, I feel like I need to take a few different angles to help fill and prevent any gaps.

And Evan-Moor’s books are great for applying this thought so I’m incorporating the Basic Phonics Skills Level B.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

REVIEW: Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B (and how we’re using it)

Listen for…

The first page to a letter begins with recognizing the sound that the letter makes. This helps to identify the sound being learned by saying the word for each picture.

This works well for my son because he’s a visual and auditory learner.

I also say the word for the picture accentuating the sound. Once we’ve gone through the pictures, I do it again to make sure there’s understanding and confidence.

Handwriting with the letter sound

Anytime a page involves handwriting, my son resists.

I’ve added handwriting to what we do, but it seems to have to be on my son’s terms right now. He resists and is unwilling to do it if I point out the instructions. A benefit of homeschooling is to take this kind of thing slowly.

So I’m approaching the handwriting portion of Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B book in a different way. This is in part to keep my son’s attention in learning, but to also prevent him from not wanting to do what I know he can.

How we do handwriting…

When it comes to the handwriting portion, my approach has to be creative. So I get my son to write letters on the whiteboard or chalkboard, he air-writes them, uses bands with a geoboard, or even using teddy bear counters.

We talk about the words we’re seeing and emphasize the letter sound.

When any of the pages are asking to identify if the letter sound is at the beginning or end of a word, this becomes trickier for my son, but a good challenge as he masters his phonics.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Basic Phonics Skills, Grades K-1 (Level B) - Print
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

Interactive activities

These types of pages my son loves, whether it’s matching, cutting and pasting.

Phonics readers

Although we haven’t gotten to the phonics readers at the back of the book just yet, I’m excited to have him read these little books and know that he is reading and can do it!

A bonus for me!

Tracking my child’s progress is important to me which is why i love the Student Record Form. It allows you to identify and write down the progress of your child. This is why I also like that this book comes in an E-book format.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

If you’re looking to help your child with phonics, the Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B is a great resource!

Have you used this book in your homeschool?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

We might know that the Word of God is important to have in our hearts and on our lips. But find out why kids should memorize scripture and how it’s a matter of their destiny!

  • Isn’t reading the Bible enough?
  • Why is it important to memorize scripture?
  • Wouldn’t we just be going through the motions by memorizing scripture?

If you’ve felt this way about all these questions, don’t worry, I have, too.

We Are Created With Purpose

Our God is purposeful. We are all on assignment here at this very time.

We each have a destiny and calling to be fulfilled in our lives.

We aren’t designed to be on this earth just to maintain our salvation and go to heaven; we are to impact the earth with heaven’s ways, changing the atmosphere wherever we go, and hearing what Holy Spirit says to us not only to change our lives but others around us.

The Enemy Wants To Stop Your Children

We have an adversary, Satan, that doesn’t want to see us or our children fulfill their destiny.

His main purpose is to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10.

And how Satan accomplishes his purpose is by seeking whom he may devour with fiery darts. (1 Peter 5:8 and Ephesians 6:16)

 

Find out why kids should memorize scripture

How Do We Combat The Enemy’s Fiery Darts?

Let’s look at the life of Jesus as our example in order to combat the fiery darts of the enemy.

In Matthew 4, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Here, Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days.

You can imagine that after 40 days, anyone is hungry, thirsty and tired, including Jesus.

So we must know this… the enemy will come at our weakest moments – when we’re tired, frustrated, hurt, angry, stressed, anxious, afraid, weak, hungry, thirsty, lacking self-confidence, etc.

Looking at Jesus’ response to the enemy’s three questions, you’ll find that Jesus responds to the enemy with, “It is written…” followed by a scripture. (Matthew 4:3-11)

So what was Jesus weapon against the fiery darts of the enemy?

THE WORD OF GOD! 

Hebrews 4:12 says,

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV‬‬)

When it comes to fulfilling our God-given purpose and assignment in God, the Word of God is our highest priority in combating the evil one.

Deuteronomy 30:14 says,

“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” (NKJV)

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

Knowing that the enemy’s fiery darts (when they come), can be distinguished when we respond with the Word of God, is enough to think that this is why kids should memorize scripture.

It’s important to also teach our children that the Word of God is not just something to be memorized, but believed, breathed and lived.

What the Word of God Does

The Word of God does amazing things within us and when we spend time with God in the Word, speaking it, memorizing it and meditating on it, you’ll find the Word is:

  • Proven (2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:30)
  • Heals us (Psalm 107:20, Matthew 8:8)
  • Cleanses us (Psalm 119:9)
  • Helps us to stay away from sin (Psalm 119:11)
  • Revives us (Psalm 119:25)
  • Strengthens us (Psalm 119:28)
  • Forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89)
  • Better than honey (Psalm 119:103)
  • Trustworthy (Psalm 119:42)
  • Life-giving (Psalm 119:50)
  • A light to our path (Psalm 119:105)
  • Hope (Psalm 119:114)
  • Life (Psalm 119:116)
  • Light and understanding (Psalm 119:130)
  • Pure (Psalm 119:140)
  • Truth (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17)
  • A treasure (Psalm 119:162)
  • Deliverance (Psalm 119:170)
  • Helps us find good (Proverbs 16:20)
  • Nourishes us (Jeremiah 15:16)
  • A sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
  • Discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Saving our souls (James 1:21)

As parents, we are training up our children in the way they should go. And knowing that the enemy is always ready to steal, kill and destroy the destiny within us and our children, we have an absolute important duty: we are to impart, share and teach our children that the Word of God is their lifeline and absolutely necessary for them to live.

So Where Do We Start?

There are so many great ways to digest the Word of God helping our children to memorize it, including:

  1. Praying the Word together
  2. Reading Bible stories (for young kids) or kids starting to read
  3. Reading a devotional
  4. Memorizing particular scriptures
  5. Doing a Bible study
  6. Singing praise and worship songs
  7. Bible coloring books
  8. Scripture copywriting
  9. Bible journaling

God Is In Every Sphere Of Our Lives

Teaching our children the spiritual disciplines of life, such as prayer, reading their Bibles, memorizing scripture, fasting, etc. is important, but we need to remember that discipling our children is not separate to living life.

God is in every sphere of our lives – there is no separation between devotional time, and cleaning, or homeschool and prayer.

EVERY part is in God and of God, and He is in all things. So helping our children see that nothing is separate from the other cultivates a lifestyle of faith as children of God.

I’d love to hear from you…

What are some ways you help your children to memorize scripture? Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie